About Kyleshka

Hello, and welcome to TheByzantineLife.com, by The Byzantine Life Media & Consulting!

My Byzantine name is Kyleshka, and I am a God-fearing, homeschooling, writer, wife, and mom. The last few years of my life have been a whirlwind of romance… from growing in my Catholic faith, meeting and marrying my husband, to having our first baby girl. As a family we are dedicated to being living icons of Christ. We are by no means perfect, but our love is strong, and God’s grace is even stronger.

A few of the facts

  • I’m an adopted only childLiitle Fox
  • I am an Oblate of St. Benedict
  • Green is the best and I love it so much
  • I chose St. Rita as my patron (here is why)
  • My dream is to write as well as J. R. R. Tolkien
  • I never purposefully leave the house without a flower in my hair
  • I have earned a Writing Diploma and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English
  • I am a Certified Organizational Specialist™

Become Organized with the help of an Organizational Specialist









About My Family

My husband (BadgerDad/LSP): Known around the house as Tato, BadgerDad is the Byzantine head of this family. He grew up strongly rooted in his family’s Ukrainian heritage, and he is the reason we are sponsoring a child in Ukraine! He is a geek for information and technology, and runs the technical side of this website. BadgerDad is trained as a Library Technician but works in Freedom of Information and continues his post-secondary studies while he is working to support our family. BadgerDad reverted to his native Byzantine Catholic Church from the Roman Catholic, Latin Rite.

Firstborn daughter (nickname: Little Fox).  Secondborn daughter (nickname: Little Badger or Sweets). They the joy of our lives! Little Fox spends her days drinking milk, napping, and teaching her Mama and Tato how to be parents. Little Badger loves to babble and smile at her Mama and is a absolute delight. Everything still belongs to Little Fox and should is learning and exploring and always having fun, mostly in between her little tantrums.

About This Blog

This blog is a sharing of my life with you! The Family section is focused on home life, with updates on what is happening in our family, tips and tricks we have discovered to improve our daily lives, and how we are cultivating a joyous home. The ByzCatholic chapter of our site is full of religious resources. There are segments on Fasts and Feasts in the Eastern Catholic tradition (along with information on how they compare with the Catholic West), resources for Catholic kids, Great Book suggestions, and posts about deepening your relationship with the one true God! Finally, the Homeschool section talks about why we are choosing homeschooling, what we are doing to build our curriculum and lesson plans, and how we are using the Classical education method.

If you live in or around Saskatoon, SK, and want a consultation on Home Organizing then please email me at kyleshka@thebyzantinelife.com.

God with us,











  1. L.P. says:

    Wow! What an awesome idea! I hope this blog really takes off!

  2. Great site! I’m impressed. I hope that when mine is up and running it would do as well. I haven’t read it all, but what I’ve read so far is really good. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the differences between the Byzantine rite and the Roman rite (of which I am a member). I’m subscribing. 🙂

  3. Fr. Ivan Nahachewsky says:

    May the Holy Spirit be with you as your blog unfolds.

  4. Margaret says:

    Thank you for making this blog. I was looking for a good Byzantine/Ukrainian Catholic website/blog and found you through Pinterest.

    Z nami Boh! God is with us!


    1. Kyleshka says:

      Awesome! We are so glad you found us. Glory to Jesus Christ!
      Are there any specific topics that you’d be interested in reading about?


  5. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad to find your blog! I’m Ukrainian Catholic and always looking for good Byzantine blogs, resources, etc!

    1. Kyleshka says:

      Thanks Carrie! I hope you find what you’re looking for here! If there is anything you think we can add to the blog, let me know. Christ is Risen!

  6. Katie Kuchar says:

    This is an awesome blog! I’m a Latin rite catholic who is learning about Eastern Catholicism. Thank you for the information. I will be coming back for more.

  7. John Cruz says:

    I’m very intrigued that you are a Byzantine Catholic and also an oblate of St. Benedict. Intrigued because I’m moving more and more into Byzantine Catholicism but also have a deep desire to become an oblate of St. Benedict (hopefully a local monastery but yet to be determined). I’d love to hear more how you manage to straddle both.

    1. Kyleshka says:

      Basically I would say it comes down to following the Rule of St. Benedict, but with Byzantine prayers. Using the Byzantine prayer rope is also great for balancing the Ora et Labora!

  8. Daniel says:

    Cool blog! And cool that you are an Oblate of St. Benedict (so am I, with the Monastery of the Holy Cross in Chevetogne) and Byzantine too! (So am I, although at Chevetogne, because they have two “rites,” the Oblate stuff is done in their Latin church, not their Byzantine church.) Are you an Oblate through St. Peter’s Abbey?

    1. Kyleshka says:

      Glory to Jesus, Fr. Deacon! Yes that is where I am an Oblate. It is very cool how many Byzantine monastic foundations today still make use of the Benedictine Rule in their House Typika, such as the Skete of the Transfiguration in Michigan. God bless!

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