Train Up A Child Challenge: MLK Day of Service

Our MLK Day of Service (and also our January project for our Train Up A Child challenge) was to spread some multicultural literacy love. This week, I'm participating in Multicultural Children's Book Day (check back tomorrow for our book review and kids' activities!). Inspired by what I've learned from sharing in that event, Yaya and I took to our local bookstore to pick up books about Martin Luther King, Jr. and multiculturalism to share. I explained to Yaya that we were going to … [Read more...]

Giveaway for THREE little j. Headbands.

You guys. I am SO excited. Remember last week when I shared these awesome crocheted headbands from little j. on my post about my favorite things? Well the creators of these beautiful accessories contacted me about doing a GIVEAWAY for blog readers. And not a little one either. You can enter to win a giveaway for THREE crocheted headbands (in colors of your choice) -- a $60 value -- plus free shipping using my Rafflecopter link at the bottom of this page. The giveaway will last for one … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things: January Edition.

Here's some things I'm loving right now.... little j. headbands So my mom is visiting right now, and came with a bag of these darling headbands she purchased in Utah. She had bought one for Yaya and for me as a gift, and picked up three other colors to have on hand as gifts. I promptly bought the "gifts" from her because I am so in love with them and needed one to match every possible outfit. I am a fan of anything that allows me to pin up my curly hair without having to actually "do" it -- … [Read more...]

Taking Your Child to the Symphony: Getting the Most Out of the Experience.

Followers of this blog know that I am a piano teacher, and imparting a love of music to my kids is something I am very passionate about. When I shared ideas for introducing your child to classical music back in August, one of my suggestions was to actually attend symphony performances with your little ones. Our small, arts-loving town has been blessed with an incredible symphony orchestra that offers annual free family concerts. This year will probably be a much different experience with the … [Read more...]

In Defense of Santa.

The whole "Santa" thing is me. I see lots of Facebook posts during the month of December criticizing Santa, preaching against him as the one who takes away from the real meaning of Christmas. I know some families who just aren't comfortable lying to their kids about the whole business. I know some families who don't want to deal with the "let-down" that comes when the kids find out he isn't real. I've joked on the blog about how I am the "heathen-pastor's wife" … [Read more...]

It’s Hard.

I feel like we're at a stand still. Baby Boy has been legally ours for a month, and we sitll don't have the documents in hand needed to take the next step. I think sometimes the frustration and heartache leave me torn between wanting to talk about adoption all the time, and not wanting to talk about it at all. It sort of makes me want to hole up until he's home -- only leaving the house for my Thursday morning coffee with other adoptive moms. It's just hard to be and feel normal because being … [Read more...]


Our week as the Give1Save family has officially ended. And what a week it has been. It started off with our adoption being completed in DRC (we are waiting on some documents from the courts so we can file i600), and ended yesterday on the day that Baby Boy turns five months old/Orphan Sunday. Every time we opened our e-mail and saw the donations coming through we felt overwhelmed with gratitude. We watched as contributions came in from complete strangers, close friends in the middle of … [Read more...]