Moving the blog!

4 Sep

Hi, all.  For reasons only Matthew could properly explain, I’m moving this blog. This space will no longer be updated.  Please find me at:

www.whithershalligo.com

See ‘ya there!

This Cross

2 Sep

I’ve been asked about this cross three times within the last week.  I’ve worn it for eleven years, and it has lived far longer than I.

This cross was with my grandmother over seventy years ago on her first communion in the Roman Catholic Church.

When she was a young girl it was stolen from her home, and somehow, someway recovered from the thieves before they could pawn it.

She gave to me for my sixteenth birthday, and I wore it every Sunday when I found my way back to the Roman Catholic Church.

Then I wore it the evangelical United Methodist church I found a home in when I was a teenager.

I wore it when I was confirmed in the Episcopal Church,

and when we baptized our daughter in the Anglican Church.

And finally, I wore it and it was blessed when we were chrismated into the Holy Orthodox Church.

This cross has had quite a history and has found itself in many, many different churches, but I am pleased to know that it’s found its final destination, as have I, in the Orthodox Faith.

You don’t say!

31 Aug

Ah, but she does say!  My girl is a talker, and she’s starting to learn the ins and outs of the English language…and some Greek.  Well, to be clear, she speaks in English but always, always chants in Greek.  Here are some recent gems.

Adeline and I were playing in her Playhut and tunnel when I pretended (I swear!) to get stuck in the tunnel.  Adeline screams at the top of her lungs “Mama, stuck!  Mama stuck!” and then looked at me and calmly said, “Don’t worry, Mama.  You’ll be fine!”

When Adeline was being especially naughty (jumping in the bathtub, I think), I said, “Adeline, no!  There are rules!”  Adeline quickly responded, “Rules are beeping (sleeping)!”   I corrected her and said, “Rules are always awake!”  Now she walks around saying, “Rules are awake!”

Like most two-year-olds, Adeline is way into the world ‘no’.  Today I asked if she wanted to play ‘Miss Mary Mack’ with me.  She replied, “No Macks, Mama!”…and then proceeded to play.

Walking down the stairs she says to me, “No, no, no, Mama! A don’t pay on stayers!”  I really wasn’t playing on the stairs, but I guess she’s heard that a time or two!

I showed her pictures the other day from our recent picnics, and now she begs for pictures of  “Margaret and Adeline and hugging!”

Sweet Girl

25 Aug

Sweetly Sleeping Adeline

24 Aug

For the first time in over a year, my sweet baby girl fell asleep next to me tonight.  Not in hotel rooms, in my arms, or in our bed will Adeline calm herself long enough to drift off to sleep if Mama or Papa is there.  But this evening, with a crew of friends in the living room for video game night, Adeline said to me, “Mama lay down too?”  Like every time she asks, I give in and smush myself into that little toddler bed.  Usually I leave the room moments later after having been frustrated by her wiggling and giggling next to me.  But tonight she snuggled in and her breath gradually slowed to soft, rhythmic in and exhalations, and she was out.

Nothing throws me back to Adeline’s infancy quicker than watching her sleep.  As I watch her, I half expect her to wake up and give me that brand new baby wail, or maybe she’ll stretch out, root around, and do her “fours” (her trademark four fingered stretch).  Instead she speaks in her sleep, “Luboo,Mama” or “Oh, no!  Way my tig? (Where’s my pig?)”

She’s an independent little thing, and I’m grateful to her and to God for these sweet little moments when the impossible is possible, and I cradle my newborn two years after her birth.

Adeline naming the saints

21 Aug
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