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

Saint John Chrysostom

Community Support

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 in All Posts | 3 comments

Community Support

I’ve had so many thoughtful comments – posted on my blog, via text, private messages on facebook, and by email that I wanted to respond with a big thank you post.  All of you are amazing!  

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Let Me Point Out Your Faults, Not Look at My Own

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 11 comments

Let Me Point Out Your Faults, Not Look at My Own

I’ve found over the years that people prefer to point out others’ faults rather than deal with their own.  After all, if I can show you all of your shortcomings…I look a whole lot better to myself and everyone around me.

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The Hand We’re Dealt

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 9 comments

The Hand We’re Dealt

I heard my uncle say many years ago that he could tell a lot about a person’s personality by how they play a game of cards.  Are they competitive, strategic, forgiving, begrudging, quiet, manipulative, selfish, selfless, fickle, easy going?  Ever since then I’ve made it a game within a game when I play cards with people.  How do people react to getting a good or poor hand?  How do they deal with it? Fascinating stuff…but then again…I think I get more enjoyment seeing the players’ personalities emerge than actually playing the game myself.  So what does that say about me?!

I’ve been thinking about the analogy of card playing and life for several days now.  I’ve received many difficult cards over the years that I was neither allowed to put back in the deck nor switch with someone else.  I learned long ago that pining for someone else’s cards and ignoring your own does nothing to help you play the ones you’re holding in your hand.  They’re mine and I have to think about how I want to best play them.

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The Most Influential Books in My Life

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 in A Day in the Life, All Posts | 4 comments

The Most Influential Books in My Life

A friend of mine posted on facebook about his top six books that influenced his life.  He asked others to share theirs as well.  (Basically in response to an article Amazon wrote on top books to read before you die based more on popularity than intrinsic value.)

I responded with a list of six books but the more I thought about it, the more I thought of other books as well.  These are not simply my “favorite” books.  These are books that, without a doubt, had a lasting impression on me in one way or another.  In some cases, they were the catalyst for further research and learning on my part and in others, I find myself continuously referring back to them when I’m writing about that particular topic or as a refresher.

I did not put the following books in any specific order but I did write a very short snippet of why these books are important to me below each one.

Please share the most influential books in your life below.  I’m looking forward to reading your responses!

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Let Me Help You, Regardless of Your Feelings

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 in A Day in the Life, All Posts | 4 comments

Let Me Help You, Regardless of Your Feelings

A stranger taught me a valuable and incredibly humbling lesson today.  We went to a neighboring parish this morning for Liturgy for the feast day of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple.  Afterwards, we went downstairs to have breakfast with everyone.  (A friend of mine and her family attend this parish.)

While we were waiting for Father to finish in the church and then come to bless the food, a woman came up to me and began to tell me about a product I needed to buy so the hair on my head would grow back.

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Life Skills: Shopping & Cooking

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 in All Posts, From Our Kitchen, Homeschooling | 4 comments

Life Skills: Shopping & Cooking

*Apparently, if you’re on your phone, some of the photos below will be sideways.  They will not, however, be sideways if you are on your computer.  I have no idea why.

I guess I’m big on teaching life skills to my kids.  Life skills, for me, are anything from math and reading to basic cleaning to swimming – and all the bits in between.

I’ve done shopping school in the past with Niki and the boys.  I have to be in the mood for it though because the shopping will take much longer than normal.  Today was one of those days where I was ready to spend a couple of hours at the grocery store with them.

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“No Worries, We’ve All Been There Too…”

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Orthodox Christianity | 4 comments

“No Worries, We’ve All Been There Too…”

“…and might be again in 30 minutes.”  This is what a dad with his 2 – 3 year old said to me a couple of weeks ago at church as he walked past me in the narthex.  It was the perfect thing to say to me at that moment.  A kind and supportive word works wonders for restrengthening a parent.

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The Back-up Plan

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in All Posts, Homeschooling, Road Scholars | 3 comments

The Back-up Plan

We attempted to go flying in a helicopter with Les today. But…once again, just as several times before, the weather did not cooperate with our plans.

Instead, we took Nouna Cassandra to the children’s museum since we still had a membership there.  They had a new exhibit on China which proved to be a favorite among the boys.  We stayed there close to an hour playing. I would have played there for hours at their age – I won’t lie.  It was spectacular!  My favorite was the Chinese restaurant.  I think all my boys would agree.

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A Weekend with Family

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Homeschooling, Orthodox Christianity | 5 comments

A Weekend with Family

In addition to having Niki with us, we also got to visit with my brother and my nephew for a few hours this weekend. The boys had a whirlwind playtime of Legos, lunch, movie, and art time with their cousin.  Miss them already but love that we got to see them!!! 

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The Lost Meaning of Colors: The Illiteracy of Today

Posted on Nov 7, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Homeschooling, Orthodox Christianity | 6 comments

The Lost Meaning of Colors: The Illiteracy of Today

My Niki is home for the weekend!  My goodness I miss not having her around – and so does everyone else!  After the dogs calmed down and stopped (literally) jumping for joy at Niki’s arrival, we all bear hugged her, I fed my kiddos, and then it was time for our family’s version of a p-a-r-t-y  ~  spending time altogether!!!  We watched Masterchef Junior which later morphed to Chopped after a story Niki told me which morphed into Good Eats after another story.  (It’s not quiet around here while we watch tv shows.)

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