Someone I Can Count On

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“I have a problem” are not the four words you want to receive in a text message from your visa-carrying spouse while at U.S. immigration. I started to imagine worse case scenarios. His next text interrupted my thoughts, “I forgot my license.”   I jumped into problem solving mode with a sense of urgency and intensity. I spentRead more

Saying Good-bye (again)

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  Last month I said good-bye to another friend. We sat cross-legged on the tile floor, a blanket thrown down where her table once stood. I pulled out plastic plates and a Tupperware full of spaghetti with red sauce. Her eyes were tired from the exhausting process of packing up your life into six suitcases. “Thank you,” she sighed as IRead more

A Letter to my Bilingual & Bicultural Daughter

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Exactly three years ago this week I published a letter to my future daughter on the site Spanglishbaby.com. Then NBC Latino picked it up and re-posted it. It’s probably one my favorite pieces that I’ve written. However, since then Spanglish baby has closed down it’s blog and when you click on the article link itRead more

Dia De Los Muertos: What Guatemala has Taught Me About Death and Grieving

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  Yesterday driving home from the store on the only paved road right outside of town, I slowed down as I saw a family huddled together on the opposite side of the road. The older son, stood in the street to direct traffic around his parents who were kneeling down on the edge of theRead more

Some Thoughts on My Birthday about Gratitude, Loss and The Gift of The Ordinary

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   I am 33 today and despite my daughter’s concern that I am getting “older” I feel a deeply grateful. Maybe there is a certain wisdom and perspective that comes each year. I’d like to think I am little wiser, a little less controlling and a bit more joyful than I was at 23. AndRead more

The Letter I Wish I Would Have Read My Freshman Year of College

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  Elena and I are flying back to California tomorrow for my 10-year college reunion. My parents graciously gifted us miles. I think partly so I could see some of my dearest college friends and so they could see their granddaughter. It’s a win, win if you ask me. I’ve been thinking a lot about myRead more

Dear Mija: On Turning Two and How Being a Mom is The Best Never Ending Job

If you are new here, these are series of letters I started writing to my daughter before she was born. This was the first one, and this is one her Daddy wrote her. I wrote about her birth story here  and a year ago I wrote this one. I seem to write a lot about raising a bilingual and bicultural daughter and about the hardest part of motherhood .Read more