Tuesday, October 6

Saint Innocent of Alaska...

O Holy Father Innocent
In obedience to the will of God
You accepted dangers and tribulations
Bringing many peoples to the knowledge of truth.
You showed us the way,
Now by your prayers help lead us into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Happy Namesday Father John!!

Monday, October 5

Living and Learning: This Week...

Church in the Home
October 6th is the feast of Saint Innocent and it is is Father John's namesday!  The children and I are very excited to give their Papa a wonderful day.  I'm not quite sure yet what we'll do, but there will be several services to attend and we can't wait to show him his present (a lovely Saint Innocent figure painted by Sue Dow)

“I never wanted to move, because I love the neighborhood and I’d never leave my church..." 
I spotted a brief story about this sweet little old lady who lives in the same 5 story apartment house she was born in.  The article is great and there is even a little video included: 

On My Needles
I finally re-cast onto the black sweater that I frogged a few weeks ago (when I finished the body, I realized that there was something not quite right with the sleeves and neckline).  I am determined to get it done, but I am not terribly excited by it.  That being said, I am going to try to finish it this month.  We have a lot of driving to do this month and so I am hopeful that I'll be able to do a lot of car knitting.

We like to listen to chapter books when we are in the car.  Our most recent choice is Anne of Green Gables read by Barbara Caruso.  Caruso's voice is amazing and we all look forward to long rides so that we can hear more of the story.

Out and About
As I mentioned, we came up to attend the 100th anniversary of my father-in-law's parish this past weekend.  We will be here for a few more days enjoying our family and friends and favorite places while Father John works in the area a bit.  It is nice to see the beginnings of cooler weather and lovely tinge of foliage.  Autumn is my favorite season and I strive to savor it every year.

Sunday, October 4

100 Years...


  Today was the huge celebration of my father-in-law's parish's 100th anniversary!  Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey presided for Vigil and Divine Liturgy and our son was able to serve with a hierarch for the first time.  It was a wonderful  weekend!  The services were beautiful, the weather was fantastic, the fellowship was so uplifting, and the food was amazing!  The parish really outdid themselves and we were all so happy to be part of this historic weekend. 

Saturday, October 3

Dining Room Icon Corner...

  This icon corner is in my mother and father's dining room.  They have a glorious bunch of pussy willows from Palm Sunday behind the center icon and my mother likes to keep flowers in the little green glass vase.  I love that this is right at eye level so that one's attention is drawn right to the icons.

Pumpkins and Mums...

I spent a little time sprucing up our porch this last week.  It had become a jumble of shoes and boots, outside toys, and a plethora of dust and grime from a busy summer.  After a little tidy and a thorough sweeping, we added a mum and a few pumpkins.  I'm following the nursery's instructions from last year to keep our mum in the shade and am hoping for the good results that I had last year.  These little autumn touches make me feel so happy!

Friday, October 2

Daffodil Bulbs...

As I mentioned in one of my Living and Learning posts a few weeks ago, we have been slowly collecting daffodil bulbs for autumn planting.   We have nearly sixty bulbs to plant in November (double mix, replete, trumpet mix, and paperwhites), which should keep us busy.  I tried to choose a variety of early bloom, mid-spring bloom, and late bloom bulbs to ensure that we will have glorious, glorious daffodils for weeks.

Thursday, October 1

October Sponsor News...

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Wednesday, September 30


Autumn...  the year's last, loveliest smile."

William Cullen Bryant
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