Meditation on Transplants: How a Christian Navigates Medicine

I received a note from a podcast listener, who heard me mention in passing on Everyday Orthodox, that my daughter received a liver transplant in 2010. I was talking about the strange moment when we received the phone call, hearing that they had an eleventh hour liver for the very sick little baby lying in a hospital bed in front of me. That moment held so much joy and relief, and so…

Planning for Fall in the Days of Coronavirus

Disclaimer: I don’t have the answers. I have the questions, perhaps, but I’m still working on answers. 2020. This year has been like no other. And like all of the other Sunday School Directors out there, my attention has moved from figuring out Virtual Vacation Church Camp to planning for the Fall 2020 Sunday School Semester, which promises to REALLY be like no other. For me, Sunday School planning is usually about…

Releasing EARLY — Rooted in Prayer: Virtual Vacation Church Camp!

We finished! We have made so many videos, written so many lessons and questions and games and songs… and now we’re finished. I am very excited about this Virtual Vacation Church Camp! Check out the tending-the-garden.com site for more information, and watch the Ancient Faith Store for the early release sometime this week. For a sneak peek of the music CeCe Yentzen wrote for camp’s Music Classes, take a look at her…

Rooted in Prayer — Virtual Vacation Church Camp!

As you likely know, I have been working with Kristina Wenger on a weekly podcast called  Tending the Garden of Our Hearts, and through this time of sheltering and quarantine, we have been offering a complete Virtual Sunday School version with videos, printables and ideas. The Sunday School will finish up June 7, on Pentecost. As summer approaches, we’re mourning the fact that our in-person VCC programs will not likely happen, so…

Guest Contribution to All These Things: What I Wish I Knew…

For Mother’s Day this year, Hannah Vazquez released an episode of All These Things in which she asks several Orthodox moms the question, what do you wish you knew before becoming a mother? Listen for my response, as well as responses from my co-author Kristina Wenger, and my friends, Molly Sabourin, Melissa Naasko, Dr. Jeannie Constantinou and Jane Meyer! For more information, check out the accompanying blog post.