pretty- well, the cell phone photo is not pretty at all, and the icons aren't perfectly proportioned, but I still think they are beautiful.
happy- I was so happy to come home from teaching my college class to see these! They have been in the works for a long time. I am also happy that we won't need to transport our 'real' wooden six foot icons when we celebrate away from our normal venue. These roll up and fit into two 3 foot long cases. It will be so much easier to celebrate a Divine Liturgy 'out and about.'
funny- hmmm....the kids have commented that baby Jesus looks a bit older than usual here with his comb-over, but I've seen babies like that...
real- The 'real' part of these icons is a bit depressing. Out here in the wild west, there really is little need or want for Byzantine traditions. I see my husband breaking his back, working so hard at the hospital so that we can be here to minister to these missions. I am a bit tired of people saying "Your husband is such a holy priest!" (then why don't you worship with us occasionally?) or "I was raised Byzantine Catholic and we love the Liturgy, but now the Roman-rite is more convenient" (um- we are here now)...ah well- I think that the Great Fast is getting me down! I probably need to pray more and take some iron tablets!