Small choir member 

Last night Miss Moppet came to Vespers prepared. She had "written" some "sheet music" and put it on a music stand as soon as one was opened for her. Then she spent the first 10 minutes of Vespers singing with the choir. ❤


Mittens and Moppet share godparents. Their godmother sent them two Melissa and Doug sets for Mittens's birthday. They enjoyed the wooden cupcake set this morning! Mittens also ate some crayons. I am enjoying some caramel-flavored coffee from Mystic Monk Coffee, a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law. I never put flavored creamers in my coffee so … Continue reading Cupcakes


[Italicized text is what I am annotating now. Regular text is copied from Facebook posts.] November 26 We photographed this kitty who approached us right before we left for Vespers. I put her in the backyard and put out some food and water. I posted her photo on a neighborhood site and asked if anyone … Continue reading Cinderella 

Time out

This is what I've been doing lately: making an order of 10 toy censers for St. Tikhon's. I also made three censers for a few other people. To be honest, I'm about sick of making these! Of course, I usually don't make so many at once. Speaking of sick, the youngest two have had colds. … Continue reading Time out

Theophany vs. Epiphany

Re sharing this from 2013…

Praying With My Feet

In the East, today we celebrate (if we’re on the new calendar – 13 days later for the old calendar); the feast of Theophany, the baptism of the Lord. In the West they celebrate Epiphany, the arrival of the three wise men bearing gifts. There is usually some confusion here, especially for new converts to Orthodoxy from traditions that celebrated Epiphany. It’s an understandable thing. The words sound alike and they’re on the same day. I’m not going to go into this huge discourse on the differences between the two, but here it is in a nutshell:

Theophany is, as I mentioned, the celebration of the baptism of Christ. Some people will wonder why Christ had to be baptized. After all, He is God, right? Right. When Christ entered the waters of the Jordan the water was sanctified.* This is stated in the troparion of the afterfeast. So what…

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