We Made it ‘Til January 2nd!

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we made it til january 2ndIf you are married to or dating a chef, you know what I mean.  It’s not that we don’t like the holidays, it’s just that we don’t see our chefs much or at all during the month of December.  So once January 2nd comes around, we are pretty excited!!  Things “should” slow down a bit in the restaurant, our chefs will be home trying to catch up on sleep and family time and we can all breathe a sigh of relief!

(Although January 2nd falling on a weekend might mess that up for us this year.)

Whatever the case, I’m ready for the new year.

Now looking ahead to Valentine’s Day . . . just kidding.

We survived the Christmas season as the family of a chef, although it was a very different month for us.  Things have really changed in my chef/husband’s career and while the hours were still really long, he was off 3 weekends and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  That has NEVER happened.  The days he was working, his to do list was very long, but it actually didn’t have anything to do with the Christmas season.  So it was a different season for us.  Good, but different (and not what I had expected at all!!)

With that being said, I have absolutely no idea what the new year will bring.  What I’ve come to know as the wife of chef is changing by the day.  While I’m excited about these changes, there’s a small part of me that is anxious as well.  I’m not a big fan of the “unknown,” but we’ll just take one day at a time and trust in God’s plan for our family.

It was nice to take a few weeks off from the blog and social media.  Even though I wasn’t posting, I loved connecting with other chef wives and girlfriends through email and was busy working on my new ebook which I’ll be giving out to all my email subscribers soon!  (I’m so excited about this project and had some great conversations with my husband about it the other day!  I can’t wait to share it with you!!)  I’ve also been busy learning the ins and outs of Pinterest.  If you have any chef, restaurant or food related boards you think I’d be interested in, please let me know so I can follow them!

How did your chef family survive the Christmas season?

From one chef’s wife to another,




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  1. Shelbey

    I was happy to celebrate with you! Last year I had two other chef’s wives to celebrate this with that had different situations this year. I remember saying “We made it through the holidays!!” to them. I giggled when I saw the title of your post. I am thankful to have another wife this year to be grateful with…even if it is over a blog. 🙂
    Cheers to January!

    • Jennifer

      🙂 Maybe I should think about scheduling an online party of some sort for this date next year!

  2. Julie

    You know I’m not married to a chef, but I identify with you on a lot of the time issues with your husband’s busy job! I think you handle the demands very well and inspire other wives of chefs to have a good perspective.

    • Jennifer

      Thanks Julie. Some days I think I’ve got it and other days, I feel like a chicken running around with her head cut off! 🙂

  3. Diana Knieriemen

    Hi Jennifer, I came back to you website to see if you did in fact remember who I am. Well, I am not very good at finding my way around websites. You do a beautiful job of keeping this up. What a talented lady. I found my comment where I wanted to see a picture of the girls. I told you I found a picture and loved it. You responded saying you were going to help me with that but found I had figured it out OK. Anyway I cannot find my original post to see your answer. You are in our prayers. diana

    • Jennifer

      Lol. 🙂 I will email you so we can communicate that way! 🙂


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