Category Archives: Parenting

Puerto Rico

September 27, 2017 · 8:00 am

Paseo Tablado La Guancha - Ponce, PR

In December of 2015, Yohannes and I went to Puerto Rico so I could interview for medical school.  I had already been accepted to the school I attend now, in Pennsylvania, but I really wanted to study in Puerto Rico for the following reasons:

1. I would get to improve my Spanish

2. The kids (and Yohannes) would get to learn Spanish

3. It’s warm Read More →

An Offensive Way In Me

February 7, 2017 · 9:13 am

An Offensive Way In Me

“I am still surprised when people talk about my children’s brown skin in a way that is categorical instead of descriptive. It seems unimaginable that this flesh of my flesh could be in some category that separates them from me, or in any category other than that of ‘Beautiful Human Life.'”

I adapted this article from a piece I wrote after the death of Michael Brown. Read the rest at The Mennonite.

 

Veterans and Refugees

February 2, 2017 · 4:38 pm

Help Veterans or Refugees? We can do both.

Lily: A Birth Story

December 19, 2016 · 11:20 pm

Tiny Lily

“135 over 85,” said the nurse, as she removed the blood pressure cuff from my arm. I looked at her in surprise. I was 32 weeks into a perfectly planned, perfectly healthy pregnancy. I was 32 weeks into a pregnancy with perfect blood pressures of 115/70. That’s higher than normal, I thought to myself. Read More →

Dear Mama: First Foster Care Placement

May 26, 2016 · 8:15 am

Dear Mama: First Foster Care Placement

Dear Mama of the sweet little girls in my care,

I love your children.  I didn’t know I would so soon.  I worried about your kids and my kids, tangled together in daily activities. Could I treat them fairly?  How would I react when your youngest pushed my youngest? Or when my son wouldn’t share with your daughter?

I didn’t know how long I would have these children when I picked them up in the middle of the night, my hair and clothes in disarray. They reached for me so eagerly, and I was afraid.   I’m not your mother, I thought to myself, and in the back of my mind lingered the word, yet.  How long does it take to feel like a mother? How long will they be mine? Read More →

Comic Relief

March 15, 2016 · 3:09 pm

Sick Day

Our family has suffered through two cycles of viruses in as many weeks. This week’s cold/flu seems to be tapering off, and thankfully it did not have the shock and awe force of last week’s stomach bug.  Did I mention that our clothes dryer is currently out of commission? Read More →

A Book A Week: January 2016 Reviews

February 1, 2016 · 11:19 am

A Book A Week

The January book reviews are here!

Favorite read: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Most Informative read: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Read More →

Project 2015 Results: Failure and Success

January 6, 2016 · 2:12 pm

Shoot for the Moon`

In 2015, I decided to edify myself by trying to read a book a week. I knew going in that it was extremely ambitious and I don’t have a great track record with following through on my grandiose goals. But I do love grandiose goals. Read More →

On Terror, Grief, and Love

November 14, 2015 · 7:30 am

On Terror, Grief, and Love

Dear children,

Last night I told you that there’s a darkness in this world.  Sometimes people can’t get past the pain, and the anger, and the wanting to be right.  Sometimes people hurt each other. Yesterday a lot of people were hurt and killed.

Today people are grieving. Grief if what happens when you lose something or someone that you love. Grief can make you feel sad and angry and empty all at the same time. Grief can make you want to hold on tightly to the people you love and the things that you know.  Grief can make you want hurt whoever hurt you.  Grief can make you feel anything.  You don’t get to choose how you feel when you’re grieving.   Read More →

My Son’s Memoirs: First Grade Orientation and the Zombie Apocalypse

August 25, 2015 · 11:47 am

My Son’s Memoirs: First Grade Orientation and the Zombie Apocalypse

In the summer of 2015, I was five years old and gearing up for first grade.  I had been looking forward to orientation for weeks, and I couldn’t wait to meet my new teacher and see my classroom.  As luck would have it, I came down with a fever a few days before my orientation, and a sore throat crept in on its heels. The day of my scheduled orientation, I woke up with a fever of 102 degrees, severe pain in my throat, and a painful cough.  Read More →

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