We’ve Been Keeping A Very Exciting Secret…

Pregnancy Announcement-3-2Good secrets are so fun and exciting and we’ve been keeping the best kind – we are going to have another baby! It’s still hard for me to wrap my mind around it. After not being able to have children for more than 7 years, it’s so incredible that after our miracle child Nathaniel was born, we are having another one less than 2 years later. It was such a happy surprise and we couldn’t be more thankful and most definitely don’t take it for granted. 

Pregnancy Announcement-1-4I am currently 18 weeks pregnant, so we will be having our baby this coming November. When we started out this year, we had no idea that before Thanksgiving, our family would be expanding and we would be enjoying a precious newborn again. When I wrote in my post about the 30 things that I’ve learned in my twenties that life is full of surprises, I really meant it.

My pregnancies are “difficult” to put it mildly, but I will gladly put up with anything since it will have such a wonderful outcome in the end. Pregnancies don’t last forever, and in the grand scheme of things, are just a snippet in the big pictures of our lives.

This time, we found out we were pregnant pretty much right away, so I was determined to cram in as much nutrients and vitamins into myself as possible while I felt good. Since I felt my best in the first trimester with Nathaniel, I wanted to be very proactive immediately. I think it really helped. I think it also makes a huge difference that this time I’m not working 12 hour night shifts as a nurse, which obviously takes a big toll on a body. It’s such a blessing to be able to work from home. Pregnancy Announcement-3So far, this pregnancy has been very similar to how I felt when I was pregnant with Nathaniel, so the further along I am, the worse I feel. I am really, REALLY thankful that I haven’t needed any IV infusions. It’s hard for me to keep anything down now, so I’m still losing weight, even this far along. I’m sure no one is interested in hearing me whine, so I’m not going to go into any more details.

I’m glad that I’m still able to cook on most days – it’s my hobby and my creative outlet, even though I’m not able to eat most of it, lol. That’s ok, though. I am very comforted knowing that babies will take everything they need to develop from their Mamas, so our little bitty person is growing and strong. We are so excited (how many times have I used this word in this post already? Can you tell how thrilled we are?) that our Nathaniel will be a big brother very soon and we are already in love with our new family member. Pregnancy Announcement-79 years ago, we went through one of the most difficult times in our life when we lost our daughter. 3 short years ago, we had gone through a long adoption process that completely crashed right before we were about to fly to Russia to meet our possible children, leaving us devastated, a lot poorer and discouraged. We were going through the long process of getting certified for foster care, which as you all know we loved, but we had to say some tearful, heart wrenching good byes to all 7 of our foster children one at a time.

When I turned 27, I wrote a blog post where I said that one of my biggest dreams was to be a mother. I couldn’t have imagined that by my 30th birthday I would be a mother to not one, but 2 babies! (I do consider myself a mother of three, but you know what I mean.) Life has been a series of astonishing surprises and definitely NOTHING like what I imagined in my teens and early twenties. Miracles do happen and the life of our family is the perfect example of it, over and over again. Pregnancy Announcement-5

118 Comments

  • Liliya

    Olga, I am SO SO HAPPY for you and your little family. You will remain in my prayers and I trust he lord will continue to show his Grace.

    • olgak7

      Thank you so much, Liliya! Pregnancy is a daily health struggle for me, but it’s 100% worth it and I really, really appreciate the prayers.

  • lena

    Ive been following you on all your social media, and so inspired by your story. I am so happy for you and your family. I so agree working as a night shifter rn 12 hr is sooo difficult, i cant imagine doing that pregnant!! You are such a blessing and inspiration Olga:)
    Love from the West Coast<3
    Lenka

    • olgak7

      Thank you, Lena. I am really thankful that this time I am working from home. It seems to help a lot. I’m thrilled to be having another baby.

  • Tanya

    Prays the Lord. Waw this is wonderful news. I’m so happy for you Olga. You are a beautiful person inside and out, my inspiration 🙂 I will keep you in my prayers May God keep you and your little baby in His hands. Nathaniel is so big already and so cute. Congratulations to you and Sergi you make a beautiful family.

  • Vita

    Congratulations to a wonderful family! ☺️ ❤️ I’m so excited for you guys that you are blessed with another baby on the way! When I read your post today I was overwhelmed with tears of joy, because I have been reading your blog for a long time now, and I know all that you’ve been through. Miracles happen when we least expect them…that’s the wonder and beauty of life!☺ How we handle lifes circumstances makes us who we are….and you are AMAZING! Wish you the best of luck with your pregnancy! Relax and stay strong!

  • Christina

    Olga, I´m so happy for you! It just shows what a great GOD we have! I do follow your blog almost a year now and tried many recipies. Everything in delicious and my family loves it. My 3 year old son and 1 year old daughter really love the garlic knots and my whole family asked for the recipe 🙂 I very much appreciate your recipies, that way I can cook and bake all the yummy russian things! And not everything is “na glaz”…;-) you know what I mean….
    I hope you are feeling better soon and I am so excited for you!
    Thank you and God bless you from Germany

    • olgak7

      God is amazing and He sure has blessed our family so much!
      Thank you for your sweet comment, Christina. I am so glad that you and your family are enjoying my recipes. It means a lot to get your feedback.

  • Anita

    God bless you and your little ones Olga. I’m very happy for you! It’s very true that life after 30 is nothing like we imagined in our teens or even early 20ies, but I am very happy that your journey has met with such joy and blessing and thank you for letting us all share your joys along with you. There can never be too much happiness and you are a little bit of joy and sunshine in a world that can be dreary. Blessings and best wishes and keep on shining!

    • olgak7

      I’m so happy to share the things that God has done and continues to do in my life, Anita. He has blessed our family so much, by giving us strength in the darkest days and giving us so many wonderful blessings.

  • Jan

    What a beautiful family – so excited for you. Sending positive thoughts and prayers to you – you have an amazing attitude! Love your recipes – many are now favorites!!

  • Viktoriya

    Wow! Congratulations to your family!! This is is so exciting! Praise to the God who creates miracles when we least expect them. May God bless the remainder of your pregnancy, strengthen your health & give you peace about anything that comes your way. Very excited for you!! ❤️

  • Oksana

    This was so heart warming to read!! I have been following you for a few years now, and your journey’s are so inspiring. I am so excited for your growing family!! May God bless you dear, your health and your precousin little miracle #2!! God is good. Blessings to your family!

  • Kel

    Congratulations! I know the process is such a challenge for your body. Rely on God to see you through. Blessings to you and your family. You are an inspiration to so many people.

    • olgak7

      Pregnancies are very challenging for me, but I am so thankful for the blessing of my babies, that I don’t mind having to go through some hard months. Thank you for your encouragement, Kel.

  • Ira

    This is amazing!!! God is so good beyound our understanding. Will be praying for your pregnancy and delivery of your precious gift from God!

  • Olga

    Congratulations Olga! Our God is truly amazing and we are so happy for you! May God bless you and your family and I hope you feel better soon!

  • Anna

    Praise God!!! This wonderful news brought me to tears! Congratulations!!! May God bless your growing family and fulfill your every need. Praying for a healthy pregnancy, birth and recovery and for the health of this baby to come. You know, I can kind of relate with having to wait for these precious little ones…in the course of almost 10 years and actively trying (haha) we had 2 children (where I always hoped we would have several by now.) Well, just recently we found out we are expecting a 3rd and let’s just say I know what all the excitement is about!;) So, I shall be on the journey along with you and will keep you in my prayers.:)

    • olgak7

      Thank you for sharing your story, Anna. Children are such a gift from God and I don’t take granted being given the privilege of being a mother to my babies. May God bless your family as well and a huge congratulations on baby #3!

  • Tallya

    Olga, I’m so happy to read this! We are also expecting with a due date on thanksgiving after a devastating miscarriage at 12 weeks gestation in January. May the LORD bless your pregnancy and postpartum and give you and baby miraculous health!

    • olgak7

      Congratulations, Tallya! Babies are such a joy and a gift. I am so sorry you lost your baby. It is so difficult to go through a loss. May God give you comfort.
      I hope you have a wonderful, healthy pregnancy. Thank you for sharing our joy.

  • Tzivia

    Wow Olga darlin that’s gr8 news to hear congrats so very happy for you can’t wait till November srsly please keep us posted Nathaniel is gonna be such a gr8 big brother I can already see it

  • Larissa

    Simply crying ( tears of joy) for you, not even knowing you in person, following your story from the beginning of your blog journey. I’m so happy for your family!!!! I know how it feels to loose a child and have a chance to have another baby in your hands. The same day when I said goodbye to my 17 months old daughter I found out that I was pregnant. It was 20 years ago, she was #4, the same year we had a little boy ( he is 18 now) – they both was born in September (they would be 2 years apart). All I can say that God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
    I wish you all the best, be healthy, happy, joyful and blessed!!!!! You are in good hands as long as you trust God! Gods love definitely shines in your family.
    With love and excitement for you,
    Larissa💕

    • olgak7

      Thank you for sharing your story, Larissa. I can’t even imagine going through such a devastating loss of your precious daughter. May God bless your family.
      Thank you for sharing our joy.

  • Eleanora

    Congratulations!! I bless your family and your pregnancy! God truly has blessed you. Hallelujah! I pray your pregnancy isn’t as difficult as before, and that you get showered with even more blessings 🙂

  • Tania

    Such wonderful news Olga! Hang in there. The good thing is that pregnancies don’t last forever and you’re almost half way there!

    • olgak7

      Thank you for your encouragement, Tania! I tell myself that all the time:). I will be halfway there is just a few days, so that is very exciting. Having a very active toddler to take care of helps the time to pass even faster.

  • Tanya

    Congratulations Olga! You have no idea what a tremendous inspiration you are!! Your life is a testimony of how great our God is… How faithful He is.. And that His timing IS perfect. You and your beautiful family is a reflection of Jesus. I hope you continue to trust Him so that we can all continue to be encouraged by your life testimony. May your pregnancy and baby be blessed in the name of Jesus!
    Your recepies have blessed my family sooo much that I can’t thank you enough:) but most importantly, your humble spirit and joy can be felt through the Internet. And it’s inspired me to be a better wife, mother, and homemaker. Blessings!

  • Inna

    Awwww what a great news!!!! 📬Congratulations!!!🌹 🎊 😀 May God bless you Olga and your family!!! May your pregnancy be the easiest and blessed ever!!!! So happy for You!!!! 😃

    • olgak7

      Thank you, Inna! Pregnancies for me are very difficult, but it’s all worth it for my babies and I would happily go through it all, since my babies are such a gift from God. I am forever grateful for the privilege of being a mother. We are so thrilled that Nathaniel will have a sibling:).

  • Zhenya

    Olga, what a pleasant surprise!!! I am a busy mom of 5, so I rarely comment on blogs even though I’ve made many recipes of yours and loved them all. But this announcement!!! Very excited for you! Congrats to you and your family!

  • Marina

    So exciting ! Congratulations to you and your family! How wonderful for your precious little boy to have a baby brother or sister to love. Hope this pregnancy will be much much easier for you! God bless!

  • Lena

    Congratulations!!! Many blessings to your family. May God watch over you and the baby every day and in every way.

  • Viktoriya

    Oh, dear Olga) bless your heart!
    your whole life path is so encouraging…. you could write a book based on these facts….
    the Lord is with you and He will strenthen you and hold your arm.
    I pray that your pregnancy is blessed and baby and mama are healthy)
    Hugs to you)

    • olgak7

      The Lord has blessed our family in so many ways. We are so thankful that He is always with us, in the hard times and blessing us with so many gifts. Thank you for your encouragement, Viktoriya.

  • Valentina

    Very exciting for you guys!

    Gods Blessings!!!! for your 1st and and 2nd baby!!

    GOD IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tracee

    So happy for you! I encourage you to check out Unjury. Huge in protein and vitamins! They even have a “clear” that u can add to soups!

    • olgak7

      Thank you, Natasha. We are so excited and absolutely thrilled for another baby to join our family. Thank you so much for the encouraging words.

  • Natasha

    Congratulations dear Olga! We are Thanking the Lord with you for your miracle growing inside you! What a wonderful reminder of Gods goodness.. He loves us so much & sends us His blessings. May your pregnancy be easier, may you feel better, not worse as your pregnancy progresses, also may you NOT have to do the IV infusions this time, may you have a blessed rest of your pregnancy, labor, delivery & of course recovery!!! Can’t wait to find out who you’re having:) blessings, hugs, prayers & love -Nata 🙏🏻

  • ZS

    WOW… CONGRATULATION… EXTREMELY HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS…

    Actually, I was thinking about you guys if there will be one more miracle in your family as your son… I totally agree, life is full of surprises in 20’s (same for me being prego with baby #4)… Happy for you guys… Now looking back you understand that God had a special plan for you guys. God knew that you will have kids (and you don’t know how many He planned for your to have, yet) and as I see it was God’s will with failure of adoption and a tearful bye-byes of foster care…
    I am so happy for you guys. I can say “Everything is possible with God”. God always helps us to get trough everything and God has His own plan for each of us…
    Many God’s blessings for your pregnancy and delivery… Wishing you fast recovery after delivery as well…

    • olgak7

      Congratulations on baby #4! How exciting.
      God has blessed our family in so many ways and we are forever grateful. We are so thankful for the gift of our babies.
      Foster care was a life changing experience for us and we hope to someday be a part of it again when are babies are a little bit older and don’t require so much constant care:).
      Thank you for your encouraging words.

  • Olga

    Wow,Olga,u sure went thru slot. CONGRATULATIONS,in so happy for you that ur dreams are coming true,now ur going to be a second time mom. Olga God bless you,and help u thru the whole pregnancy. May God bless the whole family too.love ur recipes and I follow ur blog. YOU have a beautiful family. Are u going to find out if it’s a bit or a girl?

    • olgak7

      Thank you, Olga. We are so excited for a new baby to join our family. I appreciate your encouraging words.
      We already know the gender:). It’s a secret for now, but we will be sharing it soon.

  • Viktoriya Cole

    Olichka, you have a beautiful story. Your strength and endurance is something to look up to! I am so happy that you are living your dream of being a mother. I really believe that your story will touch nations and give hope to those women that are in a hopeless place. I am praying that God will strengthen you in this season and that you will experience the best pregnancy ever without any hindrances or setbacks and your baby will come strong and healthy in Jesus name!

    Much Love from the Coles:)

  • Vera

    Congratulations! May God bless your pregnancy and birth of the child! I am so happy for you! Best wishes to your family!

  • Maria Jimenez

    Congratulations, I am happy for you !, What a wonderful news!, May God bless you, I hope you feel better soon!

  • Nelly

    Hey Olga:) I am thrilled to hear of your pregnancy! May God bless you and the child you are carrying along with your family! I am currently 22 weeks pregnant, so we will both have November babies;)

  • Monika

    Hi Olga! Congratulations!! I am very happy for you. It has been wonderful to see your journey and all the good things that are happening in your life. Wishing you all the best and hope this pregnancy will be “easier” if possible. Children are such a blessing!

    • olgak7

      Yes, children are such a gift. I feel so blessed to be a mother and am so thankful for another baby to add to our family. Thank you so much for the kind words, Monika.

  • Natasha T

    That is amazing! I’m so happy for you. God bless you and your beautiful family and so you can get through this with good health. I hope you feel better. And your story is so inspiring.

  • Anastasiya

    Olachka!!! I was just thinking about you the other day and then my sister tells me you are expecting a new little addition to your family! How cool is that?! How exciting!!!! Sending many prayers your way and wishing you a healthy-as-possible pregnancy!! I am due this November also and we can’t wait to meet our little mini #4 lol. Sending you many blessings, sister!!! -Anastasiya

    • olgak7

      Thank you so much, Anastasiya! Your kind words and prayers mean so much to me. Thank you for taking the time to write. Congratulations on having a baby too! I always feel such a kinship with other women who are due around the same time as I am:). May God bless your pregnancy too.

  • Lana

    Congratulations to you and your family!!! I can only try to imagine the thrill of this exciting news😄 May God keep you safe, healthy & uplifted in His grace!!

  • Zoya

    Olga I am SOOO happy for you and your family! Praise God for the new, wonderful blessing he is sending you!! May God bless you and your pregnancy and your new baby and your whole family! The way you live your life is a sweet inspiration to me. Your son is adorable and I’m excited for the future addition!

  • Ella

    I have been reading your blog since you had the foster children, and check the website at least twice a week. I feel as though i have been through so much with you!! It bought tears to my eyes to read this. Couldnt be happier for you all! I’m praying extra prayers for both your, and baby’s health. How great is our God!
    I am an RN (anaesthetics) in Australia and am newly pregnant and struggling with feeling sick and working long shifts.
    Thank you for sharing! This has made my day!

    Ella

    • olgak7

      I’m so thankful for faithful readers like you, Ella. Thank you for sharing our joy. I’m always excited to “meet” a fellow RN too.
      Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope you feel better soon.

  • Nina

    I’ve been following you on social media. You story have touched me I always read your post with tears in my eyes. Our God is truly Awesome, Wonderful God, that’s all I can say while reading your happy news. I am very happy and excited for your family. Nathaniel will be a great older brother for the new baby 🙂
    Our family have gone through losing one child through the miscarriage so I feel you! I am very thankful to God that he loves us so much we are expecting our second (would be third) son in September. 🙂

    • olgak7

      God is absolutely amazing and He has shown His glory with so many miracles in our family and in holding us up during hard times. I’m so sorry you experienced a miscarriage. That is so heartbreaking. I am thrilled to hear that you are also expecting a precious baby this fall. Congratulations, Nina!

  • Terry

    Dear Olga,
    God bless as you prepare for another sweet child in your life. Like you, My daughter was very sick with her children – the 3rd of three the worst, so you don’t need to say another word. Take all of the help you can, and be good to yourself. My prayers for you and the “boys.” Terry

  • Larisa

    Wow, praise God for another baby!
    Congratulations and may God bless your pregnancy, I hope it will only get better for you not worse. You guys are such sweet family ❤️

  • Tanya

    This is amazing! God is always up to something beautiful and exciting. Congratulations and may God bless your growing family. You are such an example to younger generation in many ways. I enjoy to cook your meals and read your sweet stories.

    xoxo

  • Tanya

    Olga, you have no idea how excited and happy I am for you! Praise God for His goodness! Crazy how the Lord fulfills his plans for us…His ways are good!

  • Anna

    Olga, Congratulations!! I am so happy for you!!!!! God is SO good!! Blessings to you this pregnancy!! May everything go as smooth as possible. So excited for you and your family! 🙂

  • Anna

    Your personal posts make me cry !!! :,( AND :,)
    GOD TRULY IS ALIVE AND MAKING MIRACLES. Such a blessing for you, and an encouragement for me , my daughter is 5 and we are hoping waiting and praying for another kiddo! Your inspiring. 🙂 God bless your pregnancy and life ♡

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