Wednesday, March 25

The Lamentations...

I grew up in an Antiochian Orthodox parish and though I have come to love Russian Liturgics, Iconography, and chant more than the byzantine style, I have to say that there is nothing on earth more beautiful than The Lamentations in Byzantine Chant on Great and Holy Friday. 

Yarn Along: Daily Rituals...

I'm working away on my newest knitting project, a Palmyre Shawl. Though the pattern is simple enough (and has great reviews for ease), I struggled a bit in the beginning.  I am not following the pattern precisly, but am getting the shape and  number of stitches I need for the lace part.  I have already scheduled a knitting SOS for next Tuesday at our local yarn shop to help me look over the lace part of the pattern.  Hopefully that will help things go smoothly.

I haven't had much time for reading this past two weeks (I've been having too much fun with my siblings!), but I am already back to it.  I only have a little bit left in The Scent of Holiness and Daily Rituals and am also listening to North and South while I knit and clean. 


Today is the beginning of our salvation,
The revelation of the eternal mystery!
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin
As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.
Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:
Rejoice, O Full of Grace,

The Lord is with Thee!
The Festal Learning Basket for Annunciation can be found HERE.

Tuesday, March 24

On a Tuesday...


We said a sad goodbye to my little sister and sweet nephew today.  It was a great visit with them and are so thankful that they made such a long trip to visit us.  They are now home safe and sound...  that makes me so happy!

Tomorrow is Annunciation for us and I am hoping that it will be a festal day. This week is kind of little a mini Holy Week with all of the Lenten services, but it's going well so far. The children are hoping for tuna subs after Liturgy and the thought is making me hungry right now! 

The Life of Saint Mary of Egypt...

I printed out a bunch of these one page comic-style Life of Saint Mary of Egypt sheets yesterday and the little ones and I spent some time coloring them.  We had a great time and I thought that I would spread the word about them in case other families would like to use them, too!  

Sunday, March 22



 The week with my brother went by so quickly.  We brought him to the bus stop on Saturday morning and swung right into getting ready for our next visitors (my sister and her baby boy!) and celebrating our dear Papa's birthday!  Saturdays are hard days for priests to celebrate much, so we did a little on Saturday (presents and cards) and a little on Sunday (lunch and cake!).

These last few weeks before Pascha are going to be busy.  The first weeks of Lent seem to go so slowly, but the second half always speeds right by...  before we know it, it'll be Holy Saturday and we'll be ironing pretty dresses and decorating kulich (Russian Easter Bread)! 

A Better Vanilla Cake...


  My mother made this vegan vanilla cake over the summer and I decided to bake it for Father John's birthday this year.  It is much fluffier than the vanilla cake that I made earlier in March.  We served this one with Cool Whip and sliced strawberries and it was delicious!  This will be our go to vanilla cake during Lent!


Grandmama's Lenten Vanilla Cake

1 1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 cup oil
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease round cake pan.  Sift dry ingredients in large bowl.  Stir all wet ingredients together in a small bowl.  Add wet ingredients into dry ones and combine.  Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 25 - 30 minute or until a knife comes out clean.  Serve with cool whip and sliced fruit. 

Friday, March 20

Birthday Yarn...


  Three skeins of Madeline Tosh DK weight yarn in Farmhouse...  I'm attempting to knit a Palmyre Shawl.  It's been a rough start, but I am hoping that I'll be able to figure it out because this would be the prettiest thing that I have ever knit!

Thursday, March 19


We're in the last few days of my brother's visit.  We've been having fun and it will be sad to see him go.  He has been making us laugh with his funny jokes once the kids are in bed each night.  

The children and I have been listening to The Story of the World while we are out and about and are really enjoying it.  I can see this series being one that we revisit every so often.  It's cute to look back in the van at the kids listening so intently.

The weather has turned colder after a string of pretty nice days.  I wonder if it will be winter's last hurrah or if it will be a chilly Pascha this year.  I'm actually huddled next to the fireplace as I type this!

Wednesday, March 18

Our Namesday Boy!


Happy Namesday to our dear Button!  We love you Sweet Boy!

It was a wonderful day for our favorite four year old.  The highlight for him was that he got to share his chocolate cake with all of his church friends after PreSanctified Liturgy tonight!      
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