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 […]

Favorite Things: Children Books, and Monk Projects

Favorite Things: Children Books, and Monk Projects

Today I want to share some great books I’ve read with the kids recently and two new projects from two of the monks at HRM. First up is The Suitcase by Jane G. Meyer. I was thrilled when I heard Jane wrote a new book because I love all of her books; It isn’t clear who loves them more in […]

Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent

Seeing Mercy and Spiritual Progress in Lent

  “Mom, are we allowed to eat that?” During the first weeks of the fast in Great Lent, I am asked this question at least a dozen times by any one of my kids. They know the fasting rules. I tell them at the very beginning what we are fasting from (for us it’s no meat, limited dairy) but still, […]

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
Scarlett and Serafina!

International Women’s Day

  Because today is International Women’s Day, I am sharing a paper my oldest daughter wrote for her Women’s Voices college class. She wrote it in a letter style and needed to write about the “social construction of gender” and how it applies to her own life. Manny and I have been pleased to see how Scarlett has responded to […]

by · March 8, 2017 · 0 comments · Family
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 […]

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