Sirens Sounding

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 I shared photos of the dark front that passed over us when we were at the park the other day, and here are some photos of the ominous weather that we had last night.

All of a sudden, it got really dark and windy.
Then we heard the tornado sirens going off.

A lot of local people were complaining that the sirens went off for no reason, but shortly after, photos from different people were shared online of clouds that looked like they were forming a funnel.

Our neighbor across the street shared this photo with our local Emergency Management-
that is our house on the right.

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Thankfully, no one was hurt, but there was a lot of damage done to trees and properties.

A New/Old Vanity

IMG_20150625_150608 A friend of mine was giving away a vanity that was given to her,
so Grace and I went to get it as soon as we could.
We were excited to re-paint it and reupholster the fabric.
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We used the purple paint from Grace’s room (two walls are purple and two are green) and just some fabric I had on hand.  For, basically, no money at all, we transformed the vanity to match Grace’s taste… and we had fun doing it together!

A Dark Front

We were playing at the park the other day when a dark front passed over us.

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It moved right over our heads without a drop of rain, just some really strong winds.
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And then we had clear skies until the evening.

Summer Sun

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Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.

Though closer still the blinds we pull
To keep the shady parlour cool,
Yet he will find a chink or two
To slip his golden fingers through.

The dusty attic spider-clad
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad;
And through the broken edge of tiles
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles.

Meantime his golden face around
He bares to all the garden ground,
And sheds a warm and glittering look
Among the ivy’s inmost nook.

Above the hills, along the blue,
Round the bright air with footing true,
To please the child, to paint the rose,
The gardener of the World, he goes.

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Out of the House

You may have heard that we are moving.

Yes, this is true… as soon as we sell our home.  It has only been on the market for about a week and a half, but we have had lots of showings and an Open House, which means that we’ve had to leave our home many times recently and find things to do.

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IMG_20150531_152254It has been a BUSY two weeks!

 

Book Review: When My Baba Died by Marjorie Kunch

The other day, we were driving down the road when a funeral procession stopped all traffic in order to cross a busy intersection.  My oldest turned to me and asked if only “really important people” have funerals, and I explained how anyone can have a funeral if they desire.  “Mommy?  Did you have a funeral for the babies who died in your tummy?” he asked.  I told him how we did special prayers at church for the littles ones that we lost to miscarriage.
As a family, we have only been to one funeral, and
I, then, realized that none of us has been to an Orthodox funeral.

When My Baba Died

Recently, I had the pleasure of previewing Pascha Press‘s first book: When My Baba Died by Marjorie Kunch.  When My Baba Died is a lovely guide for children through the loss of a loved one.

The description from the website:

This warm, accessible, faith-based book ministers to a child’s specific needs when faced with their first experience of an Orthodox funeral.  It will help parents guide their children during this difficult time and illustrate the progression from the funeral home visitation, to the funeral ceremony in church, to the cemetery graveside service. I also answer the most common questions children asked of me during my twelve years serving as a funeral director, define newly encountered words,  and address the emotions they may be feeling as they begin their journey of grief. This is accomplished with the use of simple text, accurate terminology, and beautiful photography digitally edited to create tasteful illustrations of all phases of the ceremony. It is my humble prayer this book brings you closer to our Risen God and the comfort of the Orthodox Faith.When My Baba Died

I think When My Baba Died would be the perfect addition to the library of any Orthodox family.  It helps prepare a child for what they will encounter at a funeral by going through what will happen, step by step with photos, from the visitation to the burial.  This book lets children know that it is normal to cry and feel sad, but also gives them hope that their loved one is with the Lord. The author, Marjorie Kunch, is a mortician and an Orthodox Christian, and she does an excellent job making this difficult subject accessible to young children.

When My Baba Died

 

When My Baba Died will available June 21st from Pascha Press!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.