New Birthday, New Bethany

Growing up in my house, birthdays were huge celebrations. At 5:30 am, my entire family (all 6 siblings and of course my parents, too) would get up, light candles and come into my room singing happy birthday. Then the celebrations would begin. My mom would prepare us our favorite breakfast. “Honey Filberts,” “sticky buns” or croissants– whatever we wanted she would make (knowing that we wouldn’t eat it because of the excitement). Then we would open gifts and do everything else that comes with a birthday. But it didn’t end there. When we got to school celebrations continued with more

Creating a Culture of Celebration

by Laura Menze, OT Creating a Culture of Celebration When I describe Lydia’s House to someone, it is vital that I mention celebrations. From birthday parties to baby blessings to back to school parties with the bounce house, we love celebrating! In our work and lives discouragements can be numerous, thus it is critical that we take a step back to be with one another, celebrate what is good, and eat desserts! As our work has expanded this past year with the opening of Virginia Coffey Place, we have sought to continue our culture of celebration in new ways and

Life and work in 2019

By Mary Ellen Mitchell, Lydia’s House co-director December 2019 Dear Friends, As I reflect on the last year, first I’m grateful for the opportunity to be in leadership here at Lydia’s House and to have my work and family so integrated in this experiment in shared life and community. Our children are better for it; our days are more meaningful. As such, perhaps the piece of life that stood out most boldly for the Mitchell-Eilerman contingent of this operation was this operation, with Lydia’s House taking a new role in our family as the employer of both me and Ben

Lydia’s House Saint of the Year!

We celebrated All Saints this past weekend in typical Lydia’s House fashion— with a “saint parade”, music, and of course Chinese food. We enjoyed creative liturgy based on the many saints that form our life at Lydia’s House. Children and adults alike had the opportunity to dress up as these saints in costume! The Feast of All Saints, or “All Saints Day”, is a holy day recognized by many Christian denominations. This festival, celebrated each year on November 1st, cherishes the lives of all the saints that have come before us and will go after us. A Lydia’s House All

A Lydia’s House Guest Story

Below is the story of a former Lydia’s House guest. Her story was shared at this year’s Women for Women event in September, where her story was portrayed by a Cincinnati Shakespeare Company actress. You can read it below if you happened to miss the event. Thank you, Lakeitia, for opening your heart so graciously to tell your story. My name is Lakeitia, and this spring, living at Lydia’s House helped me bring my family — and myself — back together. My life shattered four years ago, February 23, 2015, when my mom passed. My whole life, it was just