Reflecting on the Resurrection

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

new lifeI found this little mint plant last week.
We had planted mint last summer
and this little guy had weathered
the winter’s cold and snow to sprout forth
in the warm spring weather.

In Preparation for Pascha

After a warm, sunny weekend, we woke up to snow.
Our pear trees aren’t too happy about it.

Although, it does seem appropriate that the weather cools down and clouds over as
we participate in Holy Week and prepare for the death and resurrection of Christ.
It looks like our weather here is going to be beautiful on Sunday.
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My parents came for a wonderful visit over the weekend (photos to come!), and now the kids and I are back into the swing of things with school.  We are focusing on Holy Week.

I divided up the whiteboard so that we could discuss each day of Holy Week.
Here is an excellent resource from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
It teaches the lessons a day ahead in order to prepare children for the church services.
I am using it, along with my “Our Domestic Church” binder
to help the children understand what Holy Week is all about.

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After I read the Bible story to them,
I have them help me fill in the chart and then we do a craft or activity together.

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I have been wanting to make a Resurrection Garden for years, and Mat Emma’s post reminded me of it this morning.  Fortunately, I had wheat berries in the house because I like to grow wheatgrass for my smoothies (it tastes good, I promise!).

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During Holy Week, the grass should grow.
After Holy Friday services, the children will place a small toy person, wrapped in cloths in the tomb to represent Christ, and we will put a rock in front of the open tomb.
Then on Pascha morning, they will open the tomb and it will be empty!

Have a blessed Holy Week!

Non-Dairy Pumpkin Spice Latte

I was in the mood for something warm and comforting today.  Of course, any type of coffee drink would hit the spot for me, but I decided to go for one with pumpkin. 

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It is very simple to make:
- 2 cups of Almond Milk
- 1/2 cup of strongly brewed coffee
- 2 to 4 Tbsp of sweetener (I used 3 Tbsp of Coconut Sugar)
- 1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp of Pumpkin Pie Spice

Combine ingredients in a saucepan over medium high heat.  Do not boil.  Stir until steaming.  Then pour into a cup and enjoy!