Meet the new [fur] kid!

Piper the bat ear dog

First of all, in case you missed the discussion on Instagram, WonderDog has a new name. In a crazy-weird coincidence, one of our adopted kids' real name was way too close to our dog's name. What are the odds of that!?!  Anyway, for the past year we tried to make it work but it finally became too doggone {pun intended!} confusing. So now, our … [Read more]

Bicycle fun for everyone!

family bicycle ride

I miss my bicycle. Mind you, I still have it and nothing at all is wrong with it. But around our neighborhood there's no way to go that doesn't include hills. Lots of them. So my bike and I don't spend as much time … [continue reading]

Homeschooling gives our family time

learning to play checkers

I've spent a lot of time thinking lately about how much harder it would be for us to keep and strengthen family bonds and deal with all the things life throws at us if the kids were in school. I know it's possible … [continue reading]

10 All-Time Favorite Books

10 favorite books

Tricia from Hodgepodge challenged me to share my ten favorite books of all time. So I'm doing it -- but really, how can anyone pick just ten? It's like walking into a room of good friends and having to pick only ten you … [continue reading]

Foster Adoption: one year later

foster adoption update

We spent Abby and Jim's adoption anniversary at the beach. We didn't plan it that way; it just happened to work out as the best timing for our family vacation. A year ago, at adoption finalization, I couldn't … [continue reading]

Family Vacation on the NC Coast

family vacation

Last time we went on a family vacation, it was to Tybee Island. This time, the crew was different: LacyDog stayed with my mom and her dog Mocha; Lindsey is living on her own; and of course we didn't even know about the … [continue reading]

13+ Books for Teens (and tweens)

books for teens

With a teen whose reading level has been in the high-school range way before she was a teen, it's been hard to find age-appropriate books that aren't ridiculously beneath her reading level and therefore, boring. When we … [continue reading]