My favorite blog Like Mother, Like Daughter is encouraging all to find contentment in the everyday: Here I go...
PrettyOur learning room, semi-cleaned out yesterday, is becoming pretty. Since I left my camera behind with family, I don't have before and after photos.This is for the best, because it still isn't that pretty, but the girls can do math with pretty smiling faces at their desks. And they have space to put their gladiolas which are being used for a science experiment. So, life is pretty.
HappyWe have a lot to be happy about. My oldest daughter's Godparents' oldest daughter (got that?) is coming home from the hospital after being treated for a skull and femur fracture due to being run over by a car during cross country practice. She needs to do nothing for six weeks. I'm not sure if she will lose a semester of school, but she has her life and her health. In much less serious reasons to be happy, I spent 3 1/2 hours at the emergency room last evening/night with Baby Girl who ended up being treated for pneumonia. And she ate a bowl of chicken soup this morning after not eating anything for four days. So, I'm really happy. And I have been happy to offer up the minor suffering and annoyances that come with caring for a sick child for those families with truly sick children.
Funny I suppose that it is 'funny' that I was happy that Baby Girl got diagnosed with pneumonia, but I was happy to have not given her an x-ray for nothing. Now, we just have to make an action plan to prevent this in the future. She is watching endless episodes of Kipper on Netflix- maybe I will change it up to Veggie Tales or something for a little funny...any suggestions? Please don't write no videos- she is two and miserable on the couch. Even drawing is too much for her right now.
sometimes ask me why the Byzantine-style cross has the slanted bar at
the bottom. I have heard it said that the slanted bar is to show that
Jesus was fully man (and fully God) when He was on the cross. He felt
pain. He struggled. So the bar, put in place to support His body weight
while He was being crucified, would have twisted under His pain. If one
keeps their eyes open, their is a lot of catechism tucked into icons and
stained glass windows and even the style of cross that we venerate.
"Come, all you nations, let us bow in worship to the blessed Cross of
the Lord through which eternal justice came to us. He who deceived Adam,
the first man, was conquered by a tree, and the same who fettered the
royal creation by his venom has been washed away by the divine blood of
Christ, and the curse of the sin has been lifted by a rightful sentence
when the just Christ was condemned unjustly. By God's plan, death that
had come from a tree would be conquered by a tree, and suffering would
be healed by the suffering of the Lord. Glory be to the active presence
of your providence in our lives, O Christ our King: through it, you have
wrought salvation for all, O You who are gracious and the Lover of
Mankind!" -- from the feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross