My Mother's cooking.
Homemade apple sauce.
From the garden green beans.
This afternoon I found a book I thought was lost for good -
Walking on Water: reflections on Faith and Writing
by Madeleine L' Engle.
This was a very special book for me years ago,
less than a year after I heard her speak in person.
Every year now coming home is a multi-faceted event.
It is not easy to be a convert to Orthodoxy,
as many know;
so many layers of memories at one's place of upbringing
that are now different than the reality
one lives in now.
Of course I have many layers of memories
of all different places,
as I have moved around a lot.
The world does not stay the familiar place that we once knew;
nothing stays the same
but we must cling to God who remains steadfast
throughout all the ages.
And I must enjoy my time here
as I only get Christmas 2009 once.
God is merciful and gracious
ever abounding in loving kindness...