In a previous post, “Why Scripture Alone Didn’t Work” I wrote the following: "The Bible didn’t fall out of heaven ready to go. Someone had to gather and authenticate which books would be in the Bible. How could Scripture Alone be the final judge of teachers and doctrines in the early Church if there wasn’t consensus on what books can be trusted? Who decides which books are trustworthy to be read in worship and which aren’t?" I’m working on my next post, as promised, related
Happy Belated Things!
It's been a super busy week! Our dear Christine was born on Sunday, she celebrated her Name Day on Monday and Kyriaki had her third birthday on Wednesday!! I see this being a stressful week in Mama's future... ;) Of course, we already posted the birth story, and everyone knows what a birthday party looks like. (Super cute by the way!) Can you believe Daddy made that cake?!? But what is a Name Day? Well, Monday was Christine's name day in more than one way. First - that's
Christine's Birth Story: Part II
If you haven't yet, read Part I first! I went and brushed my teeth, put in my contacts, asked Jake to find a brush… ya know, all those basic precautions just in case people were going to be coming over. After the next real contraction (we are up to five now) I texted the midwife again and said “Definitely think you should come over”. The time was now 3:26am. I also texted our other two people, one is a friend who is considering becoming a midwife who I invited to the birth.
Christine's Birth Story: Part I
Christine Millie Anne February 11th 2018 - 4:17am 9lbs 2oz – 21 in. After a full six weeks of prodromal labor and two and a half weeks of serious contractions, my body finally decided to finish the job. And about time too! I had already had one false alarm with my labor, and that was weeks ago. I was past my due date (February 6th) and I was so sore from all the contractions that much of the last few days of the pregnancy I spent holding on to walls to walk. Needless to
Baby is Here!
Our sweet Baby Girl was born at 4:17am this morning!! She is 9lbs 2oz, our biggest baby so far! We are working on the birth story and also on her name. It seems that some people were confused and thought that we named her Amelia because they missed our post on saint names! The name I was chrismated with is Amelia, and that’s the name I use on our blog, not the baby's name. We still do not have a name for Baby yet, so you will have to be patient with that! I will also put
Hey everyone. I know I said I was going to stick with the other post and just keep that one until Baby is actually born, but updating all day today knowing I'd probably not be in labor sounding depressing and exhausting. So... I didn't... I also felt like it would be easier to follow along a post that was a little more conslidated and not spread over the course of three or four days. So we will try again for a live birth blog, hopefully sooner rather than later. We were a
Birth LIVE Blog - Take Two
Hey folks! We are trying this again, and hopefully Baby will decide to cooperate this time! As with the last live blog, either myself or Iakabos or my lovely mother Crispina, will be updating approximately once every 15 minutes. Each update will be underneath the previous update, so scroll down for news! Enjoy! 9:44am by Amelia: It's been a bit of a whirlwind 24 hours. I went to my midwife yesterday. I am measuring 42 weeks and she thinks this baby is competing for Step
Headaches and Updates
I know we have been here for five months now... but we are still experiencing the headaches of moving of out state. Moving is always a hassle, but apparently, when you have a dozen doctors, specialists, therapists, etc... moving is even more of a headache. We still have not gotten around to unpacking most of our things, and appointments have taken up such a huge chunk of our time in the last months... with little progress to show for it. Prayers would be much appreciated in
No Matter What You Say...
This is our second post in the No Longer Sola Series. Read my first post on Scripture Alone here. As I’ve written about previously, my journey to Orthodoxy was a gradual one. Many of my conclusions came slowly, only after years of study and hands-on experience in the parish. Today’s topic on Scripture Alone and its impact on worship is no exception. It wasn’t until I was serving as a pastor that the consequences of the modern-day Lutheran approach to worship became clearly
Baby Name Suggestions Anyone?
Still no baby! Had a midwife appointment today and she said she has never seen prodromal labor like this before. Lovely! Apparently I'm special, lol. She also said that if Baby isn't here by my due date we can start looking into ways to speed things up a bit. In the meantime, I need some help distracting myself from these crazy contractions! Iakabos and I seem to be coming up dry every time baby names come up. We have a couple of name ideas, but really not a good, solid