"For generally the children acquire the character of their parents, are formed in the mold of their parents’ temperament, love the same things their parents love, talk in the same fashion, and work for the same ends"

Saint John Chrysostom

Meet Our Precious Symeon!

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 5 comments

Meet Our Precious Symeon!

Our newest little one has arrived!  Best of all – Les was home!!!!  Thank you for your prayers!  They were greatly appreciated!!!

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The Long Fought Battle

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Foster Care & Adoption | 0 comments

The Long Fought Battle

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had several inquiries about how I’ve managed to lose weight and how I was able to have (almost there!) two babies after soooooo many years of infertility.  This is a question of immense proportions.

Let me first start by saying…this is a 20+ year journey for me and I can’t simply give a step by step answer to this question.  Nor do I think it’s a simple answer for anyone dealing with infertility…but we often fall into the trap of thinking we know all there is to know on a topic we’ve become so intrinsically passionate about over years of study and research that oftentimes it’s hard to refrain from giving an answer.  As correct…or incorrect…as it may be.

I could rattle off my trials and errors.  I could list off what I deeply believe worked for me.  The thing is…there’s so much more to this story than that.

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The Last Days of Pregnancy

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 2 comments

The Last Days of Pregnancy

Well…Symeon decided to hold the next Olympic Games in my belly this evening.  I think he wants to be prepared to meet his older brothers.  Between this and having a hard time finding a comfortable sleeping position anyway…I’m awake.  I’m telling you, the night owl gene is dominant in our family.  I need my non-stress tests scheduled for between midnight and 1am.  

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The Waiting Game

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 7 comments

The Waiting Game

I tossed and turned much of the night trying to find any comfortable position that would actually enable me to fall asleep.  I gave up at 4:30am.  I spent an hour sitting up in my bed with a last ditch hope that sleepiness would take over and I could slide back down onto my pillow for a few hours…but it never happened.  Instead, I crept downstairs hoping not to wake anyone and got myself a cup of tea.

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The Rough Patches of Parenthood

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 in All Posts, Foster Care & Adoption | 1 comment

The Rough Patches of Parenthood

Parenthood is filled with its joys, sorrows, and struggles.  It’s inevitable.  Without a doubt, it’s the toughest and most rewarding job you’ll ever take on in your life.

Mr. Limit Pusher is currently in one of his moods.  He drains me.  All of my children will be a product of my life’s work…but Mr. Limit Pusher may possibly represent the pinnacle of that work.

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Our Field Trip to an Apiary

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 in All Posts, Homeschooling, Our Hobby Farm, Road Scholars | 7 comments

Our Field Trip to an Apiary

When Niki was a senior in high school, one of her non-homeschool friends asked her, “When are you done with school?”  Niki responded to her matter of factly, “Well…my mom believes there isn’t ever an end to learning so I guess I don’t have an end date.”  Thus…it’s the end of June and we’re still having school time.

I planned out our upcoming school year.  I plan more in an outline format rather than have certain things to get done on each day.  It’s unrealistic to have it planned out day by day – someone gets sick, someone comes to visit, dad is home and our day changes to spend time with him (when your husband is home only 2-4 days a month…it’s kinda a big deal to spend time with him), etc.  We’d constantly be behind and stressed if I did anything other than have our school year planned out with goals.  It gives me things to aim for but at the same time allows me to divert down side paths when something interesting arises.

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Thank You!!!

Posted on Jun 28, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 1 comment

Thank You!!!

A big thank you to Cassandra for hosting an internet baby shower for me today!  We all enjoyed it immensely!  She did a great job of coordinating games for us (and I’m not just saying that because I won all of them)!  I don’t think any of us expected to hang out and enjoy each others’ company for 3 hours – but that’s exactly what we did – with several pop-ins from others as well throughout that time!

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Strength from Struggle

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 in All Posts, Orthodox Christianity | 3 comments

Strength from Struggle

(My cousin snapped a photo of Gabriel while I was talking to Presvytera Katherine.  I didn’t realize he had done so until I was going through wedding photos the other night.)

Do you remember the post I did a few months back about a homeschooling mom who lost her husband to a car accident?  I knew she was planning to attend my sister and brother-in-law’s wedding and was hoping to meet her – but how do you introduce yourself to someone in that kind of situation?  “Um…hi, I followed the death of your husband on the Internet and wanted to come introduce myself to you.  You were such an inspiration to me.”

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A Full Summer

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

A Full Summer

Now that my sister is married, I have a few things to focus on completing before Symeon is born: sending my book off to the publisher, planning my portion of my cousin’s wedding, pulling out all the infant stuff for Symeon and getting it all ready for him (just discovered yesterday that Gabriel’s newborn and 3 month outfits were not where I thought they were so I need to hunt them down from our move), a couple of things for Niki’s wedding, and setting up/planning out our 2015-2016 school year.  Then very shortly after Symeon is born – get Niki settled down south for her 2nd internship and travel to Arizona for my cousin’s wedding!  It’s rarely ever a dull moment around here – I admit it, I prefer it that way.   Just a little over a month left until Symeon’s arrival!  Thank you to all of you who have prayed for a healthy and full term pregnancy.  We don’t take this little guy’s arrival lightly.  We know we have been greatly blessed!  There’s still a part of me in disbelief that I’ve been able to carry another baby full term.  So many years of infertility – your mind protects itself.  I’m anxious to kiss and hold this little guy!!!

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Validation

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 in All Posts, Health | 7 comments

Validation

Last night, Justin excitedly noticed that the warts on his feet had disappeared!  Oh. my. goodness!  They’re gone!!!!  What our dermatologist could not get rid of in one year, I did in four months by changing Justin’s diet.  No gluten.  Low sugar.  Low processed food.  51 warts.  Gone!

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