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Orthodox Literature Connections: “Shepherding Sam”

Orthodox Literature Connections: “Shepherding Sam”

I recently received a gift copy of Shepherding Sam by Melinda Johnson from Ancient Faith Publishing.  I decided to use it as a read aloud with my older boys and was able to to make several connections to other topics we are currently studying – about...
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...
Name Days: Saint Justin the Martyr

Name Days: Saint Justin the Martyr

Saint Justin was a well-educated man.  He spent a great deal of his time studying as well as writing apologies for Christians, which ultimately cost him his life when he was martyred for his beliefs.  We commemorate him on June 1st. My little Justin struggles with...
Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

Feast Days: The Ascension of Christ

This is a moveable feast celebrated each year forty days after Pascha.  On this feast day, we commemorate Christ ascending to heaven after His Resurrection.  “He was lifted up before their eyes in a cloud which took Him from their sight” (Acts 1:9). Before...
traditions: Planting Basil for the Elevation of the Holy Cross

traditions: Planting Basil for the Elevation of the Holy Cross

One of the many beautiful aspects of Orthodoxy is the rhythm of seasons year after year.  As the buds start appearing on the trees and bushes outside, I know it’s time to start thinking about my little garden and to remember the story of Saint Helen’s...
Feast Days: The Annunciation

Feast Days: The Annunciation

This is a special feast day for our family.  First, we celebrate the Theotokos learning she will give birth to Christ from the Archangel Gabriel.  For our family though, it also significant because it’s the day our middle children remember their birth mom on her...
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...
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...
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...
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...
St. John of the Ladder Craft

St. John of the Ladder Craft

Jeannie is an Orthodox Christian homeschooling mom to 3. You can visit her blog at: http://www.creativehandscreativeminds.com On the Fourth Sunday of Great Lent in the Orthodox Church we commemorate St. John Climacus (also known as St. John of the Ladder). He is the...
…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...
Dyeing with Onion Skins for Pascha Gets a Third Chance

Dyeing with Onion Skins for Pascha Gets a Third Chance

I had at least six people tell me I could get a darker red using onion skins for my Pascha eggs than the results I got in my first two attempts.  Two lovely ladies (thank you Maria & Erica!) were kind enough to share their recipes with me and I used both!  I also...
Different Dyes, Different Shades of Red for Pascha Eggs

Different Dyes, Different Shades of Red for Pascha Eggs

There’s a tradition, especially among the Greeks, of having red eggs for Pascha.  It’s a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next as we break the fast together on Pascha.  Where the Slavic traditions will bring a basket of food...
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...