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…

27 Things

  Yesterday I turned 28. Which means I’m officially in my late twenties and which means I’ll be 30 in two years. Yikes! Here are 27 images of the best things from this past year, in no particular order: 1 and 2. Visiting Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi on a long weekend. The afternoon we spent…

Life in Mexico as an American, Part 6

(Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 here). It’s hard to believe that next month will be my 3-year anniversary of living in Mexico! I love a lot of things about living here while simultaneous missing a lot of things about the US (Chick-Fil-A is on my mind today). Here are some recent thoughts on…

Carlos

Carlos. I first heard his name over loud music in a crowded bar in Dublin. I could never have imagined that he would be the person I fell in love with, my boyfriend, then fiance, then husband. After we got married, I wondered what Carlos would come to mean. Would he always be just “husband?”…

On the Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness. It’s something all Americans are encouraged to pursue-at any cost. A recent Google search for “you deserve to be happy” delivered a nauseating number of various inspirational quotes: “You deserve to be a lot happier than you are.” “You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don’t let…

On Love and Losing my Grandma

My grandmother, Winnie, died on May 29. She was 91. She moved to Round Rock from Louisiana when I was in middle school. She became good friends with my other grandmother, Deda. Together, they came often to my volleyball and basketball games in middle and high school. Whenever they came, I think everyone must have been…

On 5 Years of Post-College Life

I officially feel old. Last month I plucked out my first gray hair (it hasn’t grown back…yet) and Carlos recently pointed out that I have forehead wrinkles (I do, and am thinking thick bangs might need to reappear in my life). And in September I’m turning 28, which means I’ll be in my late twenties,…

What does God expect of me?

What does God expect of me? You would think that would be an easy question for someone like me to answer, someone who’s been reading the Bible since I learned how to read. The answer has gotten clouded, unfortunately, because of my selective reading of the Bible. For example, I would read James 1:24 “Religion…