On Cultural Adjustment and Mexican Permanent Residency

In September, I celebrated my 4-year anniversary of living in Mexico. Anyone who has considered moving abroad has probably heard of the four stages of culture shock. Stage one is the honeymoon phase. In my case, I found that it lasted about 3 measly but wonderful months. I wanted to eat tacos from Tacos Raul…

On Online Introversion

Recently, I started reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking in an attempt to better understand my introversion and how I relate to others. At the beginning of the book, the author presents a simple quiz to help the reader determine their level of introversion/extroversion. The more times you answer “true,” the…

“When I am weak, then I am strong.”

“When I am weak, then I am strong.” The Christian paradox of humbling yourself and admitting your weakness in order for God to fill you with His strength. There’s been many times in life when I’ve felt weak. Transitioning from being a Texas homeschooler to a college student in California left me in a state…

On Mothering and Uncertainty

When Sophie was 5 days old, Carlos and I took her to the pediatrician for the first time. I hobbled up to the receptionist’s desk, still sore and weak from labor and delivery and exhausted from lack of sleep, and said in the most confident voice I could muster: “Hi, we’re here for my daughter’s…

The Mother, the Worrier?

It’s easy to worry, as a mom. I think one of the reasons why is because there are varying opinions and viewpoints about EVERY aspect of taking care of a baby: sleep positions, diapers, food, vaccinations, layers of clothing, etc. It’s hard to know if you’re doing it right or not. For every person that…

Parents and Parenting

Perhaps it’s because Father’s Day is on Sunday and Mother’s Day just passed, or maybe because I just had a baby, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents lately. How they say that there’s certain things you won’t understand until you have kids of your own. How becoming a parent makes you appreciate…

On Motherhood

I’m 5 weeks, 1 day into being a mom, and wow. I love Sophia. I love the faces she makes in her sleep, her hands, her squeals, the way she throws an arm around me when she’s asleep on me chest. She has made me slow down and take deep breaths, smile more, pray more, and evaluate what…

Sophia’s Birth

After months of waiting, the day to have Sophia had finally come. As we checked into the hospital early in the morning on April 24, I felt as ready as I could be. While the day certainly wasn’t a walk in the park, I was pleasantly surprised that my contractions never felt too strong (bless the person…

Heart Issues

  I’ve written before about how living in Mexico makes me feel like my heart is divided, but have felt it more profoundly during my pregnancy. I decided to have the baby in Texas because I can drive to my parents’ house in less than a day, making it possible to go back and forth for appointments and…

33.5 Weeks Pregnant

My pregnancy app tells me I have 46 days to go. Yikes. And that the baby is the size of a pineapple. What I’m wondering is if that includes the stem? Or just the body of the pineapple? Because there’s a big difference. Here are some random thoughts on pregnancy so far, and thoughts on…

On Cross-Cultural Love

(Almost 3 years ago, I wrote about what it was like to have a Mexican boyfriend. This post sort of builds on some of the concepts I touched on then. It’s cool to see how our relationship has changed and grown!) Having a close relationship with someone from another culture-a day-in, day-out relationships, a relationship that…

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll be celebrating-ish tomorrow with Carlos because today he is working late. I say “celebrating-ish” because we always do something low-key and aren’t big on gifts (Carlos is going to love what I got him this year, though!). We’re so low-key that I only have memory of two Valentine’s Days out of…