Saturday, December 27, 2014

Candles

I decorated two beeswax candles for the chrismation of a sweet couple tomorrow morning. In several months we'll celebrate their wedding, one of three anticipated weddings in our parish this coming year! Glory to God!



Reflecting


Gabriel was due today. Since he (or she) would have been born at least a week ago anyway, today doesn't hold as much weight as you might think. It's more of an academic curiosity than anything. Very few babies are born on their due dates anyway. God knows how our days are numbered and some of us have fewer days than others, that's all. Just because my little ones were lost so early doesn't mean they have any less "weight" than the living children. The arrangement in the photo above wasn't planned by me, but arranged by the children, quite unconsciously: there are six earthly children and four heavenly children depicted. Christmas Eve, after the children had gone to bed, I lit the candles and reflected on the scene for a minute. God is good.

Prayer for Unborn Infants

Remember, O Lord, Lover of Mankind the souls of Thy departed servants, infants who died accidentally in the wombs of Orthodox mothers from unknown cause, either from difficult birth, or from some carelessness and who therefore did not receive the Mystery of Holy Baptism. Baptize them, O Lord, in the sea of Thy compassions, and save them by Thine inexpressible grace. Amen.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

 Thy nativity, O Christ our God,
has shown to the world the light of wisdom;
for by it, those who worshiped the stars
were taught by a star to adore Thee
the Sun of Righteousness,
and to know Thee, the Orient from on high.
O Lord, glory to Thee.

 
Today the virgin, gives birth to the incomprehensible One;
and the earth offers a cave to the unapproachable One;
Angels and shepherds glorify Him;
the Wise men journey with a star;
since for our sakes is born the Eternal God, as a little Child.







Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

We had a lovely Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil this morning. I hope Miss Moppet does a little better tonight than she did this morning. I do want to help sing a bit more than I was able to. 

The house is filled with warmth and the scent of cinnamon (from the Litya bread for Vigil tonight). The stockings are not hung by the chimney with care; they are stashed on top of a bookcase with care because when they are hung from the mantel a little small someone can reach them. We finally gave up and filled the crib with presents, keeping the mountain from coming to Mohammed, or something like that.

I did finally get the outside decorated, due to pleas from various children. The front door has had a wreath for a week, but only today did I get any exterior lights done, etc.


I'll be making a few foods ahead of tomorrow this afternoon. Then Vigil tonight, and home and into new Christmas pajamas (for the children). It seemed Christmas would never come, but now Advent seems to have gone by so quickly.

Today the Virgin comes to the cave 
to give birth to the Eternal Word. 
Hear the glad tidings and rejoice, O universe! 
Glorify with the angels and the shepherds 
the Eternal God, who is willing to appear as a little child!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Wintry

(Well, as close as it gets in south Mississippi.)







It's so nice to take a little time off after the shop-related rush,


leisurely designing new things with soft yarn.

 
There's nothing like napping cats to make everything feel twice as cozy inside.



I hope everyone is finding a corner of calm this Advent!

 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas with a Baby

This is EXACTLY like Miss Moppet. I swear they could have borrowed her for the video (except she wouldn't keep a bow on her head).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Advent

 I have more things to do than I can shake a stick at. Somehow, when I get tired and down, all these Southernisms seem so apt.

Our first table-top tree. Out of the reach of little hands!

I finished the last three censers last night, popping them in their wrapping around midnight. They'll go to the post office this morning. I have small - oh so small - things I'm working on for all of my nieces and nephews (ten of them) and I need to get those done so I can... go to the post office! I've been there almost every business day for a couple weeks. We're all practically on a first-name-basis.


 I'm in danger of letting myself dissolve.

 
While the inside of the house is decorated, I haven't done the outside, with the exception of a simple wreath on the front door. We haven't driven to look at Christmas lights. The Christmas cards and photos are still sitting on my dresser.


At the moment adding anything ELSE to my paltry list seems insane; I have enough to say grace over. (See, there's another one.) So, I will not be baking this year. To be more clear, I will not bake before Christmas. I usually bake baklava and other goodies and send them to family members but I just can't do it this year. I feel awful about that.


A few weeks ago, Christmas seemed pretty far away and all things seemed possible. Now, with one week to go, reality is holding the trump card.


I've been promising myself that when the last things that I must do are done, then I will slow down and reflect. Something I've been very short on this Advent...


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Haste makes Waste

Illustrating a proverb:



Idiot-girl didn't know how to deal with a hank of hand-spun wool.

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30 minutes later...

 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Giveaway for Cozy House Curios!

Cozy House Curios is featured in a giveaway on Ginny's Small Things this weekend! Head on over to enter for a chance to win an adorable hat and booties set (gender neutral!) and find a coupon code for the rest of the items in the shop. Good luck!


Monday, December 8, 2014

Anxiety






Obligations are stacking up like planes over Atlanta; it's that time of year. My breath is catching in my chest. I'm taking intentional, slow, deep breaths and saying the Jesus Prayer. Time to step back and remember what's important.

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [Philippians 4:6]

Saturday, December 6, 2014

St. Nicholas

Joyous Feastday!

Last night we had Vespers to celebrate St. Nicholas and then had a little party at the shop of parishioners. Everyone had a lovely time and we had a great turn-out! We welcomed Fr. Matthew Harrington, Matushka Anna and their three children up from St. Francisville, LA as well. It was great to see them again.