Five Questions: Florina

Welcome to MyOrthodoxFamily.com! Tell us who you are.

Hello everyone ! My name is Florina , I am from Romania and I am mother to Serafim, Nectarie, Iosif and Maria. Before becoming a mom, I used to be an English teacher, and I love talking or reading in English. Although I come from an Orthodox country, my parents never took me nor my brother to church, but by God’s grace my brother discovered Orthodoxy through his chemistry teacher and dedicated his life to God by becoming a monk. With his prayers, I followed him on this path, and God offered me a good Faithful husband to make a family and raise our children as good as we can. I love baking sourdough and cakes, and I like reading stories to my children and traveling together. I am happy I recently discovered Orthodox mothers across the ocean and I am eager to make new friends to share our values and traditions.

What do you most enjoy sharing? What do you feel most called to share?

I like sharing recipes and food pictures because baking makes me happy and relaxed but I also like sharing photos, videos, quotes from the orthodox places I visit or the books I read . I try to share my faith in a delicate way because people don’t easily accept and I hope that what I find useful can be useful for the people in my list as well .

The world of social media is complex. What do you see as difficult and as redemptive about sharing your journey in this way?

The social media world is complex and difficult indeed. Although I am Orthodox by birth, people here try to let God behind and they may feel offended or disturbed by Orthodox material, so I try to express myself in a way that doesn’t disturb people around me, people that I care about actually.

What is your earliest, distinctly Orthodox memory?

This summer by God’s grace we managed to buy a new car as our family grew bigger, and we went to the monasteries in the north of Romania where we spend few amazing days where peace and harmony is at its place. I just wish to keep that peace with me as long as possible when we return home in the middle of the city.

What do you hope will be the mark you leave on the world as you pass through it?

I don’t think anyone has anything to learn from me, but I have so much to learn from others. Still, if I had to say something, I would like to be remembered as friendly, honest, and for hospitality as we are very happy when someone comes over to our place. And the children yes … although they are not ours but they are God’s, they are a mark we leave on this world and the best definition of us ….

@florina_valentina_m

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