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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
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 […]

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
4 Things My Family will Miss about Lent

4 Things My Family will Miss about Lent

My kids and I were discussing that Lent is almost over and Holy Week is upon us. As much as we are looking forward to Pascha (Easter), there are some things we will miss about Lent. Here’s our list of what we will miss: The Prayer of Saint Ephraim Lucas (7) and his younger brothers agree that they will miss the […]

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
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