Thankyou for sharing with us about your trip to HolyMyhrbearers this past weekend Donna
Unfortunatly I haven't been able to visit any monastery for a few years due to many circumstances out of our control. I do hope to be able to return to the monastery that I did visit a couple times the first year that I was Chrismated in the Orthodox Church. I went to the Orthodox Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of Christ in Ellwood City PA. The Abbess and the other Nuns there were wonderful, and if I would not have met my husband, chances would be that I would most likely be a monastic at that monastery, but that wasn't God's will for me at the time and now that I have a wonderful baby girl, I am very happy that I chose married life
It is definetly true that being an Orthodox layperson out in the world is a lot harder than being a monastic in a Monastery because you're constantly bombarded with temptations everywhere you turn.
Sorry for rambling on there
I really enjoyed my retreat to the Ellwood city monastery though when I went there, and I hope to return sometime, maybe in a couple years or so once our daughter is alil older so she can see the monastery and experience it for herself as well.