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?

Our Family-About Page

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.'”

Smooch About Page

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.

I’d love to get to know you better as well!  Feel free to connect with me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or via email at Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you’ll check back again!



13 thoughts on “About

  1. Good morning,

    I am Francois Lespes, a french filmaker. I wanted to inform you about my new documentary. It’s called “Valaam, island of the monks”, and it’s about the Russian Orthodox monastery of Valaam, an island in Lake Ladoga, frozen in ice eight months a year.

    The film, currently filming, will be first broadcast on the french catholic TV (KTO) in the fall of 2012, and will be also available with english subtitles.

    An english subtitled version of the first teaser is online here :

    Please tell me what you think of this project.

    God bless

    Francois Lespes
    Paris – France


  2. Hello Francois,

    Thanks for sharing the link to your film. It looks great! Please keep me posted as to when it releases. I have a special love for St. Herman of Alaska and would love to learn more about the monastery he is attributed to. Congratulations again and God bless you!

  3. Hi, Sylvia!

    I have followed your blog for a few years now and my family has participated in the ornament exchange for the past three years I think. Just wondering if you’re doing the exchange this year.



  4. Hi! I just discovered your blog yesterday. I felt like I was reading a description of myself as I read your bio. It’s always a joy to find people who share your interests and faith. My husband and then three girls joined the Orthodox Church in April of last year. Our fourth girl joined our family in August and was baptized and chrismated this past Saturday. I feel like I’m still learning what it means to be an Orthodox Christian, and I’m thankful to have stumbled upon your blog. I look forward to getting to know you better through your posts. Many blessings to you!

    1. Hi Vanny, I’m not sure if you’ll see this but my family and I (husband and two kids – 2 and 5) are recent converts as well! I definitely know what you mean! We are entering into our second lent as Orthodox Christians and it’s a bit overwhelming, to say the least. I always get a little excited when I see/hear of other converts so I had to say hi. 🙂

      1. Hi, Becca! I’m glad you said hi. I’ll try to keep your family in my prayers during this Lenten season. It really can be tough. My sweet husband will have to follow the fast mostly on his own since I’ve been pregnant or breast feeding for the last three years. I’d love to hear your story. Do you have a blog or can we email? Blessings to you!

  5. Sevi,

    Bios and “about” pages can feel like some of thorniest things to write.

    And yet, here you are. Writing an “about” page with the grace the Easter lily on the end table to the right of me that insists on releasing one of the best scents I could hope for.

    Thanks for offering to send me away with cookies if that’s what I wanted. But I’m glad I stayed.


    – Tricia

  6. Hi Sevasti,

    I just happily stumbled onto your blog from Pinterest. I’m just starting my blog and hey! I’m Greek Orthodox as well. I just wanted to say hi and I’ll be subscribing.

  7. Hello Sylvia, I was doing some research about how St Nicholas is celebrated in the Orthodox faith, and that’s how I found your blog! It is very informative, I must say. I am not Orthodox myself, and so it is always very interesting for me to discover other cultures.
    I am the editor of an online magazine for multicultural families. I am actually the editor of the Culture section of our magazine, and this is how I found you, trying to figure out how Orthodox celebrate St Nicholas. Would you be interested in writing something for us, either about St Nicholas or Christmas in the Orthodox faith?
    You can have a look at the website here: https://www.theparentvoice.com/
    Thank you! And keep going 😀

    1. Hi Severine,

      I’d love to talk to you about contributing to your magazine. Can you email sylvia{at}orthodoxmom{dot}com so we can talk details? Thank you!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *