This past week, my sister and her daughter flew down from Canada mainly for the baptism of my new little nephew. She was also here while the icon of the Mother of God, "The Softener of Hard Hearts" was visiting our parish.
Elizabeth, who we call "Liza" for short loves to draw. I'd gotten this easel at IKEA for $14.99 recently (and a roll of paper was $4.99) and Hannah and Olivia drew with her. Liza is now 20 months old and asked the girls to draw books, cars, crosses, horses, etc. AND says, "I lub you."
I'm really enjoying the cookbook Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian that I got from my aunt and uncle last month.
I made French panisses, which is a nice vegan treat. Basically, this recipe: http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Panisses. In the cookbook, she goes into great detail about how to handle the gram flour (chick pea), which is very fine and can clump easily.
We sprinkled them with powdered sugar.
Our friends invited us over to make a grass garden with a small pot to resemble the tomb of Christ.
The girls did a great job. We helped them make 3 crosses to put on the top, and we talked a lot while doing this activity, about what Christ said to the men who were crucified with him, and the one who said "Remember me, O Lord, when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom." -Luke 23:42
It's a Great Lent project that I think we'll do again in the future. Maybe with our Sunday School children next year? Hopefully by Pascha (we have 10 days more), it will be full of green grass!
I'm an Orthodox Christian, mother to 3 and expecting our 4th summer 2017, who likes listening to her husband play the mandolin, loves to sip tea, eat chocolate, draw, take photos, garden, tend to our chickens, read...