Contemplating God’s Mercy with Fr. Peter

I came a little bit sideways into the Orthodox Church. I was very sure about marrying the Serbian Orthodox man I’d fallen in love with, but I was struggling about how to wrap my head around becoming Orthodox myself and raising an Orthodox family with him. I was raised outside the Church, out in the wilderness. Literally. We lived way out in the country, and we had no parish, no denomination even.…

Beautiful novel, ICON, now features Discussion Guide!

This just in:  thanks to many reader requests, Georgia Briggs has created a Discussion Questions guide for her novel that can be used by book clubs, youth groups, homeschoolers, or anyone who’d like to start a conversation about this thought-provoking story! The guide has been included in the second printing of the book, which is now available — and for those of us who bought the first printing, it’s online as a…

New Martyr Magazine features Welcoming the Christ Child!

Have you seen New Martyr Magazine yet? It’s a great resource for children — it comes out four times per year, and contains stories, games and great ideas for Orthodox families! Our family has enjoyed this magazine since its first issue — in particular, my seven year-old reads it cover-to-cover and then carries it to bed with her. Luckily, it is printed on durable stock, so even after loving it so much…

Where to Hang Your Ornaments?

A good friend of mine just surprised me with a photo of the wooden tree she and her husband created for the Jesse Tree ornaments, and it’s beautiful! With forty nails for each of the forty ornaments, her family will count down each day of the Nativity Fast by hanging the day’s ornament in place — until finally the tree is filled and Christmas has arrived! This tree is a great DIY…

Welcoming the Christ Child: My Jesse Tree Board

Now that we have the book and ornament set ready to go, I’ve been trying to decide where we’ll be hanging our ornaments to count down to Christmas. You may have seen my earlier post in which I searched Pinterest and contemplated various cool trees we might make…   In the past, we have hung our ornaments along a ribbon, but this year I wanted to find a way to really count — I’d…

When Kids Don’t Like Church

When we talk about children in the church, we usually mean babies and toddlers — the youngest ones who cannot seem to sit still. That’s a big challenge for parents and for the rest of the parish. But what happens when those kids get a little older?  We don’t talk a lot about what to do when your ten-year old declares that he just doesn’t see the point of church or when…