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Church Door Opening Service | San Diego

This is not your typical blog post. In the early morning hours of Sunday, January 27, 2013, an arsonist set fire to our church, St. Gregory of Nyssa Greek Orthodox Church. It was a mission church sustained by the mighty faith of about 150 parishioners. It was the church where we baptized our children and celebrated many milestones. Almost to the day, on February 7, 2014, this little church rose out of the ashes, rebuilt and reopened its doors, 100 times stronger in faith and community, more beautiful in structure and and the love it provides.

On June 7th, 2014, I had the privilege of documenting the Door Opening Service, officiated by Metropolitan Gerasimos. It was a once in a lifetime service (after all, how often do you attend the opening of a traditional new church?). I share the photos below in honor of the hard work, dedication, and faith of all its parishioners. I’ve learned that it takes a lot to build a church. This church has been 20 years in the building and I am thankful to all those who had the vision and the commitment to see it through. God bless!

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It seemed like it was just yesterday

Incredible to believe that a whole school year has come to a close. The kids finished up school this week. For Katie, it was bitter sweet. She moves on to a new school in the fall and she’s already missing her friends who will be in a different school district. Kindergarten! My little girl will be in with the big kids. I don’t know who is more nervous about it.

Luke has a few more years at his preschool. And next year’s teacher has already gotten a glimpse of what’s in store. I’ll be sure to budget lots of Teacher Appreciation gifts.

I can’t stop looking at these side by side pictures, one taken at the beginning of the school year and the other just a few days ago. I love seeing how their personalities have evolved. The confidence that Katie has grown and the little boy starting to emerge. I highly encourage parents to do the same. Whether it’s using your iPhone camera or your fancy camera – pick a spot and snap and do it again in June.

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