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

Saint John Chrysostom

Let Me Help You, Regardless of Your Feelings

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 in A Day in the Life, All Posts | 2 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 | 3 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 | 3 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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Where in the World is Zach?

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 in All Posts, Homeschooling, Road Scholars | 12 comments

Where in the World is Zach?

Last week, Les was presented with an opportunity to bring someone with him on his next trip.  The owner specifically put in his paperwork that the pilot could bring someone with him – as a gesture of kindness.  It was very kind, indeed.

We decided Zach would get to go with dad.  We pulled him to the side and explained the trip to him and told the other boys that we’d play “Where in the World is Zach?”

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Watching Him Shine!

Posted on Nov 2, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 10 comments

Watching Him Shine!

On the way home from church today, we stopped at Whole Foods to pick up some more new roots to try.  We’re checking out and the boys are helping me put the groceries up on the belt, like they always do.  The cashier asks them if they are going to help me with some baking.  (She sees GF pie crusts that I got in preparation for Thanksgiving.)

Justin perks up.  “Yes!”

She decides to keep the conversation going and playfully asks, “Really?!  Do you really like to help your mom bake?”

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Picky Eaters

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 in All Posts, Foster Care & Adoption, From Our Kitchen | 11 comments

Picky Eaters

A friend on Instagram asked me how I got my kids to eat a wide variety of veggies.  It’s not a one sentence answer so I thought I’d write it here.  The answer takes me into the beginning days of our foster care years.

Our food journey with our kids has been just that – a journey over nine years.  It has evolved as food sensitivities materialized and the research I did on nutrition changed my perspectives.  Please remember, it did NOT happen overnight nor was it in any way easy.

I think there are three major pivotal moments for me in the shift of how our family now eats:

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It’s Been a Long Time…

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 in A Day in the Life, All Posts | 8 comments

It’s Been a Long Time…

…since I’ve had a story like this one about my day.

In fact, I think it’s good for me to have one of “these days” once in awhile (once in awhile!) so I can see how far the boys have progressed since those early years.  It’s been quite some time since Maple Syrup Lake, Sam’s Club Folly, The Case of the Missing Toilet Water, The Quest for a Bigger Pee Guard, or Operation Who’s More Stubborn – You or Me.  Don’t get me wrong…we still have stories on a regular basis – they just don’t tend to be quite so dramatic anymore.

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