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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...
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...
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...
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...
Our Family Forgiveness Night Tradition

Our Family Forgiveness Night Tradition

Many years ago, when my big kids were but wee ones, we were unable to make it to Forgiveness Vespers for a variety of reasons that night.  If you’ve never been to this vespers, it is a wonderful service where you approach each person individually in the church and ask...
Name Days: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

Name Days: Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

When my husband was chrismated, he wanted Saint Gregory of Nazianzus (or Saint Gregory the Elder) as his patron saint.  He is the father of Saint Gregory the Theologian.  (Sometimes these two saints are confused and Saint Gregory the Theologian will also be called...
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...
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...
A Practical Guide to Prayer with Children

A Practical Guide to Prayer with Children

*This was originally presented via a live webinar in 2011.  I have slightly modified it in order to share it in a blog post format below.  Keep in mind that this is a lengthy post because it was a 45 minute live presentation.  If you would like to see any of the...
Participating in the Nativity Fast as a Family

Participating in the Nativity Fast as a Family

As we enter the Nativity of Christ Fast, here are some ways we can participate together as a family as we are called to fast, pray, and give alms: Talk about why we fast Do the New Testament Challenge together: We had a busy weekend so we started this last night.  I...
Why are 40 Day Blessings Important?

Why are 40 Day Blessings Important?

This past Sunday was the first time my youngest son, Gabriel, and myself have been back to church since his birth.  We made arrangements with our priest to have our 40 Day Blessing before Orthros so we could attend the entire Liturgy with our family. It is an Orthodox...
A Prosphora Baker’s Guide to Common Mistakes

A Prosphora Baker’s Guide to Common Mistakes

I truly believe there is a certain amount of artistry that goes into making prosphora.  Whenever you watch a master, at anything, you can see the ease of motion as they set to the task. I also believe, with practice, we can all make a good loaf of prosphoro....
Saturday of Lazarus Lesson

Saturday of Lazarus Lesson

I tend to model my teaching style after the Divine Liturgy.  By this, I mean, I try to include the use of all five of our senses when I develop a lesson or unit.  This approach reaches all the different learning styles and at the same time doesn’t require any...
…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...