Monday, August 30, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
My Mom, Sister, Brother-in-law
went to the Meijer Gardens and saw the Chihuly glass exhibit.
It was nice,
though I found it exhausting being in the full sun outside...
This is one of my favourite shots,
as you can see the plants in the background.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Above are flowers from the monastery this past weekend.
A lovely Romanian man was given them from
where they adorned the large icon
of the Dormition of the Theotokos.
I sold about 65 of my books today.
It was a new experience to let go of books
that had with me for
I just had to keep reminding myself
that though I have given away the books that remind me
of how God has worked in my life
and that He is bringing me deeper in
where He seeks to lead me.
The books were merely part of that journey
and that God is here with me now
and has given me a new chapter in my life,
where and what I need to go towards.
Am reading more of The Jesus Prayer
and am really appreciating this book.
I can't recommend this book enough...
I treasure these days and feel strongly that they are fleeting.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
My family's garden is blossoming.
I got to visit with my Grandma!
She has so much energy and is always doing something -
She was out to breakfast at 8:30 this morning
before spending time with me
and having a visit from my Aunt and my Aunt's 7 year old grandson;
all of us, including my Grandma,
went out for ice cream.
It was great!
And tonight I walked for 2 miles with my Mom.
A very full day.
I finished another cover letter and resume
and submitted it.
Each application is so different, it really takes
time, thought and various edits
before I can submit the application.
I have at least one more to do while I am visiting my
It is a good but still uncertain time for me.
When will I get a job, where and what will it be
are all unknown.
I am hoping to go to the monastery next week
to pray about this,
as I really need a lot of wisdom and courage
during this time.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
The flowers are slowly fading here
but still beautiful.
It has been wonderful to see my sister and brother-in-law;
I have visited with them, my parents and Grandmother
I was able to finish the application in time
for the job outside of Ottawa.
Seeking to trust God in all things
(wow do I have a long way to go with this)
and to be thankful.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
It always feels like a bit of transition
to be leaving my little apartment
and Cleo Cat.
My good friend who will be visiting her daily
has assured me that Cleo will be fine. :)
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
How quickly the summer is going!
I have so much to do before I leave -
packing, key making, small bits of shopping,
French is not happening much right now... :(
I am finding it really hard to apply for any jobs outside
of my city.
So far I am finishing up only one application...
There are various jobs I am applying for here.
I am seeking to be open to God's will
and hope it will be made clear.
I have been comforted by words of a wise person,
telling me that patient endurance
in the end
find me at the next step
in my journey.
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Summer is slowly going into Autumn;
Ottawa has had surprisingly cool weather;
Michigan is still quite warm, so I am packing summer clothes for sure!
Am still working on plans for my stay
I have not been home in August since the year of my chrismation;
I was chrismated
6 years ago on this day;
where do the days go?!
Friday, August 06, 2010
Today was the Feast of the Transfiguration!
I was able to go to liturgy
and eat blessed peaches and grapes afterwards.
Plans for going to the monastery when I am home
are coming to fruition.
God is merciful.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
Today is my Dad's birthday!
As I said for my Mother's Birthday,
I was born of a Christian Mother -
I was born also with a Christian Father.
A Father who is gentle
who is quick to listen, slow to speak.
Who I never remember yelling at me or anyone else;
who always loved to tease in loving ways;
who supported his family,
sacrificing so I and my siblings could have a Christian education;
whose faithfulness, commitment to God and
to the church he was raised in
Monday, August 02, 2010
My sister and brother in law DV
will be home from Romania
and so I am going
home as well!
I will be able to visit with family,
and I hope to be there on their feast day.
I also hope to hear my sister and brother-in-law speak
at the church my sister and I grew up in
about her work with the orphans in Romania.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
The church picnic was wonderful.
The highlight of my summer.
Fellowship, food, campfire.
Discussions that feed the soul...