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Living Our Faith: The Nativity Fast

Living Our Faith: The Nativity Fast

This autumn, I made an intentional effort to slow down and enjoy the radiance of the leaves changing on the trees. I made the time to go hiking several times with my boys and we incorporated our botany study before, during, and after these hikes as well. I soaked in...
Week 7: Icons in Our Narthex – King David

Week 7: Icons in Our Narthex – King David

In November, our parish has a “Youth Sunday” where our Sunday School students have an opportunity to do tasks around the church just like everyone else. Each class is assigned something to do for that Sunday. This year, the 3rd/4th grade class was asked to...
How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Onion Skins for Pascha

How to Naturally Dye Eggs with Onion Skins for Pascha

Several years ago, I set out on a quest to successfully dye a batch of eggs red using yellow onion skins. My first two attempts failed to even come close to that desired deep red I was told could be achieved using them. I searched and searched online and was basically...
Connecting Church and Home: Censers

Connecting Church and Home: Censers

This is a craft I’ve done with elementary students, my own children, and adults (during a church school seminar) to learn more about censers within the context of worship, teaching, and praxis.  This is a phenomenal way to engage visual learners along with...
traditions: Jordan Almond Favors

traditions: Jordan Almond Favors

I had several people ask me to show them how I made the Jordan almond favors for my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding this weekend.  Honestly, they are much easier than they look and I’d be more than happy to share how I put them together over about four...
Child-Friendly Portable Prayer Box

Child-Friendly Portable Prayer Box

This project was created by Catherine Calibey and Sarah Karcher for their Sunday School class.   On our recent travels, my nieces graciously gave up their room for a wee bit to me and my family. Upon entering their room, I was led to a small, simple box with an...
D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

D.I.Y. Orthodox Gifts

For many years now, I’ve spent a couple of days in November gathering family photos from the previous months that year and then create a calendar for the upcoming year for my parents, siblings, and in-laws on Shutterfly.  The calendar has become a treasured gift...
Chronicles of an Orthodox Traveler

Chronicles of an Orthodox Traveler

When I moved away from my parents to a different state many years ago, the first thing I did was to find the local Orthodox parish. I vividly remember walking into the narthex of that parish and instantly smelling the incense. My first thought was – this is...
Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

Journeying Through Great Lent to Pascha as a Family

I spent the weekend preparing our home for our journey to Pascha as Great Lent is on our doorstep once again.  We received our Pascha Passports in the mail along with the new companion booklet, Raising Lazarus Project Booklet, which is intended to help prepare our...
Companion to “Special Agents of Christ”

Companion to “Special Agents of Christ”

This was part of my presentation at the last IL webinar.  For the foreseeable future, Illumination Learning will not be hosting anymore webinars.  As time permits, I will be archiving as many resources as possible from these past webinars on the website. The following...
…because I never back down from a challenge

…because I never back down from a challenge

Determination.  That’s what this is all about.  I’ve seen the photos of beautiful, red Pascha eggs dyed using onion skins and I wanted to learn how to do it myself.  The first two times were my fault.    The third time, I have no idea where I went wrong...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go – the Sequel

Here’s one more set of Lenten meals on the go during this season. These are simple meals I made for my family to eat on the way to or from church during last week.  Trust me, at 6 months pregnant, I did not spend a lot of time putting these together. These are...
Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

Lenten Staples: Meals on the Go

These fasting meals were inspired by the school lunch, the grown-up work lunch, and the meals eaten in the car going to or from weeknight Lenten services.  They are meant as inspiration or to copy for all those needing a Lenten meal on the go.   Contents of this...
Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

Lenten Staples: Legumes & Grains

These are eight examples of meals I’ve made using the legume and grain staples in my pantry.  I decided to label this selection of food legumes and grains to provide the widest definition for these staples.  Wikipedia defines legumes as – “Well-known...