My Family

My husband and I, also have a big family of 3 boys and 7 (yep!… you heard it right!… seven) girls!

Who are all pretty picky eaters and have developed a taste for high standards and quality in food. We all attend a Β Russian/Ukrainian church. We strive to live our lives by the word of God. Our family is actively involved in church in all activities, events, youth and kids choirs.

Pictures below are posted during the month of September of 2015.

Nikodim, Angela, Elona - my family

Vadim, Ella, Ruvim - my family

Alina and Yanna - my family

Anita and Victoria - my family

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  1. wow didnt know your kids are homeschooled! i was thinking to maybe homeschool from preschool on… so much has changed in the schools over the last 15 yrs… being home not working all summer i dont know anymore if i can handle it… do you know of cheap music lessons? my 4yr old seemed interested in the violin at a kid event we went to recently… wish i never quite music back in fifth grade… was too shy then. Go Bless you

    • Thank you Katya! I know of couple of piano and violin teachers. Come up to me sometime. Its hard to home school, but its ever harder when kids go to school and take examples from kids you didn’t want them to be around. Kids seem to be more calm when they stay home. They are learning to do more of a home jobs like cooking, gardening, cleaning and babysitting, on top of the homework they have to keep up with each day. Hard work, but rewarding in the long run. πŸ™‚

  2. Valya,
    What type of material do you use, I have a 6-yr old whom I would like to homeschool. I really appreciate your time and wiliness to share.

    • I use Columbia Virtual Academy. It’s like public school, except its a home study. Kids do get regular public school high school diploma. I don’t know what area you live in, and if the school is available there. You can email me valyastasteofhome@mail.com or fill out a form under “contact us” on this blog, if you need more info. I’ll be happy to give all details. πŸ™‚

      • Valya, I didn’t know you homeschooled! Im currently using the Rod and staff curriculum. It has a strong Biblical approach (the reading for 2 grade is bible stories broken down for reading.) It’s a great opportunity to implant God’s words into their little hearts. This curriculum only goes up to a certain grade so do keep that in mind. May God bless your family!

        • Hi Alona! We homeschooled for many yeas. The past 2 years they have been attending Christian private school and we are thinking of homeschooling next year again. Can you tell me more about the program you’re using? Email the information to me under “Contact Us” on the blog. I’d really appreciate that.

  3. Poor Ange got left behind.. Nope, not her, turn this ship around! She’s got Niko, too. πŸ˜‰ Everyone looks beautiful and growing like flowers (not weeds – poorly worded quote..) right before our eyes. This is a special family, Gob bless you!

    • Thank you so much Nina for sweet words. We didn’t want to disturb Nikos nap time, so Angela stayed home babysitting. Shes like a second mom to him, stayed up late at night babysat so I could catch up on some sleep. So did Elona, Anita and Victoria took turns babysitting. Thank you girls!!! πŸ™‚

  4. Yes absolute pleasure of all kids growing up in big family. And the best part lots of love and care! I admire your pictures quality and the beauty in the pictures! You are an awesome mother and absolutely GREAT chef! God continue to Bless you dear!

  5. Your photos are so pretty πŸ™‚ I wish I could decorate cakes as good as you πŸ˜‰ Keep it up. God bless !

  6. Beautiful family you have, and I know its not easy but you’re a truly Blessed mother:) May God continue to Bless you and your lovely family.

  7. I cannot begin to express how thankful I am to have stumbled upon your site ( only about an hour ago). I am always searching Google for recipes (and a lot of other things I want to learn about) and there are plenty of blogs and websites out there with great recipes and information… But your words, your emphasis on God, family, and tradition, have lightened my heart and given me new hope and faith that humanity has not been completely lost. I’m sure that plenty of the blogs I have come across are written by beautiful people who do live for God but I have yet to come across any that are so wonderfully open about it. None that have given God the recognition and thanks for success in their lives. I absolutely love your honesty, your humbleness, your affection for people, real food, and preserving the past! Your genuine kindness and loving spirit is so refreshingly transparent in everything you write. I have never really felt inspired enough to take the time to leave comment on any site before (though I do read a few good ones regularly), but after reading yours I just felt a VERY strong need to let you know what an amazing child of God you are. I am inspired by you. Your family is beautiful, you are beautiful, and your values are beautiful!!! Thank you so very much for sharing a piece of yourself, your family, your history, and your mother’s recipes. Most of all, thank you for sharing your love, faith, and commitment to God our Father.

    • What a powerful comment that truly made my day! I’m so happy to hear that Google ranks my website higher and higher in the search engines each day and you were able to find my blog like that.
      Yes, I totally agree with you and sometimes feel the same. A good example in the Bible that gives me inspiration is when Ilijia said to God in 1 Kings 19:14 “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” God replied to Elijia in 1 King 19:18 “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel – all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and all whose mouths have not kissed him.” God has His reserved people in this degraded world that has lost its boundaries. So, stay strong, God is with you!
      Thank you kindly for your encouraging words! I’m glad you like my blog. The highest compliment my readers and followers can give is to spread the word about my blog with their loved ones and friends. God’s blessings to you Dorrinda! πŸ™‚