I’m pretty proud of Firstborn for submitting an essay into the Humane Society’s annual contest. Though her entry wasn’t selected as one of the winners, it’s [she’s] a winner in my eyes. With her blessing, the following is her essay, the 2018 prompt “I Can Be a Good Friend to Pets By….” I can be Read More →

In my What To Read Wednesday post all about tigers, I mentioned my family pet a baby tiger cub recently… but then it dawned on me I never shared the photos! The West Coast Game Park is a true Oregon treasure, though many locals have never even heard of the wildlife sanctuary that boasts an Read More →

This week’s What to Read Wednesday is all about tigers. It’s timely, as we recently wrapped zoology studies on Feliforms. We appreciate tigers as much as the next family, and especially enjoyed petting a tiger cub at the West Coast Game Park in Bandon, Oregon in the fall. Tiger Mom: A mother raising her children Read More →

I’ve been waiting all year for this installment of WTRW… We’re a bi-racial, adoptive, globally-minded family aiming to instill pride in our varied heritage. We incorporate traditions, customs, and celebrations from all corners of the earth into our family framework — Chinese culture certainly not the least of them. As proud mom to a handsome Read More →

One year ago today we were still hibernating from the cold Montana winter, still reeling from the loss of my grandmother, and bracing ourselves for the impending loss of Husband’s grandfather. We’d made a total of six trips west to Oregon in 2016 and my sister had three times come east. I was homesick and Read More →

Today, for this post-Christmas What To Read Wednesday, I’m sharing a small sampling of titles that my family exchanged as Christmas gifts. Perhaps we are Icelandic at heart?  In preparation for the upcoming film, we’re reading aloud A Wrinkle in Time, with it’s legendary opening line: It was a dark and stormy night… Husband found Read More →

Karen Carpenter was right, there’s no place like home for the holidays. This was our first Christmas back in our home state, after five years introverting in Montana. Even more notably, it was Little Man’s very first Christmas with extended family. Christmas caroling at a memory care unit with homeschool pals… Driving through a local Read More →