Saturday, January 26, 2008

St. Barbara's Monastery

After some long hours of work, Jason unexpectedly got a few days off from work. We thought we'd get away and take advantage of the time. We stayed in Ojai for a couple of days, and visited St. Barbara's Monastery in Santa Paula, CA. OF COURSE it rained and rained while we were gone. Then it rained some more. And some more. I pouted a little when we were unable take Hannah to the Santa Barbara Zoo on our second day. But that was dumb of me, for visiting the nuns again on the next day was a blessing to each of our souls. They were so cool. And kind, accommodating, funny, and brilliant!

The mini onion dome on top of the chapel/house/monastery.

On our second day we visited, there was about two hour break in the rain, so we went walking around the grounds, getting a little muddy, but in a good way. There is a little creek there too.

My cozy boy with me.

When we contemplated visiting the monastery, we had left a message on their answering machine, making sure it was ok that we visited. Jason asked, "Did you ever think we'd be waiting for a nun to call us back?" Well, no.

But I hope that we have built relationships with these lovely women for years to come.


Blogger jenny baker said...

that is such a cute picture with hannah and her daddy. (and you with james too, of course!) i'm so glad you had such a great time at the monastery. we're so blessed to have one within a day's drive aren't we? i do suggest visiting st. john in san francisco. it's just too beautiful!

11:45 AM  
Blogger annie said...

How wonderful that you guys were able to visit a monastery. We have yet to visit one but really want to soon. We are headed north in March and were thinking of visiting.
Great pictures!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Bluecanopy said...

They are really cool up there aren't they?

Have you thought about going to the antiochian women's retreat in april? mother melania is talking. I think i might go for the saturday and bring Simeon with me...wanna carpool? I think registration ends soon...don't know really.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Lauren S. said...

sounds good sara. i'll check it out and let you know.

jenny - we plan to go to st. john's some time this year. how was your little party? missed you guys. :(

annie - are you going to visit st. barara's? we went there not only because it was close but we heard from some friends from our parish that it was great to visit with kids. the have a goat to visit with as well! :)

7:52 AM  
Blogger Munkee said...

st. john of shanghai has moved from Pt. Reyes Station. Great monastery as well!

12:28 PM  
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