"The primary goal in the education of children is to teach, and to give the example of a virtuous life."

Saint John Chrysostom

Resurrecting the Miraculous Timeline

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in All Posts, Foster Care & Adoption, Homeschooling | 3 comments

Resurrecting the Miraculous Timeline

You may think I’m being a bit overdramatic about a simple timeline but if you’re me and you’ve tried ten bajillion ways to try and motivate your unmotivatable boys to keep them out of mischief…you’d be overjoyed too when you found something that actually works.  On top of it, the boys genuinely enjoy the timeline.

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My Worst Nightmare!

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 in All Posts, Orthodox Christianity | 2 comments

My Worst Nightmare!

My sister and I were texting back and forth earlier today. She was telling me that she already says prayers for my pregnancy but now she was saying extra prayers for me because a presvytera (priest’s wife) she knows just had a stillborn baby boy at 17 weeks.  (I’m currently at 19 weeks and have struggled with miscarriages in the past.)

While I’m reading this text, my hand instinctively dropped down to my belly and gave little Symeon a hug as I rubbed my belly with several swoops from my palm.

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Judgment Before Understanding

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 4 comments

Judgment Before Understanding

A person’s story is weaved by a lifetime of experiences.  It’s created with each new choice we make defining the vibrancy and detail of our story.  One of the greatest gifts we were ever given was the ability to make those choices. It is something that can never be taken away from any us as it defines both our strength and weakness.

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Looking For a New Home

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 2 comments

Looking For a New Home

After much thought, prayer, and discussion, we are needing to find a new home(s) for our two puppies.  It is definitely not what any of us want to do – but for the foreseeable future, we need to be a petless family.

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And We’re Having….

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 6 comments

And We’re Having….

Not twins.  

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Justin’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oat Bites

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends, From Our Kitchen | 7 comments

Justin’s Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oat Bites

I am all about multiple lessons all wrapped into one activity with my kids.  Maybe it’s the multi-tasker in me.  Maybe it’s the side of me that’s crunched for time because I have a gaggle of children.  Maybe it’s the side of me that knows life involves multiple subjects at the same time instead of isolated on their own.  Whatever it is, tonight’s culinary, fractions, sensory therapy, and treat with Justin was a win!

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I Like My Own Shoes

Posted on Feb 22, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 2 comments

I Like My Own Shoes

Les and I were talking last night as we were attempting to get Gabriel to fall asleep.  I asked Les a question and he was avoiding the answer, so I inquired, “Why don’t you want to imagine what it would be like to step into someone else’s shoes?”

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His First Time in the Snow

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 5 comments

His First Time in the Snow

We finally got our first major snowfall of the season.  I know most people are done with the snow at this point but my boys have been waiting and waiting and waiting for enough snow to actually do something with it.  I put on a bajillion layers and took some photos outside before coming back in to warm up.

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Our Guess for Our Baby’s Gender

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 9 comments

Our Guess for Our Baby’s Gender

I ran across an article on Pinterest which says you can know the gender of your baby in the first trimester based on which side of your uterus the placenta is attached.  It didn’t site the research but it wasn’t hard for Les and myself to find it.  I’m not thrilled about the reasons why the research was conducted – primarily to let you choose whether or not you wanted the baby based on family genetic disorders – but the results itself are interesting.

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Hello Monday Morning!

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 in A Day in the Life, All Posts | 5 comments

Hello Monday Morning!

It starts with us waking up to texts from both of Les’ bosses asking why he’s not at work.  (On his day off.  Sigh.  Not surprised though.  So much for me catching up on some writing.)  I give Les a kiss goodbye as he leaves and it’s time to start my day.

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