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In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

In Our Garden: Panagia’s Tears

A couple of years ago, I ran across a bracelet on Ancient Faith Publishing made of seeds called “Panagia’s Tears” or “Tears of the Mother of God”.  I found the story of the bracelet fascinating and ended up buying it for my daughter for...
Igniting the Spark: Living Our Orthodox Christian Faith

Igniting the Spark: Living Our Orthodox Christian Faith

My husband and I recently took our kids on an impromptu camping trip.  We thrive off of being outdoors and enjoy our time together outside immensely so when the opportunity arose for some family time, we jumped at it!  Lately, my husband and sons have been trying...
Healing Wounded Hearts

Healing Wounded Hearts

Purpose:  A unit for classroom, home, or retreat use to help children heal from sadness and be a friend to others who are sad. Grown-ups are not the only ones who may find their heart aching and searching for a way to find comfort.  Children can also find themselves...
Feast Days: Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

Feast Days: Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple

We commemorate Saints Joachim and Anna presenting their daughter, Mary, into the Temple.  She was received by Zacharias who is the father of Saint John the Baptist.  Our family attends Divine Liturgy together on this feast day. This year, we visited a sister parish...
Feast Days: Nativity of the Theotokos

Feast Days: Nativity of the Theotokos

We commemorate the birth of the Theotokos on this day.  There is a beautifully illustrated book and story about the Theotokos that we read each year called The Story of Mary, the Mother of God.  We also attend Divine Liturgy as a family on this feast day. This year,...
Name Days: Saint Nicholas

Name Days: Saint Nicholas

Our daughter, Nikolia, celebrates her name day on December 6th.  On Saint Nicholas Eve, we read one or more stories about Saint Nicholas and set out stockings for the next day.  In the morning, my kids find chocolate coins in their stockings in remembrance of Saint...
Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

Living Our Faith: “It’s Too Hard For My Kids”

I’ve heard many times over the years, “It’s too hard for my kids” when someone brings up the topic of fasting and children. Let’s consider for a moment our children’s education.  I don’t know of any parent who would present a...
Name Days: Archangel Gabriel

Name Days: Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel is commemorated on March 26, July 13, and November 8.  We celebrate our little Gabriel’s name day on November 8th. After many, many years of infertility, we were overjoyed when our son arrived a little over a year ago.  Both my husband and I...
Name Days: Saint Zenobia

Name Days: Saint Zenobia

Saint Zenobia is commemorated on October 30th. On our name day, we commemorate the saint for whom we are named or for whom we chose/were given at our baptism or chrismation. We look to the saints for strength and guidance because they are examples to us of ways we can...
Age of Triumph Curriculum

Age of Triumph Curriculum

Katherine is an Orthodox Christian wife with seven children. You can visit her blog at: http://seamlesskatherine.com  Posted with permission. Age of Triumph Bible Reader Schedule Age of Triumph Cursive Copywork Age of Triumph Exams Age of Triumph Level C Dictation Age...
A Name Day Celebration: Prophet Zacharias

A Name Day Celebration: Prophet Zacharias

Dinner has ended and the sweet aroma of Name Day bread is wafting its way towards the table where four anxious children await a slice.  You see…today is Zacharias’ Name Day and we are just about to begin our family’s Name Day tradition. This is our...
Church School Binders

Church School Binders

Last September, at the beginning of our church school year, I gave each of my students a binder with their name on it to keep on the bookshelf in our classroom.  I sent the binders home with my students last Sunday and was caught a bit off guard today with the...