Day 10 – For the Chef’s Kids (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

Dear Girls,

12 days of encouragement for the chefs familyI 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.  (more…)

Day 9 – This is Just a Season (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

We are in the midst of the Christmas “Season.”

 12 days of encouragement for the chefs familySeason.

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. (more…)

Day 8 – Don’t Compare Your Family to Others (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

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.)

12 days of encouragement for the chefs familyQuick 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.

Comparing ourselves to others will only make us frustrated and upset.  Really.  What good is it going to do you?  Social media makes it so easy to see what everyone is doing all the time!  (more…)

Day 7 – The Paycheck (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

Today, I encourage you to think about your chef’s paycheck.

Don’t laugh.  Really.  Think about it.

 12 days of encouragement for the chefs familyDon’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). (more…)

Day 6 – Remember Your Chef Misses You Too (12 Days of Encouragement for the Chef’s Family)

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. (more…)