When I started going to the Orthodox Church I am about to be chrismated in (November 14th!) - I didn't say much to my family. I wanted to make sure it was something I really wanted to do before I got into any long discussions. I told them I had visited an Orthodox Church, but that was about it. I just started praying for all three of my children and their spouses and left it.
When I decided that I was SURE that I wanted to convert to Orthodoxy, I still didn't say much. . .just that I finally found THE faith tradition I had been looking for all my life, but didn't go into any detail due to time and distance - but still prayed.
Last March, I went to celebrate mine and two of my children's birthday at my son's house. (We're all born in March with the exception of my youngest son who was there to celebrate with us.) I asked the children if they would like me to make them a Rosary for Christmas - as my daughter and her husband are practicing RC's - and my other two were searching. My youngest son surprised me with the statement, "No, Mom, I want a prayer rope." I blinked. . . then pushed a few questions to see if it was the 'prayer rope' I thought it was. Sure enough, my son had suddenly found himself surrounded by new friends who were all Orthodox. (!!)
I didn't say any more, just kept praying. Recently I went to my grandson's first birthday. My youngest son called me on the phone asking me where he would find an Orthodox Bible, and asked if I was still going to the Orthodox Church. I told him I was, and that there is the Orthodox Study Bible. I took him a few things and the book Becoming Orthodox for him to read. He asked for a prayer book and a prayer rope. . .and a Bible if I could manage one. Then his precious wife asked for the same.
He read Becoming Orthodox and called me stating that he couldn't put it down and was so filled with joy! (his words!) When he finished, he said that he's going to call the church that is in his area and begin the process of converting, that he's FINALLY found what he's been looking for. (I can so relate!)
I'm still praying - I'll always pray for my children. . .and I have two more children with their spouses and their families that I'd love to see discover the truth and depth and love of Christ.
But this is wonderful!