Celebrating 2019, and 20 Years in California:

 A few people we hold dear! 


On January 1, 2000, Jim and I rolled out of bed to discover that Y2K had not induced mass world calamity, and that we could indeed move ourselves and our cat…

Bringing Harmony in 2018

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” 
~Eva Burrows 


Jim - As a Civil Engineer, he is our cement expert who keeps…

Branching Out in 2017

“Families are like branches on a tree,
we grow in different directions,
yet our roots remain the same.” 

Our little branches are sprouting up and surprising us daily with their originality, strength, and kindness. 


When your body feels like a prison

The answer is gratitude! 

I have a story to share instead of a secret to hide. Most of my life I have spent pretending that I do not have chronic pain and that I am not sick. Sometimes my acting…

Fabulous Four

Our family of four is spending our fourth Christmas in Orange County! When you’ve moved 15 times in your life, four Christmases in one location is cause for celebration! 

Here are four reasons we are celebrating this year…

7 Steps to proper singing for children

Frequently, I am asked when children should begin voice lessons. Most voice teachers will not teach a child until they are at least 12 years old. I do teach younger students, but I do not work on true vocal technique…

5 Reasons We’re Grateful for 2015

1. We bought our townhouse! 
You can finally write our address in pen instead of pencil, we think. After moving 8 times since relocating to California in 2000, we were able to purchase our townhouse that we had rented…

8 Ways to Get Your Kid to Practice

And make them think it's their idea.

1. Play more, practice less

Albert Einstein said "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” There is a difference between skill and talent. Musical skills can be obtained by nearly…

Love is:

1. Snuggling and sharing your valentine candy with your sister, even though you don't always get along

2.   not about me.
3.   a choice.
4.   working for something or someone outside of yourself.
5.   getting out of a bed flooded…

10 blessings of 2013

1.  We moved again.  
This is our eighth location since moving to California in 2000, so moving may not sound like a blessing, but it is.   We are ecstatic that Jim has a job he enjoys and that we get…

Beautifully Imperfect

This post is about my real life. Recently my dear husband pointed out that I only post pictures of the beautiful things in my life and how that is not very realistic. He is right. I prefer to focus on…

Merry and Bright

  Jameson is 4 and a half years old, and yes that half year is very important. He continues his studies in Mandarin at Yak Academy three days a week while I home-school his English portion of preschool. Jamesons…