Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Christ is Risen!

Indeed He is Risen!

It has been amazing several weeks.
Several weeks ago I began to prepare to be a new godmother and help my 12 year old daughter be a first time godmother to a 6 year old little girl. We were supposed to sew her chrismation/Pascha dress but it turned out to be I. Kelsey said, "This is too fancy for my first project." So I took it on as MY first fancy project. With a infant baptismal gown in a close 2nd as my fanciest yet (that story further down).
On Lazarus Saturday the Ferrenbergs were excited to help welcome the Sallis family into the Orthodox Church.

Here they are kneeling to receive prayers of absolution: (from left to right) Walker Gregory, Gregory, Marina, Alauna (Euphrosyne), Riley Benjamin.

A friend of ours took tons of pictures but the best ones are of the kids of course. They were awesome during the whole service!
Marina is 6 years old.

Walker Gregory is 5 years old. (if you click to enlarge you can see his cute little smile.)

Riley Benjamin is 2 almost 3 years old.

Then we were into Holy Week with all of it's splendor and preparations and on the list goes!
Followed by the Feast of Feasts and a week of celebrations!
Here are my children ready for the midnight feast, tired already and being silly while grandma took pictures.

Bright Week has been followed by a challenging week of sickness for me and me alone in this house. Sometimes I really think it was just all the overdoing it that took place for 2 + weeks which ended on Bright Saturday with an entire day of tilling up the garden using a heavy duty tiller. My body had enough. Because the only symptoms were sleep, sleep and more sleep, headaches and chills. Today I feel much better, but still not 100%.

During Bright Week I also scrambled to put the final touches on my first baptismal gown ever which is for baby Isabelle, the first infant I was blessed to become godmother to! My mom helped me out a lot with the sleeves and the bonnet.
Sunday, Thomas Sunday, was a glorious day with baptism. She is so adorable.

It wasn't until Monday that I crashed!


Michelle M. said...

Christ is Risen!

Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

Cristina said...

Indeed He is Risen! Wonderful moments and unforgettable memories, I suppose. Thank you for sharing this with us. I'd like to ask for you permission to show these pictures and these extraordinary conversions on my blog. My name is Cristina and I am a Christian Orthodox mother living in Romania (Europe).

Matushka said...

Christ is Risen!! These are lovely pics! Many years to you and all your spiritual family.

Wonderful dress and gown!!


Liz in Seattle said...

Christ is Risen! And congratulations to the godmothers in the family :-) And of course to the newly illumined! Your sewing projects are gorgeous. Hope you're feeling better soon.

Marfa said...

You're becoming quite the seamstress...congratulations to you and your daughter and the newly illumined!

I really like the photo of your kids on Pascha, dressed in bright colors and the silly boys!

Kelleylynn said...

Loved this and your work...maybe vestments next?

Susan Sophia said...

Mka. Kelleylynn...
That's what James is always saying. He wants me to sew him some.
I say, find me patterns and I'll give it a my spare time.

Cristina, yes you have my permission to post this on your blog. Thank you.

Mka. Michelle, I can't wait to meet you in person this summer. About when in the summer will you be visiting our Parish?

Pres. Kathy said...

Christ is Risen! What beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. You are very talented!

Mimi said...

Indeed he is Risen!

Congratulations to the Newly Illumined and to you guys, they are blessed to have you as their Godmother (and Kelsey Anna too!)

Cristina said...

Thank you, Sophia, for you permission to show these wonderful pictures on my blog. I did it and I briefly mentioned about the extraordinary examples of Orthodox living offered by you, the Americans.
Thank you again and God bless you and your beautiful family!

Xenia Kathryn said...

Congrats, Susan, on your family's new koumbari! How wonderful :D And the sewing is fabulous, too!

Bluecanopy said...

I'm so sorry to be reading these JUST NOW...YIKES!!

The gown is beautiful. You have inspired me. We have been asked to be godparents to a new baby in our parish due in August. Do you know the pattern maker and number for that? How difficult was it to sew?

Hope you are well Susan, I think of you often. Wish I could have you over for coffee and to chat while the kids played outside. :)