Every Home a Monastery

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 […]

Byzconsin!

Byzconsin!

Three and a half years have now passed since we moved from the High Desert in sunny California to the farm country of crisp and cold Wisconsin. Time has gone by quickly and life has been interesting–full of surprises, both good and bad. You know how we pray to live in peace and repentance during the Divine Liturgy? Well I […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Love is a Call to Action

Lessons From A Monastery: Love is a Call to Action

What does it mean to partake of the life of the Holy Trinity? What does it mean to have communion with God? Think of a married couple. In this marriage, the couple fulfills all their duties. They are good to each other, respectful. They build a home where all obligations on both sides are met. There is even love for […]

Our First Year of Blogging Down!

Our First Year of Blogging Down!

We have now passed our first year of blogging!!! We didn’t kill each other or file for divorce though it was scary a few times along the way!!! Thank you to everyone who has encouraged us and has taken the time to read what we share. We know there are a lot of wonderful things you can spend your time […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Marriage as Martyrdom

Lessons From A Monastery: Marriage as Martyrdom

“The entire Christian life bears the mark of the spousal love of Christ and the Church” –CCC 1617 Why is it that the most important things in life we seem to never really be prepared for? At least that seems to be the case with me. Marriage wasn’t any different. We knew what the Church taught about marriage but most […]

Our Icon Corner

Our Icon Corner

We just wanted to share a quick post with pictures of our prayer room after the kids decorated for Pentecost. We used Lilacs and Bridal Wreath, which is growing in our yard, to make a garland for home and the Pentecost icon at church. Then the kids tucked the sweet flowers around our icons. It’s always nice for the kids […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Building a Christian Community

Lessons From A Monastery: Building a Christian Community

“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” —Dorothy Day In a religious community you will find people from all different walks of life, different cultures, and backgrounds. These Christians come together to form a new family of God’s, a community of believers, working together […]

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Better Mother

Lessons From A Monastery: Becoming a Better Mother

“Love God, serve God: everything is in that.” —St. Clare of Assisi Originally, I didn’t plan on writing this lesson. However, I am sitting next to my newborn baby girl (she is eleven days old) and reflecting on being a mother, and thinking about how much my faith has changed and shaped the person I am. When I first became […]

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