A Weekend in the Mountains

Last weekend, we left Saltillo, drove for about two hours on a windy, narrow “highway,” and arrived at the cutest little town in the mountains: Ciénega de González, Nuevo León. We rented a cabin with three other families and spent the weekend grilling, playing baseball and soccer with the kids, and jumping on the trampoline. I…

The Memoir: An Update

You can read about my last update here. There were several months lately where I started to question the whole project. I knew that I was trying to include too much but didn’t want to have to cut anything that I had already written. Last week, I finally made the cut. Even though my document is…

A Day in the Life

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 6:10 AM: Alarm goes off. I purposely set my alarm to give me just enough time to get ready so that I can’t hit snooze. I wash my face, drink 2 glasses of water, and turn on my computer to review what I’m teaching today. 6:30 AM: My first class starts. For…

On Motherhood, 1 Year In

The first year+ of motherhood has been less about the big milestones of Sophia crawling or standing up or laughing for the first time. Instead, it has been about the daily rituals of laying her down for naps and feeding her, at first, 8 times a day and her growing because I fed her. Of reaching…

On Marriage and Teamwork

  I used to talk more about the ups and downs of marriage and how difficult the first few months were. I figure I shouldn’t be afraid to share now, either: I’m really happy and things have only gotten better. I owe our recent success to a shift in my thinking. In the first year…

On Songs and Language Learning

At 16, I listened to Austin’s Latino pop station on the radio. When I heard a song I liked, I would listen intently for the song’s keywords and cement them into my memory. As soon as I got home and had internet access, I’d Google them with the hope of discovering the song title and…

A Motherhood Update, 10 Months In

Spoiler Alert: They’ve been the best 10 months of my life. On Striving for Balance: I’ve been a lifelong perfectionist. Now, my motto is something like: good enough will have to be good enough. Make sure Sophia eats her fruits and vegetables, but also let her eat cake at the birthday party. Give her ample time to crawl…

Social Media Musings

I’ve been (mostly) off of social media for the month, but logged in a few times to look at pictures of my new nephew, Caleb, and to post to my work’s Facebook and Instagram. It’s always good for me to get off of social media. I’ve taken numerous month-long breaks from it before. When I’m not using…

Letter to Sophia

Dear Sophia, Yesterday you turned 9 months old, so you’ve officially been out of my body for longer than you were inside it. That makes me happy, because it means that you’re growing and changing and doing it all with a smile on your face. But it also makes me sad, on the other hand,…

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…