Wednesday, April 30, 2014

HI

wow its been a long time since I've been on here. not too much happening. I recently became a certified doula which is someone who is a non-medical person that provides informational, emotional and physical support before, during and after birth. I am hoping to volunteer at a crisis center to gain experience and get a few births under my belt. we've been also doing some home improvement projects around the house, adding plants, a garden fence along the front yard and we would like to get an arbor to go over the side walk as an entry way into our yard, we are also refinishing our hardwood floors, painting, and adding new base boards and trim. we are possibly moving in the next couple of years. not sure where yet. still trying to get pregnant and looking into embryo adoption or IVF and doing it in a way that is acceptable to the Orthodox Church, so lots of prayers about that please. I'm still taking voice lessons and am learning a lot and had a recital just this past monday and it went well. how are all of you? what's new?

Friday, August 30, 2013

long over due!

well I know this post is way overdue, just haven't felt like writing. but now I do. we have finally started our home improvement projects, I am building up my herb cupboard and learning how to use them and I am super excited about this! hopefully today I will get arthritis and Muscle salves and homemade deodorant made today. I have also been looking into becoming a doula and I hope to soon be able to shadow/observe a birth and what a doula actually does for the couple during this special time. I have been doing a lot of volunteer work at the Francisican Convent here in my town, the three nuns that live there are just delightful and are so fun and encouraging and I love dotting on them and helping in any way that i can. next week I am visiting my family in NY state and excited to meet my 4 month old niece. I miss my family so much and wish we could all live closer to each other. that is all for now. have a great weekend!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Who are the Orthodox Christians?

Love this saying from Saint Katherine's Greek Orthodox Church it describes us Orthodox Christians in a nutshell!
" We're Not Jewish, But WE ARE ORTHODOX...
We're Not Roman, But WE ARE CATHOLIC...
We're Not Protestant, BUT THE BIBLE CAME FROM US...
We're Not Denominational, WE ARe PRE-DENOMINATIONAL."

its been awhile!

sorry i don't blog much. lots have been happening lately. Got our garden in and the rest of our flowers in. Ben has been having some issues with his eyes and on top of that he may have Meniere's Disease and today he had an MRI to rule out something more serious. please pray for us! thank you!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Spring!

Spring has finally arrived here in SD. I've been very busy outside putting my flowers in the ground and watching my lilies and tulips appear. Its just amazing and beautiful what God has created. Even though the world is full of negative we can find the positive all around.!

Monday, April 15, 2013

sorry

sorry its been forever since I've posted. just hadn't felt like posting. but today I  wanted to share a small section from an awesome and profound book called The Lenten Spring by Fr. Thomas hopko.
"Our hearts are made for God, St. Augustine has said, and we will be forever restless until we rest in Him. Our lives are made for God, and we will be unfulfilled and dissatisfied and frustrated until we go to Him. All of God's creatures as Francis Thompson said in his poem The Hound of Heaven, are His "loyal betrayers." They do not satisfy His Children and cannot bring them peace. He alone can do that, because He alone is our home. And we are His." -Fr. Thomas Hopko, "The Lenten Spring" pg.21

Monday, February 18, 2013

Is there a guiding principle for right worship?

‎"... right worship is key to our Christian identity. By studying how worship was defined in the Old Testament and comparing it with the Orthodox liturgy we can better understand why Orthodox worship is the way it is and how contemporary worship has strayed far from biblical worship."

"They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” (Hebrews 8:5 NIV, italics added)" http://orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org/2012/09/10/orthodox-worship-versus-contemporary-worship/