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We consume a primarily Asian diet here in the White house, though contrary to popular belief it’s not because we have a Chinese son. Ironically, Little Man is the sole member of the household who has yet to master chopsticks. We love sushi. Pho is our phavorite. Bulgogi bibimbap, curries, and stir-fry are on regular rotation. When persistent eczema forced Little Man to give up Read More →


I’m just going to come right out and say it: This is the best book I’ve read all year. And I’ve read a lot of goodies. If you’ve been inspired by the prose of Francis Chan or David Platt, then Shannan Martin’s Falling Free is for you. In fact, if Ann Voskamp and Jen Hatmaker miraculously conceived a love-child, she would Read More →

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Laundry is finally caught up from our recent whirlwind road-trip to Oregon. Little Man had his annual visit with the team of cleft specialists in Portland, as well as a surgical revision of his lip. Like countless others from his native China, Little Man was born with cleft lip and palate. He had his first lip surgery as an infant ensuring he could sufficiently eat Read More →

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Mermaids, mermaids, mermaids… anyone who’s met her knows that Center Sister identifies as a mermaid. We find her mer-mania an adorable and innocent pursuit, and appreciate her active imagination. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” -Albert Einstein Now that she’s earning her own money alongside her sister, she’s become a veritable shop-a-holic, ever on the prowl for new mermaid swag. With fellow Mer-moms often inquiring Read More →

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We’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Oregon wherein Little Man underwent a surgical revision of his cleft lip (more on this here). Between the gambit of appointments with his team of skilled pediatric specialists, we squeezed in as many visits with loved ones as possible. Home now, we are physically and emotionally exhausted but basking in Read More →


It is possible to drive in snow without succumbing to an anxiety attack. Folks who don’t shovel their sidewalks are jerks. (my bad) There’s a right and wrong way to shovel snow, and I’m guilty of the latter. In winter one can be like Jesus and walk on water. Or even drive a vehicle atop it to ice-fish! A dry -5′ below is downright pleasant compared Read More →

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Meandering up a mountainside during a nature hike, recently, I pestered Husband, musing aloud at how differently the five in our fam relate to the outdoors. We likened ourselves to plants as a fun metaphor… I’m a full-sun plant… a Sunflower bending eager to follow the persisting rays of warmth as they shift across the sky, basking full-faced in the glow. Husband and Firstborn are both shade plants… Husband Read More →