Father was worried that we wouldn't have enough flowers in the yard to decorate the cross for this weekend. I was a little worried too, but I had scouted the yard a day or two ago and felt like I could probably pull together enough blossoms. If all else failed, I'd head to the store … Continue reading Flowers for the Veneration of the Life-Giving and Precious Cross
Another shawl for another person in need: (baby shown for scale) Ravelry link And this is for a friend whose daughter, a surviving twin, is unable to understand why her brother (who died at 14 weeks) was not able to live. I made the doll, hat and blanket. It's modeled (except for the face of … Continue reading Yarn Along: More of the Same
Today I read a post by a friend who's going through a tragedy. Her husband has cancer, she has chronic illnesses, they have four kids, some of whom have autism. She apologized for griping. You know, she wasn't really griping. She wasn't saying "why me?" She was just telling it like it is. When I … Continue reading Real Life is not a Movie
This past week I finished a gift for someone who really needed a long-distance hug. (It's a shawl.) (Ravelry link) I also started adding to my bag of tiny hats for Calvin's Hats. The yarn is so fine that I actually cast on 15 stitches for this little hat. I also started a baby blanket … Continue reading Yarn Along: Hugs and Hats
(Sorry, this is a few days late!) After coffee hour, Father had a tour of the church and altar for everyone. He explained the various icons (providing a handout he made with a "map" of all of the icons in church with identification, etc.) and some of the items on the Holy Table and … Continue reading Sunday of Orthodoxy
I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel guilty about "bothering" the saints with prayer requests. Like, they have much better things to do, right? Reading this, I feel lots better. 🙂 St. Nektarios once appeared to a most-pious cleric and complained: "It's as if we Saints are in retirement...The people don't pray to … Continue reading Retired Saints?
Not too long ago I was lamenting to my spiritual father that the chaos of a large family in a small house was very frustrating. "I'm an organized person," I said. He looked up and said, "Really? I've never met a homeschooling mother of many children who was an organized person." I laughed and said, … Continue reading They’ll be fine, really.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst." [John 6:35] He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor. … Continue reading Bread for the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
We woke up this morning to ICE. The cars were encased in ice, it was covering all the plants, the steps, the railings, etc. What a change from the photos I took the other day!! I'll put a few in for comparison. Before After Before After