Black Eyed Susans

nature study

Black Eyed Susans

Black Eyed Susans
One joy that we have encountered in Nature Study is identifying and examining the various summer flowers that pop up in August and September.

Last September, I was walking through a boggy area near our home and discovered a small patch of Black Eyed Susans. The next day, I brought the boys out for a little investigation. The first thing we did was thoroughly examine one of the flowers. Yes, we pulled off the petals and somebody actually licked one of them. Then we poked around at the flower’s center and checked it out with a magnifying glass. I happened to bring along my handy and heavy copy of Anne Comstock’s Handbook of Nature Study and we went through her questions. Finally, we sketched. I keep a very nice set of Prismacolor pencils in our nature backpack. The colors are vibrant and the pencils are easy to move across the paper. We sketched the flower and identified it in our nature study books. We always date our entries because it is a nostalgic to come back and remember sites and sketches from days gone by. Hopefully, after having sketched, tasted and studied, they will remember the Black Eyed Susan when they see it out in the woods again this year.

If you want to know your pastor, become an Orthodox Christian!

Being an Orthodox Christian is a wonderful experience on so many levels. One aspect of being a part of a vibrant Orthodox Christian community is that we have a real relationship with our priests. Our priest knows each of my children’s names and prays for us every day! He knows our family and our personalities and can counsel us and give advice from the perspective of knowing US. My husband says that Fr. Paul is his accountability partner!  He is truly Christ’s representative for us on earth.

House blessing!

Father Paul conducts the house blessing.

Our Father Paul recently came out and blessed our home. He went through the entire house with the cross and with holy water, blessing each room and claiming it as Christ’s own dwelling place. All were smiling as we were occasionally splashed with holy water.


Father Tom comes to Graduation!

When Father Tom came to our son’s graduation from high school, he showed up in a blaze of white priestly garments! After all, it was the Pascha season. We had just celebrated Pascha two weeks before.


Father Peter gives a hug!

Father Peter gives the best hugs in the world!  Here, he is reaching out, all smiles, for a big, bear hug!  Father Peter always wears a green cassock; it is his trademark.

Father Tom at the Blessing of the Waters.

Father Tom at the Blessing of the Waters.

Being an altar server is an honor and a delight. Always patient, Father Tom exudes warmth and a little humor as he blesses  them during the Feast of Holy Theophany.

You can see why we love our spiritual family and especially our priestly Fathers.  God blesses us through them!