Sunday, April 17, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook

Simple Woman's Daybook

Welcome to my Sunday Daybook. A chance for me to reflect intentionally on what is going on in my world each week. You can check out other daybookers here.

Outside my window …
 it feels like summer.  I'm going to put on shorts for the next few hours until its time to go back to Church.

I am thinking … about Bridegroom Matins, a service I get to attend alone this evening.  This is one of my favorite services of the entire liturgical year.  For most of my life I never truly knew the love of God... I never truly understood what it meant to have Christ as my Bridegroom.  When I became Orthodox, I knew the love of God for the first time.
Behold, the Bridegroom cometh in the middle of the night, and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching; and again unworthy is he whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, lest thou be overcome with sleep, lest thou be given up to death, and be shut out from the Kingdom. But rouse thyself and cry: Holy, Holy, Holy art Thou, O God, through the Mother of God, have mercy on us.
Holy Week is upon us and I am looking forward to the long hours in Church and Mark's Chrismation on Holy Saturday evening!

I am thankful for … the incredible people of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine.  These people have absolutely bathed us in love and generosity.  And they provide a tremendous example of what it means to be a Christian in the world: they are the servants of all.  And they do it with joy.

I am hoping … that this will be a meaningful week for my family, especially Mark, who will become a member of the Church at the end of the week.

On my mind …getting stuff done before leaving for the service tonight.

Noticing that …I need to get going!

A few plans for the week … Someone counted up all the hours of potential hours of Holy Week services and came up with 36.  That's pretty amazing!  We're not going to absolutely everything, but we'll be around for most of that.  I'm not planning on doing much besides homeschool and Holy Week.  

From the kitchen … Enchilada Pie; Corn tortillas smothered in salsa beans and cheese and stacked; top with salsa and more cheese, bake until hot, enjoy.

Around the house …Eeek!  Don't come over!  And its about to get worse cuz we're moving in a few weeks!  But then, please come over!  We'll have a home big enough for our family (and others!!)

One of my favorite things … Fresh, homemade salsa


  1. Oooh... your enchilada pie sounds delish!

  2. This is a great looking site, and I love the idea of home-made salsa. I wouldn't know where to start!!

    Blessings to you and yours.

  3. I love the title of your blog and your profile. I'm your newest follower.

    From The Simple Woman : )

  4. Wow! Welcome everyone! You've made my day with your visits and your comments. Thank you!

    @Sterlingsop: I've gone a couple different ways with the salsa... One way is to make a chunky pico de gallo style by dicing tomatoes, thinkly minced onion, a jalapeno, and then tossed with lime and cilnatro. I used to make it that way- and only that way- until I realized that it was much, much easier to throw everything in my food processor. Just make sure to do the onion and the onion and the jalapeno first and then the tomatoes. Its really good. Beats anything you can buy in the store.

    Here's a good video with a recipe that I love:

    She lacto-ferments the salsa which I plan on doing when tomatoes are in season. But for now, its not really worth it.

    @houseofestrogen- The Enchilada Pie is the lazy-mom's way to make enchiladas. You can even do it in the crockpot. I just put a little salsa on the bottom of whatever I'm using to bake the "pie". Take a corn tortilla and slather it with refried beans. Top with cheese. Place the tortilla in the pan and top with another tortilla. Repeat until you think you have enough. Top with salsa and cheese and bake. It was really good!

    @Melanie- Thank you for the compliment! My priest said once that Christians shouldn't be pessimists and that's stuck with me ever since. I'm definitely a "hello! the glass is half empty!" kind of girl, but I'm working on it :-)