Life Together and Weeks Apart: Thoughts on Memorial Day, Marriage and Transition

  On Monday my mom posted this photo of my Grandfather in honor of Memorial Day. I knew that he had served in WWII, but I had never paid much attention to the dates. He left for Europe, less than year after he and my grandmother has been married. It’s hard to imagine my grandparentsRead more

Why I Didn’t Hide the Singing Elsa Doll: Thoughts on Parenting & Paying Attention

When we were in the states a few weeks ago, a sweet mom, whose own kids are earning drivers’ licenses’ and college degrees, pulled me aside one afternoon after seeing how much Elena talked about “Frozen.” (which she affectionately calls, “Oafen” and may or may not have watched a total  of 27 times while driving fromRead more

Dear Mija {12 months}: Birthday Celebrations in Two Countries and My Three Words For You

If your 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 I seem to write a lot about raising a bilingual and bicultural daughter and hardestRead more

When You Celebrate Two Independence Days

  I have lived in Guatemala for 4 years now. And every year around 4th of July a wave of homesickness rolls over me. I know myself well enough, that now I can kind of anticipate it, but I can’t make it go away. Funny how emotions work like that, huh? I have always loved the 4thRead more

Dear Mija: On The Night You Were Born + A Video

  Dear Mija, Tonight like most evenings I gave you a bath and wrapped you up in your turquoise towel, but I held you a little bit longer. I nuzzled my nose under your chin and you giggled. We sang Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes as I wrestled your legs and arms into your striped pajamas. We read one of yourRead more

Dear Mija: {10 months}: The Questions I Ask Myself

    If you’re new here I have been writing letters to my daughter each month titled, Dear Mija. It all started with this letter I wrote over a year ago on Spanglish Baby’s site.   Dear Mija, People often ask me how old you are and I keep wanting to say, oh, she’s 10 months. ButRead more