An author, blogger, Orthodox Christian, fellow parishioner and a friend. Francis has written three books you can find on his blog, Prayerful Life. He writes essays, short stories and poetry. He also shares quotes from the church fathers. His writing is incredibly thought provoking and encouraging. He really shares his heart and it is a… Continue reading Meet Francis
One of my favorite hymns to sing is Psalm 25/26:8, "O, Lord, I have loved the beauty of Thy house and the place where Thy glory dwellest." Up until now my love of this song really had to do with the fact that I truly love the church and I love the services and the… Continue reading I Love Thy Beauty
I just got back from my first ever trip to Hawaii. Kauai to be exact. This trip just kind of fell into our laps as dear friends decided to share a condo with us they had gained access to for a week. We just needed to get there and pay for our food. What we… Continue reading How Magnified Are Thy Works
“One winter morning Peter woke up and looked out the window. Snow had fallen during the night. It covered everything as far as he could see.” ― Ezra Jack Keats, The Snowy Day For my entire upbringing I lived in MN. Snow was just what happened in winter. We were used to it. It didn't… Continue reading The Snowy Week
Bees! Bees! Bees! I've talked about it before and you can see them all over this blog. Pictures. Quotes. I know I’ve written some about why, but I thought I’d touch on it again. Mostly because I thought it would be fun to share my pictures of bees. These beautiful creatures live a life of… Continue reading I Love Bees!
I need to explain myself. Since the end of July I've posted nothing but my Maxim Mondays and I'm sure some of you are wondering what is going on. Maybe even getting bored. You know how summers can be....crazy-busy! The last 2 weeks has been spent in Southern California. I drove a team of kids… Continue reading Crazy-Busy, Beautiful-Awesome Summer
This beauty was ours to take in and dwell upon for four days of vacation with our dear church family! We spent 4 days and 3 nights camping at our First Annual Parish Camping Trip at Mt. Rainier National Park this past week and it was indeed a very blessed time of togetherness. A time… Continue reading Good and Pleasant to Dwell in Unity
We just got back from a big family camping trip. It was so wonderful and fun! But this explains my silence. Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise… Continue reading Praise the Lord!
One of the reasons why I wanted to start this blog was to help myself learn to focus on things that encourage positivity, beauty and joy. Even in the midst of the challenging, difficult day. This is very difficult for me and always has been. I am so grateful for the opportunity to change this… Continue reading Joy Even in Trials
A year ago, in February, I was at the annual Pre-Lenten Women’s Retreat at Holy Resurrection in Tacoma, WA where the speaker was Kh. Krista West (The Opinionated Taylor on Ancient Faith Radio). Her talk was on Restoring the Image: Women, Beauty and the Church. This day was so eye opening for me and was… Continue reading Restoring the Image