To conclude this series, today let’s think about all the customers that are going into the restaurants our chefs are working in.
For me, I picture a large fine dining restaurant, where people are dressed up, ready to meet family and friends to celebrate Christmas or just to enjoy a nice meal in the midst of all the hussle and bussle.
(Although I have to be honest. I am at the point where I have to ask my husband what restaurant he’s going to be at each day, because of transitioning into a new position at work. But for the holidays, I picture him at my favorite one!)
While I might be out and about doing things with the kids (because remember, I refuse to sit and home and be lonely and miserable this time of year), someone is enjoying my chef/husband’s cooking. read more…
At one point or another, we’ve all felt very alone being married to or dating a chef. I say it all the time, but just in case you missed it . . . YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
The whole reason I write this blog is to connect with other chef families and so that we don’t feel so alone.
I remember when I told my chef/husband that I was thinking about starting this blog, I had no idea there were already a few other brave chef wives who had done the same.
There are two other blogs I want to make sure you’ve heard about. Neither of them are currently writing on the blog, but they are still full of great posts that might be helpful. read more…
I know Christmas time is your favorite time of year. I love to see your excitement as we drive down the street and see Christmas lights. I love how you take the time to write a list of things you’d like to get your sisters and friends for Christmas. I love talking with you each morning at the breakfast table during our morning devotions as we talk about the birth of Jesus. You are all growing up so fast and Daddy and I are so proud of you.
In the midst of all the excitement, I know there are also times of sadness. You see me tear up when something reminds me of my Mom and rush to give me hugs. We also miss Daddy a lot this time of year as work is so busy. (Don’t forget he misses us too.) I know we talk about it a lot, but I don’t want you to ever forget that he is working hard to provide for us. read more…
We are in the midst of the Christmas “Season.”
It’s just part of the year.
It’s not forever, even though it might feel like it when you are completely worn out and haven’t see your chef in what seems like an eternity!
We will see our chefs again soon. Really, we will!
Think ahead to January which is “usually” much slower at the restaurant.
I don’t want to rush Christmas, but remember, this time of even crazier than normal chef hours is just for a season.
January 2nd is coming……… 🙂
Hang in there. I’m here with you. read more…
One of the things I’ve always struggled with being married to a chef, is not comparing our relationship or our family to others, especially to those who have a more traditional work schedule (home in the evenings and on weekends.)
Quick tangent on that . . . is there really a job that is 9-5 (or somewhere close) any more? Out of all my friends, I only have a handful whose husbands work a traditional schedule like that. All the others are working one or more jobs with different hours, just like my chef/husband. (Although maybe not quite as many hours.) OK, tangent over.
Today, I encourage you to think about your chef’s paycheck.
Don’t laugh. Really. Think about it.
Don’t think about it and get frustrated about how much he makes or get angry that a server walked out the door last night making more than the Executive Chef.
Be thankful that there is a paycheck.
I know many people who are out of jobs and have been struggling to find one for quite some time.
Even though the hours stink (especially in December), it’s a job that they enjoy, and it provides in some way for your family.
I might not be too thrilled with my chef/husband’s job this month because of the longer hours, but if he was without that job, we’d be living in a tent in my in-laws backyard because we had no money.
So stinky holiday hours or not, I’m thankful for his job and paycheck (and our nice warm house). read more…
I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a pretty selfish person. Many times I get wrapped up in what I’m thinking about or struggling with, that I forget to listen and look at what’s going on around me.
A perfect example of this is the Christmas season and my chef/husband.
So often I start to feel sorry for myself or for the girls because of the hours Tom is working at the restaurant, that I forget to think about him.
Well, I think about him and how I wish he could be around more, but I forget that he wishes he could be around more too.
I forget that he misses us as much as we miss him. read more…