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

Saint John Chrysostom

The Writing Project

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Homeschooling | 0 comments

The Writing Project

I set a little goal for myself with my big boys for 2015.  Each of the three boys will write a letter to each of their cousins for their birthdays and I’m going to stick in a little monetary gift to go with it.  Even though the first cousin’s birthday wasn’t until earlier this month, I missed his birthday.  Way to go Aunt Jenny!  (Amazon gift to the rescue!)  Now the second cousin’s birthday is coming up next week so we worked on our project all day yesterday.

Transitions are a struggle for my big boys.  Any and all transitions.  Part of it is a situational trust vs. transferral trust issue.  Part of it is a brain processing issue.

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Coming Spring 2016!!!

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 8 comments

Coming Spring 2016!!!

I learned last night, through my can’t-keep-a-secret husband who begged his daughter if he could tell me, that Niki will be having several clothing designs go to production for the Spring 2016 line!!!

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Week with Family: Continued

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Homeschooling, Road Scholars | 5 comments

Week with Family: Continued

Wednesday:  All the kids played – inside and outside – during the day and then we went to Presanctified Liturgy that night.

Emma told me yesterday, “I like your other house better than this one.”

I inquired, “Why’s that?”

She responded, “You don’t have chickens here.”

Who would have thought that taking care of chickens is a lot less work than training two puppies?  Not me.  I think we’ve already decided that after buying our next house, at some point, chickens will be a part of our backyard again.

Wednesday night, after church, she told me, “I like your new house now.”

“What made you change your mind?”

She looked up at me as we’re walking out of the church, “I like this church better than your old one.”

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Week with Family

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Homeschooling, Road Scholars | 3 comments

Week with Family

My nieces came to visit us this week while they are on Spring Break with my parents since their mommy and daddy had to work.  It was especially nice because this was the first time ever my dad was able to come with my mom. Usually he can’t get away from church long enough to actually just visit (other than fly in for the day for one of his grandkids’ baptisms) because something is always going on there.  I remember twice when we tried to go on a family vacation when I was a teenager that my dad had to turn around and go home because he had a funeral.  Such is the life of the priest and his family.  People simply don’t understand how much a priest does and how much they live their lives for others instead of themselves.  It most assuredly is not a Sunday only job – more like 24/7.  Although he has this time off, please say a prayer for him because he’s in a lot of pain.  (Fr. Bill)  We haven’t been able to travel as much as we have in the past and this was an opportunity for him to spend some time with his grandkids since we don’t get to see each other often enough.  (The last time we saw him was almost a year ago.)  

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The Path to Strength and Wisdom

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Learning Moments | 1 comment

The Path to Strength and Wisdom

I’m stuck on Gabriel’s bed today with a wedge behind my back.  It’s the only place I’ve found where I’m not in debilitating pain.

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New Cookbooks

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 in All Posts, From Our Kitchen, Orthodox Christianity | 7 comments

New Cookbooks

Les had Saturday and Sunday off!  Oh. my. goodness!  I can’t even tell you when the last time he had a normal weekend off.  Probably years.

When I woke up Saturday morning, I asked Les if he minded if I went to the bookstore to flip through cookbooks.  I just wanted to look through the pages and find inspiration from the pictures.  I was looking for some low sugar recipes (well…really whole foods recipes – weaning myself off of high processed foods) since I’m finding myself letting too much sugar slip back into my house in various forms.  The last thing I want or need is a diabetic pregnancy.  (Possible side effects of a diabetic pregnancy – seizures for the baby and stillbirth – among less severe side effects as well)  I’ve been insulin resistant for years upon years – which is the precursor for diabetes.  There is a possibility that I had a temporary diabetic pregnancy with Gabriel.  They found excess fluid in my uterus which is usually an indicator of a diabetic pregnancy.  That scared me and I dropped the sugar immediately!  Within a couple of weeks, my fluid levels went back to normal and everything was okay.  (I was having weekly ultrasounds because of it.)

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Justin’s Flat & Delicious

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 in All Posts, From Our Kitchen, Homeschooling | 1 comment

Justin’s Flat & Delicious

Every so often, Niki would offer to watch the boys as I was getting ready to go to the grocery store instead of bringing them with me.  Those were always welcomed little breaks. I don’t mind bringing my kids everywhere I go – except the grocery store.  Goodness.

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Impacted By Another’s Life

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

Impacted By Another’s Life

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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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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