Sunday, May 26


Father John spent this evening filming a Liturgical concert at an Episcopal Cathedral for the 115th Saint Tikhon's Memorial Day Pilgrimage.


The sweetest of daughters turns thirteen today!  May God grant her many years!

Friday, May 24


This heart shaped toast is a m a z i n g. I bought multiple loaves of bread for Holy Saturday and this one was left over (people, understandably, preferred the loaves with seeds and fruits). I tossed the remaining slices in the freezer and have been enjoying them so much toasted! Now to figure out which loaf this was so I can buy it again!

Tuesday, May 21

Biking on a May Day

My husband and our sons are hard to see in this photograph, but it shows the three of them are riding their bikes around a little pond nearby.

Saturday, May 18

A Visit with My Godson

My brother- and sister-in-law came for a visit this weekend!  It was so wonderful to see them and visit with our nephew/cousin/godson.  He is a little darling!

Friday, May 17

For the Teacher

Our homeschool review is done and went well, so I bought flowers for the teacher. The teacher is me.

Thursday, May 16

Victoria the Queen

Do not to let your feelings (very natural and usual ones) of momentary irritation and discomfort be seen by others. Don't (as you so often did and do) let every little feeling be read in your face and seen in your manner.” 

                          Queen Victoria

This is an excellent book. I borrowed both the book and the audio and have been enjoying switching between them immensely!

Wednesday, May 15

Song of the Sea

I began attempting to use this yarn the day that our daughter was admitted to the hospital in November. We knew something was wrong, but had no idea what was going on. Now, six months later, we know she was suffering from Crohn's Disease and, Thank God, she's on her way to remission. I cast on to three different things with this yarn and it finally became a Song of the Sea Cowl. I think I will give it to my little Crohnie. 🖤

Tuesday, May 14


My husband's study doubles as our guest bedroom. It has lovely double glass doors that work beautifully for daily use, but don't offer enough privacy for overnight visitors. I finally bought drapes and rods that my husband installed today (just in time for some family to visit this weekend!). They're a smidge too short, but the hem can easily be picked out and re-sewn during the school holidays in a month or so.

Sunday, May 12

On This Mother’s Day

                                                            On This Mother’s Day

To those who gave birth this year to their first child - we celebrate with you.
To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you.
To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day – we appreciate you.
To those who stepparent – we walk with you on these complex paths.
To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst.
To those who are foster mothers, mentor mothers, and Godmothers – we need you.
To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away – we mourn with you.
To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. (Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.)
To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you.
To those who have disappointment, heartache, and distance with your children – we sit with you.
To those who lost their mothers this year – we mourn with you.
To those who experienced abuse at the hands of their own mothers – we grieve with you.
To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren - yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you.
To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you.
To those who placed children up for adoption - we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart.
And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising – we anticipate with you.
This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.
From the bulletin of The Orthodox Church of Saint Elisabeth the New-Martyr in Rocky Hill, New Jersey

Saturday, May 11


I'm so happy to be back to delicious Saturday breakfasts!

Friday, May 10


Skee ball on the boardwalk to celebrate Father John wrapping up a couple of big projects for Orthodox Web Solutions!

Thrifting Treasures

Matilda is very happy that her dear friend, Sugar Plum, had such a successful thrifting experience today. The table, terracotta pots, silver plated baby mug, and little blue and white planters were all found at her favorite thrift shops for a grand total of $10.25!
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