Friday Favorites

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ah, this week has been so hard. The new administration has already signed executive decisions that threaten the well-being of so many on so many topics, from healthcare to refugees (refugees! On Holocaust Remembrance Day!) to women's reproductive rights. I hope this weekend offers comfort, laughter, and gathering around food with good friends.

So what is it like to be a refugee? PBS finds out.

A good commentary on the way White Feminists needs to consider others before themselves.

Speaking of - this made my heart happy.

I just finished this book. While I found it pretty basic, it offered some good pointers to be a more patient parent.

Number 1 on my travel bucket list!

I"m going to make one of these soon.

This made me laugh (and this applies to all short term missions!)

Comfort food, anyone?


3 Tips to Help Older Children Learn a Second Language

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


When Joe and I started to talk about having a child, one thing was absolutely clear to me: I wanted to have bi-cultural children -children who would not only speak French but who would also claim French as their dual nationality and culture.

Friday Favorites: Tribute to the Obamas

Friday, January 20, 2017


Today is a sad day, friends. I do not have the words to express my dismay at and profound sorrow for the end of an era and the beginning of a dreaded new one. So I will leave you with these, hoping you have a restful and healing weekend:

Ellen's tribute to Obama. It made me cry laughing, then made me cry -period.

My President Was Black.

Obama's secret to surviving the White House: Books! Can we love him more? I think not.

To the First Lady. Ah Michelle. We will miss you.

As one working on education for the world's most vulnerable, I'd be remiss not to mention Michelle Obama's excellent initiative: Let Girls Learn.

The Obama Years. A moving video.

122 of the best photos taken by the WH photographer, Pete Souza.

These always make me laugh. The best Joe Biden memes.

Why I March

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


I have always been an armchair activist but this year I want to become an true ally - a woman who walks the talk. It all starts this Saturday with the Women’s March. I will be marching in Orange County with many men and women who want to ensure that the rights of women are valued and upheld in the new administration.

Have a healthy weekend!

Friday, January 13, 2017


This weekend I am taking it easy. I've come down with the stomach flu and need to rest. I'm a baby when i'm sick and I'm solo parenting until tomorrow morning. I hope you have a healthy and restful weekend! Here are a few articles I've enjoyed lately:

The full transcript from Barack Obama's last speech. I did cry. All the tears.

This inspired me to change the way I talked to the boys -I do a lot of "careful" and "great job!"

Speaking of parenting, this quick devotional also inspired me to be use the phrase "everyone makes mistakes" more often.

I love podcasts but have not listened to audio books for a long time. Maybe this list will make me start again?

I love Rachel Held Evans and her latest blog post was really touching.

Have you tried a wardrobe capsule? I'm interested in the concept, though I don't own that many pieces!

Current TV binge. Current read.

Friday Favorites

Friday, January 6, 2017


I hope you enjoy a good and relaxing weekend! It's raining here but I'm hoping we'll have plenty of things to do nonetheless (the rest of the country slowly rolls its eyes at this complaint coming from Southern California).

My idea of a perfect dinner.

Trying to have more of these books in my boys' library.

Censored and haunting photos of US concentration camps during WWII.

Mind-boggling account of a journalist's 4 months as a guard in a corporate prison.

You don't have to go abroad to be an aid worker.

We're starting this money challenge so as not to be "surprised" when December comes around... again!

Can I like this woman even more?

One of my new favorite podcasts (and here is the list of my favorite podcasts of 2016 if you're interested).






6 New Traditions For 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017


I love new beginnings! I love hearing about people starting a new career, moving to a new city, or planning something new. That's why I love the new year. It's corny but it's so inspiring to have a new vision and write down plans to achieve the goals I’ve set forth. This year I want to build solid foundations for our family, so here are the 6 new traditions I want us to start: