Gone.

As I write this, Hubby is on a plane, headed to his home country.* His uncle died on Friday. His father’s only brother, the one who never married, never had children of his own, who spoiled his nephews and their children instead. The one whose generosity, in part, allowed us to complete a second cycle […]

[scream]

Yeah, it’s been a while. Things are deceptively quiet around here, probably because my husband has been doing most of what needs to be done. Like submitting our visa applications online, now that his sponsorship has been approved. Except there’s a computer glitch. And even though we have an appointment for biometrics on Tuesday, we’re […]

If you’re considering taking your child to an international sporting event…

Don’t. Just don’t. Especially if it’s in a dome. Especially if it’s past her bedtime. Okay, fine. If you insist. But here are some handy tips based on our recent experience: DO use ear protection for both yourself and your child. Stadiums are loud, especially when the vast majority of the crowd is rooting for […]

Nebraska

I was born in a small town in southeast Nebraska and lived there until 3/4 of the way through the eighth grade. Two of my older sisters and both brothers live there, as well as three of my oldest sister’s kids, who are all in their 30s. When I was in grad school, I did […]

Wanted

You weren’t supposed to exist.  We willed you into being.  We also had a lot of help. And a lot of luck. After our first failed attempt, we couldn’t afford another round of IVF, and I thought we’d never get to try again.  But Aba’s family helped us–Saba and Dod T–because they wanted very much […]

Vanity and Virtue

My mother, your Grammy, was a model in her late teens and early twenties. This was in an era when models were not the slouchy, anorexic things they are now. She did some commercial stuff, mostly car shows, I think, and, unfortunately, there is no photographic evidence in existence today. She had the build for […]