goals, plans & dreams for 2014



I realize I’m a bit late in posting my resolutions for the new year but I took a little internet hiatus and enjoyed it more than I anticipated.  As much as I heart being a blogger, it’s nice to just live without the fuss of having to document every little thing, ya know?  Seriously, if I didn’t blog I wouldn’t touch a social media network with a ten foot pole…not even Pinterest.

However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about my site, this little place that I love so much.  This blog is like my little getaway, my happy place, and it’s been a pretty exciting journey so far but in order for it to reach it’s full potential, I realize that sometimes means stepping out of my comfort zone and making some necessary changes. [Read more…]

Orthodox Book Club: Update

Orthodox Book Club

Good morning, book lovers!

I hope everyone had a terrific summer and are easing into back-to-school mode with a smile! I also hope that you’re anxious to start reading again.  I know I am! [Read more…]

Christian Persecution in Modern Times?


Xristos Anesti!

Today, we’re going to start discussing chapters 1-8 of The Purple Mantle.  This is another book that I haven’t read in awhile but have always loved, so I’m glad I was able to re-visit it.  As I began writing this post, I got a little carried away (imagine that!) and it turned out to be much longer than originally planned.  So, I’m going to break it up into two parts.  The second part will contain the actual book club questions and will be posted shortly. [Read more…]

Register for the Orthodox Book Club network!


I’m so excited to announce that we now have our own social network to discuss our books on! You can register and create your profile here. I’m still working out some kinks and figuring out the itty bitty details (there are lots of them) but once people start registering, I’ll really be able to get a feel for how things work and can then adjust settings, etc. as necessary. [Read more…]

The Hermitess Photini {discussion one}

The Hermitess Photini
Today is our first book club discussion of The Hermitess Photini! Yay!Just a few guidelines before we begin:

  1. Some of you have emailed me or commented on facebook that you’ve finished the entire book. That’s awesome! Just please keep in mind that members were only required to read through page 72, so no spoilers. We’ll only discuss what happened in the assigned chapters. [Read more…]

Hermitess Photini Reading Assignment {part 1}

Yay!  I’m so excited for our book club to officially begin!  We’re going to read up to page 73 and then come back here on March 26 to discuss what we’ve read so far.  Since this is a short read, I’m hoping we can finish and begin The Purple Mantleon April 1.The first batch of bookmarks went out today and the rest should be in the mail by the end of the week, so you should all be receiving them soon.  So far, we have almost 60 people reading along.  Yahoo!

{Why I love the} Christ Pantocrator of Mt. Sinai Icon


I wanted to introduce the icon I chose for the bookmark I recently had designed for the Orthodox Book Club.

It is called Christ Pantocrator of Mt. Sinai and is the oldest surviving Pantocrator icon in existence.

It’s been one of my favorite icons of Christ since I began really trying to learn more about the Orthodox Church, fourteen years ago. I was instantly drawn to it, though I wasn’t sure why exactly.

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Orthodox Book Club {reminder}

Just a reminder that next Monday, March 12, I will be posting the chapter assignments for our first book, The Hermitess Photini. If you are planning on being a member of the book club, please email your name and address to Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com.

I’ll be sending everyone one of these handy dandy bookmarks, that my awesome sister-in-law designed for us!

If you don’t have the book and would like to order it, members receive a 20% discount from orthodoxchristianchildren.com. Be sure to write a note letting them know you are ordering it for the Orthodox Mom Book Club. Which, from now on, will just be called the Orthodox Book Club since so many of you are not moms. Sorry guys. And single folks. :)

For more details, including the next two titles, click here.

I will not be sending very many e-mails out, so if you ever want to know the latest news, please check back here. You can access all book club posts by clicking on the Orthodox Book Club link in the left sidebar.

Hope you’re all as excited as I am!

Orthodox Book Club {March}

Orthodox Book Club {March}
Yay!  I am so excited to finally begin our book club!  There are a few more things I’m going to need from everyone participating, and you don’t have to participate every month, join in as is convenient for you, but I’ll still need the following info from you:  Your name, address, and email address.  I’m in the process of having bookmarks designed and will mail one to everyone participating.  Please e-mail this information to me at Sylvia{at}OrthodoxMom{dot}com. 

We are going to begin with the book The Hermitess Photini by Archimandrite Joachim Spetsieris.  Normally, I will give at least one month’s notice on the title of the book but since it took me longer than I expected to get everything squared away, it’s going to be a little rushed this month.  I am planning on beginning this one on March 12, which means we’ll meet for discussion on Monday, March 26.  It will give us two weeks to read the first half of the book.  I chose this book first because it is a very inexpensive book and I’m hoping that will help everyone be able to afford it on such short notice.

I am going to post the required reading on the start date and then we will meet back here to discuss the book.  I debated on hosting this on several social networks, but with the different time zones, work schedules, etc., I think that will be difficult.  So, on the morning of the discussion dates, I will post a list of questions and then we can discuss them throughout the day, or following days, right in the comment section.  Again, please be patient with me, I’ve never hosted an online book club before and am learning as I go.  Suggestions are always helpful!  If I see it’s becoming too confusing that way, we can figure something else out.  Sound good?

I’m also very pleased to announce that the Orthodox Christian Children website, has offered book club members a 20% discount on book club selections.  Which means instead of paying $9.00 for this book, you’ll only pay $7.20 + shipping.  Their shipping rates are also very , so I thought this was a great collaboration!

Just BE SURE to write a note when you submit your payment, stating you are part of the Orthodox Mom Book Club.  The way it will work is, the difference will be credited back to your account *almost* immediately. 

So for planning purposes, the first three book titles are:


Feel free to order all three books at once to save even more on shipping costs.

Also, since some of the books are short, we’re going to also have an optional reading assignment from the book Counsels from the Holy Mountain.  The reading will tie in to the theme of that month’s book.  Even though I was baptized and involved in the Church all my life, I understood little of what we believed.  This book helped me tremendously with my journey into Orthodoxy.  I’ve read it front to back numerous times and each time I continue to learn something new.  It is also the book Troy Polamalu mentioned in this interview.

 It can also be purchased with the 20% discount from orthodoxchristianchildren.com

Looking forward to this! 

Orthodox {Mom} Book Club

I mentioned on Facebook last week, that I was thinking about starting a book club (or a Book of the Month Club) here on Adventures of an Orthodox Mom.  I haven’t ironed out all the details yet but right now I’m thinking it would be great if we can have get through one book per month.  I’ll assign a set amount of chapters and then we can meet here on a certain day and time to discuss each assignment.  Skype has a way of creating just chat rooms, so no webcams are involved, that might be another option for our discussions.

There are so many incredible Orthodox books that I really want the focus to be on them, but I love the classics too and wouldn’t mind throwing some of them in the mix too.  I’m also excited that several Orthodox titles are now available in e-format!

Everyone is welcome to join in, this isn’t just for Orthodox moms.  If you’re interested in learning more about the lives of our saints, holy elders and faith, feel free to sign up!  I just ask that everyone be respectful of others opinions.

So…any takers?  I’d love to hear any book recommendations you might have too!  I’ve never hosted an online book club, so any suggestions on how to better organize this will be appreciated (cough, cough, Mimi)!