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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
Be the Change…in Your Home, Community, World

Be the Change…in Your Home, Community, World

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Many of us know this famous quote well. I wonder though, how often these words make us think of the world at large, and not the world right in our backyard? It is easy to think about changing the world — the world far away, the world that isn’t close […]

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 […]

Favorite Things…Planners and Schedules

Favorite Things…Planners and Schedules

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. — Ephesians 5:15-17 I have a love-hate relationship with schedules. In the past I have had the household on a strict schedule which worked […]

Thoughts on Large Families, Saintly Patience, and Being a SAHM

Thoughts on Large Families, Saintly Patience, and Being a SAHM

I was chatting with a lady today who was shocked that I am pregnant with baby number ten (most people are). Our conversation was typical for the way these kind of interactions go: Nice Lady: Wow. Number ten! You must have the patience of a saint! Me: No, not really. Nice Lady: No, really you must. Me: No, honestly I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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