Strike up the polka band and dust off your drindle– recent revelry at the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest filled my multi-cultural-loving heart to capacity as the girls and I posed as Rhinelanders for an afternoon… I’d love nothing more than to hop on a jet-plane and travel the world whenever the mood strikes, but in the Read More →

School’s in session, the rain’s finally arrived, and today’s the autumn equinox. Break out your boots and the pumpkin spice, ’cause it’s fall y’all! “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” -JK Rowling, Deathly Hallows It’s also National Hobbit Day, which delights Read More →

I’ve been loving the geographically themed What to Read Wednesdays of late… It should come at no surprise that this adoptive mama is aiming to raise globally minded kiddos. (see also: France, Africa, Mexico) As an aside, here’s what I’ve been reading myself lately: Give Your Child the World by Jamie C. Martin and At Home in the World Read More →

This week’s What to Read Wednesday is highlighting children’s books from another geographical region of our incredible planet… Africa! As of press time, I’ve only visited three of the fifty-four countries that make up the great continent of Africa. Even my modest sampling (Burkina-Faso, Mali, & Morocco) forever emblazoned my heart– the cultures, varied and vibrant, are far richer than preconceived stereotypes. Read More →

I’m blogging through the homeschool alphabet with Hopkins Homeschool & A Net in Time. This week we’re on the letter N, so when I stumbled upon this article on the “10 Signs You’ve Found the Holy Grail of Neighbors” it resonated deeply and revealed that, in our homeschool, N is clearly for Neighbors! “In order to have good neighbors, we must also be Read More →

I’m blogging through the alphabet with A Net in Time and Hopkins Homeschool. This week we’re on the letter H. In our homeschool, H is for 4-H. A homeschool mom can easily blow the budget signing her kiddos up for all of the wonderful activities that exist these days. It’s a great problem, really. I live in Read More →

November is “National Adoption Month”, yesterday “Orphan Sunday.” With the aim of spurring additional families to answer the call of the orphan, I figured I’d jump aboard the advocating bandwagon by sharing a highlight reel of sorts here on the blog: Adoption 101. Adoption Cliff’s Notes. Adoption in a Nutshell. Four years ago this month, Husband and I began our international adoption journey Read More →