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

Saint John Chrysostom

One Year Later

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 6 comments

One Year Later

Infertility.  It’s a painful, silent battle.  It lingers in your mind and infiltrates most all of your thoughts. Every. single. day.

I think Les and I had finally accepted that I was not going to give birth to anymore full-term babies. Always longing – but finally accepting the path we were traveling.

A year ago, Les and I welcomed the arrival of our little miracle baby.  Gabriel was born almost nineteen years after Niki.  That’s a terribly long time to wait.  There’s nuances and details attached to this story…that provide the backdrop of the emotional roller coaster we all experienced at the hospital after Gabriel’s birth.

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Growing by Leaps & Bounds

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 11 comments

Growing by Leaps & Bounds

The other night I got a series of texts from Niki. It started out:

OMG Mom!

Niki doesn’t use texting acronyms so I held my phone in my hand knowing I’d get a follow-up text shortly.

I WANT HIM!  HIS NAME IS TUCKER!

I didn’t immediately realize I was missing a text in between these two which would had made it all make sense. Long story short, a college friend needed to find a new home for his dog because he didn’t have time to house train it.  Niki wanted the dog.  The problem was that the dog is a Pomeranian mix. 1) They’re not known to be good with young children.  2) We’re partial to Boxers for many reasons revolving around having a large family.  Losing Lily last summer, just a few weeks before Gabriel was born, was hard on all of us and we still miss her.  She was truly a remarkable dog.

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And…it finally got me

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 in All Posts, Homeschooling, Orthodox Christianity | 9 comments

And…it finally got me

One of my kids came home from camp with a nasty, nasty cold.  It subsequently made its way through the rest of his siblings.  And…this morning, I woke up with it.  Mind crushing headache, scratchy sore throat, and stuffy nose. None of my kids complained of a headache so that might just be a result of a restless night with Gabriel who woke up continuously because he didn’t feel good.

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Baby Proofing for Homeschooling in the Fall

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 in All Posts, Homeschooling | 3 comments

Baby Proofing for Homeschooling in the Fall

I’m in full blown planning, researching, and prepping mode for our new homeschool year.  It’s a little early for me to be this giddy about getting ready for the new year but I can’t help it – I’m just excited!

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Our Summer Camp Tradition

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 in All Posts, Camp, Orthodox Christianity | 1 comment

Our Summer Camp Tradition

After twelve years, we have acquired many family stories associated with going to summer camp – the storm of all storms our first year where lightning was literally striking all around our cabins, the year an ax found its way into my husband’s leg (which also happened to be one of the years I didn’t go), Les was our future son-in-law’s counselor for years, me toting around young boys as I try to help out in anyway possible, and friendships we formed with staff who would later become some of our children’s godparents.

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Square, Triangle, Circle, or Squiggle?

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 11 comments

Square, Triangle, Circle, or Squiggle?

I asked everyone in my previous post to leave an answer in the comments for which shape would best represent you – a square, triangle, circle, or squiggle.

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Getting to Know You

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 15 comments

Getting to Know You

We just got back from a wonderful week at summer camp (more on that in another post) and I have a question to ask all of you that was asked of me while at camp.  Presvytera Sophia asked each of us in the main counselors’ cabin, “If you had to choose one of the following shapes to represent you, which would it be?  A square, a triangle, a circle, or a squiggle?”

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My Fast Food

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 in All Posts, Family & Friends | 3 comments

My Fast Food

You know those moments – when you’ve had a long day and there’s just not any energy left in you to make something decent to eat or when your baby simply will not let you make a meal (for whatever reason – sleepy, sick, can’t keep his hands off of anything as you hold him, keeps getting into stuff on the floor while you’re trying to cook). Those moments.

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Pulled an All-Nighter

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 in All Posts, Blog, Orthodox Christianity | 3 comments

Pulled an All-Nighter

I gave myself a deadline to finish creating the new Illumination Learning website by yesterday.  Who works best under a deadline? This girl.  I might need to run a coffee IV today to compensate for the lack of sleep but it was worth that last little push to get it completed.

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Shhhhh…It’s Working

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 in All Posts, Foster Care & Adoption | 0 comments

Shhhhh…It’s Working

Read the following post envisioning my mouth dropped open in awe and amazement.  

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