Work, Life, and First Birthday

We’ve been taking advantage of every nice bit of weather we can. Most days are pretty cold, wet and dreary so that occasional ray of sunshine is something to celebrate. Getting out into nature is also just good for the soul (it’s been scientifically proven!) and people who spend more time outdoors are healthier and happier.

Our family took a walk on the green belt (miles of scenic, paved walking paths along the Boise river). When it’s warmer we bike this path. I wanted to share some sweet pictures from the day with you all. I hadn’t planned to, but I realized that I really haven’t shared anything personal in awhile.

To be honest, personal posts are my favorite posts to write and re-read. Yesterday I was reading our Maui post and feeling so glad that I wrote it :). I love happy memories. 

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Confused? My husband’s Photoshop skeeels 🙂

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Work Life:

There are some things that I miss about working as a nurse (mostly the social aspects – we’re always itching to get out and do something because we’re always home), but I wouldn’t change anything about my work as a full time blogger. I love that I can see my daughter emptying the contents of a kitchen drawer as I type this.

I’ll admit full time blogging is hard work and it’s not all roses and sunshine (as my late boss said, “even a rose has thorns”), but every day I want to pinch myself to see if I’m dreaming. I’m so immensely thankful for this career that my husband and I pour our hearts into. Working together and being around our children is something that we treasure daily.

I think back to working 12 hour shifts. With the commute and everything that entails, I’d be away from home up to 14 hours for 3 days straight. That’s tough! I remember feeling sad about being away from my family. If you’re working toward your dream right now, whatever that may be, and what you’re doing at the moment isn’t exactly your dream job, hang in there, be thankful and have faith. Start speaking your dream into being.

The world refers to this as “self fulfilling prophecy” which is hodgepodge. It works because it’s a biblical principle. I can testify to this. Years ago, long before we dreamed up this blog, I knew in my heart that I wanted to have a family business where I could partner with my husband, where we would dictate our own schedule, and would be blessed in it.

I made a little sign, put it in a picture frame and set it on our shared desk at home. It said, “soon God will bless us with our own business. Vadim would sit here (and I drew an arrow to his chair) and Natasha will sit there (I drew another arrow) and we kept that on our desk for years. I recently found the sign while cleaning out our office closet in preparation for moving. You bet I was smiling big when I saw it. I ran to my husband to remind him and we both laughed as we realized that it came to pass and in a way that was much greater and more blessed than we could have hoped or imagined.

First Birthday:

Our baby girl turned 1 on Sunday. She brings so much richness and joy into all of our lives. My son adores her and I’m so immensely thankful that he has a sibling to teach, love, entertain and make her laugh. We give thanks for them both. Having these two might mean putting a future cookbook or any other big projects on hold for now, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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This was her pretty and delicious birthday cake. It turned out so good and everyone loved it. I’ll be sharing the recipe with you soon :).

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This little lady is taking a few steps at a time now. She’s close to walking! It’s all happening so fast!

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Thanks for reading and sharing in our joy :). I’ll share an update on our moving adventure soon. I’m excited to see what God has in store for us once we sell our home.

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  • Natalia
    April 3, 2016

    Natasha thank you for sharing the beautiful post. I found myself in every word you said. Love love cooking something new every week from your blog and always is a success! Hugs from Alabama and good luck in everything you do! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2016

      I’m so happy you enjoyed reading this post. Thank you so much for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Angela
    March 26, 2016

    Thank you for this message. I’ve been wanting to follow my dream of having a fitness blog but for some reason I have been afraid. You inspired me today to get started 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 26, 2016

      Your comment means so much to me. Truly! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Lucy
    March 25, 2016

    What a lovely family. I like your photos, thanks for sharing them with us! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 25, 2016

      Thank you Lucy for the compliment, have a great Easter! Reply

  • March 22, 2016

    This is what I needed to hear! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 22, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thanks Izzah 🙂 Reply

  • Mary
    March 20, 2016

    What a beautiful family…..love the photos. God has blessed you in so many ways. Thank you for sharing your life. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 20, 2016

      Thank you so much Mary! You’re so nice 🙂 Reply

  • Tzivia
    March 19, 2016

    Awwww beautiful pix both of your kids got so big is your baby walking yet are you still gonna live in Idaho good luck with the move gurl what a very beautiful family Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 19, 2016

      Thank you and she is starting to take steps – the furthest she has gone is halfway across the room and ofcourse everyone is always cheering for her 🙂 which she loves! We are staying in Idaho. We love it here 🙂 Reply

      • Tzivia
        March 20, 2016

        Your very welcome Natasha sweetheart oh really awwww how cute and such big little accomplishments that your baby girl is learning to walk in small steps wow good for her a little goes a long way yea Idaho is so nice from what I heard cool that’s awesome still all the best cheers Reply

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