I remember the day I came to the United States on February 3, 2003.
It was Osher’s 10th birthday on February 1st and Bar’s 6th birthday on February 4th. Today, Osher is 21 and Bar turns 17 tomorrow. My baby, Neta, was only 20 months old — now she’s heading toward 13! Yes, my little girl who is now taller than me that rocked the stage at Barron Collier High School wearing my high heels on Saturday night modeling in a teen fashion show! The month of February is definitely a special month with 3 special events.
Sometimes it’s hard to believe that 11 years have passed. I remember telling my son in 2005, “I am so happy we are in America now. You don’t have to serve in the Israeli Army.” I felt safe. My son said, “Mom, I am going to go anyway” and I said OK. I thought a few years would pass by and he would forget about it, but he didn’t. In early 2011, Osher came to me and said, “Mom I signed up” and I had no choice but to support my son becoming an adult and allow him to follow his dream. Osher left on August 15, 2011 and I haven’t seeing him for 904 days, 2.5 years. Many people ask me if it’s easy. No, it’s not but I tell them we make it anyway, we have no choice. Osher will be released from the Army on May 19, 2014 — 105 days away!
We were blessed to find Naples just few days after we landed in the U.S. and made the decision to move here, not knowing anyone and of course, not speaking the language. Unlike Miami, Naples didn’t have an Israeli culture: no Kosher food store or other Israelis to be friends with, but I told my ex-husband, “I didn’t leave Israel to live in Israel, I want to live America” and Naples was the best choice I have ever made for all of us.
Many people share on social media how Naples, Florida is one of the most beautiful places to live in this country and even compares to other wonderful places worldwide. Naples continues to be voted as a great place for the best vacations, most beautiful beaches and is a lovely town.
But what might be missed is the wonderful people who call Naples home, who have businesses here and are part of keeping this town so attractive. Just last week, Naples had the Winter Wine Festival, an annual event that raised over $13 million for children because Naples does not want any child left behind.
Naples provides opportunities for so many – I’m one of them. Naples is not just a nice place to live, it’s a place to succeed for those who are willing to work hard. It’s not always easy, I didn’t have to work this hard in my country, but I choose to work hard to maintain a nice lifestyle for me and my children. I am happy I choose to work hard because hard work pays off!
When I moved here I was just 29 years old. Now, I am 11 years wiser and stronger. I look around this town that I love that has a high percentage of retired and semi-retired people and I admire those who are still volunteering, still involved in things they have a passion for, staying young at heart. I am so happy knowing I will be here in my 80’s going to Blue Martini, enjoying the beach and giving back.
I just wanted to take the time to share part of my story. Most of all, I want to thank my kids for being so great throughout everything we’ve done in the past 11 years
I thank each and every client from both my previous and current businesses for the opportunity to work together. It seems like God brings the greatest to me and I am very thankful for that.
Finally, I would like to encourage you to live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you!
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