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2/10/12 9:45 A

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Today I'm off to our women's retreat. We will be meeting at a "guest house" -- a kind of bed and breakfast place, only we provide our own breakfast, in New Glaris -- a Swiss-themed town about 40 miles away. Our speaker will be a Presbytera from a church in the Chicago suburbs. She is American, and her husband is a Greek priest from Greece. She is a wonderful speaker. I'm looking forward to her talks -- I don't know the subject yet.

We always have our annual women's retreat at the end of Pharisee and Publican week -- that way we can begin it on a fast-free Friday!

I'm grateful our son can come home from Chicago to stay with my husband this weekend while I am gone. DH is recovering from his surgery, but it is slower than expected. He is making progress, though, and has finally been tolerating a soft foods diet for the past few days without incident, thank God!

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2/5/12 10:48 P

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Well, every time we tried to get him onto soft solids, his gut stopped working and he ended up an outpatient at the hospital, where they worked on him and got things moving again. This last time, they gave him a prescription for a drug that they thought would help. So far he's eaten soft solids now for two days with no adverse effect. We're on our way to day three! Hopefully we are over the hump! Now to get him gaining weight -- He's almost down to MY goal weight! YIKES!

Unfortunately I have to be careful as I cook fattening foods for him. They are so good I want to eat them too. So I need to prepare almost two meals so we each get the kind of food we need.

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2/3/12 8:11 A

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I shoveled my driveway on Monday night just for the exercise- when I woke up on Tuesday there was barely any snow on the ground.

Is your husband still on a liquid diet?



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2/2/12 3:12 P

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I see I last posted on this thread exactly one year ago after a major snow storm! How the weather changes from year to year. This year we haven't had much snow at all and it is slightly above freezing outside. It's good for me, though -- what with my husband recovering from surgery, I haven't had to do very much snow shoveling, thank God! With him still recuperating, I've had to take over a lot of his chores.

This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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2/2/11 7:45 A

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Welcome February 2011! This month has begun with a major snow storm or as my daughter called it a "thundersnowpocalpse blizzaster" and she and her family are cocooning in their Chicago apartment with the Lord of the Rings and homemade pizza!

Unfortunately, due to the storm our church canceled services for *The Meeting of our Lord* one of the Church's 12 great feasts. So, we celebrate at home. Since this is a feast day that happens on Wednesday, this is a great day to use those Fish, Wine, Oil menus!

But on the other hand, fortunately, due to the storm the preschool where I teach is closed! Yea! Snow Day! I can stay home, take it easy, and celebrate the day!

God bless you all on this Holy Feast Day!

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2/26/10 9:37 A

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I'm disappointed in the vestments I'm making for my son-in-law -- I'm having problems with the neckline on the Epitrachelion (stole). It has been all sewed together, but where it is supposed to meet at the front neck, it pokes out when it is fastened, and I don't know what to do about it -- maybe sew in a craft piece of wood or dowel to keep it flat????

Meanwhile, today it is my turn to bake the prosfora (communion bread) for church this Sunday. So I need to get off Spark pretty soon, take a shower, get dressed, and get to work!

Have a great day, everyone!
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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2/23/10 3:43 P

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Well, hello Team!

Sorry I haven't posted on any of threads in a few days. We had my daughter & son-in-law and grandkids here over the weekend. What a nice visit! My son-in-law is a deacon, hoping to be ordained to the priesthood before too much longer, and I'm making his vestments. I had gotten to the point where I couldn't do any more sewing until he tried them on. I could have taken it down to him in Chicago, but my husband and I figured that as payment for the vestments, they should come up for the weekend and bring the grandkids! It was also nice to have Andrew guest serve at our church, and preach the homily for Vespers for the Sunday of Orthodoxy. All in all, a wonderful visit!

Then yesterday, I got called in to the preschool again to work, so I was really tired and didn't get on Spark at all except for the Sparkrecipes, to get my garbanzo nut burger recipe for supper.

I hope Lent has gotten off to a great start for all of you. Can you believe we are almost half through the second week??!!!

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2/12/10 11:17 A

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I'm off to work today. I just got called into the Montessori preschool. This time I'll be working with the toddlers. Those two year olds! They'll take one look at me and cry because I'm not their regular teacher! Oh well -- Hope I can win their trust.
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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2/5/10 12:26 P

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Just got the "Fit and Firm and Fired up in 10 minutes" DVD from Sparks, went to try it out, and our TV quit working. The TV was kind of fluky last night.

Drat!

This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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2/1/10 9:27 A

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Happy February 2010!

This year Valentine's Day falls on Forgiveness Sunday (the beginning of Lent) which may be quite appropriate after all. Loving someone means forgiving them and accepting forgiveness from them. In this sinful, fallen world it is so easy to hurt the ones we love. Jesus knows how important forgiveness is for us and highlighted this when He asked us to pray "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" and then added "For if you forgive men their trespasses your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Matthew 6:12-15

God bless you all,
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This is hilarious! Thank you, RuthAnn. The perfect farewell to cheese!




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2/24/09 7:18 A

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Happy Cheesefare Week! Here is a funny video for all of us who are saying farewell to cheese -- the "Cheese Rap" -- Enjoy!

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Its February 15th -- the feast day of St. Onesimus (for new calendar), the runaway slave who eventually became bishop of Ephesus. You can find out about him in the Apostle Paul's letter to Philemon in the New Testament.

In our family, we have a funny story connected with this date. When my son-in-law and daughter were dating, they already knew they were going to get engaged. Andy had asked my husband for permission, they had bought the ring; he was just waiting for the *right* moment. They were attending Fr. Pat Reardon's church, All Saints Antiochian Orthodox in Chicago, and on Valentine's Day morning that year, there was a Saturday of the Souls liturgy. My daughter had to work, so she couldn't be there, but Andy was serving as subdeacon for Fr. Pat.

Afterwards Fr. Pat took Andy out for brunch. He asked whether Andy was going to ask my daughter to marry him that day. Andy said, No, that they had decided that Valentine's Day was just too hokey and unoriginal to get engaged on. Fr. Pat asked Andy if they had bought the ring yet. Andy said yes, that he had it in his pocket.

Fr. Pat told him, "That's ridiculous! You ask that poor girl to marry you today. If she doesn't show up at matins tomorrow with the ring on her finger I'm not going to give you communion!!!"(I'm sure he was mostly joking -- you gotta know Fr. Pat -- don't give me a horrified theological reply about this!)

Anyway, that night at Vespers, Fr. Pat went to great lengths to explain that for the Church, the day starts in the evening, and that liturgically this was no longer the Feast day of St. Valentinus, but was now the beginning of the Feast Day of St. Onesimus.

When Andy drove her home that night from Vespers, she said that she knew that liturgically it wasn't Valentine's Day any more, but that it was still secular Valentine's Day.

They had planned to watch a Valentine's Day video after having something to eat, but my daughter decided she was too tired. Andy said, "But it's still Valentine's Day, we need to watch that movie."

My daughter said, "Okay, it's St. Onesimus' Day -- you heard Fr. Pat. I'm tired and want to go to bed."

Andy said, "Oh, so you agree it's no longer Valentine's Day?"

She said, "Yeah, yeah -- now go home so I can get some sleep!."

Andy said, "Well, then, if you agree it isn't St. Valentine's day any more, I can give you this!" and he whipped out the ring!

Needless to say, my daughter wasn't so sleepy after that, and Fr. Pat was absolutely delighted the next morning, and of course they both received communion!

They have been happily married for about 4 1/2 years now. They have two wonderful little girls, and Andy is studying at St. Tikhon's seminary to become an Orthodox priest. (He only needs to go for a year, because he already has his M. Div. from Trinity Evangelical Free Seminary in Illinois.) We are looking forward to his ordination to the diaconate this year for sure, and to the priesthood whenever Bishop Mark thinks he is ready and has a church for him to serve.

So anyway -- Happy St. Onesimus' Day, everyone!!!
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
~Ruth Ann
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2/13/09 11:37 A

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Happy Pre-Feast of St. Valentine's Day
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Yes, it turns out there really was a St. Valentinus.

Here is his story as told by Fr. John Bockman:

The Saint Valentine legend is one that strikes this writer as possessing at least a few grains of truth. It is easy to appreciate how the events described could have taken place. Valentinus, the hero of the legend, lived in the time of Claudius Caesar, Emperor of Rome in the second century a.d. Claudius had ordered the entire Roman population to worship twelve pagan gods, and made it a capital crime to associate with Christians. Since Valentinus would not stop practicing his faith, he was arrested and thrown into prison.

Roman prisons were not exactly like modern prisons. Prisoners often had some freedom. The jailer in this case recognized that Valentinus was an honorable man and a learned one too. Therefore he inquired of Valentinus if he would instruct his blind daughter, Julia, who was young and anxious to learn.

Valentinus read stories of Rome to her and described the world of nature which surrounded her. We can be sure, too, that he told her about God. Julia began to see the world through the eyes of Valentinus and found spiritual comfort in his spiritual strength.

Julia wondered if God really hears our prayers, and Valentinus assured her that He does, provided it is for our greater spiritual good. She said she was now praying every morning and night that she might see everything that Valentinus had told her about the world. Then one day as they sat together praying, a brilliant light flashed in Valentinus's cell. Julia shouted, "Valentinus, I can see! I can see!".

On the eve of his martyrdom, Valentinus wrote a letter to his pupil, urging her to stay close to God in prayer. Without any further expression of affection he signed it, "From your Valentinus."

Valentinus, the martyr, gave up his spirit the next day, February 14, 270 a.d., near the gate that was later named Porta Valentini (The Gate of Valentine). His relics were buried in what is now the Church of Praxedes in Rome.

Valentinus had written a letter to Julia committing her to Christ. In return, Julia herself is said to have planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his resting place. Today the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship, and the valentine remains a token of affection, love, and devotion.
www.struggler.org/Valentine.html

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2/2/09 4:22 P

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Hi everyone --
Whew! I've had a busy week -- between helping a friend who left a pot of beans boiling on the stove and ended up with extensive smoke damage to her home, cleaning house to host our church's men's group and have our house blessed, having the smoked out family stay with us while they had their home treated with ozone, the pro-life march against a local hospital who wants to add a late term abortion clinic, and the chrismations this weekend of 4 of our catechumens (I was one of the sponsors), and then Liturgy this morning for The Meeting of the Lord in the Temple -- well, I haven't had much time for Spark. I hope you are all doing well, and I wish you all the best this month!

God bless you,
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This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
~Ruth Ann
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