Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Now

“Faithful friends who are dear to us / gather near to us…” “Through the year we all will be together / if the fates allow.” Feeling grateful. “Have yourself a merry little Christmas now.” So much to feel thankful for during this blessed holiday season and always. It is so easy to fall prey to…

The Simplicities of Christmas

How shopping for a Christmas tree is so much more than just that

Sports: Why the Universal Appeal?

With football season looming before us, my thoughts turned to sports and a few realizations. I’m going to be honest and come right out and say it: I don’t understand football. Of course, I know what a touchdown is and I know the overall point of the game. But do I know what every flag…

The Importance of Solitude

It doesn’t take a fancy personality test to recognize my overall personality type: I’m quite the extrovert. I love being around people, in fact; in talking things over with those I love, I tend to more quickly figure out solutions and possibilities rather than when I’m alone with my thoughts. I’m a communicator, a “let’s…

Eagerly Awaiting Baby

“A friend described parenthood to me once like this, and it really struck a chord: Imagine taking a spaceship to a neighboring planet. You can still see the earth. The new planet is great, you like it, you even love it! But then your spaceship breaks and you can never get back to earth again….

My Cuban-American Ode

image courtesy of mybigfatcubanfamily.com My 34th year of life has drawn out a strong sense of identity. I know that becoming Allester’s wife on July 9th this summer has solidified some parts of my soul, some parts that were, until then, unfinished. What has amazed me more than anything, however, is the strong sense of cultural identity…

Sky-Colored Eyes

I’m a middle school teacher. I’m teaching Language Arts this year, which I’m positively thrilled about. In all of my classes, we start with a journal topic. As I take attendance and tie up loose ends, the kids are at their desks responding to the journal topic. The topic varies, of course, from day to…

Love is a Daily Decision

The fact that I was 34 years old when I got married this past July does not make me an old bride, in my humble opinion. What it does make me, however, is someone who has had the opportunity to observe many marriages, both successful and failed. If I focus on the marriages where both partners are clearly…

Our Love Story

It all began nine years ago. It was June 23, 2007, a tropical Saturday night. My BFF Natalie threw her then-boyfriend (now husband) a party in celebration of his very recent graduation from the fire academy. It was at his parents’ house, as they were hosting the party together with Natalie. I walked in dressed…

I’m Back!

I toyed with the idea of starting from scratch before re-entering the world of blogging. A lot, my whole world in fact, has changed since I started this blog nearly five years ago. I reviewed my content and had to admit that there was some content that I did not want to say goodbye to. I…