Potty Training The Boy

We all know that all this….. Leads to some pooping! While you (or your wife was) were pregnant with a boy you may have come across at least one person who said: “Yeah…potty training boys is hard!”, or: “be ready to be peed on at every diaper change” or something along those lines. You may…

Reunited in Tanzania

This past June, I packed my husband and two younger kids and shipped us all off to Tanzania. I’m joking. They actually had a choice to come. Well, my husband did (smile).     Tanzania is my birth country and although I have lived elsewhere, I still call it my home. The last time I was there was…

Female Genital Mutilation

Did you know that female genital mutilation (FGM) is reported to have been practiced in the US as recently as 2010? The United States of America is many things, good and bad, but I held the belief that the majority of the people who want to live in the US of A, are people who…

Ma’Hood: A Mother’s Story of Maternal Care

For the next two weeks a little organization named CleanBirth.org is making a huge difference in the lives of many people. In fact, it isn’t only now that it’s doing so. CleanBirth.org raises funds throughout the year to ensure that many pregnant women in Laos can have safe births through the use of clean-birth kits and properly…

I Love the Whole Pound of You

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is one of those places that are completely surreal to me. My son had to be in ICU for six days, and it was the first time I had been in this angel-filled part of a hospital. I saw signs showing how long a little…tiny little baby had been in…

My Son’s Miracle Heart

     It is the day before getting discharged from the hospital where my son was born. A RN nurse comes in, checks my boy with a sthetoscope, and says she hears a heart murmur. A doctor comes and dismisses it as a breathing pattern. Another RN comes, listens to my baby boy’s heart and says…

I LOVE FOOD! Food journey in Tanzania (Part III)

I have done it! I am now hungry. Thinking of all these foods and reminiscing the decadent tastes of them all has really made my stomach rumble! The last blog took us through foods we ate in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, but mostly in Zanzibar. In retrospect I could have divided these foods per…

Ngorongoro Zebra Crossing (Part Two)

What could it be??? Aahhhh… It’s a bunch of these animals! OK, OK, Juuust kidding! It was cheetahs!! They were gorgeous! They walked right through the many trucks from one side of the road to the other! They were hunting. Our driver got word of a lion sighting, which wasn’t always easy to get, so…

Ngorongoro Zebra Crossing (Part One)

In 2010 my then 8 year old daughter and I went home to Tanzania. Besides wanting to meet more of her family, see a new place…my birth place, and trying new foods and desserts, she really wanted to go on a safari. Well, technically speaking, traveling to Tanzania was already a safari, but I knew…

Arusha National Park

Arusha National Park was undoubtedly different than Ngorongoro Crater. It was closer to Arusha, I didn’t have to prove I was born in Tanzania (as I had at the Ngorongoro rangers’ house), and this park’s residents were different. Here, we saw a dik-dik making his way from the road to a safer place. We saw…