Wednesday, November 13, 2013

I Like Bunnies and Ostriches and Online Shopping

Several years ago, I was teaching Julia to write a paragraph where every sentence supported the topic sentence. To learn what it meant to write on topic, we did a little exercise.

Which sentence does not support the topic?

Topic: Spring

Spring is my favorite season.

The weather begins to get warmer.

Leaves appear on the trees.

Flowers start to bloom.

I like bunnies and ostriches.

It always made Julia laugh, and to this day, "I like bunnies and ostriches," is our code for random, off-topic comments.

Recently, Julia remarked that Stitch Fix is the "bunnies and ostriches" part of this blog.

In other words, what in the world does my trying on new clothes and having Julia take my picture have to do with anything?

I'm not sure, but my Stitch Fix posts are the most visited pages here at Death by Great Wall. Go figure.

And then, this November every time I sit down to write, I find myself wanting to share about shopping online. Stitch Fix was just the beginning. Then, I threw in a link for $20 off at Yesterday, I was raving about ThredUp. And honestly, there are still a couple of other deals I'm dying to share with you.

I'm supposed to be writing about older child adoption and family life.

And here I am. . . writing about bunnies and ostriches.

But the thing is, this is the time of year where shopping (which for me usually means shopping online) becomes a huge part of my family life. We're going to Alabama for Thanksgiving, and of course, every one of my kids has grown since last year. We wear flip-flops and shorts year round  in my neck of the woods, and all of the sudden all four kids need long pants and long sleeves and COATS. Yikes. Suddenly, saving money online becomes very on-topic for me.

And then there's Christmas. With four kids. You get the point.

So bear with me for the next few days, as I share another review or two and some of my favorite online shopping tips.

I promise to keep the older child adoption discussion going because I know that's why a lot of you are here.

But some days. . . it's just bunnies and ostriches. . . That's all I've got.

Ni Hao Yall


  1. Your bunnies and ostriches make me laugh too!
    Thank you for posting this. Yes, I admit wondering what shopping has to do with adoption and family. But you write interesting and entertaining posts and it's good to remind everyone, yourself, readers, etc., that adoption is not One's Entire Life, but an event (albeit a very important Event) in One's Life. Adoption doesn't define everything, but is part of the everything. Everything... which also includes ostriches and bunnies.

    Best wishes,

    1. Thanks for the encouragement. Yes, shopping is part of my family life. More than I'd like to admit!

  2. Totally fine by me! I can't write about one topic repeatedly for the life of me, so you're doing better than many of us out here!

  3. It's your blog and you can talk about anything you want. People like when you get more personal and I think that is one reason the post are popular besides the fact that every woman likes fashsion.

  4. That is so cute : ). Bunnies and ostriches. I can see how bunnies go along with spring, but not ostriches. Your daughter is adorable. What a sweet girl.

  5. I actually found your blog while looking up Stitch Fix reviews via google. I loved your reviews, and then I discovered I loved your blog. I am a mom to 3 little boys and while I'm not adopting in the near future, I find your posts beautiful and relevant for anyone trying to better their parenting. I also have family members thinking of adoption, so I'm storing away a lot of what I've learned from you to remember later. So your shopping posts may be more "six degrees of separation" than just bunnies and ostriches. :) I really do love your blog and I think you beautifully facilitate tough conversations, as well as provide wonderful examples of how to show grace and love in parenting. I've become a loyal reader...all thanks to Stitch Fix. :)

    1. That makes my day! Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to comment. I have to confess, I'm addicted to googling Stitch Fix reviews. So much fun.


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