Joyful Noise: Simple Fixes

I love the life of parenting, because through that I’ve discovered that sometimes (not all times, but some times), the simplest fixes are the best ones: Food – have we eaten lately? have we eaten to nourish ourselves? do we feel satiated? have we overindulged? has something  we’ve consumed triggered[…} Read more….

One Good Thought: A Cup of Tea

“Stand on the edge of the abyss of despair and when you feel that it is beyond your strength, break off and have a cup of tea.”  + Archimandrite Sophrony  Yesterday was “Blue Monday” – statistically the most depressing day of the year. Blue Monday is blue for some people[…} Read more….

Joyful Noise: Lessons from the Winter Pascha

  The season of Nativity is always jam packed with extra work-related things, extra personal goings-on, holiday breaks and changes in routine, and extra ways to volunteer my time. It’s a season of abundant frenetic activity, which makes it all the more difficult to slow down and remember to savor[…} Read more….

One Good Thought: Help Me In My Struggle

For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. (Romans 7:14-15) If your New Year’s Resolutions are already falling apart like my[…} Read more….

Joyful Noise: Simple Lessons from a Toddler

In parenting my toddler of late, I’ve learned these lessons in humanity… …that when you’re trying to navigate rocky & difficult ground with another, you have to make your own self secure before you can secure another’s to keep them safe. (She had slipped into the puddle between rocks on[…} Read more….

Sunday Lunch: God is with Us… Always!

It’s the last day of the year. Some of us may busy ourselves with making predictions for 2017… will it be easier, more fruitful? What prospects await us? Will our goals and hopes finally be realized? Yet our worries still persist… our anxieties and fears have not gone away. As[…} Read more….

Healthy Minds, Healthy Souls: Resolutions

Coming into the holiday season always reminds me that a new year is right around the corner. The new year always brings to mind the concept of making new starts, new beginnings and numerous resolutions. For those of you who might have set resolutions in 2016, what were they? How[…} Read more….

Joyful Noise: Just Be Yourself

Looking back on my early years of motherhood, I wish I had told myself earlier that it’s okay to be “just” a mom in church. And by “just,” I don’t mean it in the way we tend to say it when we minimize things. “Oh, it’s just a little cold,”[…} Read more….