Wife–to this great guy. We married young (20 and 22 respectively), and are coming up on our fifteenth anniversary. Our marriage is filled with a lot of laughter and a lot of sweets (which is the danger when two chocoholics marry). He’s the introvert to my extrovert, my sounding board and my confidante, and I love him like crazy. This photo was taken in 2015 during a rare weekend away in Seward, Alaska.
Mom–to these four kiddos, who currently clock in at ten, eight, five, and three, respectively. They are fun, adventursome, and come with all the challenges that you would expect from raising four kids. They are also the joy of my life, especially in rare moments of getting-alongness, like this one that was captured last Christmas.
Khouria–the affectionate title given to Priest’s wives in the Antiochian Orthodox Church (you might have also heard Matushka, which is the Russian form, or Presbytera, which is Greek). My husband was ordained in 2013 to the Holy Priesthood, after serving for seven years as a Deacon. I was seven months pregnant with our fourth child.
The Last Frontier–I have been blessed to call Alaska my home for my whole life. Growing up here has shaped so much of who I am (like my “Give me practicality or give me death” mindset). In the frigid cold of January, I am often overheard asking, “WHY do we live here?” but I always remember in the summers, which are amazing (also when we visit places with large bugs and over 80 degree temperatures).
The Ancient Faith–The Orthodox Christian Church is the oldest Christian Church in the world, founded by Jesus Christ himself. Its beginnings can be found recorded in the New Testament. We are Antiochian Orthodox, which is one of the most ancient of Orthodox churches, originally founded in A.D. 34 by St. Peter and St. Paul. All other Christian churches and groups can trace their roots historically to Orthodoxy. (Photo credit: Dan Kendall)