Our little trio is growing up. Four years since the picture in our banner was taken, the kids […]

Chúc mừng năm mới!

We celebrated another lunar new year with friends and lots of food. Lots of good Vietnamese food. • […]

Moving is difficult

Even when it’s just moving blog posts, it seems to be taking forever. Plus it looks like I […]

Facing an Empty Nest

A month ago, or so, I emailed Rachel and Dr. Leah over at Singlemommyhood with an article suggestion. […]

Celebrating Solstice

Every year the kids’ school spends the week before Winter Break in a flurry of activities that culminate […]

Gratitude from A-Z

Apples on sale for 68 cents a pound Bun Cha Hanoi, especially in Hanoi Children who run to […]

Some 18-year-olds get cars

There are a lot of things a kid can miss out when they’ve only got one parent, but what my kids have missed the most wasn’t someone to play baseball with or someone to teach them how to shave or draw or make music. What my kids really missed out on was that second income.

Instead of being able to buy a car or even a bicycle for my son’s 18th birthday, I finished the quilt I’d started for him back in his younger years.

Stuart taught his sister how to swim.

It started the summer I had pneumonia; the summer I spent poolside, watching the kids play while I laid there wishing I had health insurance. It was a pretty miserable summer, with being so sick and the ensuing lack of income. They turned off our electricity for two weeks while I struggled to sell enough books and clothes to pay the bill. But I had a fabric stash and with his help, my son Stuart and I chose fabric to make him a quilt.