January 30, 2018

Yes.  I'm still here, and Baby isn't.  

I have been having contractions every day still.  Saturday they were also really intense (60-90 seconds and 1-2 minutes apart, more painful than on Thursday) but they puttered out again.  I went to my chiropractor today for an adjustment because everywhere was hurting.  She said my ligaments were really tight and agitated and it seemed like I had been having lots of pretty good contractions.

Yes.  Yes I have been.  I asked her if she had an adjustment to induce labor.  No.  No she doesn't.  I've always had lots of pre-labor contractions, but this is way more than I've had before and I am exhausted.  Iakabos is also exhausted because, when I'm in bed most of the day, he's with the kids most of the day. 

But Baby is still happy and comfortable, so we have nothing to complain about.  We are grateful that positioning looks good and there are no signs of complications; and yes (I know) babies always come...

January 27, 2018

This is the first post in our No Longer Sola series, which will discuss many of the reasons we left the Reformation Solas behind, as well as what we have found in our experience of Orthodoxy so far.

My journey into the Orthodox Church would not have been possible without first having come to the conclusion that Scripture Alone isn’t defensible as a principle of authority. What follows is short a sketch of my own thought process.

Initially, I was listening to a Podcast called "At the Intersection of East and West".  I had been interested to learn what Orthodoxy taught more in depth, so that I would be able to reject those teachings and help others understand why they were wrong.  During this podcast the issue of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and the Canon was brought up.

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 Ch...

January 25, 2018

Hey everyone!  Today is the day!! Welcome to our live blogging adventure! 

Here's how it works: Every 15 minutes or so either I or Iakabos or my lovely mother, Crispina, will be updating this post.  In order to see the updates refresh your browser.  We won't be updating more often than 15 minutes on average, so feel free to compulsively refresh every two minutes if you like but... you probably aren't missing anything.  ;)

Each update will be posted underneath the previous update.  Every new update will have the time, to help you keep track, as well as the name of the person writing the update.  Hopefully there will be some pictures along the way too! 

Are we ready?  Here we go!  

3:49pm by Amelia: Contractions started in earnest after I went for a good walk today, strongest yet!  They weren't regular, but with how strong they felt we decided to go get a last-minute chiropractor adjustment just in case this was the real thing.  They petered out so I w...

January 25, 2018

Today's update is that there is no baby yet.  We are apparently still quite content to stay in the quite cramped quarters of Mommy's tummy :)  My contractions are still increasing in intensity, but nothing that suggests labor is imminent.  I'm a bit exhausted from all this pre-labor stuff, but I've also been able to drum up enough energy to get a lot of cleaning and cooking done this week!

The next thing I want to do, if I have time, is to get some birth supplies for the kiddos; little things they can do to help with labor.  If I get around to that I'll be sure to post my ideas here for anyone else who has little ones that might be attending a birth.  

Other than that, my midwife is back from Bangladesh, my birth tub liner is here, the birth kit arrived and I have my labor and delivery snacks and drinks handy so I'm pretty sure we are ready to go!  Any time little one...

I also wanted to be sure to let anyone know that the current plan is to live-blog the birth.  There...

January 24, 2018

Everyone capable of thanksgiving is capable of salvation and eternal joy.

Thank You, O Lord, for everyone and everything.

Great are You, O Lord, and marvelous are Your deeds, and no word is sufficient to celebrate Your miracles.

Lord, it is good to be here! Amen! – Fr Alexander Schmemann

Those words were spoken by the famous Orthodox priest and professor, Father Alexander Schmemann. They come from the last homily he gave before his falling asleep in the Lord in 1983.  (It's a great, short homily.  You can read it here.)  Those words captured my attention a couple years ago when I became aware of them and they’re fitting now.

I’m thankful for everyone and everything during this season of transition, especially for my parents and my sister and her beautiful family, my grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins and dear friends, my pastors through the years, Sunday School teachers, college and seminary professors, and especially dear to me are the saints at St John’s Lutheran in Stri...

January 21, 2018

Welcome to our new blogging home!  Most of you know me as Dalas, the Crunchy Lutheran Mommy.  Most of you also know that over the last several months our family has been on a journey to find the fullness of God’s gifts in the Orthodox Church.  On December 31st our heart’s desire was fulfilled and our family was chrismated and welcomed home.

If you have followed us before, you might notice some name changes on our blog.  When you are baptized or chrismated (anointed with the seal of the Holy Spirit), you receive a Christian name that reflects either a trait of Christ, a feast of Christ, or one of His Saints.  I took the name Amelia after the sainted mother of Saint Basil the Great.  From now on we will be blogging with our new names as a reminder of our identities in Christ.

When I knew I would need to change from my Lutheran blogging home, Iakobos (Jake’s Christian name, after James the brother of our Lord) and I decided to switch over to a family blog rather than jus...

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