Who I am
Hi! I am Kiki, the author here in this space. I am an ordinary girl loved by extraordinary GodI was born and raised in Indonesia before I moved to the U.S. for college. During that time, I met Chris, a wonderful man whom I dearly love and respect. 

Two years into our marriage, we started praying for a child.  God granted our prayers 4 years later with a curious, kind, and adventure lover Max and 2 years and 8 months later with an energetic, helpful, and strong-willed Wes.

I love orchids, pretty fabric, learning new things, keeping my sewing machine humming, reading good books, zipping good coffee, and spending time with family and friends. I list more of my favorite things here.

Why I blog
I used to send e-mails to my friends to share what God is teaching me through the Bible, book, experience, other people, and so on. One of them suggested me to write a blog. Thus this blog came about. My hope and prayer is that you will be blessed and encouraged in your journey. 

Why "Choosing to Cherish"
This blog used to be a family blog, where I journal my thoughts and our family stories. 
After the birth of my second son, I had anemia followed by postpartum blues. I continued to blog as way to fight it by recording gifts, precious moments, and lessons I learned. I then changed the blog name to "Choosing to Cherish" to remind myself to cherish the things that really matter. 

What you would find here
- Our daily life and what make us laugh
Faith and Inspiration: what God is teaching us through His Words, prayers, others, and experience.
Recipe: Cooking and baking is definitely not my forte but God has been working on me and showing me how I can bless my family and others through this. 
Works For Us: Tips and Tricks we found to be useful
- Traveling: my husband loves to travel, while it took me a while to fall in love with it
- Sewing Projects: I started sewing when I was 6 months pregnant with my second one and have been hooked ever since. 
- And miscellany subjects I like: Personal Finance,  Parenting, Marriage, good books, and learning new things that make my life more productive, and fruitful. 

Disclosure Policy
Choosing to Cherish is a personal blog written by me. All content and images posted on this blog belong to me. You may not republish posts, my words or photos without permission.

Some of the links in this blog are affiliate links, which means if you click on the links and purchase the item, I will receive tiny percentage as commission. Regardless, I always give my honest opinion and only recommend products of services I use personally and like. I am disclosing this this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Thank you for reading and visiting. I love to hear and get to know you too. 
You can find me on Google+, Instagram, Pinterest or e-mail me at: kiki.rustam [at] gmail [dot] com. 

Wesley's 3rd-4th Year:

Wesley's 2nd Year:

Christmas 2012:

Max's 4th Year:

Note: We bought the personalized CD here

Max's 3rd Year:

Our Family - March 2011

Max's 2nd Year:

Our Family - December 2009

Max's 1st Year: