We spent a very enjoyable Memorial Day with the Johnsons. The Johnsons are like family to us. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare to travel to Ethiopia in two weeks to bring home their daughter, Lucia. We are dying to meet her!
Memory Eternal to all of our friends, neighbors, family members, soldiers and clergy who have fallen asleep in the Lord!
Prayer for the Departed
O Master, Lord our God, Who in Thy wisdom hast created man, and didst honor him with Thy Divine image, and place in him the spirit of life, and lead him into this world, bestowing on him the hope of resurrection and life everlasting; and after he had violated Thy commandments, Thou O Gracious lover of mankind, didst descend to the earth that Thou mightest renew again the creation of Thy hands. Therefore we pray Thee, O All-Holy Master give rest to the souls of Thy servants, (their names), in a place of brightness, a place of green pasture, a place of repose, and, in that they have sinned in word, or deed or thought forgive them: For Thou art a good God and lovest mankind and unto Thee do we ascribe Glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting and Thine All-Holy and good, and ever giving Spirit, now, and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.Read More
Thanks to Priscilla for capturing the Norman Rockwell-ish shot of Elijah, Benjamin, Mary and me. : ) These pictures make me laugh every time I see them, so of course I decided to share them with you all. From our crazy family to yours: Have a Wonderful Weekend!!
Oh yes, and I wanted to let you know about a new website I am super excited about! From time to time, I get e-mails from individuals curious about Orthodoxy, specifically about my familys' (including my parents, grandparents, my brother and sister-in-law, and close friends from college) conversion to Orthodox Christianity from Evangelicalism. In the past I published my conversion story on-line (read it HERE); I then went on and wrote a book about it (find it HERE), my dad and mom started an Orthodox Christian internet radio station called, ANCIENT FAITH RADIO - so we are, obviously, very happy with the difficult decision (change can be tough…and incredibly enlightening, life altering, fulfilling) we made to join the Church over a decade ago. Now I am pleased to point you in the direction of a wonderful new resource created by Father John Peck designed to introduce Orthodox Christianity to inquirers from ANY background. The site is called, Journey to Orthodoxy and it contains all kinds of conversion stories and information on the Theology, Tradition and history of the Orthodox Christian Church in one convenient location! Please check it out and share it with others!
Find out HERE how to add this image (which connects readers to the "Journey to Orthodoxy" site) to your own site's sidebar!
Peace and so much love to you!
Last night we grilled chicken on skewers and corn on the cob, and ate our dinner outside well after 7:00 pm. Everything tasted amazing. Everything smelled and felt like summer. There's no central air in this big old creaky house and thus we move a little slower, and readjust our priorities, when the weather gets hot and humid (Run the vacuum? Nah.). Today I bought the mandatory blow-up pool and squirt guns along with sunscreen, sunscreen for faces and scalps and bodies, at our local Kmart. I can't possibly leave four-year-old Mary alone in a pool filled with water, alone with her brother who has all kinds of brilliant ideas like leaping from stools into pools much too much shallow for such dare-devilish acrobatics. I can't leave her and tend to upstairs chores, upstairs where its muggy as a sauna, and so I sit guilt-free for hours on the screened-in porch where I can observe my children engorging themselves on warmth and fun. School's out in a week. I'm already beginning to feel myself unwind.
I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.
And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?
Were are itching like crazy over here for school to be done and the YMCA pool to open. We're going to be busy, busy, busy (like always, I suppose) between June and August, busy in a good way – the kind of busy where we wake up, grab some sunscreen, water bottles, maybe our library cards, and then get home just in time to make dinner and throw a load of laundry in the washer. June 19th, the Chicago Street Theater is holding auditions for Pinocchio. Being in a play will for sure keep Elijah (and me, the chauffeur)occupied . This week he completed yet another drama workshop that ended with a fun little performance for us family members. It has been really encouraging to watch him blossom and grow through these programs.
We experienced a different kind of drama on Wednesday when Benjamin lost his very first tooth! He wouldn't let Troy or me near him when that bottom tooth was loose, no matter how sweetly and sincerely we promised not to yank it. Priscilla, however, had the magic touch he was looking for. It took her less than ten minutes to extract the tooth and explain the ins and outs of tooth fairies and monetary compensation.
Sometime after midnight, Troy remembered the tiny tooth under Benjamin's pillow and put two shiny quarters in its place. Ben was very pleased.
Thursday was "Sports Day" at Mary's preschool. It was also her turn to bring the classroom snack and an item for show-and-tell. When you are four-years-old, it doesn't get more exciting than that. Here is my little sport's star on her big morning:
Notice the pink ruffly skirt under her jersey.
The rest of the week was kind of a blur, until Saturday. On Saturday we played. It was the perfect kind of weekend: relaxed and unstructured, filled with family, sunshine, BBQ, baseball and toads:
And now here are some lovely flowers for you, picked by small delicate fingers from various hanging baskets on our porch, as you start this new week:
Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit – through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!
We hope you felt appreciated, Grandpa Mike, and adored! We are so glad and thankful we could celebrate such a special occasion together! And now from us to you, a few highlights from your party and a little Rosemary Clooney to set the mood.
With all our love and gratitude,