is not just about our schoolbooks! We also have an abundance of other
activities that we take part in. This school year, I plan to list all of the things that we participate in during the month that exceeds our book work.
Akathist for the Church New Year
Nativity of the Mother of God
Elevation of the Cross
Sang in the Choir and Served in the Altar
Attended Church School Classes
Party to Celebrate Ordination Anniversaries for Fathers Daniel and Steven
Examined Toads, Bats, Crickets, a Praying Mantis, and Frogs
Created Habitat for Frogs and Toads
Listened to Weekly Nature Show on NPR
Played in the Pouring Rain
Observed Wild Horses
Viewws Supermoon Eclipse
Note: To compile this month's list, I simply jotting down the activities we did as a family and the things that the children
wanted to do each day. Nothing was planned in advance and it really encouraged me to see all that we accomplished. October is right around the corner... why don't you try
creating a Things We Do list for your family?
Church in the Home This Thursday is the Feast of Protection of the Mother of God. There will be services to attend and we'll all try to wear blue for the feast. We'll also read one of our favorite books, The Story of Mary, the Mother of God.
Watching I happened to stumble upon a Bill Moyer episode profiling Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon. I've been enjoying Jane Kenyon's poetry of late and it was nice to see what she looks like and hear her voice.
On My Needles I've been in a bit of a knitting rut of late. Something made me need to get out the needles and yarn this past Friday night, and so I cast onto a picot-edge washcloth. It was a satisfying knit and the children have already enjoyed their first bath with it. Kitchen, Pantry, Table Brin Wisdom's Fall Apple Cake showed up in my feed just as I had to make a decision about what dessert to make for a dinner party that we were attending that night. This cake is made from simple ingredients and takes very little time to assemble. It was a big hit at the party (lots of requests for the recipe!) and was very delicious the next day with a mug of tea. Listening One of our parishioners has a daughter-in-law who tells the sweetest (free!) stories for little people. Have a look at her website and see what I mean!
We began our new school year in August so that we could play hooky during the glorious month of October. It is hard to believe that we only have a week and a half until our break begins!
In the meantime, we are enjoying the wonderful autumnal weather we've been having here. I broke out my trusty corduroy skirt and brogues for the first time today. Autumn dressing is, by far, my favorite season for clothing. It is nice to already have everything I need to swing right into cooler weather. Of course, the same cannot be said for the little weeds that we call children. It's just about time to go up into the attic to see what we have and figure out what we'll need for the colder months.
The children and I are excitedly looking forward to a trip to the apple orchard on Saturday. One of our favorite ways to mark change of seasons is to venture to different farms and orchards to pick fruits. Though our favorite apple orchard is quite is a hike, we always have a lovely time and are so glad that we went.
We went to the beach with our dinner and wood for a bonfire, but it was so windy that it was hard to breathe, so we scurried back to the car and quickly hurried home with three very disappointed children. We'll try again another day!
Reading Jane Kenyon's poetry was recommended to me this weekend and I was able to read a little of her work in Otherwise, a collection of her poems that were published posthumously. Often, her poems are about domestic life and nature and I look forward to enjoying more of her work. In the Garden For the next few weeks, the children and I are planning to choose different daffodil bulbs on our weekly shopping trip for planting in November. We have two or three varieties that we planted last autumn and are hoping to add a few more. Spring will be glorious at the rectory. We chose a package of 20 bulbs of Daffodil Replete for this week's selection. Watching I very much enjoyed watching Arthur and George on Masterpiece these past three weeks. It was a bit suspenseful, but very enjoyable. Though the first season is already complete, the three episodes can be viewed on the Masterpiece website for the time being.
Kitchen, Pantry, Table Last week, Ina Garten posted her favorite recipes for bar cookies on her Facebook page last week. I made blondies last Tuesday and plan to try her brownie recipe this week. You can never go wrong with Ina! In Season It's almost apple time in our neck of the woods. We take a trip to an orchard not far from our home for u-pick apples, the most delicious apple cider doughnuts, and a fun autumn festival with children's activities. We look forward to going every year!
Going to church for worship is one element in living life as a Christian. Being church means making an active contribution to the Church's life, being a vital organ in a living body. The first step in being church is being connected to others in our parish by:
Cultivating Community in "the fellowship of the Holy spirit." Get to know one another in a more than casual way.
Treating others as brothers and sisters in the family of God in Christ. Give others the time and attention we would give to our blood relatives.
"Above all, clothing yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Colossians 3:14).
We nurture the relationships in the parish when we:
Share Our Lives - Authentic fellowship calls for more than coffee-hour courtesies. Grow to the stage when you can share your troubles as well.
Learn Together - Take part in adult formation, retreats, or workshops to encourage others as well as to improve our own spiritual life.
Work Together - Join in parish projects or committees to support the work of others as well as to make our own contribution. "So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith" (Galatians 6:10).
Encourage Each Other - By supporting their efforts, praying for their concerns, and building them up in the eyes of others. "Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor" (Romans 12:10).
Bear One Another's Burdens - Be accepting of the weaker community members. There is no "perfect" church: every parish is made up of "saints" who are sinners, each with their own weaknesses and infirmities. "Bear one another's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Galatians 6:2).
Admonish One Another - Do not shrink from confronting "family members" who are hurting others by promoting conflicts, pettiness, and legalism. "My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit, should restore such a one in spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourself are not tempted" (Galatians 6:1).
Protect the Unity of the Church - by avoiding gossip or cliques, and speaking ill of others.
Restore Broken Relationships - when they occur by admitting our faults. No project or program is worth harming the family's inner life. "If anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive" (Colossians 3:13).
A few weeks ago, we found ourselves in a little local ice cream store for the first time. The special thing about this tiny shop is that the ice cream is made from the milk of local Jersey cows and the taste is simply amazing! On the day we visited, the special flavor du jour was coffee ice cream with mini chocolate chips and on a whim, I tried it. Oh my! It is my new favorite treat!
We went back today for a little mid-day dessert, and though the coffee chip wasn't available, it was easy to recreate. I admit that I do have a tiny pint of coffee ice cream tucked into the freezer and a bag of mini chocolate chips in the pantry for a little after bedtime treat for one night this week!
The children and I took our visiting friends to see the ocean today! The water was calm and warm and shallow enough that the little ones were able to swim a little bit. September is truly the best time to be at the seaside. The water is glorious, the crowds are gone, and it's not too hot.
B: Coffee Hour
L: Sandwiches, Pickles, and Chips
D: Leftovers Monday
L: Peanut Butter and Jam Sandwiches and Chips
D: Leftovers Tuesday
B: Eggs and Bacon
L: Bagel Sandwiches D: Salad with Grilled Chicken
Wednesday B: Oatmeal and Bananas L: Spaghetti and apple slices D: Tuna Sandwiches and Chips Thursday
B: Eggs and Bacon L: Chick-fil-a D: Baked Ziti, Meatballs, and Salad Friday B: Apple Pie Oatmeal L: Grilled Salmon, Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Salad D: Dinner Out with Friends Saturday B: Eggs and Bacon L: Salad with Grilled Chicken D: Church Supper of Pizza and Salad Desserts Ina Garten's Blondie Cookie Bars Extras Dish of Shepherd's Pie, Bowl of Blackberries, and Platter of Sliced Mozzarella Cheese for Coffee Hour
I've been slowly cleaning my way through the house these past few days in preparation for a visit from dear friends this weekend. As I tidy, I've been tucking little autumnal hints into nooks and crannies around our home. I was so happy to find a pretty beeswax candle in the shape of a pumpkin in our local health food store on Saturday afternoon. It's a cheerful addition to our table and I'm looking forward to the next rainy day to light it for the first time. I only have a little more cleaning and a bit of cooking to do tomorrow before our friends arrive and then the weekend can begin! It will be fun to show them some of our favorite spots around here!
Church in the Home Today is another Twelve Great Feast, The Elevation of the Cross. Father John made Litya loaves for Great Vespers last night and also decorated the Cross with carnations. It was also the 63rd Ordination Anniversary for our Pastor Emeritus, Father Daniel. Such a special day! Keeping Home With September nearly halfway over and cooler weather on the way, I have finally placed an order for a new tea kettle. The lid's knob on our last one broke and it was so difficult to use that I gave in and recycled it. It will be nice to have our new one!
Watching Disney's live action Cinderella is being released tomorrow... Sugar Plum and I can't wait!
I am starting to plan my autumn wardrobe (despite the summery temps forecast this week). I tend to be a plain dresser who relies on the same outfits over and over, so last autumn I spiced things up with a few different pairs of dangly earrings. Now that the earrings have become part of my everyday attire, I want to start accessorizing daily with cowls, scarves, and shawls to add a bit of pizzazz. I already have a few favorites... I just have to wear them!
Kitchen, Pantry, Table
One of our favorite breakfasts this time of year is Apple Pie Oatmeal. It is easy to make lenten by using water rather than milk, and we tend not to brulee the top.
I was holding Button (age 5) and couldn't resist
taking a small nibble from his upper arm (because I was born a Straut).
In retaliation, he bit my shoulder (because Straut blood runs through
his veins) and I said, jesting, "No, no, no. You don't bite your mama."
He replied, "But you bited me and the Lord says not to bite people!"
Have you ever read anything about that in the Scriptures? I sure haven't!
I accidentally came upon an almanac website for our area (connected to NPR) that is an absolute goldmine for nature information for our location. The children and I listened to two radio shows this morning before school and compiled a list of Signs of Late Summer to identify for in our woods and our favorite beaches. I plan on using this nature show often as part of our science curriculum. I wish that I had found this resource sooner!