Happy New Year!

Now that we are journeying in to another decade, I think back to where I was just a short year ago. We were still in Chicago, getting ready to prepare for our imminent move back to Indiana. As everyone who moves anywhere knows how much work goes in to the moving process, I certainly wasn't... Continue Reading →

Just Pray!

"Do not concern yourself with the number of prayers read, but only lift your heart and mind to the Lord in prayer, and continue in a worthy manner for the time set aside. A few prayers, correctly read, are better than many prayers read through. And, of course, it is hard to keep from rushing... Continue Reading →

Thank you Roomba!

Last Christmas, TBF surprised me with a wonderful gift (although I didn't think so at first). There was a fabulous sale on Roombas, the robotic vacuum cleaner that is smarter than most people behind a normal vacuum (it even vacuums under things and along the floor boards). At first, I was a little apprehensive, both... Continue Reading →

Katherine’s Thai Chili Recipe

I love finding delicious vegan recipes that can be used all year long...especially during Lent and other fasting days within the Orthodox calendar. My friend, Katherine, gave me this recipe that I had tried a couple of years ago after she had brought it to church during a Lenten "coffee hour." Ingredients: 1 large sweet... Continue Reading →


  "Helicopter parenting" is defined by dictonary.com as "a style of child rearing in which an overprotective mother or father discourages a child's independence by being too involved in the child's life." I truly believe there are times in our child's life where they need to be guided and protected. Especially a small child, baby,... Continue Reading →

Craft Bins

A couple months ago, I was spending a rare moment on Pinterest. I came across the idea to create some craft bins for my soon-to-be three year old. Since living in Chicago, we have spent many days indoors due to the unfavorable weather conditions or my ever-growing pregnancy belly/lack of energy. The further along in... Continue Reading →

Discovering Afghanistan (Part 1)

An interest of mine lies in the heart of discovering other peoples and cultures. Last year, I decided I would begin reading and researching countries around the world. I didn't know where to begin, so I thought I would just start alphabetically. That led me to the country of Afghanistan. I wasn't sure what I... Continue Reading →

55 Maxims

So last week I stumbled upon a podcast by the late Father Thomas Hopko on Ancient Faith Radio (AFR). For those of you that may not be familiar with Father Thomas Hopko, he served as the Dean Emeritus at St. Vladamir's Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, New York prior to his passing away last year. His... Continue Reading →

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