Tuesday, July 28



There was a filmy veil of soft dull mist obscuring, but not hiding, all objects, giving them a lilac hue, for the sun had not yet fully set; a robin was singing ... The leaves were more gorgeous than ever; the first touch of frost would lay them all low to the ground. Already one or two kept constantly floating down, amber and golden in the low slanting sun-rays.”

Elizabeth Gaskell, 
North and South  

Monday, July 27

Living and Learning: This Week...


Living Well
While we were away, I had to run into Target to get a few things and wandered down the soap aisle and got to sniff the Mrs. Meyer's hand soap.  My favorite was the honeysuckle.  I decided not to buy it while we were away in case it ended up spilling on the long trip home, but it is on my shopping list now that we are back.    

My sister just alerted me to the fact that The Secret of Roan Inish is on Netflix now!  I have wanted to re-watch it for years, so this news is exciting!

As hard as it is to believe, it is time to start getting myself situated for this coming school year.  We will have a kindergartener, a second grader, and a fourth grader.  It is going to be a great year and I am excited to begin!

I had not heard about Elizabeth Bard's books Lunch in Paris or Picnic in Provence until a few days ago, but after reading a few pages of Picnic in a bookstore, I immediately went onto our library's website to put them on hold.  Hopefully they will be ready for me to pick up soon!

In Season  
It is finally peach season!  Our local orchard has not offered u-pick yet, so I picked up a few ripe yellow peaches at a roadside farm stand.  I made this peach torte (based on The New York Times Plum Torte) after lunch today and once it cooled, my sister made whipped some cream and we enjoyed a wedge for an afternoon snack.  I admit that I am looking forward to a wee slice with my bacon and eggs tomorrow!

Sunday, July 26


After ten days on the road, we are home!  It was a wonderful adventure, but it will be good to get back into the rhythm  of our daily life and the small pleasures of life in the rectory.

Friday, July 24

All-American Council Video: Friday...

On the Road...


  Father John lined up an Orthodox 360 job for the ride home, so we are spending the weekend in Charlotte...  it's hard to believe that our action packed July is nearing an end.  I'm dreaming of peach picking, art projects, baking, and evenings spent on the beach for the long, hot days of August.

Thursday, July 23

The Missions of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.

Father John worked on this video this past month.  It aired today at the All-American Council!

All-American Council Video: Thursday...

Thursday at the All-American Council...


Our children's heads hit the pillow tonight and they were out like little lights.  It has been such a great week, but everyone is completely exhausted.

We had the final Hierarchical Divine Liturgy this morning (at seven!) And the children sang before and during Holy Communion.  It was so sweet to hear their little voices!  After Liturgy, our older two attended a nice breakfast with Metropolitan Tikhon and then went to a local waterpark for the day.  I was really impressed with the amazing program that they put together for the youth.  It seemed like just the right balance of fun and education!

Kate and I took the younger children to the laundromat and then out for lunch and ice cream after Liturgy and it was amazing.  Yum!  We tried taking them on a car ride to get them to sleep afterward, but it backfired when only two of the three fell asleep just before we pulled into the parking garage of the hotel and woke up (despite our best efforts) just as we entered the hotel room.  We ended up having a little quiet time in the room and some playtime outside before dinner which was really nice for them.   

Tomorrow morning we will pack everything up and start heading home with a few stops along the way!  I am looking forward to my bed!

Wednesday, July 22

All-American Council Video: Wednesday...

Wednesday at the All-American Council...


Just as we were heading back to our hotel tonight after dinner (an epic feat in this city), we spotted a beautiful double rainbow.

Today was a good day.  We were able to visit Eat.  Sleep.  Knit. with our friend, Rebekah of Verdant Bents.  I really knew nothing about this yarn shop prior to coming to Atlanta and so had very low expectations.  When we arrived, my little nephew was sleeping and so I suggested that Kate and Rebekah go in first.  

A few minutes later, my sister came out and with tears in her eyes (literally) said, "Emma, I have never seen so much MadelineTosh in one place."  It was neat to go in and find all of the colorways I have only seen online. I chose Fir Wreath and am excited to cast on!

Tomorrow is our last full day in Atlanta.  The priority is to wash clothes at the laundromat and have ice cream at Jeni's!

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