I met Dionysios Potamitis at the Greek Orthodox Clergy-Laity Conference two summers ago.  He and his wife started Potamitis Publishing.  He is such a peaceful and God-loving man.  He was telling me about how he goes to Liturgy every morning and he’ll bring a couple of his kids with him.  (I believe he said he had five.)  Afterwards, he brings them to the park and then goes home to start his day.  I was really inspired by this and have tried to bring my kids to the park after weekday Liturgies too.  I have no doubt these will be fond childhood memories for all the kids.

Yesterday we went to Liturgy for the Elevation of the Cross and afterwards headed over to the gardens of a nearby castle for a nature study.  Most of the time our nature studies occur in our own yard but once in awhile we go to a park with our field guides in hand.  Remember our quest to feed the squirrels?  Then we went back with a revised plan to feed them.  Well, this time around it was all about identifying plants in the garden of a castle!

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We went on Friday to Loveland Castle with our Orthodox homeschool group.  (Some of us are hoping to come up with a name for the group and get t-shirts – suggestions welcome!)  So much was in bloom in the castle garden!  I wasn’t really expecting that in mid-September.  We went back yesterday to take Niki and bring our field guides to go exploring through the gardens again.

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A single man built this castle over the course of several decades.  The castle is quite impressive especially when you realize a single person built it. He worked on the castle up until he died at age 91.

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Niki is teaching Chris to draw a berry from one of the nearby trees.

Do you see Zach and Justin in the background drawing flowers?

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These are the original hot beds Harry used to grow his fruit and vegetables

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We walked down to the river.  Mama and Gabriel stayed at the top while the other four went exploring.

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My pre-teen…oh my!

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My children aren’t hams in front of the camera at all

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