"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

New House Rule: Do Whatever Makes You Happy!

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Foster Care & Adoption, Homeschooling, Orthodox Christianity | 8 comments

New House Rule: Do Whatever Makes You Happy!

So I had a talk with one of my boys this afternoon.

I have multiple children who have two mottos:

  1. Do whatever makes you happy
  2. As long as I don’t get caught, it’s ok
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A Glimpse at Our Summertime School Days

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 in All Posts, Garden, Homeschooling | 8 comments

A Glimpse at Our Summertime School Days

I know my blog has been pretty quiet lately.  Partly because we’ve been doing stuff like you’ll find below and partly because I’ve just been in my private mood.  Anyway…I thought family would enjoy some photos.  (P.S. Come visit us!  Again…or for the first time.  We like you.  A lot.)

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What’s that Bug?

Posted on Jun 20, 2016 in All Posts | 4 comments

What’s that Bug?

So, we have this bug…probably multiple of this bug.  You see it and your initial reaction is to smash it with a shoe because the thought of that moving anywhere near you is skin crawling.

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Small Family for a Week

Posted on May 30, 2016 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 1 comment

Small Family for a Week

The big boys have gone to grandma and grandpa’s house for the week.  It’s just the four of us.  I’m seizing the opportunity to play “little boy games”, reorganizing some areas of the house (areas where it’s not Symeon proofed and some school stuff for the big boys), making time for date nights with Les in the evenings – watching a movie or quizzing him for his upcoming test, and working on writing my presentation for a conference later this summer after Les and the boys have gone to sleep for the night.

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Impromptu Camping Trip

Posted on May 24, 2016 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 2 comments

Impromptu Camping Trip

The other night, Les decided to go camping in the backyard with our boys after he got home from work.  It’s not the first time we’ve gone camping in a tent with them – but it’s only ever been in our backyard.  In fact, we’ve intended to take our kids camping in a national park for years…we bought camping stuff and everything.  It just never happened because of Les’ work schedule.

I have a birthday coming up.  I’ve rarely celebrated my birthday since getting married.  Mostly because Les is usually flying…in the Bahamas!  (That’s a story unto itself…but it happened three years in a row so I give him a hard time about it every once in awhile!  Just sayin’.  My older age is making me feel feisty!)  As Les is setting up the tent in the backyard, I asked him if we could figure out a way to go camping as my birthday celebration.  He immediately loved the idea!  Within fifteen minutes, we went from sleeping in a tent in the backyard to packing to go to a state park an hour away from our house.

Les is about to have a crazy schedule all summer since he’s training to fly a new airplane, so we don’t know when or if the opportunity would present itself to go camping again this summer.  The moment was now….and we were going to make it happen.

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It’s Officially “After the Wedding”!

Posted on May 24, 2016 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 1 comment

It’s Officially “After the Wedding”!

After getting home from Indiana, we pretty much just plopped everything down and hung out with our parents the week after the wedding.  Not much of anything else was accomplished that week other than visiting with family until they continued on southward for home.  Last week, was all about starting to tackle the “After the Wedding” to do list.

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Wedding Week is Upon Us!

Posted on May 2, 2016 in All Posts, Family & Friends, Orthodox Christianity | 7 comments

Wedding Week is Upon Us!

Christ is Risen!

For the past few weeks, I’ve let my blog fall silent.  I’ve been quietly thinking about words that were spoken to me about my blogging.  In haste, my crushed emotions deleted post after post while crying.  In those moments in front of my laptop, I was sure I’d never publish another post about my family ever again.  Soon after, two other people also used what they knew about my inner thoughts from my blog against me as well…thinking they knew me better than they did.  Thinking my strength was weaker than it is…trying to justify their own actions.

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Confessions of an Orthodox Mom

Posted on Apr 19, 2016 in All Posts, Orthodox Christianity | 2 comments

Confessions of an Orthodox Mom

I told my husband last week, “You know that part in Saint John Chrysostom’s Paschal homily where he says, – ‘If any of you have arrived only at the eleventh hour, do not be dismayed for being late.  The Master is gracious: He accepts the last even as the first…’  –  That’s us this year.

I’m so off this Lent.  I have never missed so many services during Lent in my entire life!

Ug.

Then I heard my dad whispering in my ear from many years ago, “You could do more.”

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Be simple, hidden, quiet and small

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 in All Posts | 6 comments

Be simple, hidden, quiet and small

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.

 

 

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Please, Grant Me Strength

Posted on May 1, 2015 in All Posts, Foster Care & Adoption | 3 comments

Please, Grant Me Strength

Another day has elapsed.

A peace has blanketed my home once again.  I find myself staring into the soft glow of my laptop, letting my fingers tap against the keyboard underneath, and reflecting on my day after a failed attempt to lay down and drift off myself.  My mind keeps racing as it looks back at our day.  And thus…I find myself tucked away in a corner of my room, trying not to wake anyone, as I begin writing once again.  Feeling myself unravel as I pour my thoughts and emotions across a screen.

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