Hi! Welcome to my home in the blogosphere. My name is Bonnie Way and I currently live in metro Vancouver, BC, Canada with my five brown-eyed, brown-haired kids. I’m the chief booboo kisser, toy finder, activity organizer, playdate planner, chauffeur, floor sweeper, meal cooker, book reader, and latte maker.

Bonnie Way

This is where I write about motherhood, saints and my Catholic faith, homeschooling, exploring Vancouver and beyond, the books I’m reading, and more. As a mom, I’ve learned how much moms needs other moms, so I hope this can be a space to connect and encourage other moms by sharing my stories of motherhood… and how I still manage to read a book a week.

I’m so glad you stopped by.  Please say hi!

Why the Koala Mom?

I’m glad you asked—I get that question a lot. No, I’m not Aussie (I was born and raised Canadian).

When I started blogging, I did so anonymously. I picked the name Koala Bear Writer because I was a writer and I had a little stuffed koala. (Yes, I know koalas are not bears, but when I was six I was very unimaginative in naming my stuffies and so his name is Koala Bear.)

He’s been a lot of different places with me… to Niagara Falls in Ontario, up Mount Robson in BC, and even back to Australia in 2005. Here’s a picture of Koala Bear hanging out in Australia:


I blogged for eight years as the Koala Bear Writer and then decided I’d outgrown the name. I was a mom and all my readers were moms, and so I renamed my blog. To me, the koala represents attachment parenting (I loved babywearing just like a mama koala!). And even now that my kids have outgrown the babywearing stage, they still seem often to be hanging off me.

Grab a Coffee; Let’s Chat!

I’d love to invite you over to my place, make you a cup of coffee or tea, and have a good heart-to-heart chat. I could tell you about why I joined the Catholic Church or why I love being a mom.

Or maybe we could share our birth stories; I had my first at a hospital with a midwife, my second at a hospital with a doula, and my third and fourth daughters and my son at home. (Home births rock!)

We could talk about homeschooling or books we’re reading. You could check out my list of 50 things you may not know about me and let me know if we have anything in common. I love connecting with other moms, so I hope you’ll stay around to visit and we can get to know each other.

If you’re on social media, so am I! Click on the buttons at the top to find me.

I also have an email newsletter that goes out weekly, if you like to connect via email. If you subscribe, I have a few free printables for you as a thank-you! And feel free to email me at way.bonnie at thekoalamom.com! I love hearing from readers.

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