Hi! My name is Anastasia. I am a mommy to two sweet little girls, daughter of a Greek Orthodox priest, and wife to an amazing St. Vladimir’s grad. I graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia, and quickly found that surprisingly, jobs for Religious Studies majors were in short supply : ) So I went on to become a Montessori teacher for children ages 3-6, and my teaching eventually led me to the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, an amazing approach to spiritual formation that is “rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori.” (CGS website). With the support of Dr. Tony Vrame, and the ground-breaking work of Seraphima Sierra Butler, this approach has been adapted for use in Orthodox churches and is bearing much spiritual fruit. (If you are skeptical, I urge you to learn more.) I hope to soon bring the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd to my own parish, and share my efforts here. In the meantime, I am enjoying co-leading the youth ministry at our church, or HOPE & JOY, as it is referred to in the Greek Orthodox archdiocese, and crafting with my little girls at home. This little blog is where I hope to share ideas, crafts, and games for Orthodox youth ministry, as well as fun ways to make your home a little more Orthodox-centered for your littlest ones. I hope you can find something useful here!