Friday, August 1, 2014

11 Years!

Ginger turns 11 today!
Happy birthday!

We had his party last night, as it was the last day before the Dormition fast.

He requested a Boston cream cake and he's not big on fancy decorations.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

9 Months!

 Miss Moppet is nine months old today! 

She can:
  • crawl quite well and quickly
  • pull up on any furniture
  • hold on with one hand
  • stand on her own while leaning on something (for a moment)
  • clap with open hands (especially when someone says "Yaaaayyyy!")
  • babble, "mamamamama"
  • nod her head (although it has no meaning right now)
  • find microscopic things on the floor and eat them
She likes:
  • cats
  • books - with real pages
  • anything she's not supposed to have
  • clapping
  • peek-a-boo
  • communion
  • bouncing up and down
  • music
  • massive lego blocks
  • bathtime
  • walks in the backpack
She does NOT like:
  • getting out of the bathtub
  • getting dressed
  • having something taken away
  • Mama leaving the room
  • going to sleep

(She's leaning on the chair.)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

St. Panteleimon

Today was the feast of St. Panteleimon, great-martyr and healer of our Church. You know how you feel better when you realize your doctor is a Christian and is praying for you? Or your nurse(s)? Well, it's like that in reverse: a saint of the Church is a doctor, and is praying for you!

Many, many healings have been ascribed to St. Panteleimon, and not only in the distant past. There are still miracles of healing occurring up to this very day. (Several are detailed on Mystagogy.) We need to bring our illnesses, physical and spiritual, to the saints and ask their intercessions. I was told that every time we say, "Saint so-and-so, pray to God for me!" that saint does a prostration for us before the throne of God. They are delighted to do it!!

Today I'm placing the child Noah in the prayers of St. Panteleimon. His mother, Kate, generally has time for short Facebook updates more often than longer blog posts, but Elizabeth graciously sends me those updates by email (thank you, Elizabeth!). Some of you who have been around this blog for a while know that we've been praying for Noah for several years. He's getting close to eight years old and has Mitochondrial disease. Kate provides an explanation of Mito here but it is not updated as far as Noah's status is concerned. Noah can no longer walk. He can't eat. He is always connected to a bewildering variety of tubes which drain his stomach and bladder, and feed, hydrate and medicate him. He is usually moving from one infection to the next and has multiple drain and line insertion sites that require twice (or more) daily wound care. He is not making enough blood cells on his own and requires frequent transfusions. He sleeps a good deal of the time and tires very easily. He is in chronic pain (mostly helped with the medications). Despite all of this, he leads a fairly full life and is the light of his family. He has a delightful little service dog, Jake, who accompanies him everywhere (one photo I saw today showed Jake riding on the stretcher taking Noah from one hospital to another yesterday). Noah is uncomplaining, kind and generous.

Through the prayers of St. Panteleimon, 
may the Lord have mercy on the child Noah, and on all of us!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dormition of St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos

While most Annas celebrate their name days on September 9th (the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna), I've always celebrated mine today.

Tradition tells us that the Righteous Joachim and Anna conceived the Theotokos after they had been married 50 years. When the Theotokos had reached the age of three they took her to the temple to be raised there.

During the next seven years, Righteous Anna and Joachim visited Mary often at the temple until they died, leaving her an orphan at age ten. St. Joachim lived for 80 years and Anna for 79, and they both entered into the kingdom of God before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. The Dormition feast day of St. Anna is celebrated on July 25.

The holy Ancestor-of-God Joachim had himself reposed at 80 years of age, several years after the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple (November 21). St Anna, having been left a widow, moved from Nazareth to Jerusalem, and lived near the Temple. At Jerusalem she bought two pieces of property: the first at the gates of Gethsemane, and the second in the valley of Josaphat. At the second locale she built a tomb for the members of her family, and where also she herself was buried with Joachim. It was there in the Garden of Gethsemane that the Savior often prayed with His disciples.

The most-pure body of the Mother of God was buried in the family tomb. Christians honored the sepulchre of the Mother of God, and they built a church on this spot. Within the church was preserved the precious funeral cloth, which covered Her all-pure and fragrant body.  (source)
Divinely-wise Anna, you carried in your womb the pure Mother of God, who gave life to our Life.
Therefore, you are now carried joyfully to the inheritance of heaven,
To the abode of those who rejoice in glory,
Where you seek forgiveness of sins for those who faithfully honor you,  ever blessed one.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Splash Time!

 A week or so ago I picked up a $5 baby pool at the store. Miss Moppet has been playing in it inside but yesterday we moved it to the porch and added a bucket of water. She had a blast! The only problem was she wanted to keep crawling out.

Everybody had to come out and watch.

She splashed the kitty. (c;

By the end she had approximately half of the water left in the pool. The rest was on us and the porch!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarn Along: Tiny Things

This week is all about tiny things. Yesterday I posted about this tiny knitting basket I made for Flopsy's dollhouse. (More pictures on that post.)

Mostly I've been working to get a batch of tiny hats for Calvin's Hats completed. I've had the majority of these done (except for embellishments) for a very long time, but I keep working on other projects. Time to wrap it up!

I did a bit of an experiment to make a bunch of hats using the same yarn and needles, but casting on different numbers of stitches. More about that on the Ravelry page. Here they are before embellishing:

And after:

Here are the rest of the hats:

The following were all made with crochet thread and either size 0 knitting needles or a size 7 crochet hook. The flowers (except the daisy) were made by me too.

This is the first time I am not just sending hats made by me. Ribby and Flopsy each made some and spent yesterday evening embellishing them in the living room.

(That fork is used to make tiny bows...)

Knitted by Ribby

Crocheted by Flopsy
I've spent the last several days working on the books I mentioned last week: the vintage science fiction.

One is Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. (Technically there are many more books in the series, but these were the original three.) I had no idea that the Hitchhiker's Guide books by Douglas Adams were a parody of these. (It's obvious they're parodies, but I didn't know specifically of what.) Anyway, very, very enjoyable.

I've also delved into Arthur C. Clarke's books for the first time. And no, I haven't read 2001, A Space Odyssey. The library didn't have it. I did check out The Songs of Distant Earth which was great. I definitely want to get more of his books.

One think I'm kicking myself for is only getting ONE of Robert Heinlein's books! Double Star was fantastic. I laughed out loud several times and was thoroughly entertained.