May 28, 2014

Phlox and peonies

Hannah picked some phlox growing by the stream near her great-grandpa's grave.  We picked up great-grandma from the nursing home and went to visit the cemetery, where her husband is buried.
It's peony season here!!!  Peonies in the kitchen, on the dining room table, brought some to church over the weekend, gave a few blossoms to my mom, and also brought some to the cemetery...
 Sunny the park with friends from our homeschool group!
 My niece lost her 2 front teeth! 
And tomorrow is Olivia's 11th birthday!  She is trying to play the 
accordion we bought over the weekend for $100.

May 21, 2014

A gift

My husband commissioned an 8 x 10" hand-painted icon of St. Martha for me.  It wasn't ready by my namesday, like he'd hoped.  What a nice gift!
It was a complete surprise to me.  I have another icon of my patron saint, but it is smaller.  Now, everyone in our family has the same size hand-painted icon.  The girls' icons are hanging above their beds.  Above our bed, are our wedding icons, of Christ and the Theotokos.
I printed off copies of the girls' icons for our family icon-corner-shelf in our living room.
Friends from our Orthodox homeschooling group...
Yesterday, we planted more of our garden.  Our peas are coming up nicely (on the left) and Olivia planted onion sets.

May 7, 2014

My namesday

This past Sunday, was my namesday.  That's the day we celebrate the Myrrhbearers, my patron saint, St. Martha is one of them.  Two of my sisters celebrate then, also.  I got quite a few gifts.   My mom made bread pudding (with kulich), with bourbon sauce for us.
Bourbon sauce:
Melt 1 stick butter in pan. Add 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water, cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes. Beat an egg in a separate bowl. Remove butter mixture from heat and gradually add the egg while whisking the mixture rapidly. Add bourbon and serve hot.
It's great over a dish of vanilla ice cream or bread pudding!
AND yesterday, was our church feast day, St. George.  After Liturgy, we had a procession around the church:
Protodeacon Andrei Kuraev from Moscow was visiting and gave a talk (we didn't stay, as Hannah's had some neck problems, and we had a chiropractor's appt) later in the afternoon.  Fr. Eugene Antonov from Atlanta came, too, he is the priest who is blessing everyone with holy water!
The weather is wonderful, sunny and warm, today it is supposed to reach 83.  We are going to water our garden carefully, those tender young seedlings need extra care!

May 2, 2014

While she is sick...

While Hannah is still sick, Velvet sweetly curled up next to her, and they slept.  Rob was home.  Olivia and I went to the zoo.
 4 days ago a baby giraffe was born here.  There were SO many people waiting to see the giraffe baby.  Olivia bought herself a pink snake toy with some money she had right before we left!
Although I'm not into gambling, tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby...and I love the hats the ladies wear. Isn't this yellow one stunning?
Wow...such lovely long feathers....too fancy for my taste, but still beautiful, a work of art.