My daughter took the photo with the dandelion garland (that she made just before the memorial service). She posted it on her instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/hannah.baier/
And the photo of my mom and two of her grandchildren taken by my sister, posted to her instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/mrsanishchenko/
Our favorite nearby cafe, in Cooperstown, NY....my younger daughter got a beautiful red raspberry smoothie.
Such a pretty book, by Dinara Mirtalipova! I'm currently reading a book called Echo (written by Pam Munoz Ryan) that Dinara illustrated...aimed at a juvenile audience, but historical fiction around the second world war, a harmonica, and children.
Over the weekend, we went to see my in-laws. We brought a bouquet of peonies from our yard for Rob's mom. And Rob made pulled pork, we also brought salad and mango sorbet, I chopped up a pineapple and my mother-in-law had pound cake and strawberries. We had a nice picnic.
My mom came over here Sunday afternoon and we got ice cream sundaes together. It was another great day....the weather just perfect! We have had so much rain that these sunny days are very welcome.
We participated in a lovely May pole tradition. And there was a beautiful buckeye tree there in full bloom.
One more photo a friend sent from last week, after the dinner at the Peterloon estate.
I found out yesterday that our friends, George and Vera, were in a car accident and need prayers. ♥ Above is a photo of me and George at ORPR camp, and below that's Vera, who is in charge of admissions and meal planning and overall most things involving ORPR camp.
Over the weekend, my husband and I were lucky to be able to go to a lovely dinner and fundraiser for the church at the Peterloon estate. We arrived there in a horse drawn carriage. The weather was sunny and just perfect.
We celebrated my husband's birthday last weekend. This is our rendition of the "Manor Born Banana Cake with Coffee Buttercream" in which I accidentally doubled the butter in the batter (but it turned out just fine, thankfully) and we used 2 9" cake pans because I don't have 3 8" ones...my sister-in-law bought me the cookbook with this recipe as a gift after a trip to NYC. Here is the recipe: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/The-Manor-Born-Banana-Cake-with-Coffee-Buttercream
We had a nice time with my sister's 2 big kids, while she took out my girls for pedicures! Here they are playing with play dough.
Bright week...procession with icons outside.
After Liturgy, we went to my mom's house, for lunch and an egg hunt. The weather was really nice!
My niece with her suction cup man...meet Oogi.
Successful egg hunt, thanks to Grammie. ♥
Does anyone know what this is? I seem to remember digging up a plant when we visited my cousin and taking it home. I was thinking borage, but from the pictures I've seen, probably not.
Paul and I just read this NEW book, The Suitcase. The newest book by Jane Meyer is a compelling story of
what one thoughtful child would put in a suitcase, things for others, to
help them and show love.
While reading it, my youngest child who is 18 months old pointed to the
animals and other things that he recognized on each page... As an artist,
I found the watercolor illustrations appealing and love how the
balance of detail and "white" space, whether it's clouds or a field,
well done. The message is one that my oldest child, was just
talking about...during Great Lent, we should be helping others,
volunteering at a soup kitchen, donating gently used clothing, visiting
the sick, etc. I think this book would be a wonderful gift for a child
ages 1-10 years old, although teens and adults will also benefit.Even I was touched and thought about what we can do to be a better
person, after reading The Suitcase. Very uplifting! One of the first things that I looked for was
where it was printed...in the United States! More and more books are
published elsewhere, and the quality isn't as good, in my opinion. I
will receive a reading copy of this book in return for my honest
review. And I'm so excited to get a paper copy for our family!
Kisses for Paulfrom his big sisters...one lucky little guy.Today is March 7/20, which is the feast of St. Paul the Simple, (on the old calendar) his patron saint, and his namesday!