Over Christmas when my mother-in-law was in town, Z took her to the Syrian Catholic Church for mass one Sunday. It's pretty far west from us and everything is in Arabic/Syriac so we don't go there as a family. But while they were there, my MIL told the priest that he should have visited us and blessed our house. So we invited him for dinner Friday night. When he arrived, I was surprised to see a man in a bishops cassock, red trim on black with a big cross and ring. He had been elevated since the invite went out, and so we had our house blessed by a bishop! The short liturgy was mostly in Syriac and Arabic, but we prayed the Our Father in English, and he blessed the food in English as well. He also came with one of Z's cousins and a priest visiting from Lebanon. We had a nice meal together with lots of conversation and laughter, and then they headed off.
Yesterday was a birthday party for my brother. I brought over a squash and goat cheese lasagne and they had salad and bread and a birthday cake. My aunts were there as well, and we had a nice visit. The children were great to hang with and my five month old niece changes every time I see her!