Our Special Valentine’s Day

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As I already mentioned in my previous post where I shared some of my thoughts about love, marriage and Valentine’s Day, this was the 1st year in our 7 years of marriage that I wasn’t working on this romantic holiday.

We didn’t feel like fighting through traffic to get to a crowded restaurant, full of very busy staff, so we decided to cook dinner together and enjoy a simple, relaxing evening at home.

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Our menu:

French Onion Soup (Recipe Coming Soon!)

French Onion Soup-1Celery Root and Potato Puree

Celery Root Puree-1-9Poached Cod With Tomato Vinaigrette and Artichokes

IMG_0685 (550x366)Florida Cherry Tomatoes

For dessert: Chocolate Shortbread Bars With a Creamy Farmer’s Cheese Filling

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We decided not to exchange gifts, besides Sergi giving me a lovely tulip bouquet (my favorite flowers) but we still got the most perfect Valentine’s Day present.

As we were cooking dinner that night, we received a call from Placement, asking us if we could take a little boy who was only 4 days old. We excitedly said yes, and the rest of the evening looked forward to his arrival. Valentine's Day 2014-1-6

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Daniel went to sleep pretty early and was sound asleep when the new baby finally came around 9:30 that night. We immediately fell in love:). We had such a lovely weekend, bonding as a family of four. Daniel is still too young to be jealous, but he’s definitely curious about the new little bundle.

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We can’t share any details about our new addition to the family, but we are thrilled to have him part of our family. He is a wonderful baby and is just as calm and happy as our first. We love being parents and it’s even more wonderful than we imagined. Now it will be even harder for me to leave the boys in the evenings when I work, but I know they will be well taken care of by their Daddy. Valentine's Day 2014-1-11

Sergi with the boys-1 copy


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You can read more about our Journey to Parenthood and Our New Adventure as a Family.


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  1. Irene m. says

    I really enjoy reading your stories very encouraging to others. Nay God continue to bless your beautiful growing family.

  2. Tanya Korchak says

    You have such a beautiful family. I love reading your stories, it gives me hope for the future :) I hope that one day I will be able to make a difference in the world one child at a time, all because you look so happy doing it. God bless your little family, and I look forward to reading more of your recipes!


    • says

      Thanks, Tanya.
      We love having these children part of our family and they really bring so much joy into our lives.
      God bless you too. Thanks for visiting my blog and using my recipes.

  3. Mila L. says

    Congrats on your addition. What a wonderful surprise especially that he joined your family on Valentines Day. You guys are such a great parents. May God continue to bless you and the babies you take care of.

  4. elena says

    U guys look very happy and i am happy for u. When u post pictures of Daniel , i always think that he looks like ur husband and this new little boy kind of looks like u. Many blessings to u and urge family :-)

  5. Alena says

    Such a wonderful post, Olga u and your husband have a big heart!! It brings tears into my eyes when i see that some babys are left by parents or whatever at this early age like that and May God Bless you and your lil adorable family:) these babys need loving and caring parents and you guys are perfect for them :) love your posts :)

  6. Vitaliya says

    What a perfect valentines gift, a sweet little boy!!! I love reading your posts. You are a great writer Olga!! Blessings to you!!

  7. Olga Myalik says

    You are a wonderful mom!! I still remember those evenings when the teens used to meet at your place and you would cook delicious food and then Sergey and you would do bible studies. I remember all that like it happened last week. Now I’m married and I go on your website each week to think of something to cook and I read your encouraging stories. Your an inspiration and may God abundantly bless you and Sergey with strength, wisdom and healthy and not forget the two cute little boys you have now :))

    • says

      Thank you so much, Olga! You just touched the strings of my heart, SOB, sob! We love all of you guys and will always treasure those memories.
      I’m so glad to see you as a new wife, happily married and taking care of your family now too. That’s awesome. God bless you and your husband.

  8. Olga says

    Olga. This is my first comment here))) Honestly, I was crying while reading this post…. God bless you !!! I have four kids age 5, 4,3 years and 8 month old. I know what it is to be a busy mom… But this is the best feeling ever to keep a baby on my hands close to my heard and hear him or her breathing. BTW, love UR recipes. Keep posting)))

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