September

September was just amazing. First, Carlos, Sophia and I flew up to Texas to spend a weekend at Lake Buchanan with my extended family, in celebration of Deda’s 80th birthday in a few weeks. Then, Carlos and I left Sophia in the care of my parents and flew to Chiapas, Mexico for a vacation. I…

On Turning 30

I’m turning thirty in a couple of months. I distinctly remember saying once, when I was a super naive teenager who had never even had a serious boyfriend, that I hoped to get married at 23 and be done having kids at 30. Well, I missed the marriage deadline by a few years and I…

Happy 3 years, Carlos

Today is the 3-year anniversary of the day Carlos and I met. Before he was boyfriend, Carlos wasn’t my best friend or someone I had a crush on. He wasn’t someone I knew or even knew existed. One minute he wasn’t there, and the next minute he was. I remember having a conversation with myself…

How to trust your boyfriend

This is Carlos. We’ve been together for about 2 years now. If I would have had any prior idea about the number of issues in my life that would come up and I would have to deal with as a result of being in this relationship, I probably would never have given it a shot….

Life in Mexico as an American

Most of the time, I love everything about my life in Mexico. However, there have been some definite challenges. While it’s not my intention to complain, I want to be honest about the fact that my life here definitely isn’t perfect! On Safety: I have to be constantly aware of my surroundings. I can’t leave…

Mexico

I was 12 when I went to Mexico for the first time-just across the border to Piedras Negras. I went again when I was 13, further inland this time, to Tampico. I liked both of those trips very much, but it wasn’t until I was 14 and in Tampico again that Mexico stole my heart….

An atypical life

I’m still thinking a lot about my next move. This past week I started reading this book that my sister just bought and then let me borrow when it interested me (she’s nice like that). Its tagline is “Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World.” While obviously that shouldn’t be my life’s goal,…

Life Lately

I’m starting a new job on Monday at a non-profit organization in southeast Austin. On paper, this is my dream job. When people have asked me what in the world I can do with an Intercultural Studies degree, emphasis in International Development, it is the job I have attempted to describe. Perhaps my favorite part…

Adjustment to Texas Life, and Why It Has Sucked

I would be lying if I said the last 4  (post-Ireland) months have been easy or comfortable or good or restful. They have been miserable and exhausting at times, and just kind of grating. The whole time, I have sensed God telling me that I will be staying a while in Texas. When I was…

Never Give Up

“Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam. Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the…

2013 in Review

2012 was full of lots of changes (looking at you, Ireland and Carlos), so I definitely expected 2013 to be a year of re-adjustment and “finding my place” in America. I tried for a few months-quit one job to take another job that I thought I would love, but ended up having to quit. Unemployed…

The Adventure of 2012

I can’t talk about 2012 and not talk about God. I moved to Ireland on January 12 with a working holiday visa, not very much money, and without knowing a soul . Somehow, I wasn’t worried because God had filled me with a peace that everything would be okay, that He would provide, and that…