ABOUT

My Story

I was born in Ukraine and have 10 siblings, five older and five younger. Feel kind of special!. We immigrated to the US in 1989. =)

MY FAMILY:

God blessed me with the biggest gift I could have asked for, my spouse, Timur. He was a professional tennis player and came to the USA on a tennis tournament and to work. He was raised in a non-Christian home, in a country where Christians are heavily persecuted. When God led him to a city in Ohio city with a population of 3,000, I’d say He was directing his path and that was not a mere coincidence. After meeting the young people from our church and attending services, he became a Christian!

We were married in 2002 and have five children; Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Abigail. I must agree when it says in Psalms “Children are a blessing from the Lord”.

MY FAITH:

All I have and all I’ve accomplished I credit to God!

I hope to live a life reflecting His goodness in me and my family. May He use me for His glory!

MY KITCHEN:

I have a degree in Residential Planning and Interior Design. I was able to work for a company where I could utilize my love to interior design and help people bring harmony to their home. I was able to meet so many interesting people along the way. When we finally were expecting our third child (our Princess), after much prayer, we decided I would become a full-time stay-at-home mom. This was one of the best decisions we have ever made (I was very nervous about this transition since I am very much a people person, but I must say, I am loving every day of it, challenges and all:)…

I decided to take my love for design, décor and creativity and bring it into the kitchen, a way to express myself at home. This I must say is when cooking and baking became my passion, not a must because food needed to be set on the table. That and my desire to serve a great meal to a very hungry hubby after a long hot day were my motivations.

Oh my poor husband had to survive many of my unsuccessful attempts at a “creation” I thought would taste great. FAIL!. He was such a trooper, always found a way to compliment a new meal or dessert even when I know it didn’t deserve praise. Thanks to him and his encouragement I am a much better cook and absolutely love being in the kitchen. Love serving my family in such a beautiful way.

Raised in a family where Ukrainian and Russian meals were served, I picked up many recipes from my lovely mamma and older sister. My husband is from Uzbekistan, therefore, I have learned many recipes from my beautiful mother in law, Olga. She is such a great cook. Living in the USA and being surrounded by the different foods we have here, my kitchen has become quite universal. Thus, you will find many interesting recipes that I hope you will enjoy.

I am not quite ready to go back to work so after thinking long and hard how I can spend my quiet time, I decided; blogging. I hope my recipes, my ideas and our family’s journey becomes one that will be a blessing in your life and that of your family. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and welcome to my insignificant, small corner of the world, Valentina’s Corner.

My Story

I was born in the Ukraine and have 10 siblings, five older and five younger. Feel kind of special!. We immigrated to the US in 1989. =)

MY FAMILY:

God blessed me with the biggest gift I could have asked for, my spouse, Timur. He was a professional tennis player and came to the USA on a tennis tournament and to work. He was raised in a non-Christian home, in a country where Christians are heavily persecuted. When God led him to a city in Ohio city with a population of 3,000, I’d say He was directing his path and that was not a mere coincidence. After meeting the young people from our church and attending services, he became a Christian!

We were married in 2002 and have five children; Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel and Abigail. I must agree when it says in Psalms “Children are a blessing from the Lord”.

Together we are trying to serve the Lord and others. It is hard to raise children at the time and age we are living in, but, with God’s help, everything is possible.

MY FAITH:

Though I was born into a Christian family and attended church my whole life, I gave my life fully over to the Lord when I was 18. I thank Him so much for accepting me as His child, though so many times I don’t deserve it. I thank Him for my husband and children, my family and friends. I am so grateful that I have a roof over my head and there is food on the table for our family. Oh how blessed I am to all that the Lord has given me. I do not take these blessings lightly and my biggest prayer is that my life is lived out according to His Word. I hope with all my heart I won’t be just another person on the face of the earth but that my life will make a small difference and have an impact on others.

I believe Jesus is the Son of God, who died for our sins and was raised on the third day.

I believe in the power of a praying wife, mother and friend.

I believe when we admit we are imperfect, God uses us in His perfect ways.

I believe that it’s not those that are living a happy life that need us but the hurt, abandoned and brokenhearted.

I truly believe each and every one of us was created by the Creator of the Universe for a purpose. One that will glorify His name, bring many to His Kingdom and make this world a better place.

Though I am far from where I should be, I thank my Lord and Savior for His mercy and unconditional love to me on a daily basis.

MY KITCHEN:

I have a degree in Residential Planning and Interior Design. I was able to work for a company where I could utilize my love to interior design and help people bring harmony to their home. I was able to meet so many interesting people along the way. When we finally were expecting our third child (our Princess), after much prayer, we decided I would become a full-time stay-at-home mom. This was one of the best decisions we have ever made (I was very nervous about this transition since I am very much a people person, but I must say, I am loving every day of it, challenges and all:)…

I decided to take my love for design, décor and creativity and bring it into the kitchen, a way to express myself at home. This I must say is when cooking and baking became my passion, not a must because food needed to be set on the table. That and my desire to serve a great meal to a very hungry hubby after a long hot day were my motivations.

Oh my poor husband had to survive many of my unsuccessful attempts at a “creation” I thought would taste great. FAIL!. He was such a trooper, always found a way to compliment a new meal or dessert even when I know it didn’t deserve praise. Thanks to him and his encouragement I am a much better cook and absolutely love being in the kitchen. Love serving my family in such a beautiful way.

Raised in a family where Ukrainian and Russian meals were served, I picked up many recipes from my lovely mamma and older sister. My husband is from Uzbekistan, therefore, I have learned many recipes from my beautiful mother in law, Olga. She is such a great cook. Living in the USA and being surrounded by the different foods we have here, my kitchen has become quite universal. Thus, you will find many interesting recipes that I hope you will enjoy.

I am not quite ready to go back to work so after thinking long and hard how I can spend my quiet time, I decided; blogging. I hope my recipes, my ideas and our family’s journey becomes one that will be a blessing in your life and that of your family. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back and welcome to my insignificant, small corner of the world, Valentina’s Corner.