Another brother asked Abba Sisoes, 'I have fallen, Abba; what shall I do?' The old main said to him, 'Get up again.' The brother said, 'I have gotten up again, but again have I fallen.' The old man said, 'Get up again and again.' So the brother asked, 'How many times?' The old man replied, 'Until you are taken up either in virtue or in sin. For a man presents himself to judgment in that state in which he is found.'Or, what I wasn't think of but found first:
Do all in your power not to fall, for the strong athlete should not fall. But if you do fall, get up again at once and continue the contest. Even if you fall a thousand times because of the withdrawal of God's grace, rise up again each time, and keep on doing this until the day of your death. For it is written, 'If a righteous man falls down seven times'—that is, repeatedly throughout his life—'seven times shall he rise again' [Prov. 24:16]. —John of KarpathosSo I have not so much as filed a single paper this week; in fact, I've added to the in-piles... in how many they are as well as how high they are.
I haven't put pictures on the USB sticks my mother sent me (to send back to her) ... more than a year's worth since I've printed any pictures for her or for me (or at all).
We had to do the tax preparation two weeks ago, so that doesn't really count, even though I put it specifically on the list for this week.
I did contact the post office about the lost boxes of books, and basically nothing can be done. (My mother asked me to follow up.)
I did manage to get clothing for Pascha and Holy Week ... if not everything I'd wanted to get, at least something possible for myself and the children. Evidently TG likes vests and ties ... and barrettes. How come the child I decide to put barrettes on pulls them out and the child I don't think to put barrettes on asks for them? (Oh, well, at least her hair is growing longer so I can sometimes tuck it behind her ear.)
I figured out what kind of basket to get for TG (red, wheeled, saying "Radio Flyer" on the side, which I haven't gotten yet), and have some LMcQ pool slippers to put in it. I even found a fun little egg-related craft to surprise my husband with via Pinterest. No clue what to do about Paschal candles ... again.
What else has happened? I've aged a year (25 now).
I've still not gotten the NSP newsletter out. Although it was drafted by the 16th, it's been in the proofreading-and-approval state (and still is), so nothing has been printed, and it's supposed to be received before Pascha.
On Saturday, TG did an amazing job at our Irish dancing performance, dancing better than he's ever done, even though there were people looking at him.
I learned of the cancer and death of my friend's mother, all in one week. I am grateful that my friend was able to travel from Niger to be with her family before her mother passed away, but hurt and angry at the death of this beautiful lady, who has epitomized and imaged what motherhood is for me from my childhood. Please pray for the repose of the servant of God, Anne.