Monday, July 21, 2014

Our Home Has Been Blessed!

 Our House is Blessed! 

It is so very nice to have one's house blessed 
with prayer, holy water, oil and incense!  
Our priest, his Matuska and son stayed for dinner;
Mr. Husband's parents have known them all for years
and it was a lovely time of fellowship and reminiscing!

Home grown mashed potatoes & salad from parents-in-law's garden
fruit salad of red grapes and blue berries with whipped cream on the side
red wine, water
Flowers from guest's garden, vase Mr. Husband's.
Table Cloth and Candle holders were wedding gifts to me
from my Ottawa parish.
I also used rose tea towels and apron from IKEA
for the first time... 
I got these from the IKEA gift card
that my Ottawa church family also gave me.
So it was full of many memories and love, this meal...

Grandma's sauce boat.

Bowl from Halifax trip years ago.
Silver from rummage sale Mr. Husband and I went to;
other dishes from wedding, sales and bridal showers...

It was a lovely meal enjoyed by all!
Juniors cheese cake
Tea, milk, cream, sugar, agave.

My Mother-in-law helped greatly with the meal
and it was a really special time! 
We are so thankful to God for His great mercy to us!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Many beautiful and happy things ~ Feast day, Mr. Husband's ordination and Time with Family

We got word this week that
Mr. Husband would be ordained as a 
subdeacon on Friday,
our Churches' Feast day!

Mr. Husband was ordained from being a 
Reader to a Subdeacon
It was so deeply beautiful!
Three years ago I found out that 
the then unknown Reader who I married 
a year-plus-1.5 months later,
was willing to email me and our new 
life had it's beginning through emailed letters...
now we are married and he became a subdeacon 
on this wonderful feast day to St. Elizabeth!

It was so wonderful that it happened that Mr. Husband's 
parents were already planning on coming!
After the Feast Day we all went to Princeton to enjoy
a nice afternoon and early evening together.
Mr. Husband and I's first real date day in New Jersey was
at Princeton and it was really special to go back
with Mr. Husband's parents.
The above picture Mr. Husband when we were dating
said would be perfect for knights jousting
and I said would be prefect for a formal beautiful ball. :)
We then went to the chapel...

We saw the beautiful large chapel at Princeton again;
this chapel was one of the last beautiful things my
Oma ever saw in pictures as we were visiting her
and I told her about the future Mr. Husband and I's
time in New Jersey and showed her the pictures of Princeton
and esp. the chapel. She just loved all that stain glass.
It was so very special to be in this chapel those years later,
with Mr. Husband made a subdeacon that morning
and showing the chapel to his parents, the chapel that Mr. Husband and I looked at together when we were dating and loved so much.
The chapel that my Oma loved and she told me that
everyone wants a little happiness and that she was so glad 
that I was dating the not-yet-Mr. Husband.
We knew that my Oma knew we would marry and it was 
a comfort that I got to see her and show her pictures of 
my then beloved boyfriend.
was a deeply meaningful act of love 
that he showed to me and 
my family.
And so here we are, with family... :)... 
I am now, as a woman who is now a Deacon's wife,
which in the Russian tradition makes her a Matuska,
when her husband became a subdeacon, (the level before Deacon) 
she called herself a subtuska, 
and so I am now (this is a joke of course)
Subtuska Elizabeth ;)
So tomorrow DV is church and our house is being
blessed while my parents-in-law are still here.
My father-in law is making us a beautiful pantry.

More on that DV next week.
We are preparing the house and the food
for the dinner we will make after
the house blessing.
It's a special time for us and one 
that we are most grateful for! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Busy with many beautiful and good things

Seems like a long time ago,
July 4th.
We saw fireworks from our large 
living room windows... 

I had such a hard time keeping my lampadas
lit when the Munchkin was here.
It was often impossible; 
between the busy schedule,
that our routines here in general are different
and with a beloved Munchkin very different...

We did light lots of candles though... 

We still need a plumber to come.
No cold water in bathtub.
I use the bucket for cold water.
Not a big deal.

We have hooks in our bathroom for things now.

I hung some pictures today in our hallway.

My Dad made this frame
and I just love it.
Picture is by Whistler of a time
that was more beautiful, esp. in dress.

Cleo totally got sick on these in the night.
Right before my in-laws were coming.
So Google to the rescue.
I found this post
and this video from it:

and it worked! 
The chair covers, as you can see above, are as good as new.
I am still trying to clean my old chair covers
that have years of stains.
They are much better but the deep stains are still there.
Am open to suggestions... 

Our new as of yesterday dishwasher.
The installer took the old one out as if it were a small box!
Just carried it down the stairs like it was nothing!
So... it did not clean perfectly (some muddy water)
 but I am wondering if I stopped it
before it was done.
Have to read that manual.
Mostly it cleaned first rate...

I told my Mom I declared war on my dining room table.
She had me clarify:
it was war on all the CLUTTER on the table.
I can't wait till we have a proper office and place to put papers.
This is a continual source of frustration for me:
papers, clutter everywhere.
I can understand why Aunt E. at my Bible camp years ago 
when I worked there and pre-Orthodox years,
said that she threatened to make each table surface diagonal in her home
so that no one could put things on it!
She also had a sign on her desk:
a clean desk is a sign of a sick mind ;)
At least we are sane around here...
So it was storming like crazy earlier - 
emailed Mr. Husband this picture in the early afternoon... 
flash flooding happens quickly here and the rain
was so heavy it was like hail in appearance...

Photo: just took this picture out my window... raining heavily here... last I knew about 1 hour ago my family who is coming were in PA on the turnpike... more prayers requested! and I am going to light all my oil lamps/lampas for prayer and say more prayers...

Thankfully the roads are dry now...
I do hope my in-laws come safely here...
DV we have both our church feast towards the weekend
and on Sunday our house blessing...
so it's going to be a super busy rest of the week,
with my in-laws here helping us with the house
and preparing food for both events.
Prayers of course welcomed!
Don't worry if I don't post much in the next days,
it's just going to be a busy but good time!
God bless and keep us all!
Lord have mercy on us!