Welcome to my humble Internet abode!
Hello, I’m Sylvia. If you landed on this page, you probably want to know a little more about me. If you ended up here by mistake, click this link for one of my favorite recipes. The least I can do is send you away with cookies.
For those of you who really do want to know more…I’m a wife, mama, writer, bookworm, knitter, baker and candlestick maker. Just kidding about that last part… I have a serious yarn addiction and have been creating inspiration boards long before Pinterest came along. I guess you could say I’m a jack of all trades and master of none with emphasis on that last part. Some say I’m a dreamer, others a rebel. I just think I’m an old fashioned gal who values faith and family. I believe there’s no dream too big and there’s nothing I love that I won’t fight for. So maybe, some of those people are right. Some of the time, anyway.
I’m a mama to three amazing little boys who literally light up my life and wife to the most amazing man I ever met (except for when he hides my debit card). Those four men astound me at every turn.
My parents taught me the importance of being able to laugh at yourself. So as you can imagine I like to laugh. A lot. I think political correctness needs to be flushed down the toilet and am forever botching up cliches.
I believe the best feeling in the world is love and think it should be given freely to everyone, regardless of if you agree with them about politics, religion or the Cleveland Browns. Since when did people stop loving their neighbor because they disagreed?
I started this blog in 2008 to simply interact with other moms in the same phase of life I was in. So, I created a place where parents could meet and talk about all the mishaps and triumphs of raising children within the Orthodox Faith. If you’ve never heard of the Orthodox Church, it’s the oldest Christian faith in existence. Yeah, we’re real old school. You can learn more here. If you really want to learn more, I highly recommend checking out some of these books.
Before I knew it this tiny little corner of the world wide web had grown larger than I ever imagined. I met the most amazing people and now count some of them as my dearest friends. In 2009, I published my first children’s book, A Pocketful of Seeds. In 2011, I began traveling to different places and speaking at various conferences and events. I’m also an active member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. My work has been published in lots of places, some of which include:
-The Dr. Oz Show
-The Washington Post
-The Handmaiden Journal
-The Orthodox Observer
-Ancient Faith Radio
-Orthodox Christian Network
It’s been an amazing ride so far and I thank God every day that I am able to do something I love so much and serve Him, and all of you, at the same time. I put this blog and my life in His hands and will keep on going until He says stop. And when He says stop, I’ll pour a cup of tea and be thankful for the ride. Then, I’ll move on to whatever He has planned next for me.
The best part of being an Orthodox-Christian-Mommy-Blogger is that I serve such a merciful and loving God. No matter how pitiful or ridiculous I am, He accepts my efforts. That’s all He wants from all of us, really–genuine effort. And so, I want to continue giving all that I can regardless of how meager it might be in the grand scheme of things.
Erma Bombeck said it best when she wrote, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.'”
I work hard to promote people and things I believe in. Nothing excites me more than finding something inspiring and sharing it with the world. It’s an indescribable feeling to receive a comment or email from someone saying something I posted helped them in their personal/spiritual life or struggle. If I’ve been blessed by something I want to pass those blessings on to as many people as possible because that’s what makes me happy. I’ll never endorse anything that I don’t personally love myself and if I love it I will stand behind it and promote it to the ends of the earth! The brands and companies I work with are among the best regardless of how big or small they might be. And that’s because I love my readers and think they deserve the best because they are the best.
Thanks for dropping by and I hope you’ll check back again!