We’re Married: El Salvador-USA Wedding

the landing. Exactly 349 days after saying goodbye at St. Louis Lambert Airport as she flew back to El Salvador for us to complete the immigration process, I greeted Elena (this time at Kansas City International Airport) with tears, kisses, and a great big hug. I'd like to say that the moment was just like... Continue Reading →

“Thanks, God. I mean it now.”

I remember the elation I was feeling during the days leading up to my appointment at the U.S. embassy in El Salvador. I was on vacation from my teaching job during the Holy Week, Semana Santa, and I had just returned from a short trip to Antigua, Guatemala with my then-girlfriend, Elena, and her family. For... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to My Graduating Seniors

It's here. You've finally made it to the end. I'm proud of you. And I'm not saying I'm proud of you because every single moment of every class period you acted like perfect little angels (we all know that's not the truth). I'm saying it because...well...it's easy to say now that you're gone. Ha! Just... Continue Reading →

Deep breaths…

It's a simple playlist, only sixteen songs right now. My thinking music. My deep breathing, deep contemplating music. My centering music. It's playing in the background right now. I invite you to join in my thoughtful reveries: a pipe and thoughts   Every life is a universe. Every step opens new worlds, new realities and... Continue Reading →

Saying Goodbye (and Understanding Home)

Home is one of the most powerful motifs I've ever found in literature or theology.  In my senior's English Literature class we're reading Robinson Crusoe (I needed something in our textbook that would hold their attention amidst senioritis better than old poetry they couldn't understand--remember, English isn't their first language). At the beginning of the story... Continue Reading →

Everyday Adventure

{I feel like every post lately starts with an apology. Here's my last apology but hopefully not my last post for awhile. The reality is that I was a little over-ambitious when I began my blog, not factoring in my schedule (besides being a first-year teacher I'm finishing another degree online). Once my schedule clears... Continue Reading →

El Salvador: Birthdays

This past weekend was my birthday. I'm really close with my family, so it's not always easy to be away from them during celebrations. However, living abroad has the unique advantage of celebrating in new ways. First, my school department took me to El Zócalo, one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in El Salvador. I... Continue Reading →

El Salvador: Día del Niño and Grand Views

Although officially Día del Niño is observed on October 1st, students at my school celebrated with half day of school on Friday, September 30. The half day was filled with food, games, and a spectacular performance from the seniors. It was really amazing to watch them band together in rehearsal (okay, I only saw one rehearsal)... Continue Reading →

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