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 […]


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 […]


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 […]