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Guest Post @ Illumination Learning

A Woman’s Hidden Heart  If you have not already signed up to receive Illumination Learning‘s posts via email…do so!  Full of practical and spiritual advice for the Orthodox mother, father, and educator. Love Jennifer’s kindness and wisdom!  Click the link above to read a post I wrote as a Lenten reflection for mothers for Illumination… Continue reading Guest Post @ Illumination Learning

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What I want my daughters to know about the 2016 US Election

(I wrote this three days before the election.) A certain Hillary Clinton campaign add depicts small children innocently watching the television as Donald Trump makes fun of the disabled, offering up one calloused and derogatory remark after another to the massive crowds at his rallies. The television add ends with this epitaph, “Our children are… Continue reading What I want my daughters to know about the 2016 US Election

Christmas · cooking · family · food · homemaking · Nativity · winter

Christmas Dinner

I made a centerpiece for the Christmas table.  Just a simple arrangement of greenery in a vintage camping coffee pot.  This afternoon I am going shopping to purchase a new tablecloth.  My dining room doubles as our schoolroom which makes decorating and creating ambiance a bit of a challenge.  However, after some cleaning and rearranging I… Continue reading Christmas Dinner

faith · family · homeschooling · kids · motherhood · parenting · teenagers

What Teens Really Need

Yesterday, I was told a story about two very great kids we know, a young man and woman, who were caught in the library making out. I chuckled at the story…who knows if it is even true.  Both, age 16, come form great homes and are homeschooled.  Again I just chuckle…not because I am laughing… Continue reading What Teens Really Need

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How to Not Be Empty

Beware of the barrenness of a busy life. -Socrates I really don’t know when I got it in my head that I desperately needed to outsource in our homeschool to be successful.  After Samuel was born I think I was determined not to let another baby hold my older children back from their goals (my… Continue reading How to Not Be Empty

cleaning · cooking · fall · family · homemaking · motherhood · poetry

Housework

No scouring for pride Spare kettle whole side Though scouring be needful, yet scouring too much Is pride without profit, and robbeth thine hutch. -Thomas Tusser

faith · family · Orthodoxy

Ancestors of God

It occurred to me in Church yesterday that everything I was experiencing in the Liturgy was according to gender.  I worship as a female…and over and over in the liturgy I am reminded that it is precisely because of gender that I am saved. “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name… Continue reading Ancestors of God