What do you do in the fall when you’re surrounded by corn farms? Go through a corn maze, of course! This was the first time any of us had tried to navigate through a corn maze. The maze was much longer and more detailed than I had anticipated but that made it all the...Read More
I’m knee deep in research. Baking research. There are a multitude of factors that influence how a loaf of bread will turn out. No wonder it’s considered an art! Then let’s throw in trying to get the perfect seal imprint when you’re making...Read More
This resonates with me on a level I cannot describe. The first time I read this quote from Fr. Thomas Hopko – it left me sitting silent and contemplating it until one of my children came up to me needing something. My husband would tell you that this could easily be a...Read More
Saint John Chrysostom
It never ceases to amaze me how “simply” changing my perspective can have a dramatic impact on my daily interactions. I went into this school year determined to not let certain things upset me. I wasn’t going to let them be grounds for a battle between me and my children anymore. Civil war is not the goal nor the answer.Read More
What do you do in the fall when you’re surrounded by corn farms? Go through a corn maze, of course!Read More
I’m knee deep in research. Baking research. There are a multitude of factors that influence how a loaf of bread will turn out. No wonder it’s considered an art! Then let’s throw in trying to get the perfect seal imprint when you’re making prosphora (bread for Holy Communion) plus the traditions that go with it as you’re making it – it’s not as easy as it sounds.Read More
This resonates with me on a level I cannot describe. The first time I read this quote from Fr. Thomas Hopko – it left me sitting silent and contemplating it until one of my children came up to me needing something.
My husband would tell you that this could easily be a life motto for me.
I fear that sometimes (okay…oftentimes) people get the wrong impression about me.
I’ve recently had several people ask me if I would be willing to do a little tour of our “learning area” and a glimpse into our daily routine.
I’m more than happy to show you around what we call our classroom but I’d like to also say that our approach to homeschooling involves much more than just the areas I’ve set up for learning in our home.
Let me start with this video. Enjoy!Read More
I spent the better part of today trying to decide if I would go to church tonight for the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos or not. Do I want to go? Yes. Did I give myself every excuse in the book why it would be okay if I skipped Liturgy tonight? Oh yes, I did.Read More
We just got back from a week down south getting Niki all settled in for her 2nd internship. She’s at the same company but in a different department this time around. Last time, she was assigned to girls’ playwear and this time she’s assisting in the boys’ sleepwear department.
We started our first day of the new school year while we were out of town. For many, many years now I’ve started school on September 1st purposely coinciding it with the beginning of the ecclesiastical year. How appropriate is it to start anew our homeschool just as the church is beginning her new year also? Even though we homeschool year round, I think it’s beneficial to have an ending and starting point. A point to say – we’ve accomplished these set of goals, now what do I want to work on next? A point where you clean out what didn’t work and look to find something that hopefully will work better this year. A seasonal cycle – just like the ecclesiastical year.Read More
Seven sets of hands offered their gift of time and kindness over the past two months as they dunk themselves into soapy dish water in my kitchen sink, as they scooped thoughtfully prepared food from my pots and pans onto plates, as they folded freshly cleaned laundry from my dryer, or as they engaged any number of my children in a game.
It’s not always easy to accept help like this. The kind of help that is personal. The kind of help that leaves you taking a deep breath and realizing it’s not the end of the world if you accept this help. The kind of help that allows you to snuggle your newborn baby instead of trying to juggle your daily chores and the needs of all of your children.Read More
I find myself, once again, nestled next to a tired child. This is a familiar spot. One that I’ve found myself in many, many times before. It’s in these moments where I often find myself either uncontrollably drifting off to sleep or wandering through my thoughts.
Inevitably, when you’re so tired that simply laying down feels like heaven, that’s when your child has the wiggles and can’t seem to settle down. Then, when you really need to get up and get other stuff done or tend to someone else’s needs, that’s when your child falls asleep but set their early warning detection system to let them know if you even think about getting up from snuggling them.
Aw, yes…children and their radars.Read More
There’s a soft glow of morning light streaming through our bedroom window. Symeon is awake and just finished second breakfast. Do I put him in the basinet and try to catch a little bit more sleep or do I indulge in a few moments of quiet morning one on one time with my youngest? It wasn’t a hard decision. I found myself admiring his sweet cooing and watching him kick away beside me. A conversation exchanges between the two of us as I whisper to my little Symeon.Read More