Highlights of 2014 and Happy New (2015) Year!
Happy New Year!
I’m a bit late with my holiday greetings, but I hope you all had lovely celebrations. We just came back home from New York and traveling is especially rough for me, so I took an unexpected “vacation”.
I can’t help getting a bit nostalgic at the beginning of a new year and recollecting all the events of the previous year. 2014 was such a momentous year for Sergi and myself. It will always be a historic one for us. Full of learning experiences, tears and heartbreak, new adventures, many celebrations – the past 12 months have been rich in blessings.
Highlights of 2014:
One of the most life changing and rewarding experiences that Sergi and I have had not only this year but for the duration of our marriage was becoming foster parents. We started out the year with our little boy, Danny, who joined our family in October 2013, when he was only a few days old. He was part of our family for seven months before he was adopted by another couple. We also had two other boys part of our family, Branden, who came to us in February, also a few days old, and he was later joined by his older brother, Angel, a five year old, who came to our family in June. We also said good bye to both boys in August.
I could go on and on about our experience with foster care. I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that this is something that we are meant to do and I can’t wait to get back to it.
The whole experience opened our eyes in a very real way to the needs of our own community. The children that became part of our family will be engrained deep in our hearts forever. Saying good bye to them was very difficult and heart breaking, but we know that we did everything that we could to give them security and showered them with all our love and attention while they were with us. Even though both Sergi and I had been interested in foster care and adoption for many years, actually doing it gave us confirmation and reassurance that this was something that we both feel very passionate about and want to be part of.
Other Posts Where I Wrote About Adoption and Foster Care:
Starting Our Adoption Journey
Russia Bans All Adoptions by Americans and We Start the Process to Become Foster Parents
A More In-Depth Post About Our Decision to Become Foster Parents
Our Special Valentine’s Day – (where we get a call to get another foster child)
Saying Good Bye to Our First Foster Child
Buying Our First House:
In June, we bought our first house. It’s so awesome to be homeowners. We absolutely love our new home and the neighborhood that we live in. It is such a blessing and we are really, really thankful for it. Maybe it’s because we waited for 8 years to buy our first home, I don’t know, but we are thoroughly enjoying it.
I put remodeling in a separate category from buying a house, since I think it deserves it’s own recognition. Wow! What a whirlwind that was. Construction has a way of turning your life upside down. I’m so glad that we only had to deal with that for a few months. We redid all the floors in the house, stripped the popcorn ceiling in every room and then refinished and painted the ceilings, repainted all the walls and gutted and remodeled the entire kitchen. We had SO much help from our wonderful families, especially my Dad and my brother Valentin. I don’t know what we would have done without them.
As soon as I feel up to it, I will take pictures and share a detailed kitchen reveal with all of you. Let me just say…. I LOVE my new kitchen. It’s such a luxury to have so much space and great appliances.
This year was especially generous for both mine and Sergi’s side of the family in the love department. We couldn’t be more thrilled. We had a wedding in February, two in August and another in October. Another of Sergi’s brothers got engaged and will be married very soon this year. This year also marks the empty nest stage for my parents, since now all of my siblings are married. It’s hard to believe that we all adults and have families of our own.
New Nieces and Nephew:
We love our babies and we got a chance to enjoy some new nieces and nephew this past year. One of my brothers and his wife had a girl in May, Sergi’s brother and his wife had a girl in September, and my other brother and his wife just had their baby boy in November. Our family got a Christmas surprise just now when my sister and her husband announced that they will have another baby this June! Our families are growing and expanding with both new spouses and new children. What a blessing! We thank God for every single one of them.
Finding Out We’re Pregnant:
The most amazing surprise for us was finding out we were having a baby after not being able to get pregnant for more than 7 years.
This pregnancy has been a little bit odd, since on the one hand it feels like we just found out we were having a baby – which was a complete SHOCK, but on the other hand, it feels like I’ve been pregnant for 3 years. Try getting IV fluids and shots every single day, and you’ll quickly see what I mean. I can’t wait to get all foreign objects out of my body and feel good again.
I can’t believe that I’m already in my third trimester. I am 30 weeks pregnant right now.We will be having our baby boy the last week of February, when I am 37-38 weeks pregnant. That’s just around the corner! Since so many of you are writing me e-mails and messages, I will give you a more detailed pregnancy update this week:).
The second part of 2014 was a matter of survival due to the difficult pregnancy:). I feel like I’ve been hibernating since summer. Life took a lot of unexpected turns but we are thankful for the blessing of our baby boy and for God’s care during this time. I am especially thankful for a loving and caring husband, who takes such good care of me and is my rock at all times.
Other Pregnancy Posts:
Pregnancy – The Continuing Story
We are looking forward to what 2015 will bring. “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits” Psalm 103:1,2
Wow Olga …u did have an eventful year. So happy for u and ur pregnancy …God is soooo good 🙂 many blessings to u in the new year 🙂 i love to read all ur posts ….u r a great writter 🙂
By the way…pregnancy looks good on u 🙂 ur belly is adorable 🙂
Thank you, Elena! I really appreciate your kind words.
What a year for you guys. We love reading about all of your adventures :). It’s kind of funny that you and Natasha are due within days of each other. I’ve been recording her belly going wild this morning…I guess baby girl was doing morning exercise. We would love to meet you in person some day. God’s blessings to you in this new year and say hello to Sergi from me.
Hi Vadim! We would love to meet you guys in person too. Hopefully, that will happen soon. God bless you guys and your growing family too. You’re right, it’s absolutely awesome that Natasha and I are nth expecting at about the same time:). I will pass your message to Sergi. He reads most of the comments here anyway.
Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Olga, I always love seeing pictures of your family and hearing about how you’re doing! I’m so excited for you! This year with the new baby – it’s all just so exciting. You’ve had quite a year and you’ve still been able to blog consistently. You’re amazing! God bless you in the rest of your pregnancy 🙂
Thank you, Natasha! We are really excited and amazed by all the events. It’s been nice to share this pregnancy with you too! Can’t wait to see your beautiful princess.
Thank you for sharing what God has done in your life in the past year!!! Glory to Him!!! Always enjoy reading your posts!!!! God bless you!!!!
Thank you, Angelina! God bless you too.
Even though I’m in your life and lived through all of your highlights with you, it was so nice to read them again 🙂 Can’t believe so much has happened last year. Here’s to another wonderful and better year of 2015!!!
Love you Olga
Thanks, Milana! It’s been an awesome year for sure. I’m so glad that I got to share it with you too.
Wow, it sounds like you had a wonderful eventful year! I have recently started following your blog and I love not just the food you share but also your blog posts you write about your family. I know this will be an exciting year for you and your family as you welcome your baby boy. I am originally from Bulgaria, and it is very inspiring to “meet” online another food lover from Eastern Europe. God bless you and keep you during the rest of your pregnancy!
Hi Neli! Thank you so much for becoming a reader of my blog:). It means a lot to me to know that you are enjoying it.
I’m so happy to “meet” you and will definitely have to check out your blog too.
Olga, what a great year! So many wonderful events, especially your pregnancy! I wish you two the best of the best in 2015. Can’t to see your son here on the blog!
Thank you so much, Shinee! I wish you the best in 2015 too.
May the LORDGOD ALMIGHTY Bless your family my dear and give you strength to endure my dear ! Your a strong women may GOD be with you always every step of the way May GOD Bless your delivery and the hands of the doctor and may everything go smooth and blessed !:) may the baby boy be great joy in your home so he is healthy from head to toe !:)) and I hope he will be a happy baby and calm no colic no gassy tommy no problems :)) thank you for sharing your joys, struggles and things that come your way it encourages me greatly ! Stay strong sister keep your eyes on CHRIST !:)) HE has amazing rewards in store for you for being faithful !:) your in my Prayers !:) I’m with you on that one pregnancy feels sooo long, I my self can’t wait when I’m pregnant till due date and sister you are strong may the LORD BLESS YOUR FAMILY :)))))!!!
Thank you, Svetlana! I can really feel the prayers of so many wonderful people like you!
I came across your blog probably eight months ago. I generally do not write but I feel I need to because you guys really touch my heart for who you are, your kindness and inspiring outlook of your experiences. I love your recipes and cook many often, the photographs of dishes, mouth watering, and they way you invite us into you family life and tell us stories and moments really say what are wonderful couple you are. It’s a joy to read your blog….. But most of all, what wonderful news to find out your pregnant… CONGRATULATIONS….God Bless all the rest of your days…with love from Australia
Thank you so much for such a sweet note, Barney! I really appreciate it.