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.

Our Private Pascha

I have been working on Virtual Sunday School lessons and lists of ideas for Holy Week and Pascha, and on materials for my own parish as we gear up for what promises to be a very different celebration. Today, as I’m working, every time I get to Pascha, I start tearing up. For weeks I have quietly grieved the idea that my own family’s Pascha experience will be different, but today I…

Logistics: Planning Holy Week and Pascha at Home

  Note: An updated list of ideas and resources, including those listed in this post, is now available on the Tending the Garden of Our Hearts Holy Week and Pascha at Home page. This year, we will almost surely be at home for Pascha — but Christ does not rise from the dead, trampling down death by death, because we are in church; He rises from the dead because He is the…

If your kids are scared… here’s a book!

I’m reposting an old review of Sasha and the Dragon because it’s such a great book for helping children to deal with their fears, and something tells me that there are some kids out there who could use it right now. It’s available as an ebook, if you happen to need it right now. May God bless you and keep you! Update: Laura E. Wolfe has created a video of herself reading…