Orthodox Advent Study {download for sale}

Advent Study

Many of you may have already noticed the Advent Study tab at the top of the page.  Thank you so much to all of you who have already purchased a copy, I hope it serves as a great resource for you!  For those of you who have not seen it yet, it is a 6-week study with weekly devotionals and stories along with daily Scripture readings, recipes, and other activities.  This  66-page study was created to help us keep our minds and hearts on Christ this Christmas season instead of the hustle and bustle happening right outside our doors.

I’ve wanted to create something like this for awhile now and finally decided to give it a go a couple of years ago.  But not long after I started working on it, I realized what an enormous project it really was.  Soon, things that required immediate attention forced me to set it aside–again and again…  This year I was determined to get it all together and so it is finally available for download for only $5.50! [Read more…]

Psalter Group Assignments {Nativity 2014}

Psalter

Can you believe it’s almost Christmas?  I so love this time of year.  The days are shorter and you can feel all of nature slowing down for the winter.  It’s the perfect time for hot cocoa, fireplaces and snuggles on the couch.

While Pascha is a more sober fasting period, the Nativity is full of excitement and anticipation as we anxiously await the coming of Christ into the world.  What a beautiful thing!  During this time we should take extra care to abstain from things unholy or that distract us from God and the upcoming feast.  Stretch out your hand to those in need and comfort those around you who need comforting.  Embrace all that God meant this season to be. [Read more…]

15% Off Sitewide Sale on OrthodoxChristianChildren.com!

OCC Sale

OCC Sale

There’s an “Early Christmas Shopping” Sale going on over at OrthodoxChristianChildren.com!  All orders over $50 will receive a 15% discount!

Many of you may have noticed I promote this site quite a bit and that’s because I believe they have the best selection of Orthodox books for both kids and adults.  They carry titles from lots of different publishers both here in the States and Internationally and always seem to have things first!  This is a great time to start thinking of gifts and save some money! Be sure to check out their Toys, Games & Crafts section.  When I post photos on Instagram or Facebook many of you ask where I got some of the activities my boys are playing and they’re always from this site.

We especially love the Orthodox Memory Game (we play Go Pray! instead of Go Fish!) :), Shrinky Dink Ornament Kits and Activity Books!  [Read more…]

Psalter Group Sign-ups {Nativity 2014}

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psaltersignups

Can you believe the Nativity fast begins in just nine days? And you know what that means, right? It’s time to sign up for the Psalter Prayer Group again! Yay!  I can hardly wait to start tucking that little green book in my bag again.

This is one of my favorite things during the 40-day fasts.  It is a quiet time that I can look forward to each day.  And by quiet, I don’t mean the things around me are quiet, those things rarely are, but rather the hush that comes over my soul whenever I open my Psalter and read.

The last few times, I periodically posted some various writings on why reading the Psalms is so beneficial and I’ll be doing that again this time as well.  There are some really beautiful thoughts on this.  God-willing they will strengthen and encourage us as we prepare to receive the Bridegroom and as we trudge the rocky roads of our Lenten journeys.  So please keep an eye out for those!

You may also want to check out this post on The Benefits of Psalter Groups.

So if you’re interested in joining please leave YOUR BAPTISMAL NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS in the comment section of this post. If you’re new to our groups, click here for all the details…

I will have the groups and everyone’s assigned readings up by Friday, November 14!  But don’t worry, if you stumble upon this post after the fast has begun, you can still sign up.  It’s never too late to join in!

You can purchase a pocket Psalter or full-sized one here.

every morning is a new beginning

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speak to God in the morning...

the most peaceful time of day for me are the wee morning hours when everyone else is still asleep. the sun begins to peek its magnificent rays through the windows and the birds are chirping.  the house is still blanketed in a quiet slumber and the kitchen smells like fresh brewed coffee.

this is my favorite time to pray and read and spend time with God.  there’s just something so encouraging about that time of day for me.  everyone always looks forward to moments when they can start again, wipe the slate clean and begin anew–sort of like new year’s day.  that’s how i feel on the mornings when i get to take advantage of that precious quiet time.

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Pumpkin Ribbon Bread Recipe

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Pumpkin Ribbon Bread Recipe

Fall is definitely in the air.  The leaves are changing and everything is beginning to look and smell and feel like autumn.  I’ve pulled out the flannel sheets and am anxiously anticipating the first bonfire of the season. This has always been my favorite season and every year it has the same magical feeling for me.

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the national anthem of christianity

the art of salvation by elder ephraim

the art of salvation by elder ephraim

*forgive the previous post that was sent out this morning.  seems i didn’t hit the publish button when i originally wrote it so it’s a bit late.  ;)

The following is taken from a new book published by St. Nektarios Monastery in Roscoe, NY titled The Art of Salvation.  The book is a compilation of letters written by Elder Ephraim to various spiritual children.   It is the first volume of a series and the theme is repentance.  It is absolutely fantastic!! [Read more…]

stillness.

barefoot in the grass

 

barefoot in the grass

it’s that time of year again.  time for watermelon and lemonade.  time to unplug and let my heart be filled with all the wonderfulness of a summer spent with three little boys and one incredible hubby.  i can hardly wait.  as busy as the days are certain to be there is a certain stillness i feel inside when i sit back and watch the kids run around the yard happy and without a care in the world.  and after a long busy school year there is no better gift than that!

i’ll be back in the fall to tell you all about our adventures.  until then, happy summer friends!

Banana Mocha Smoothie {Paleo approved!}

Banana Mocha Paleo Smoothie

So for the past month I have been on the infamous Paleo diet.  Now you know I avoid diets like the plague because I just loathe them.  I love to cook and even though I don’t eat a lot, I really really enjoy good food.  So diets are take a lot of will power for me.  Especially when that means cutting out some of my favorite things like breads, milk and cheese.

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Top Ten Summer Reading Programs for Kids

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Did you know the number one way to prevent summer slide is for your child to read every single day during the summer?

Below are my Top 10 Summer Reading Programs to keep your kids from slipping down the summer slide.  All of the programs offer terrific incentives to keep them reading all summer long!   [Read more…]