Friday, December 9

Garlands of Stars

This week was a week filled with garland of stars.  My little girl and I spend several days cutting out and punching out different shaped stars out of scrapbook paper from Michaels.  Once we had a nice pile of stars, she sewed them all together with her sewing machine.  The result is so lovely...  we'll be keeping a few for our house and giving a few away.

Thursday, December 8

A Pen in My Shoe

Saint Nicholas brought me a beautiful new fountain pen for my shoe and the ink finally arrived in the post today.  I've been having a lot of fun writing lists and trying to get the feel of using it.  I really love the color (deep forest green) and the ink flows nicely out of the medium nib.  I'm far from a connoisseur of fountain pens (the only other one that I've used is a Lamy Safari), but this pen is far superior to the gel pens I normally use.  I like that the  Kaweco one is good for carrying around in my bag (the lid screws on, so the ink won't ruin anything).  Do you use a fountain pens?

Wednesday, December 7

Little Things

Love little things, and strive for that which is modest and simple."

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Tuesday, December 6

Saint Nicholas Came!

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.

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