Wednesday, September 19, 2007
September 14th a very, very special day!
Last Friday was a very special day here at our house.
Our day started with a 6:00a.m. Divine Liturgy for the Elevation of the Precious Cross of our Lord. It is one of the Great Feasts celebrated by the Orthodox Church. Go to this web site for a wonderful description of the feast and an excellent commentary on the icon of the Elevation of the Cross. www.goarch.org/en/special/listen_learn_share/exaltholycross/learn/
The picture is of the cross at our Church. When there is a Great Feast, our Church decorates the icon, or in this case the cross, with flowers.
We also remembered another very special day in our household: The birth of Zoe Marie.
It is so hard to believe that one year has passed! Alas, she is walking and right in the middle of the two older ones.
Friday afternoon, Katya, Thea and I went shopping for some things for little Zoe to tear into. We went over to the thrift store to see what we could find, and they were having a 50% off sale!!! We were in thrift heaven. All three girls got new dresses-very cheap! Yahoo!
Katherine is my thrift store buddy. We usually sneak out when the two little ones go out for a nap. Since it was Zoe's birthday, Thea wanted to help pick something out, so off we three went. We then went over to the other thrift store (there are several in our town) and that's where we found a stack of board books (in near perfect condition) for Zoe and some big plastic blocks that are mushy. They are really cute. The books were .25 each and the blocks were $1.00 for six. Another score.
We came home, got out the clorox wipes and cleaned up Zoe's goodies. We got them wrapped and waited for her to rip them all back open. We skipped a cake, since September 14th is a strict fast day, and because her godmother told me she was baking a cake for Sunday coffee hour - perfect.
As you can see in the pics, Zoe loved opening the gifts, the girls loved helping her, and I think she liked what she got.
All in all I think we spent about $10.00 and came home with great stuff!
Happy Birthday Zoe, we love you and thank God for you!