When is Less More? Thoughts on Parenting, Giving Kids Options and Contentment

  Last week, Elena and I were on our way back from an afternoon errand. As soon as I pull up in front of our house, her little voice from the backseat both asks and exclaims, “Agua? Agua!” I pull her out of the carseat, going over my mental to-do list that should be written downRead more

Project 52: My Town- Through Her Eyes

I posted this picture on Instagram this morning. Sometimes on our morning walks, as the soft light breaks through the trees, I try to imagine our town through MY daughters eyes. I try to imagine, what does she see? Lots of doggies roaming the streets, doggies without collars or leashes, or owners • puddles of rain waterRead 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