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    Monday, March 14, 2005

    Blessed Lent to All

    Now, He Who raised Him from the dead will raise us also, provided we do
    His will, make His commandments our rule of life,
    and love what He loves;

    if we abstain from every kind of wrongdoing, avarice, love of money, slander, and false testimony;

    if we do not repay wrong with wrong, abuse with abuse, blow with blow, curse with curse,

    but on the contrary, bear in mind what the Lord taught when He said: Do not judge that you may not be judged.

    St. Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians.

    ...and a little less spiritual, there are new pics in my photo journal.

    see you on the other side.

    Thursday, March 10, 2005

    A Night's Tale

    I almost don't want to post this...but I will, despite the fact that most of you won't want to hear about it, will be bored to death, or will disagree with my parenting tactics. My apologies in advance...but this has been a red-letter event in my small existence. For the past couple of weeks we have been working on helping Basil to wean from nursing at night. I chose to keep nursing him through my pregnancy and after the baby is born...I know it may sound weird, I once thought it so, but there are lots of mothers out there who have done it and plenty of info on the topic (benefits, health, nutrition, logistics, etc.). Anywho, that's besdes the point. The night weaning is partly in preparation for the new baby and may hopefully lead to Basil sleeping all night in the toddler bed beside ours. I must admit that as glad as I am to have my body to myself for the night, there is a bit of sadness.

    I have nursed the little lamb every night since he was born and yet as time has shown, he and I are apparently both ready for the change. While it hasn't been easy to get the point across that "Mom's all-night diner" is cutting back its hours, Basil is starting to realize that the world will keep on spining and that Mommy's not going anywhere even though her "nursers" are. Last night he woke up a couple of times...I patted his belly and sang to him as he quickly and quietly drifted back to sleep. It's nice to see him responding so positively to the adjustment in our wee-hours relationship.

    All in all, I am pleased with our choices in the nursing realm. I love parenting with gentleness and concern for Basil's needs even if they aren't convenient for me to meet. I really think this is the ascetic essence of parenthood. I'm not proclaiming to have figured it all out or done it all perfectly, Lord have mercy. I have loads to learn, that's for sure. I just wanted to share my experience...and say, hooray for sleep!

    Wednesday, March 09, 2005

    A Timely Reminder

    "Save yourself, and a thousand around you will see and be saved."

    St. Seraphim of Sarov

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