Monday, February 24, 2014

Lunch Date

Lunch dates with this cutie>>>>>

I'm so thankful for days off with Titus! Soaking up this semi-warm weather on the patio! We also bought a hammock for the backyard and lots of summer clothes ☺️ If only I could spend everyday with him and still afford extras. Hmmm, one day. 

-Nikki (: 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Social-Media Fast

Why? To focus on praying during Lent and to clear my mind before my first confession as an Orthodox Christian. 

How Long? Until Pascha (Easter) or longer if I see fit. Ultimately, I would like to update family and friend through our blog instead of seeing all the junk on FB and IG. Share2wins and babymama drama is not my idea of enlightenment. However, I do love good articles on parenting and Christianity and an occasional funny e-card that's not vulgar. Maybe after Lent a good housecleaning of the friends list is in order. 

What I hope to gain? 
Extra time spent with Phillip and Titus and more importantly a clear mind before my first confession. Making sure that I leave nothing out and that I'm going into this whole heatedly and not halfway. Orthodoxy is a way of life, not something that happens on a Sunday morning. It's a closer walk of faith than I have ever been on. Not saying that I've never had an emotional relationship with our Saviour. This is much deeper than that. It's not about emotions or how I feel at all actually. It's about completely serving Christ in my everyday life. Not what he can do for me but what I can do for him. 
I was introduced to Orthodoxy 6 years ago when I met Phillip. It was so foreign to me and I said somethings that I wish I had not, knowing what they mean now. Over time, I closed my eyes and opened my heart to a deeper truth. It's far more scary on the outside than it really is on the inside. And what I'm saying is, don't judge a book by its cover. I'm delving into something I would have never pictured myself being a part of 6 years ago. It wasn't until about 3 years ago that I truly understood what being orthodox meant. It wasn't until I became pregnant with Titus that I couldn't picture myself going back to where I was. I knew where I was supposed to be and what kind of mother I was going to be. I couldn't go back now if I wanted to because I know in my heart that this is the Church a child should be raised in. Nothing but the truth. So I should join my family in partaking of the holy sacraments of our Lord. That's how it all started.

I'm not sure of the exact date that I realized I was on the right path. After the initial shock, it slowly crept up on me. It did take a few good years for me to be comfortable with participating in the services. It was Greek to me, no pun intended. I am so glad God revealed himself to me in way that is so very humbling. He knocked me to my knees and that's just what I needed to see the Light. 

I hope to use this time before the celebration of his resurrection to focus my time and energy on him. 


Monday, January 6, 2014

Building our life.

2013 brought us so much joy, I love reminiscing on the year. 

found my most likely "forever" job this year, forever until we win the lottery and I can stay home with T and all our future babies. 😉 

We bought our first house that has been perfect for us. Plenty of room to expand our family in the future and a big enough yard, but not too big. 

We watched Titus grow and learn. Most of his "firsts" happened this past year including his first birthday! He's got a huge personality and never let's anyone forget that he's in a room. He is intelligent beyond belief. When you have his undivided attention, he will talk to you about anything. His imagination runs wild, I wish I knew what goes on in his head most of the time. (Right now, he's playing the trumpet with his California Raisins with his hands all while standing on top of the coffee table.) He is obsessed with trains (can you take a guess on what the theme of his 2nd birthday party will be?). 

In 2014, we hope to slow down, build our relationships up, cherish the small things. We hope to stay home more and make lots of memories here. Travel some with just our small family. Not rush anything by and be content with our family of three. 

I'm excited to see what 2014 brings us!