Seeing the Beauty Around Us

Pascha Eggs

The word beauty has been on my mind for awhile now. I think it started with Holy Friday.  One of the lines from the Lamentations during Holy Friday always, every year, gets stuck in some of the kids heads and for weeks and weeks they will go around singing it, “Oh my sweetest springtime, oh my sweetest offspring, where has your beauty gone?”

Springtime in Saint Nazianz is very beautiful. The long snow cover is gone, and life is coming back slowly to the world. Daffodils and then Tulips are among the first flowers to spring up. The birds chirping and tweeting and the Robins pecking around the ground for worms lets you know warmer weather, longer days, and lots of opportunities to get outside and see the world are coming. Experiencing the four seasons in such a dramatic way is all new to this California girl who grew up in the desert.

One night while at the monastery for Vespers, I was thinking about how beautiful the monastery is and that this is probably one thing that attracts people to visit here again and again. There is an immense amount of peace and beauty found there, even in little things. So, I decided to take some photos of some of the things that are beautiful around the monastery, along one of the trails in the village, and also my own yard.

My pictures certainly aren’t capturing the most beautiful things; like a perfect Sunday afternoon when the wind is gently blowing through the apple trees, the sweet smell of the lilacs is in the air which is filled with the sounds of harmonious chirping from the numerous birds, the sun is shining and illuminating the day and dancing on the water, and the smiles and sounds of laughter are coming from my children and the little community of believers who gather together every week. My camera skills can’t capture those things but I hope you will enjoy what beauty I did capture and take the time to see all the beauty in your own life. 🙂

Flowers at monastery

 “Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new” – St. Augustine


 “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius

flowers at monastery2

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” – Anne Frank

Trail by monastery

 “By nature men desire the beautiful” – St. Basil the Great

Chapel 2

 “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Beauty will save the world” Dostoevsky

Chapel 3

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”

– Louisa May Alcott

Flowers at the Burrow 2


  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this little glimpse into your life! How precious is a bouquet of dandelions from such a sweet cherub! 🙂 Is Fr. Moses holding a handful of ramps?

    • My heart melts whenever the little boys bring me their dandelion bouquets. <3 <3 <3 They are always so proud of themselves for picking me flowers. Yes, those are ramps Fr. Moses is holding, every year he gets all excited to go pick them.

  2. Ramps are the unofficial food of WV…we have entire weeks & festivals dedicated to them down here! When one is fortunate enough to find a spot in the wild where ramps grow, they do not want to divulge their secret spot so that they may cultivate ramps the next spring! 😉 They are a fantastic addition to all kinds of dishes.

    • How interesting. Fr. Moses offered me some of the ramps but I didn’t know what to do with them so I didn’t take any. I know he makes a risotto dish with them. What’s your favorite way to eat them?

  3. Ramps (both the whites & greens) are wonderful when sauteed with potatoes or eggs…& they are deliciously spicy & garlicky when eaten raw!

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