Talking to Our Children about Death

I started to write this post just before the start of the pandemic last year and then suddenly death seemed to be everywhere and very close and I wasn’t sure it was the right moment. Things have gotten worse and better and worse and better and perhaps no moment is better to talk about this than now anyways. The truth is that we are wise to always keep death in our minds…

Bringing the Scriptures to Our Littlest – A first go.

For a while now I have been thinking about this post. How is it that we bring the scriptures to our littlest? I was delving into the world of homeschooling this year in a slightly unusual way, given the pandemic, but had read about simply reading the Bible through with your children and a friend recommended The Word of Promise Audio Bible which we got. All was well in early Genesis with…

Cultivating Daily Repentance: A Prayer

I have mentioned several times throughout the blog that a part of our evening prayers each night is for each child (and adult) to answer the question: “What did I do today to make God sad?” I really like this phrasing – surely a gift to me from my guardian angel – since it seems to cut to the heart of a spirit of repentance – a sense of not wanting to…

No Agenda but Love

Welcome to 2021 (and Christ is born for those on the Julian Calendar!) While it may not be the church new year we still mark it as a passing of time and many of us still think of it in terms of reviewing where we have been and rethinking and reintentioning where we are going. I certainly do at least. I have always loved making new year’s resolutions. And we often do…

Guardian Angels

For an angel of peace, a faithful guide, a guardian of our souls and bodies, let us ask of the Lord. – From the Liturgy of St John of Chrysostom My mother and I were sitting chatting the other morning when she turned to me – “I read in your blog that you don’t celebrate Santa with the kids”. It was so odd to me that my mother – my closest friend…

Bringing Prayer to Our Children – Part 3/3 – Praying with Our Children

Sitting down to write this post I certainly find it the one I feel most incompetent to write and most curious about. In researching I have read lots of thoughts and ideas which I will try and distill and integrate in the post below. There is too much to cover even in one post, but I will try and lay an outline and come back to this throughout the coming year. After…

Entering into Advent

In our home we celebrate by the Old Calendar and so aren’t quite in Advent season yet – but seeing so many of you begin the celebratory season of the Nativity Fast in posts and pictures I couldn’t resist getting in on the good cheer. We need some good cheer right now. I even heard from one of our young Old Calendar matushka’s that she’s put the Christmas tree already up though…

Bringing Prayer to Our Children – Part 2/3 – Praying for Our Children

Speak more to God about your children than to your children about God. – St. Epiphanios I remember the first time I read the above quote I was kind of blown away. I was already a mother and was putting my energy into trying to make sure my children felt surrounded by the church, by talk of God and by signs of faith. I must admit that I have such a terrible…

Bringing Prayer to Our Children – Part 1/3 – Our Own Prayer

We already have a sort of “rule” of prayer as a family in our house. We gather in the morning at our icon corner to say the Trisagion Prayers, the Lord’s Prayer or Creed and a Morning Prayer by St. Philaret. We have a small list of people we are currently praying for and we often read a quote from our Godfulness jar. We each eat a piece of holy bread and…

You are the light of the world!

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. + Matthew 5:14-16 Do you know that?  I had this moment of profound self-doubt…