Fairytale Tower: A Surprise Adventure in the Forest

As a mother, one of my greatest goals is to preserve the wonder and enchantment of early childhood. Children are so fresh and vibrant, open to suggestion and endlessly imaginative. I love giving small prompts and watching things be carried far beyond my first sentence or two. Yesterday, a glance ahead between the trees revealed just such an opportunity. An unexpected locale was ahead of us, just out of sight of the little ones, but a ripe opportunity for setting the scene of an adventure in their eyes. A quiet, brisk walk in grey-brown woods turned into a quest with a fairytale fortress at the end, likely offering up breathtaking views from atop its great height. Continue reading “Fairytale Tower: A Surprise Adventure in the Forest”

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Hungarian Christmas Market

There’s nothing quite like visiting a European Christmas Market. A true highlight of the season. Christmas in Hungary just isn’t complete without at least a few visits down to the historic center of your town for a stroll through the streets, taking in all the festive sights, sounds, and delights.

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Advent: Awaiting Christ as a Family

We’ve loosely celebrated Advent in previous years, but this is the first year that we are observing it properly it seems. Advent is the eager anticipation of Christ Jesus come down, His incarnation in to the world, God made accessible and relatable and so very present in our lives.

Each year, the four weeks leading up to Christmas day have been used as a time for meditating on His coming, through various traditions and practices. There’s nothing quite like having children to move you to instill a sense of reverence in them and of the way God moves in the world and in relationship with humankind. Each day you wake up hoping you can raise them right, and I’ve been finding that following the historic church calendar is one of the best ways to help children realise their place in Creation, history, and the Church as a whole. Continue reading “Advent: Awaiting Christ as a Family”

Celebrating St. Nicholas Day

This is our first St. Nicholas Day Celebration together as a family! It’s extremely common to celebrate this saint day all throughout Europe, even being the main gift-giving holiday during December in many areas. It is typically celebrated on December 5th or 6th in this part of the world, and I’ve been so looking forward to starting our own traditions together for this special day. Continue reading “Celebrating St. Nicholas Day”

One Early Morning in November

We woke up early that morning. It was a Saturday morning, which means nothing in particular when your kids are as little as this. Weekend or not, they rise when they wish.

“Helen, look outside.” my husband told me as he headed downstairs to let our dog Twig out. I lazily slid out of bed and crossed the room to pull back our thick, grey curtains which are supposed to block out all sunlight, giving me empty promises about my kids sleeping in later. I was greeted by the soft, cottony glow of sunrise through a fog descending upon our neighbourhood. My eyes widened in delight, and I felt a surprising spring in my step as I whirled around and called after Taylor, “Babe, let’s go on a foggy walk in the woods together!”  Continue reading “One Early Morning in November”