Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrasts

Wedding and more 599I secretly snapped this shot at a monastery because I saw the great contrast between two lives. A monk that is celibate and a mother holding a baby that is visiting the monastery. Two opposite lives. One same goal. Meeting at the same place in one moment.




I never thought in my life that being a parent is this chaotic. My son is now almost 8 months old and who knew that this little person would have to much energy. “You ever wonder if we will ever be used to it?” asks my sleep deprived husband. I am not sure if it ever gets better or if you just become more immune to the chaos that seems to build up as my son becomes more and more mobile and the energy level just keeps escalating. I find myself constantly comparing myself with other moms. “How is you kid sleeping? How are you doing things? Do you have a schedule?” I am not sure of anything anymore.

What I am thankful for is the great support that our own little church community provides with lots of moms willing to talk about their experiences and lots of ideas of how to channel kids energy into good little projects. I am working on the jealous factor that comes in from myself towards other moms that do seem to have everything together. The moms that have their kids sleeping through the night and just never seem sleep deprived and tell me that its all just so wonderful. Yes I am working on organizing the chaos within my heart.

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Apostle’s Fast

Here we go once again with fasting. Yes it is true what is said about Orthodoxy, we have more fast days in our calender that fast free days. I really enjoy these short fasts because they are enough to restrain yourself from eating too much in the summer time and not long enough to where you cannot enjoy your summer. But of course fasting is never really about the food. Our last day of Sunday school left me with an interesting thought to start the fast. We had a presentation on Pentecost and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and candles with each gift and shut the lights out and gave each child a candle to light. (This is based of the Catechists of the Good Shepherd presentation which our Sunday school uses) After everyone lit a candle the room was noticeably brighter and one particular child stated… ” It is like this room is the world and we bring our light into it” hmmm interesting indeed… to my poor soul anyways.

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Summer is here!

Yes it is that time again to plan vacations, camping trips and summer marshmallow roasting. It is summer time. I love each season for its own great season feel, but summer is one that is very special. Besides getting together with friends and watching this years World Cup, there are weddings to go to, people to see, and pools to swim in. The weather is just right… time to get playing.

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