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Easter Basket

Did you know that the easter basket actually have pagan roots. During the spring equinox, a time when day and night are of equal length, farmers prayed to various gods for fertile fields. To celebrate the season,Middle Eastern cultures, Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, and Babylonians, had a spring tradition of celebrating the first seedlings of their new crops. Farmers would bring the seedlings in baskets to temples for a blessing and pray to their gods for continued blessing of their crops. The use of Easter baskets as we know them today developed out of the celebration of the Lenten season. During Lent, which takes place the 40 days before Easter, many Christians abstain from certain foods or t

Italy // Our Vacation Part 2

So, now that it has almost been two years I guess I should finish the blog I started years ago about our trip to Greece and Italy. If you have not read about our time in Greece, click here. Greece was such a dream I hope you take the time to read about our adventure there. After a dramatic experience at the Santorini Airport that included miss labeled gates, mis information about baggage, a HUGE crowd in a tiny airport and Jon using the bathroom the exact moment our gate was called which lead to me almost having a panic attack, Jon and I made it to Venice. We took a pre-booked boat from the Airport to the main land of Venice. However, our bad luck continued as we proceeded to get very lost i

Molly and Rob // Wedding

With my first wedding of the season just a few weeks away I am throwing it back to one of the weddings I did back in 2016 that never made it onto the blog for one reason or another. When I think about some of the weddings that never got highlighted in my blog, one of the first ones I always think of is Molly and Rob. Molly and Rob got married in the fall of 2016 and I think this wedding stands out so much to me because it was so fun! It was not only fun for me but the guests were treated to a true celebration. Molly and Rob were from Michigan but got married at the Greek Orthodox Church in Downtown Dayton. And with the Dayton Art Institute as our background we were able to capture some truly

Two things I have learned from having a "Happy Spitter"

Ever since Teddy was a few weeks old he has been a machine when it comes to spitting up. And I mean machine, he spits up constantly. We read all the blogs that said to cut out dairy, to hold him upright for 30 minutes after eating, to elevate his bed, to shorten his feeding sessions with more frequent burping and everything in between but nothing worked for us. The doctor told us it was an above average amount, but since Teddy was gaining weight and was not in pain there was nothing really wrong. It was not till several months later I was talking to a friend about Teddy’s spit up and she said she had read something that reminded her of Teddy; she said someone she knew in a Facebook group had

What's Next?

It has been a crazy year at the Jekeli house. My husband Jon and I found out we were pregnant, went into early labor, were restricted to bed rest for several weeks, ended up delivering our baby about a month early, and ended up in the NICU for 10 days, but all that is for another time. Since bringing our baby home the one question I have been asked the most is “So, what’s next?” in one form or another. Figuring out what’s next felt so overwhelming; to think about what’s next for my teaching career, my photography business and our family just seemed so far outside my mental capabilities. All I want is a full night’s sleep, a day where I didn’t wear throw up as part of my outfit (this has yet

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