So many thoughts flying around my mind lately. It’s kinda a constant flipping back and forth between “this isn’t so bad!” and “do we need to stock up on more food/water/should we get a Bede? There’s no more toilet paper!”
I’m finally past the need to constantly check to find out if there’s new news. I heard on the podcast Pansuit Politics to “seek out your news, don’t let it come to you in your feed”, so my consumption of FB is way down.
These big world changes keep pointing me toward the need to pray more. Sylvia Leonartis (@orthodoxmom on IG) posted about reports from Mount Athos of Saints appearing to the monks crying, and saying the people have forgotten them. This morning we decided to say the commemoration of the Saints from the St. Tikhon’s prayer book and it was so comforting .
I had every intention to sing Vespers at home tonight, but it got late and we needed to have dinner, so I decided to turn dinner into a prayer for my family. Tostadas from a bag, beans from a can, and fajita peppers done quick in the oven but served in a more-pretty-than-normal way. The kids have #quarantinehairdontcare but I really loved this photo. Our home feels more cozy and homey than it ever has -partly from recent renovations, but mostly because we’re doing more and more connected home things.
Missing Vespers also pushed me to pray a service I don’t think I’ve ever done at home. After the girls went to bed I read compline and it was a really lovely evening service. It was a good reminder that there are so many different services/prayers outside of the ones we normally do in church that I always have a available to me.
I’m so grateful for all the free resources that are coming out of this for homeschoolers- the Cincinnati Zoo is doing educational “home safari” videos on their YouTube, we’ve been learning doodling with Mo Willems, Audible just announced a free library for kids and teens, and Adventures in Odyssey is free for 4 weeks right now! My husband grew up listening and the kids love them too so between those and Audible, I’m hoping next week can involve less screen time.
It’s been cold and rainy, so homemade bread has been in order, as well as multiple mugs of tea or the new homeopathic Lemon drink called Umka that we’ve been loving. Keeping our throats hydrated and washing down all the germs with hot drinks. Hoping to plant some Basil and Chamomile seeds in some egg cartons next week with the girls, something to check and take care of and remind us that growth happens first in the dark under the dirt places.