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Celebrating Saint Paisios with Our Son

Celebrating Saint Paisios with Our Son

July 12th is the feast of Saint Paisios the New of Mount Athos. I have loved Elder Paisios since meeting him in The Mountain of Silence by Kyriacos Markides. I love him so much that one of our sons is named Lucas Paisios. The saint is someone whose example of a beautiful, simple, child-like faith is needed in our times. […]

St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

St. Benedict and the Spirit of Community

Whether you’ve read The Benedict Option or not, there is a good chance you’ve heard of it or even had a discussion about it. This book written by Rod Dreher has spurred many important discussions on how we as Christians should build community. It has also brought Saint Benedict of Nursia and monasticism into the mainstream conversation among Christians. What Dreher is describing is real […]

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 […]

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