An Unexpected Reminder about Love and Sin

An Unexpected Reminder about Love and Sin

God knows what we need better than we do. I was reminded of this truth tonight when my plans unexpectedly changed. I needed to bake prosphora. I was having a rough day; I was upset about things which made me irritable. I didn’t want to bake at home because I wanted to be alone and pray while I baked. To […]

On Writing and Vulnerability

On Writing and Vulnerability

A roller coaster ride describes my experience during the last few years that I have shared my writing publicly. The entire process of writing and sharing is far more in depth than I expected and the emotional ups and downs took me by complete surprise. The experience has become a mirror for my personal growth as I’ve embraced writing as […]

by · March 20, 2017 · 2 comments · Daily Life
Scarlett and Serafina!

International Women’s Day

  Because today is International Women’s Day, I am sharing a paper my oldest daughter wrote for her Women’s Voices college class. She wrote it in a letter style and needed to write about the “social construction of gender” and how it applies to her own life. Manny and I have been pleased to see how Scarlett has responded to […]

by · March 8, 2017 · 0 comments · Family
The Nostalgia of Lent

The Nostalgia of Lent

We are at the end of the first week of Great Lent. Every year, the season of Lent can be wildly different. Some easier than others. Some not at all what I expected. This year I see some new dynamics in our family; I see joy and nostalgia. My twenty-year-old, Scarlett, told me this is the most nostalgic time of […]

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Enchiladas and Forgiveness Sunday

Tomorrow is Cheesefare and Forgiveness Sunday; the day before Clean Monday which begins Great Lent for Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Christians. I just finished making two trays of cheese and onion enchiladas. The red sauce is one I have been making for years; the recipe was my grandmother’s. I decided on making my grandmother’s cheese enchiladas for Sunday’s church potluck […]

Be the Change…in Your Home, Community, World

Be the Change…in Your Home, Community, World

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Many of us know this famous quote well. I wonder though, how often these words make us think of the world at large, and not the world right in our backyard? It is easy to think about changing the world — the world far away, the world that isn’t close […]

Byzconsin: Farms, Tractors and Little Boys!

Byzconsin: Farms, Tractors and Little Boys!

Life feels surreal some days here in Wisconsin. Having grown up in Southern California, the life we live now is very different from what we were accustomed to. Seeing my younger children growing up here and knowing this is the only way of life they know is strange to think about. Not that it’s bad at all, it’s just so very […]

Byzconsin: Wannabe Hobbits

Byzconsin: Wannabe Hobbits

Spring in Wisconsin (once it finally warms up) is gorgeous. Many times we have thought the farm country we live in looks like what we imagine The Shire would look like. In many ways the simple, down to earth life of the Hobbits is exactly what we long for–a good book to read, a pantry full of good food, things […]

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