Family

What Has Surprised Me About My 2nd Pregnancy

What Has Surprised Me About My 2nd Pregnancy

When I made the announcement about my second pregnancy in February this year, I was overwhelmed with the great feedback and encouragement I received from you all. Over the past five months I have experienced a lot of change in terms of our financial plans, […]

Dating, Marriage, Income & Background – Why They All Matter

Dating, Marriage, Income & Background – Why They All Matter

Itching to move out I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this on my blog, but I have a little sister. She’s 24 years old and currently lives in Vietnam. Recently, her company asked her if she wanted to be transferred to their office in Malaysia. […]

Are House Repairs Bad For Marriage?

Are House Repairs Bad For Marriage?

Mr. FAF and I argue pretty much every time something needs to be repaired at our house. It’s hard to pinpoint the one reason that that’s the case. When Mr. FAF and I lived in different cities, I handled all of our hour repairs. After […]

How Our Lives Have Changed After My Mother-in-law Left

How Our Lives Have Changed After My Mother-in-law Left

It’s official. My mother-in-law left (MIL) for China in early June after staying with us for a year. We are deeply grateful for all of her help. No one else (except for my mom) would do what she did for us. However, as I’m sure […]

The Pros & Cons Of Our Intercultural Marriage

The Pros & Cons Of Our Intercultural Marriage

As you can tell from the title, today I will talk about the pros and cons of my intercultural marriage to Mr. FAF. Intercultural marriage is defined in this post as a marriage between two people from two different cultures. I was born and raised […]

Time To Freak Out: My Mom Can’t Help Us With Our 2nd Baby

Time To Freak Out: My Mom Can’t Help Us With Our 2nd Baby

You read the title right. My mom is not coming to DC to help us with our second baby. Her US visa application was rejected. And the interviewer at the US consulate in Vietnam didn’t tell her why. Earlier this year, I announced our second […]

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

Hubby Decided To Travel Alone. And This Is What Happened.

After writing the What To Do When Your Spouse Wants To Travel Alone post, I got so many comments from you all saying that it’s normal for Mr. FAF to want to travel by himself. Some also expressed their confusion as to why I was […]

What’s It Like Being Married To A Software Engineer?

What’s It Like Being Married To A Software Engineer?

We all love our spouses for who they are regardless of their job title (for the most part). However, if your spouse is in a certain profession, over time you might notice certain traits and behavior that are peculiar to their occupation. Mr. FAF and […]

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

How We Celebrated Our Son’s Birthday For $57

Our son just turned three years old. Time flies! I still remember the first night we brought him back from the hospital. It was 1 AM, and he was wide awake looking around the room, probably wondering where he was. Our son celebrated his first […]

The Financial Implications of Having A Baby While In Grad School

The Financial Implications of Having A Baby While In Grad School

When I announced my second pregnancy and our five financial plans earlier this year, I was overwhelmed with the positive feedback from you all. Many of you complimented us on our careful planning for the second baby and said that we would be great parents. […]

Do You Trust Your Spouse 100% With Money & Other Aspects In Life? I Don’t.

Do You Trust Your Spouse 100% With Money & Other Aspects In Life? I Don’t.

The title of this post might seem shocking to you. But I just couldn’t find any more fitting title to summarize the main idea of this post. And most importantly, the title truly reflects what I think about my husband: Mr. FAF. You might be […]

The Benefits & Challenges Of Raising Multilingual Children

The Benefits & Challenges Of Raising Multilingual Children

Whenever I tell my friends and colleagues that I am Vietnamese while Mr. FAF is Chinese, I always get the same question from them: “What languages will you teach your kids?” I always give them the most ideal answer: all three languages (English, Chinese Mandarin, […]