Our Story – Video

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 1.28.05 AM 2If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you have probably heard some parts of what my husband and I have experienced in the first few years of our short married life.

Recently, we (my husband and I) started leading a small group in our church for married couples. We recorded several videos about some of the most relevant topics for married couples that want to “Build a Marriage To Last For A Lifetime”.
The topics that we are discussing are:
  • Marriage Expectations
  • Communication and Resolving Conflict
  • Personalities
  • Going Through Hard Times As A Family
  • Marriage and Money
  • Romance and Intimacy
  • The Purpose of Each Of Our Families
 (If you are interested in watching the rest of the videos, you can find them here. Not all of them are upload yet, but we will be uploading the rest every week for the rest of the month.)
One of the videos that we are sharing this week is our story and I thought some of you may be interested in seeing a video recording of our “rememberings.”
I hope our story encourages and inspires some of you. God has led us through the darkest valleys but has always been faithful.


  • Olessa

    Such a powerful story!!! May God bless you and your growing family!! I wasn’t able to watch this without crying. Indeed, God is good all the time AND All the time God is good! Thank you so much for such a great encouragement! Once again, God bless you Olga, Serge, and Nathaniel!

  • Blessed

    I read your story before but so glad to see you documenting what you went though by making this video. Our God is truly amazing. Almighty and powerful. My ways are not your ways He says. Our minds are not able to understand all the hurt on this earth. We must use our faith and believe that God has a plan and it’s for our benefit. Your son is truly a blessing. I pray that God stays close to your family and gives you strength to tell your story. That you stay healthy and see your little miracle grow. Your story has touched my heart so deeply, I have an 8 year old daughter who’s middle name is Joy. Makes me realize how blessed I am to have her. Not sweat the small things and enjoy every minute of life.

  • Tanya

    Olga and Serge, thank you! Every time I read your blog and now watching this video, I praise Our God! You both are such encouragement to me. God bless your family and little Nathaniel!!!

  • Inna

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I couldn’t get through it without crying! It really puts in perspective how fragile life is and how blessed we are. So many times we get busy with life and don’t notice the little things that we take for granted that others are struggling to have. I’m so happy for how things turned out for you and that you now have a beautiful baby boy! God is good to him be the Glory!

  • Yulya

    I watched and cried, and now I have no words! Go through such pain and suffering, I can’t even imagine! I’m very glad that the Lord rewarding you for all the suffering with such a wonderful husband and miracle son! Thanks for sharing it with all of us, may God bless your family!

  • Larisa

    Thank you for sharing your story. You are a living proof of God’s miracles.

    24 “The Lord bless you and keep you;
    25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,
    And be gracious to you;
    26 The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace.”’

    Numbers 6:24-26

  • Tanya

    Olga and Sergi thank you for taking the time to share your inspiring story. It is encouraging to see that you recognized the Lord’s Sovereignty in the midst of your trials. Our Great God never wastes a single experience we go through. “Trials are some of your GRACES which would never be discovered if it were not for your TRIALS.” -C.H. Spurgeon

  • Anna

    Could not watch this video with out tears… You are a miracle, and your baby is a miracle… May God bless your family and gives you a strong health and many many years of life.

  • Erica

    What a heartbreaking story. You will one day meet your little angel in heaven. Thanks for sharing. To God be all the glory for his love and faithfulness!!

  • Nadia

    Such a powerful story!!! May God bless you and your growing family!! I wasn’t able to watch this without crying. Indeed, God is good all the time ! Thank you so much for such a great encouragement! Once again, God bless you ! And give you more children!😊

  • Lena

    Wow! Thank you so much for your story! Couldn’t stop crying and thanking God that you are alive, have such an amazing supporting husband and such a beautiful handsome little boy! God bless you & your family! <3

  • Olga

    Wow, Olga & Serg thank you for sharing with us such a touching life story! I couldn’t watch it without tears!! May God bless you & your beautiful family with many more blessings! You guys are one very strong family that have gone through soo much in soo little time. It really has encouraged me to thank God for every day & everything in my life. To thank Him for my husband & everyone of my child. Thank you!!

  • Nadia

    Such a powerful story!!! May God bless you and your growing family!! I wasn’t able to watch this without crying. Indeed, God is good all the time ! Thank you so much for such a great encouragement! Once again, God bless you Olga, Serge, and Nathaniel! God bless you growing beautiful family!!!

  • Eva

    Such a beautiful proof of God’s love and mercy. May God continue to bless you and give you lots of health, and lots of babies! I’m an ICU nurse myself, and I often see people in the condition that you’ve been in, and sadly, most of them don’t make it. I’m sure that the ultimate Doctor, the only true healer saved your life. May all the glory be to God.

  • natasha

    Read you story before and cried and could not watch this video with out tears again.God is good!
    Thank you for the video and God Bless you and your husband as leaders in the couples group.

  • Olia

    Olga and Sergie, thank you so much for sharing your story! God is definitely good and he gave you both so much strength. Your story has brought tears to my eyes but through your story I know there is hope for the hardships that my husband and I are currently facing. There have been so many times that I just wanted to scream and weep and wanted to give up, but following your blog has given me hope. Let God continue to bless you and know that all those hardships you went through we’re not in vain;God is using your story to help many more out there as a living testimony! You were chosen for a special purpose!

  • Olya

    Dear Olga and Sergey
    Watching your video brought tears to my eyes! I cannot imagine what you both went through! Your video is SUCH an encouragement and proof of God’s love and miracles. May God continue to bless your family. Thank you for sharing. I will tell all my friends, co-workers, family to watch this video!

  • Violet

    Thank you for sharing your story with us. This is so encouraging. I was crying the whole time I was watching. Made me cherish my family even more. May God bless your little family. God is Good!

  • Lily @GastroSenses

    What an inspiring life story of two beautiful people! Sobbing through the whole video! And your little miracle son Nathaniel is sooooo cute! God bless your family and thank you for sharing!

  • Lily

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful and inspirational story! I read it before, but still had tears in my eyes the whole time. I’m going through a hard time myself and your story just lifted up my faith that God can help through anything. May God bless you and your family! Best wishes!

  • Alina

    What a powerful and encouraging story! Like many others I couldn’t watch it without tears! Our God is so good!!(: May God bless you both and your little Nathaniel!(:

  • Jessica

    Thank you for sharing the videos. I watched them all, and they are such an encouragement. You guys obviously put a lot of time and love into making them. You both have beautiful souls.

  • Paula

    That was great. You had me in tears the whole time. And it was touching to see your husband’s honesty. Thank you for that video.

    Also, Olga, if you don’t mind my asking, what kind of church do you attend? Is your family in the Orthodox church? I was raised simultaneously in the Russian Orthodox church and a Baptist church (after my mom became a church pianist there), and there are some elements of the American church that I appreciate a lot (especially the openness about talking about your faith and encouraging others) and notice in your video.

  • Dina

    Thank you so much for sharing such a powerful message with us Olga & Sergi. Couldn’t watch you guys without having tears in my eyes. God is so good and he has truly blessed you with an amazing baby boy. God bless your family with health and happiness! Thanks again, you guys are so amazing!!

  • lily

    Hi Olga!

    After reading and watching your story it’s impossible not to get emotional. It’s hard to loose your loved ones. In some ways I relate to your story, I lost a baby when I was 8 months pregnant… thank you for sharing your story. May God bless you and your family.

  • Luda

    Blessings to your family . I must of used half a box of Kleenex. I pray that this video blesses those who need this in their hard times

  • Tina Kuzmenko

    God bless you, Serge and Nathaniel. Our God is awesome! Even though I can’t relate, it was very difficult to hear the struggles that your family has had to overcome. With only a “5% chance” you seem to be doing very good. So happy for you. If I was on the monitor the day I found out you were expecting- I probably had a few PVCs. 😉 Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Natasha

    Wow thank you guys for sharing your beautiful story of such a strong marriage!!! May God richly bless you with health and more blessings so Nathaniel won’t be lonely 🙂

  • Tonia

    Thank you for sharing such a difficult time of your lives and how you remained faithfully to God during this time.
    I have just begun my journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks ago. I’m out of surgery now and continue to see that God can make “good” things out of “bad” circumstances. May His name be glorified. God bless your family.
    Tonia (in Australia)

  • Valentina

    Olga and Serge.
    Thank you for sharing your life story with us. It works miracles to this day and will continue doing so. Да будет имя Его прославлено! I had such bad couple of months that I said “God, I can’t do this anymore”. To top those months of hard physical and financial crisis, this morning, I was pulling out of our garage and not noticing that my husband parked our van on the other side of the drivaway, crushed our daughters car onto our van. I completely ruined the back of her car and the front of our van. Right there, in that car, with my two kids in it, I yelled “come on, what else?” My daughter said mom it’s ok but I just started yelling at her. Thank God, I had enough In me to apologize to my kids for giving them a bad example. I came home, opened my bible and read “from inside the fish Jonah prayed…”in my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depth of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry”” Jonah 2:1-2.
    I came home from work feeling like someone beat me up. Your cucumber avacado wrap caught my eye and that’s how I got to your story. I cried the whole way thinking that what I thought was so hard has no comparison to what you went through. I thank God for keeping you alive and may His name be praised at all times. God bless you abundantly. Thank you.

    • olgak7

      Hello Valentina. I am so sorry to hear that you are going through a difficult time. It’s especially hard when you get slammed with many challenges one after another, and it feels like you’re drowning. May God give you strength to get through this time. I know that God already used you as a great example for your children, because it takes a lot of character to humble yourself before them and ask for their forgiveness. I have wonderful parents, but they are human and some of the moments that had a big impact on me was when they made mistakes but I saw how they worked through them with God’s help and apologized to me and/or my siblings for setting a bad example and for responding to a situation not in the best way. I’m so thankful that God uses our story to encourage others. He has done incredible things in our life, showing His glory over and over again. There were many times when I would cry out to Him and also ask “Why?” or “how much more can I take?”. God is faithful even when we have no strength left. May He give you His peace and lead you through this time victorious and resolve your hardships. I will pray for you and your family.

  • Tania

    Hello. First of all I want to say Thank you very much for sharing your story. I cried to listen to this but God is amazing. Olga and Serge this story made my day, it’s gave me a power and what I’m going through is nothing compare to what you went through. I am happy that I found you and listen to this video because God is amazing and like Serge said maybe it’s seams like His far away but he is not… Made me think God is with us , be strong and appreciate your life and don’t think I left you. So like I said your story is amazing and God been with you every moment of your life so He is with me also. Thank you again very much for sharing your story. Каждый раз когда я буду падать духовно я буду думать о вас и помнить что если у нас трудности в жизни ето не означает Бог нас оставил. Эта история была для меня. Спасибо вам.

  • Ella


    I couldn’t get through this video without tears of joy and giving praise to our Lord for His goodness and kindness in your life. What a journey you’ve had to take, but so awesome to see you give God glory throughout this whole process. He has had special grace for you in your life and has given you such a strong testimony that would continue to bring glory to Him. I love following your food blog and seeing the Lord grow your family over the years! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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