We are two Greek Orthodox moms.
We come from Greece and we have been living in the United States for a number of years. Since 2013, we have been actively involved as Sunday School teachers and coordinators in our local Greek Orthodox parish, St. Demetrios of Union, New Jersey. We realize that teaching our faith to our children cannot be achieved without living it ourselves, and this is naturally an ongoing process. Working for Sunday School and creating Orthodox Pebbles have been amazing blessings for us, for which we are sincerely thankful.
My name is Natalie.
I was born in New York City and raised in Athens, where I have lived for the biggest part of my life. I first attended the Athens University Medical School, and then got a degree in design and visual communication from Vakalo Art & Design College. Later on, I studied children’s illustration and Byzantine iconography, and now I am working towards a B.A. degree in Greek Civilization Studies from the Open University of Greece.
In 2012, the Greek economic crisis brought me, my husband, and our three children to the U.S., where I have been doing freelance design work and teaching at my local Greek-American community. For most of the year, I don’t really have much free time – I devote it all to my family and projects; but in the summer, the projects are put on hold, and, together with our children, I spend as long as I can back in my beloved home country, where I fill up my batteries with sights, smells, sounds and feelings, to sustain me during the cold New Jersey winter days to come. Even though I have been living in the U.S. for a number of years, my dream to one day return permanently to Greece is still very much alive.
Find me online:
- Portfolio with samples of my work.
- Homeschooling blog, where I recorded my experience teaching Greek History to my own children (in Greek).
- Personal blog, where I wrote about my transition from Greece to the U.S. (in Greek).
My name is Despina.
Born and raised in Athens, I like to say that I originate from the beautiful island of Chios. Following my B.A. degree in Statistics and Actuarial Studies from the University of Piraeus in Greece, I gained extensive working experience as an administrative assistant, book-keeper and business software analyst. I met my Cypriot-American husband in Chios, relocated to New Jersey, and became a mother of two. I am very much involved in volunteer work at my children’s schools, in roles such as coordinator of the parent volunteers at the school’s Library; classroom parent coordinator; art appreciation volunteer; instructor in after school enrichment activities. I enjoy reading books and blogs, and appreciate peace and quiet.