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…

2017 Resolutions

I’m not normally a big resolutions person, and this year I’m trying to be extra gracious to myself because in 13 weeks, we’re having our first baby (time flies!!). I do have a few goals between here and April 24 (baby’s due date), though: Finish 2nd Draft of Book. Just last week, I finished my first…

When in Rome and It’s All Greek to Me

Late Saturday night, I arrived back home from a two-week trip to Rome, Athens, and Santorini. The fact that I was not only able to go to these three places, but enjoy them, at five and a half months pregnant, is a miracle. The trip initially started out as a a trip to visit my sister, Laura,…

On Marriage, (almost ) 2 Years In

In the first few weeks of pregnancy, my energy levels dropped majorly. I literally lacked the gusto to fight back or argue with Carlos about anything. Cleaning tired me out. Additionally, I now had to depend on Carlos to do many things I normally did, like cooking and grocery shopping, because my nausea was bad. The same…

A 4-chamber baby heart

  Last month, I wrote about my reaction to finding out I was pregnant here. I’m still having my moments of questioning the timing, worrying about how my relationship with Carlos is going to change with a baby, where we’re going to fit a crib, and asking God, “WHY ME?!” when heartburn is keeping me awake…

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving 2012. I had returned from my 10-month stint in Ireland just a few weeks before and a few days after that, my mom had surgery for breast cancer. Because she was still recovering on Thanksgiving day, this meant that my sisters and I took charge of the meal while my mom “politely” shouted instructions…

Writing a Memoir: An Update

About a year ago, I started writing my book. Although my word count is getting pretty high, I recently had to admit to myself that the book is lacking in organization and that might be what’s caused the writer’s block as of late. Sure, I made a general outline last year before I started writing, but I’ve…

April 25, 2017

I’ve always said that I wanted kids, but much like the approach I took to wedding planning, it’s something I’ve been mostly relaxed about. For a while now, I have tried to avoid statements that begin with, “When I have kids…,” but have instead attempted to speak in the hypothetical: “If I have kids one day…”…

The Truth About Living Abroad

“It is the corrosive daily frustration, the inability to communicate or to establish meaningful relationships that is so soul-shrinking.” – Edward T. Hall in Beyond Culture Living abroad. The romantic idea of it-men with accents, learning a second language, lower cost of living, expanding your horizons-is often nothing compared to the messy reality. What’s living abroad…