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…

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…

A Texas Summer

Sophia and I have been in Texas for the past few weeks. We’ve visited splash pads, parks, and the pool and seen lots of people we love. Additionally, my family took a day trip to Waco, I went to a chocolate-making class in Austin with my dad and sister, and Hannah and I went to…

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…

Big Bend National Park

A few weeks ago, during my stay in Texas, my parents and I took a trip to Big Bend National Park. To be honest, I’d never heard of anyone going there. I somehow started reading about it a few years ago and decided I wanted to go someday, and my parents, life-long Texans, had also…

Americans, please stop stereotyping Mexicans

Before I begin, stereotyping and making generalizations are things probably most humans do, regardless of their nationality. But I am sick and tired of hearing misinformed, or just plain ignorant, Americans, no matter how well-meaning they may be, make generalizations about Mexicans. Yes, it is unfortunate that there are Mexicans living and working illegally in…

“You can take the girl out of Texas…

…but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl.” While that phrase is annoyingly cheesy, it’s the only way I can think to describe the sensation I’m feeling, being at home. I do feel really comfortable living in Mexico and sometimes, feel like I can relate more to Mexicans than to Americans. It shocked…

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…

Remembering Ireland

2 years ago today I arrived in Dublin, Ireland, eager for my year-long adventure to begin. While the risk of failing was definitely high-I didn’t know a soul, didn’t have a job, didn’t have a place to stay past the first few days-in every sense, I was completely taken care of for the full 10…

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…

California

I drove back to school with Hannah a few weeks ago. After 20.5 hours of non-stop driving and taking turns sleeping, we made it to Hannah’s house on Sunday afternoon. On Monday I  got to see several of my dear friends (a year and a half is just too long to go in between visits!)….

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….