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

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

The Importance of A Desk: Thoughts On Writing & Making Space

    Last December as we cruised down 101 freeway, enjoying the rare moment with Elena asleep in her car seat and one of not signing wheels-on-the-bus, I started talking. Gerber drove and started listening. A usual pattern we find ourselves in; the talker and the listener. I want to write more, I began.  I haveRead more

Vacation as a Family of Three: El Salvador + Honduras + Nicaragua

We have been back for a few days. We’ve done laundry and put away our suitcases, and our tanned face our fading, but I still find little bits of sand in the bottom of the laundry basket and I smile. We needed this vacation. We needed time away as a family where we weren’t jugglingRead 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