I was born in Ukraine and have 10 siblings, five older and five younger. We immigrated to the US in 1989 for religious persecution.
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 for 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 seven children: Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Abigail, Elijah and Seraphima. I must agree when it says in Psalms “Children are a blessing from the Lord”.
All I have and all I’ve accomplished I credit to God and God alone!
I hope to live a life reflecting His goodness in me and my family. May He use me, my family and our BLOG (a small corner of the world) for His glory!
I have a degree in Residential Planning and Interior Design. Before becoming a stay-at-home mother, I ran a cleaning and decorating business. I was able to utilize my love for interior design and help people bring harmony to their homes.
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 as 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 add, is when cooking and baking became my passion, not a “must” because food needed to be set on the table.
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 knew it didn’t deserve praise. Thanks to his encouragement and constant praise, I am a much better cook and absolutely love being in the kitchen. I 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 into the workforce and 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 our small corner of the world, Valentina’s Corner.