That's Meribeth and Leeza, left.
I think everyone had a good time tonight... the harder work begins tomorrow, but each day is a gift, whether we are painting icons or taking care of our children or working at a job outside the home. Again, I'm reminded of Fr. Elchaninov's words (in The Diary of a Russian Priest):
Our continual mistake is that we do not concentrate upon the present day, the actual hour, of our life; we live in the past or in the future; we are continually expecting the coming of some special moment when our life will unfold itself in its full significance.... Constantly, each day, each hour, God is sending us people, circumstances, tasks, which should mark the beginning of our renewal. If we accepted every hour of our life as the hour of God's will for us, as the decisive, most important, unique hour of our life--what sources of joy, love, strength, as yet hidden from us, would spring from the depths of our soul!
I hope all my iconography students will enjoy each day of the workshop as much as we all seemed to enjoy our first session together tonight!
That's Emma and Nellie, right.
And Claire and Polly, below, left.