My 1st Time Traveling Without Sophia

Back in April, Carlos and I began planning a vacation for the fall, sans Sophia. To be honest, I would have felt more comfortable bringing Sophia, but I knew that it would be good for our marriage to spend some time together without Sophia and I knew that it would be beneficial to me personally. So before…

On Working with “the Poor,” Part 2

Part 1 here. I usually leave work feeling satisfied. I do have a highly fulfilling job and have the privilege of helping people every day. And now that I’ve been here for 7 months now, I can see our students making educational (whether it be in English or typing or reading or whatever) and behavioral…

1 Year of Marriage

All I know is that I love you Carlos, infinitely more than I did this day last year, when we were just starting. Maybe we wouldn’t have gotten married if we would have known it would be this hard, but that makes me all the more thankful that we made it this first year and…

On Marriage, 8 Months in

Marriage has been the hardest thing I’ve ever experienced. I knew it was going to be hard, and was hoping that I would be pleasantly surprised and it would be easier than I expected. No, definitely not. Before getting married, I would have said I knew Carlos well. In 3 years you learn a lot…

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….

2 years with Carlos

Jan. 12, 2012, I arrived in Dublin. Jan. 14, I met a nice Brazilian girl at my hostel, and she invited me to go out with her and her friends that night. I said yes. We went to a place called Fitzsimon’s in Temple Bar, a pub/club. After about an hour of dancing, I saw…

Christmas in Mexico, in Photos

Despite this being my first Christmas not in Texas, it was definitely one of the best. It really meant a lot that my family came to spend it with me in Mexico! Here are some pics of our time together: Carlos and I took my sisters to a get-together with some friends and we had…

The Lees meet the Garcias

Carlos and I have been talking for months and months about how funny it would be whenever our families got to meet each other for the first time. Although his dad speaks good English, my dad and sisters speak limited Spanish (and vice versa for Carlos’ sister, Gloria) and our mothers speak nothing of the…

Thankful

I’ve been complaining a lot lately. If not out loud, then in my head and my heart. But really, today (and always), I have so much to be thankful for. Here are some of today’s things: -Blankets. A cold front hit Saltillo this week, but thankfully I brought a random assortment of blankets from home…

Thoughts on Love

Is it possible to love someone but it still not be enough? What if you’re loving them but differently than what they really need? Does that mean it’s not love? Because doesn’t love conquer all? Doesn’t love never fail? Can’t love never be quenched? If my love isn’t conquering all, if it’s failing me (and…

Wedding Weekend

A couple of weeks ago, one of my very best friends, Angela, married Weston. Angela and I became friends our very first week at Biola, in 2007. Angela is one of the most joyful, encouraging people I know, and as long as I have known her,  she has always been so persistent about getting to…