We came out of our bedroom this morning to find our middle child sound asleep on the floor! Like a good mother, I fist took photographic evidence of this odd occurrence, and then we woke the poor boy up. When questions as to why he was asleep in the hallway instead of in his bed, he replied, "I woke up to use the bathroom and was so tired that I just couldn't make it back!" He maintains that it was a perfectly comfortable place to sleep. Ha!
I made one of my favorite cool weather breakfasts today: apple pie oatmeal. The recipe originates from Bobby Flay, but I simply make the apples his way (omitting the cranberries and salt) and the oatmeal my way, using quick Irish oats and water. It is a filling and delicious breakfast.
Today is the Church New Year. Father John served one of my favorite akathists today, Glory to God for All Things. It was composed by Protopresbyter Gregory Petrov in a Soviet prison camp shortly before his death in 1940. Reading this akathist is a simply lovely way to begin the New Church Year and our school year. Here is an excerpt:
O Lord, how lovely it is to be Thy guest. Breeze full of scents; mountains reaching to the skies; waters like boundless mirrors, reflecting the sun's golden rays and the scudding clouds. All nature murmurs mysteriously, breathing the depth of tenderness. Birds and beasts of the forest bear the imprint of Thy love. Blessed art thou, mother earth, in thy fleeting loveliness, which wakens our yearning for happiness that will last for ever, in the land where, amid beauty that grows not old, the cry rings out: Alleluia!
I did not know Sept. 1 is Orthodox New Year! I find this remarkable because I always feel that September is a new year, a new beginning of sorts. Along with January 1st, and springtime, September has always been a new year for me.
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