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An unworthy Deacon, named for the brother of God: James, striving to "work out his salvation with fear and trembling" within the Tradition (paradosis) of the Eastern Orthodox Faith. It is a strange and marvelous journey, and I am accompanied by the fourfold fruit of my fecundity. My wife, the Matushka or Diaconissa Sophia, is my beloved partner in the pursuit of Theosis, and she ranks me in every way.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008

"Kids?"

Over the last week or so, Susan has been faithfully keeping vigil over our Nubian "Firefly." She was due to kid on the 13th, but she began showing intense signs several days before that and thus my hard working and devoted wife has been getting up one, twice, sometimes three times in the night's since last week to check on her.

Well, tonight, as I type Firefly is clearly in labor. I am putting the boys to bed and keeping watch over that task while heading out to the barn from time to time for updates. It's quite exciting and we are all a bit nervous since this is our first kidding and thus Firefly is by far the more experienced participant here and appropriately seems the most relaxed.

Baby #1 has just arrived...I'm going to check!

....adorable...beautiful...Charissa is in awe: "It's a miracle Daddy...hug me!"

Waiting for #2...#3(?)

I expect Susan will have pics in the morning.

O Master, Lord our God, Who has power over all creation: we beseech Thee and we entreat Thee , that as Thou blessed and increased the flocks of the Patriarch Jacob, so too bless the herd of goats of St. Brigid Farm; increase them, and strengthen them, delivering them from the violence of the devil, from strangers and from all other snares of the enemies, and wasting infirmities. Fence them about with Thy Holy Angels, protecting them from all envy, temptation, enchantment, and wild beasts, and from the action of the devil which may come against them.

...offered by Dn. James Ferrenberg, a sinner at 9:03 PM [+]
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