Tuesday, December 6

Joyous Feast of Saint Nicholas!

Hymn to Saint Nicholas
O who love Nicholas the saintly,
O who serve Nicholas the saintly,
Him will Nicholas receive,
And give help in time of need:
Holy Father Nicholas!

He who dwells in God's holy mansions,
Is our help on the land and oceans,
He will guard us from all ills,
Keep us pure and free from sins
Holy Father Nicholas!

Holy Saint, hearken to our prayer,
Let not life drive us to despair,
All our efforts shall not wane,
Singing praises to your name:
Holy Father Nicholas!


The Saint Nicholas Learning Basket can be found HERE.

Monday, December 5

Saint Nicholas Eve

We're back from church for Saint Nicholas Day.  The children put out their shoes and are tucked into their beds and I am itching to start putting out treats for the feast!

My sister and her little ones left this morning after visiting us for a little over a week.  We were bereft and lonely once they were gone, so rather than swing right into our schoolwork, we spent some time dusting shelves and reorganizing books and toys and art supplies.  It was a nice way to spend the fifth anniversary of our our move to this rectory. This is, by far, the longest we've ever lived in a house. Our children were so tiny in 2011 (one, three, and five). This is the house that they will remember when they reminisce about their childhood.

Wednesday, November 30

On the Last Day of November


Our crape myrtle is nearly devoid of leaves now.  When we were working hard to get our occupation on the church property nearly five years ago, we were required to plant some trees.  Father and I chose four crape myrtles and four thundercloud plums.  The crape myrtles are the gift that just keeps on giving.  They flower in mid-summer and the blooms last for weeks and weeks through the hottest days of summer when everything fades in the strong sun.  Then, in the autumn the leaves are a riot of color from October through November.  

My little girl is knitting a spotted Jack Russell dog for her brother's upcoming namesday.  In order to complete the project, Auntie Kate needed to teach her a new skill called "intarsia," which is something neither Kate nor I have ever done.  I'm amazed and impressed by how quickly Sugar Plum is able to pick these skills up.

Reading Aloud

Auntie Kate, reading aloud from Little House in the Big Woods. 

Sunday, November 27


I do wish you wouldn't argue with me when I'm knitting."

Gerald Durrell 
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