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Ivan Yanev /Иван Янев/

I am from Bulgaria, a foreigner in the United States

I am not a professional woodworker.
At the moment, I have a regular job.
I am making wooden toys since 2011. Please check our Etsy account where we used to sell them, JIFamilyToys.
After my recent research I found that even the toymaking and the woodworking is not the main source of income for the richest people on the planet, with a little more knowledge, hard work, and an improvement of the equipment it can bring an income enough for the needs of a family.


I am from Bulgaria. My wife applied for me to come to the United States in 2005.

I am old, old, old.
My family is everything for me. If I have no family, I have no life.

My last name is Янев. There is no equivalent for the letter Я in the latin alphabet. Originally, after the end of the communism in Bulgaria in 1990, it was written with Ia. After 1994, the Bulgarian government changed it to Ya.

My ancestors lived a simple life. They had a garden and a small vineyard in the village where I grew up, a few domestic animals, 10-15 chickens, 5 sheeps, and they raised one pig every year. In 70s they had 4-5 beehives and all the equipment for extraction of honey. They sold the eggs and the wool from the sheep to buy other products. During the summer they preserved the food that they ate in the cold winter. Very small house with only a bedroom/living room, a kitchen, and a shower room. Both of my grandfathers were builders. They built many other houses.

Because I like computers, I studied computer network in Grossmont and Cuyamaca College from 2007 till 2010. I am thankful for what I learned. 
In college, I learned about plagiarism and the patent rights. From products that I know, I always go with the original, if it is still available.

My diploma in Computer Aided Drafting and Design from Cuyamaca College

I studied something else in Bulgaria before I came to the United States.

When I came to the United States, there was an old man in El Cajon area who was driving his truck on the freeways and giving free help to stopped with problems cars and trucks. I will do the same when I retire and maybe before that after I buy an AED and First Aid Kit. I really hope that no one will need my help.

My body - my own atom energy that gives electrical impulses to my heart to beat. If you disagree that something else makes the human heart beats, please send me a note. I want to learn.

I believe in the Bible.

This is not a teaching. This is for those who wonder why I am still walking in the United States. The 10 commandments and the 2 great commandments from the Bible. This is my track since the beginning of year 1994, because of my own endowment in the Temple or because of something else.

I also believe another book to be the word of God, too.

San Diego Seaside Scrollers

Lakeside Friends of the Library
All books at the bookstore are only $2 (or less) per book to be yours

I decided to make a little garden

Sunday, October 7, 2012

We are Jennifer and Ivan Yanev of J.I.Family Toys.  We created J.I.Family Toys in 2011 to provide safe and cute toys for children of all ages.  Ivan is a drafter and a mechanical engineer from Bulgaria that enjoys making simple wooden toys.  Jennifer, in addition to working in education, is the main investor, and the brains of the operation.  Our favorite phrase is "It's a small world after all".

We are thankful to God for new knowledge at Church and for possibilities to study and learn new things at schools and colleges that we can use at work.

We are thankful to you for visiting our site.

Friday, October 7, 2011

These are some 1½” cubes that Ivan made for an order he received.  The person who placed the order is using them at a paper crafting workshop. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jennifer Painting

Ivan is insisting that I post a picture of myself (Jennifer) painting the toys. He really is the talent in the company, but he wants everyone to know that I paint some of the toys.