Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol

Back in November, our Metropolis hosted Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol (Cyprus) for a talk on marriage and the family.

The Metropolitan is well-known to English-speaking audiences as the "Fr. Maximos" of the book Mountain of Silence.

Besides that book, you can find many wonderful interviews and talks with him in English on the internet. See this excellent blog here, for instance.

I was able to take his blessing but he was too busy for any time to talk personally. Pres. Pelagia and I both got to listen to the wonderful talk, though, while the Metropolis provided child care.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Catching Up: The Kids, November 2014

First Paul, then Benny. Here's a photo of Benny helping out as an altar boy.

One day, Dami and stopped by our chanter Nikos' house while Pelagia was at the dentist nearby. Here, Dami is cuddling with Nikos.

Here's Dami waving the Greek flag from Ohi Day on October 28. 

Here's Paul getting his haircut with our good friend Vasilis at his shop downtown in Volos.

After the haircut, the boys and I stopped at the fire station nearby to visit our chanter Nikos. He let them play in the truck, turn on the flashing lights, etc. Here's Benny trying on a fireman's mask.

The kids decided to paint Dami's face with markers.

One day, we went for a walk in Makrinitsa. Here are the kids standing in the entranceway to Makrinitsa's cathedral church from the 1700s. Above the arch here is the bishop's house, which is now to be used as a museum.

It seems some kids forget two skateboards in our church courtyard, so our kids have been having a good time riding them down the incline of the courtyard. They even took turns giving Dami rides.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Altar Boy

This summer, Paul started learning to be an altar boy. Here he's learning with his friend Dimitris.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Camping at Papa Nero

Back in July, we took the kids camping for the first time to a place right on the beach in Papa Nero (which means something like "the priest's beach"), which is part of the famous Agios Ioannis beach.

We went with another family, who had all the equipment.

Here are the kids playing at the camp site, in between swims at the beach.

You can see that Damiani held her own in sword-fighting with Paul.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mamma Mia! Damouchari

Back in early July, friends from Washington State, Trif and Brittany, came to visit. One day, they went with Pres. Pelagia and Kh. Makrina to Damouchari Beach, which is where parts of the movie Mamma Mia were shot.

Here's Trif and Paul in the van on the way to the beach.

Brittany, who took many excellent photos, in the van with Benny and Phoebe.

They hiked down to a river in Mouresi that locals swim in.

The kids at the beach.


Brittany with a sleeping Damiani.

Phoebe swimming in the clear waters.

The kids all jumping off the rock in unison.

On the way back, there were a bit delayed by cows crossing the road.

For more photos, click here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Skopelos with Aunt Makrina

Back in June, Pelagia's sister, Kh. Makrina, came for a visit with her son. Together, we went for a fews days to the island of Skopelos, specifically to Panormos beach.

The boat ride was about 3.5 hours. Damiani wandered around the deck, making friends.

Here's Kh. Makrina as we enjoyed lunch at Panormos.

Sunset at Panormos.

The view from the house we stayed in.

One day, we went to the island's capital, also named Skopelos (but often called Hora). The island is littered with small chapels. It is said that there are actually 365 on the island, one for each day of the year.

Walking around in Hora. We were trying to find the church with the relics of the island's patron saint, St. Riginos, but we never managed to connect with the person with the key.

Here's Phoebe swimming around in the water in Panormos. It was one of the most beautiful beaches we've been to, with a beach of small pebbles.

Here's Paul eating some grilled octopus for lunch, while his American cousin looks on with incredulity.

Damiani took a nap on the beach with some makeshift shade.

On the night before we left, we sent up some Chinese lanterns, which the kids really enjoyed.

For more photos, click here.