Cincinnati Children'sMany of you have been following Eric’s health issues over the past several months.  After his most recent trip to the ER, he was referred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to the GI department to try to determine why he has been choking so often.

We were fortunate to see the Chief of Staff and world-renowned doctor at the hospital.  He was very thorough, but not very hopeful that we were going to find anything severely wrong with Eric.  He even said that Eric just might be “weird” and just needs to learn how to eat properly.  We were told they would do a video modified barium swallow study and then, if necessary, an endoscopy.

They set up an appointment for us in Lexington… in January.  However, one opened up at the last minute in Cincinnati, so our entire family drove up to Cinci last Wednesday.

Cincinnati Children's

The test took all of five minutes, and the speech pathologist determined that he would need some speech/occupational therapy to learn how use his tongue and swallowing muscles properly.  Originally, there was some confusion about the diagnosis, but, in the end, therapy is all that is needed.  Whew!

We are very relieved that we shouldn’t have to make any more trips to the Children’s Hospital again any time soon.

He will receives therapy here in Lexington, and should be able to enjoy food like any other one year old in the near future.  That will make him a very happy boy!

*New* 2015 Orthodox Calendar

I am very excited to share with you the beautiful Orthodox calendar
that my friend, Xenia Katherine has published!

Orthodox Calendar

Calendars cost $17 each and the proceeds will go to the Building Fund
of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Oregon.  

It would make a beautiful addition to any home.
I, personally, have loved Xenia Katherine’s artwork for years now.
And I hope you do, too!

Orthodox Calendar

You can purchase one in her Etsy store: Grover Eats Beans

Orthodox Calendar

The calendar features 13 copyrighted watercolor and/or pen and ink illustrations, running from January 2015 through January 2016. Included are the twelve major feast days, Great Lent and other important dates in the ecclesiastical year, according to the New Calendar (Gregorian). It is printed on medium weight cardstock, and is ready to hang on your wall.

This wall calendar measurements: 7.5”(h) x 10” (w) folded.
Unfolded, as presented on your wall, it will measure 15”(h) x 10” (w)

St Nicholas Day


St Nicholas was very creative this year and left the usual books and oranges, but also Ring Pops and little lizards that change colors.  They were a big hit!

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The day before, we did a few crafts found at St Nicholas Center.
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This morning, after Liturgy and a pancake breakfast, St Nicholas visited!
John was too terrified to even join the photo,
and Eric wasn’t very excited either.

O who loves Nicholas the saintly,
O who serves Nicholas the saintly,

Him will Nicholas receive,
And give help in time of need:
Holy Father Nicholas!

A Touch of Christmas

We plan to decorate the house on St Nicholas Day (December 6th),
but I wanted to at least hang a wreath on the front door,
especially since the neighbor’s homes are beautifully decorated in lights.

Christmas Wreath

I use the same wreath most of the year,
but decorate it depending on the season.
I made a removable decoration for Autumn last year,
so it was easy to pick some fancy cord and decorate it for Christmas.

How does your front door look during the Holidays?

A Giving Yarn Along

The holiday weekend gave me time to get some crocheting done.
I really wanted to make scarves for the kids’ CC (Classical Conversations) Tutors.
I made one scarf with fringe and two infinity scarves.


Then I started working on a warm scarf that I ended up loving!
And I plan to make another one immediately.


I started reading One Mountain Thousand Summits this past weekend when I couldn’t fall asleep.  It is pretty good so far.  As you may have noticed, I love reading books like this.  I definitely don’t have much time to read, especially when I am crocheting, but I do enjoy it when I can. I have spent the majority of my free time working on Christmas gifts recently.

Cranberry, Orange, Apple Pie {Printable Recipe}


David decided that he wanted to make a pie
with cranberry sauce and apples for Thanksgiving.

This is a very simple and incredibly delicious pie!


All of the kids helped!
David helped make up the recipe,
Gregory and John helped combine the ingredients,
and Grace decorated the pie crust.
They did a beautiful job!


Cranberry, Orange, Apple Pie
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
A perfect pie for the hoilday season!
  • 1 14oz can Whole Cranberry Sauce
  • 3-4 large apples, peeled, cored and sliced thinly
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • Juice of one orange
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter, cut into small chunks
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 pre-made deep dish pie crusts (or you can make your own!)
  1. In a bowl, mix together cranberry sauce, apples, brown sugar, orange juice, and butter. Mix throughly so that the butter is spread throughout (it will still be in small pieces).
  2. Add flour and cornstarch; mix well.
  3. Pour into uncooked pie crust.
  4. Cut and decorate top of pie crust and then adhere to the top of the pie.
  5. Bake @ 375 for 45-55 minutes. Check at 30 minutes to make sure it isn't browning too much.

Thanksgiving Day

ThanksgivingWe began the day with Thanksgiving Liturgy at church.

Then we went to our local fire stations
and delivered cookies and
maple-bacon wrapped smokies to the men
who were working on the holiday.

After that, we went our for a delicious breakfast and then visited our friends in the hospital who just had their first baby!
She is beautiful!!  And the new parents were overjoyed by their precious miracle.
It was a highlight of the day!


The kids were were excited to get special gifts from the firefighters, but were very disappointed when they weren’t allowed in the hospital room to see the new baby.

It was just our family this year for Thanksgiving.
Since we aren’t big turkey fans, we had pork tenderloin instead.

Dessert was delicious.
I’ll share about the pie in another post!

I hope you had a nice day!

A Giving Heart

Great states!

A few days ago, the kids were playing Great States!
John, the youngest player, won the game, David came in second, then Gregory, and last was Grace.   I wanted to do something to cheer up the ones who hadn’t won, so I decided to do a speed round.

Typically, David takes more time to answer questions while Gregory and Grace are very quick on their feet.  Well… just a little bit into the speed round,
John, Grace and Gregory were all in tears!

David has answered every question first, and then it dawned on me:
David has an eidetic memory!
Since we had already played a round, he could perfectly remember
where everything was on the game board.

My incredibly empathetic and loving firstborn quickly got up from the game, ran and got his last three pieces of candy from our Family Fun Night and handed them to his siblings.

Great states!

Great states!

Then he gave them piggy-back rides around the house.

Great states!

We are truly blessed in these wonderful children!