God is bigger…

This is the name of a very simple game that my daughter made up and loves to play. She just turned 4. It’s really an amazingly simple concept, but given that she asks to play it almost every day, and that my soon-to-be 6 year old enjoy it tremendously as well, there is clearly a power to it that is beyond my comprehension. Rather than try and explain it I’ll just give…

Little Lost Sheep

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. +…

Celebrating Pentecost

Christ is Ascended! I hope you and your family were able to celebrate the feast of the ascension together. We certainly enjoyed some new traditions – this mixed berry pavlova was one, along with a ceremonial taking down our paschal decorations ready to enter into the new season. We also have been trying to sing (to the Paschal melody) “Christ is ascended from the earth, up to heaven He went. Now He…

Celebrating Christ’s Ascension & Leaving Pascha

In my last post I discussed that we can take this time of less outward distraction (i.e. social distancing and quarantine) to really pay full attention to the rhythm of the Church year and celebrate and anticipate the Great Feasts just as we might have been anticipating the end of the school year or a big community event. My daughter keeps asking me “It is still Easter?!” and I keep smiling and…

10 Ideas for Making Our Little Churches Bigger

Christ is Risen! I was reflecting last Sunday as we were “in church” how much more difficult it is to engage our children in church without all of the ritual and sensory experience that our physical church provides. I remember when I became a mother how it felt like going to church with children was so hard. Don’t get me wrong it has lots of challenges! Not only in trying to help…

Using Any Moment

I mentioned in an earlier blog post that any moment with children can be used as a moment to invite God into the conversation. I also notice that children take the same opportunity. You may notice in your homes that your children do “Church celebrations” or “do Church” as in they want to imitate, in their pretend play, the joyous prayer and celebration that they are witness to through the life of…

Craft: Fruits of the Spirit

Christ is risen!! Not sure how you all are doing, but I am seriously missing the rhythm of Great Lent and Holy Week. I really miss the excuse to watch services everyday and the anticipation leading up to Pascha. On Bright Tuesday I found myself rewatching Bright Mondays service. But that just didn’t seem authentic. And then I fell right off the bandwagon and aside from a boisterous singing of “Christ is…

Holy Week @ Home

A blessed Holy Week to all of you reading this this week. I originally wrote this much earlier and I’m only able to post it now after struggling with my login here. At any rate, if you are reading it another day, remember, it doesn’t need to be Holy Week to talk with your kids about Christ’s death and resurrection – we should be talking about it and marveling at it as…

Craft: A Godfulness Jar

The credit for this idea goes 100% to the Orthodox Parenting Blog. I read about it through their newsletter a few weeks ago. The basic idea is to find a jar and fill it with Psalms, prayers, wise words from Saints and holy elders, etc. In our family we’ve been using it at the end of morning prayers and trying to do a little bit of memory work. One of my dearest…

Make a Joyful Noise

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the…