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Byzconsin: What I Miss on a Sunday Morning

Y’all are gonna think I’m crazy, but I have to say, I miss the hour plus drive we used to take to get to the Monastery back in California. Really, really miss it. Seriously.We are now down the road from the monastery like I wanted to be for years but Sunday mornings are just not the same without that drive.  […]

Community: Having the Right Intention

Community: Having the Right Intention

In this continued conversation, I want to discuss having the right intention when undertaking the work of building up the Body of Christ and over-romanticizing community life. The two are closely related, and when our intentions are misplaced, we can be on dangerous building ground. Humans are unique in our ability to dream, as we do. We do not merely […]

Community: The Gift of Witness

Community: The Gift of Witness

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2 Recently, I shared some thoughts on what it means to live in […]

Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

Community: Liturgy and Radical Individualism

Lingering incense from liturgy the night before mixed with the smell of fresh flowers that decorate the empty tomb; bright lights filling the small chapel; the sanctuary veil swept aside, the holy doors flung wide open. These are the first things I experience when arriving for Agape Vespers on Pascha evening. Everyone in the chapel is that tired-to-your-bones exhausted after […]

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 […]

Byzconsin: Buying Our Home 

Byzconsin: Buying Our Home 

A huge part of our Byzconsin journey involves buying a home. Being able to purchase a reasonably priced home was a huge motivator for us to move to the Midwest. We moved not knowing when we would be able to buy but knowing it would be much more feasible in Wisconsin than in California. When we moved to Wisconsin we […]

Byzconsin: Becoming Better Stewards

Byzconsin: Becoming Better Stewards

So, if you have been following our blog for awhile or know us personally, you will know that since moving to Wisconsin we have had our finances turned upside down due to a job layoff, compounded by there not being a whole lot of work in Manny’s field here in Wisconsin AND pay being much lower in Wisconsin than in […]

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