Category Archives: Family

Silas’ Brother

Yves Terence Wang

Yves is Silas’ younger brother by three years. They have similar interests, including tinkering, electronics, computers, and biotechnology. Yves followed in Silas’ footsteps by attending Harvard College and majoring in biomedical engineering, but he then earned a Ph.D. in the field from Cleveland Clinic / Case Western. Click here for his LinkedIn profile.

While in Ohio, Yves met his future wife, Megan. They were wed in 2014, and Silas was Yves’ best man. Currently, Yves is a postdoctoral associate and Megan is a family medicine resident in upstate New York.

Yves and Megan's Wedding 12 - The Groom and Best Man



April Tran (AKA “Picaroo”)

On April 1, 2003, the Tran family went to the local pound in Houston County, Georgia. Before Kathy’s mom even parked and turned off the engine, her brother, Tom-Vinh, spotted a white dog with brown spots. She was cowered in the corner of the outdoor kennel shaking and afraid while the other large dogs with her barked at her. Tom said immediately that that was the dog for us. As we inquired about the dog in the office, a lady exclaimed, “That’s my dog!” She had just brought her pet to the pound and had not even had a chance to sign the paperwork to relinquish her dog. When she found out we were interested, she retrieved her dog from the kennel. We followed this lady home and she gave us all of the dog food and supplies she had. We saw that, unfortunately, she really could not care for her dog. Her dog lived in a small closet in the kitchen – she slept, ate, and used the bathroom in the same little area. It was heartbreaking.

We took our new family member home and Kathy’s mom named her April as she came to us on April Fool’s Day. She was already an adult when she became a member of the Tran clan. The veterinarian estimated that she was born in 2011-2012.

When April first came home, the hair on her ears fell in clumps with light touch, probably from stress or the bleaching shampoo her previous owner used. She also had intermittent seizures and was not housebroken. Kathy’s mom was patient and persistent, however, in loving and training April and she became a healthy and happy dog! She is incredibly smart, mastering a number of tricks, including sit, down, shake, pray, and jumping through a hoop!

April has a total of five perfect spots – one over each ear (extending over her left eye), two on her back, and one over her tail. Of course we don’t know for certain as she is adopted, but we believe that April is a Jack Russell terrier. She certainly has the energy and intelligence typical to the breed. She also looks like Wishbone the dog, the “little dog with a big imagination” who is the star of the 1990s television show. Wishbone daydreams about literary classics, imaging that he is the main character – maybe April does, too! Here’s a comparison for you to judge by yourself…

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For over a decade until Kathy’s mom passed, April was her faithful companion. Wherever Kathy’s mom went, April followed (especially if that somewhere was the kitchen!). Even when Tom and Kathy moved away for college and work, April was always there. She kept Kathy’s mom company every day and night, at home and on long road trips.

April currently lives with Tom in central Georgia! Check back soon for an album of very cute pictures of her!

In Loving Memory

Hue Thi Tran: In Memoriamhuethitran

Mời các bạn bấm ở đây để xem đài kỷ niệm của Huê bằng tiếng Việt (Click here to read Hue’s memorial in Vietnamese)

Huê, also known as “Whitney” and “Way” to friends, daughter of Christ, found peace in Him, surrounded by those she loved and who loved her, on December 1, 2014.

Hue was born in Saigon, Vietnam, on February 10, 1959 to Lien Thi Pham and Nuoi Ba Tran.

In 1977, Hue made the dangerous escape alone from Vietnam as one of the “boat people.” She survived in harsh conditions in a refugee camp at Pulau Bidong, Malaysia. In 1980, Hue came to America and settled in Pineville, LA. Initially speaking no English, she found work as a custodian at Plantation Manor Restaurant, and was promoted to bus girl and then waitress after learning English Continue reading In Loving Memory

Bộ nhớ yêu thương

huethitranTrần Thị Huê: Bộ nhớ yêu thương

Click here to read Hue’s memorial in English (Mời các bạn bấm ở đây để xem đài kỷ niệm của Huê bằng tiếng Anh)

Trần Thị Huê, đã yên vui về với Chúa lúc 4:44 chiều ngày mòng 1 tháng 12 năm 2014.

Huê sinh ra và lớn lên ở Sài Gòn, ngày 10 tháng 2 năm 1959 là thứ nữ của Ông Bà Trần Bá Nuôi và Phạm Thị Liên.

Huê tốt nghiệp trường trung học Ngô Sĩ Liên năm 1976. Năm 1979 Huê đã vượt biển một mình và tạm định cư ở trại Pulau Bidong, Malaysia. Năm 1980 Huê sang đến nước Mỹ và ở Pineville, Louisiana. Với trình độ Anh ngữ yếu kém, Huê tìm được công việc dọn bàn ở nhà hàng Plantation Manor in Alexandria, LA, và mỗi ngày Huê cố gắng học Anh ngữ từ những tờ Thực Đơn, sau đó Huê được thăng chức lên bồi bàn.

Năm 1986, Trần Vinh, đứa con trai đầu long được chào đời và kế tiếp năm 1987 hạ sinh thứ nữ Trần Mây, ở Pineville, Louisiana. Continue reading Bộ nhớ yêu thương

Kathy’s Brother

Vinh Tom Tran (“Tý”)

IMG_6393Kathy and her brother (known as Tom, Vinh, Tom-Vinh, or Tý) are only 15 months apart in age. They did everything together growing up, including music lessons, rehearsals, performances, volunteering, church, clubs, classes, and more. Truly his mother’s son, Tom-Vinh inherited many of the skills and character traits of Kathy and Tom’s mom: intelligence, creativity, resourcefulness, and generosity. We are proud to have a gentleman like Tom-Vinh in Continue reading Kathy’s Brother

Kathy’s Mom

Huê (Mẹ), AKA “Whitney” or “Way”

No one loves his or her mom more than Tom-Vinh and I do. She sacrificed tremendously for us and taught us everything we know about life. If you know her or us, you know what a beautiful soul and inspiration she was. My mom, my brother, and I have always stuck together. We have been through many hard times but that has only brought us closer to each other and to our faith. Tom-Vinh and I miss our mom more than words can say, but we know she still watches over us. Her impact still lives on in Continue reading Kathy’s Mom

Our Family

Both of us are very blessed to have loving, supporting family. They are most important to us. The square images below are links. We are still working on creating some pages. We invite you to click on these to learn more about our loved ones:

AboutFamily TomVinhTran

  • Silas’ parents
  • Yves
  • April
  • Bucci
  • Mimi
  • Hampoo