My son will be two years old at the end of the month.

He is our first child that is 'cradle Orthodox'.  It has already been a wonderous experience....the baptism, chrismation and of course the first communion and all of those to follow.  He has wonderful godparents whom we feel very close to.

His favorite activity is playing 'church'.  It started over a year ago.  He waves his plastic links, chained together, as though they are a censor.  As time went on, he learned to kiss icons and crosses, so each time he sees one he must kiss it.  It doesn't matter where it is....within reach or not, so sometimes this is a challenge as he gets rather upset if he can't.  He also takes them off the wall or the dresser and walks around the house with it, holding the icon or cross, or yes, even the bible, high above his head, singing in a tone quite similar to that of the priest....Could it be? "Blessed is the kingdom......"

Now, in addition to bible and censor, we have vestments.  His trusty blanket.  This is the blanket given to him by his godparents on his baptism day.  This is 'blankie'.  This is the beloved item that goes everywhere.  It now rests gently upon his shoulders, tied in a knot at his chin or, in a rather funny fashion, clipped on with a Pampered Chef Twix It Clip,.....  But alas, it drapes across his shoulders hanging down past his knees in the back.  He lifts up his arms, sings (Blessed is the Kingdom) and proceeds to do prostrations and crosses himself.

It is dear. 
It is precious.

It is etched into my memory forever.

It's a beautiful Sunday.  It's been a beautiful weekend.  It is my kind of perfect weather.  All sunny with temperatures in the mid 60's.  I LOVE it!  Not too cold, not too hot and the beautiful sun I love!

We went to Liturgy this morning.  Alexander wore his blanket, once again, as the priest wears his vestments.  He had his plastic rings with him that are attatched together so that he can swing them like the priest's censor.  It is really adorable to see him act the part.  He always watches to see when Fr. Dan puts down his censor so that he himself puts down his.  He picks up his little blue prayer book when Fr. Dan picks up the Gospel Book.  He prostrates on the ground when Fr. Dan does up in front of the altar.  And he gets very very excited at the end of the service when it is time to venerate the cross. Today he got overly excited and headed up the aisle to the front of the church where Fr. Dan was standing BEFORE it was time to do so.  🙂  It was cute.  Fr. Dan smiled.

I hope I keep up with this blog.  I think it could be very therapeutic for me and really get me back into the desire to write.  I have the desire, but not the inclination to set aside the time.  I have a hard time staying on track of the task of hand lately.  It's not just having a toddler.  Even when our nanny is hear during the day, I'm able to get things done, but in small steps because I seldom have a day where I stay focused on just one task at a time to really accomplish anything major.  I guess I need to go back to making lists and forcing myself to wait until one thing is finished before moving on.  That's the hard part.  I make a list and then I see all that stuff that needs done and I jump around from thing to thing or get distracted and then I feel like I've accomplilshed nothing.  So setting aside time for me to write on here may be difficult.    And trying to take time to learn all the ins and outs of this blog will take time too.