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Attitude of Gratitude Challenge: Day 9— Writing My Way to a More Thankful Heart

Attitude of Gratitude Challenge: Day 9— Writing My Way to a More Thankful Heart

I’m grateful for… Old Friends. The monks had a benefit concert, so the kids and I spent the afternoon and evening at the monastery. I spent a large part of the evening talking with Father Basil. It sounds silly to call him an old friend because he is more than a friend to me. I met him when I was 17, and […]

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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.  […]

Learning to Carry My Daily Crosses and Breaking Out of Vicious Cycles

Learning to Carry My Daily Crosses and Breaking Out of Vicious Cycles

Vacation time recently ended for us. Manny took a week off from work because we were supposed to go to New Mexico to visit his family and enjoy the beautiful state. Sadly, we had to cancel, and Manny spent his vacation working on our vehicles. I felt horrible the entire time he was off. Not that it was my fault, […]

by · July 25, 2017 · 1 comment · Daily Life, Faith
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. […]

Final Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Conference

Final Thoughts on the Ancient Faith Conference

I recently shared some thoughts about the Ancient Faith Writing Conference. Well, there is so much to share that I have two more perspectives for you! My experience as a mother of a writer, and my experience as a writer: A Mother of a Writer My oldest daughter, Scarlett is also a writer. She is going to Lakeland University for […]

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 […]

3 Perspectives on the Ancient Faith Writing Conference

3 Perspectives on the Ancient Faith Writing Conference

Without a doubt, my experience at the Ancient Faith Writing and Podcasting Conference was blessed and unique. There are so many things to share from the event that I’m having a hard time choosing one! Instead of choosing, I’ll write a few posts. Today I’ll share what the conference and the long trip away from home meant to me from […]

by · June 30, 2017 · 3 comments · Daily Life
Lessons From the Jelly Bean Mix

Lessons From the Jelly Bean Mix

Every Pascha (Easter) I add 4 lbs of 49 different flavored Jelly Belly jelly beans to our basket which is blessed on Pascha night. Every year Manny and I are searching the container, weeding through Black Licorice, Peach, Cantaloupe, Buttered Popcorn, and other oddball flavors that most don’t care much for in my family, looking for the coveted Very Cherry […]

by · May 1, 2017 · 0 comments · Daily Life, Family
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