(hosted by Jen at Conversion Diary)
I didn't mention it in my last post, but my great-aunt passed away last week. It was fairly sudden and we're still trying to get everything in order. I'm sure my whole family would greatly appreciate your prayers for her soul, and for the family's peace.
The longer I am in my Principles of Biblical Studies class, the more I get excited about Theology and the Bible. my high school scripture class was what convinced me that I needed to major in Theology in the first place, and this class is confirming that. We just learn so many fascinating things, and almost every class, I have that "Catholic nerd" moment when I look at Grace and say "Oh-my-goodness-this-is-so-amazing!!!!!!" Unfortunately, when I attempt to share my joy with others, they usually don't quite understand my excitement about learning that, for example, there were so many sacrifices at the dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem (when it was built by Solomon), that they had to wash it out, so blood and water flowed out of the side of the temple. Jump forward a couple centuries, and blood and water flowed out of Jesus' side on the cross!! How amazingly awesome and beautiful is that??
Last night, I had the opportunity to go to a Byzantine Divine Liturgy here on campus! I had been to one before, in 8th grade, but when I had gone before, we didn't have booklets, so we couldn't really participate. So, for clarification, I am a Roman Catholic, and this was a liturgy in the Byzantine rite, so it was a liturgy of St. John Chrysostom who was a bishop of Constantinople. It was really beautiful and made me think a lot about what was going on, mainly because I had no idea what was coming next. I would love to go again and hopefully participate more this time!
When I go home, I am going to sleep until I wake up on my own. No alarm. Enough said.
I made pumpkin bars over break! And they were quite yummy, if I do say so myself... I got the recipe from Stephanie at Little Bit of Paradise and her Thanksgiving Desserts post. Although, I have to admit, I didn't use a jelly roll pan. I actually used the bottom of a broiler pan. They turned out just fine, except the middle 6 bars were rather wet still. Oh well, snacks for me!! ;) The other thing that went a little wonky was the frosting... I'm not sure if it was the melted butter, or what, but Stephanie's frosting looked creamy and think, whereas mine was more like a glaze. hey, as long as it tastes good, right?!
I know I keep saying this, but Europe is just getting closer and closer! 43 days from today, I'll be on a flight overseas... Yikes! Plans are starting to come together.
Last but not least, vote for Scythian for the best studio album of 2012! Danylo and Alexander, who started the band, walked with us for 2 weeks this summer, and they are wonderful guys in addition to being fantastic musicians! Check out one of our (Northern Crossroads) favorite songs from the summer here!