How To Make Vacations Awkward

How To Make Vacations Awkward

“I don’t know,” I mumbled nervously to my husband. Lowering my voice, I leaned in. “Ask him if it’s clothing optional.” Billy looked back at me with eyes that begged not to have to ask this stranger about public nudity. But I nudged him back toward the man awaiting our answer.

We’d only been in Cancun about fifteen minutes before things got awkward. But those first few moments had been glorious.

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The Happy and the Heart-Breaking

The Happy and the Heart-Breaking

Last week, the Senate failed to pass immigration reform, including a solution for Dreamers. I felt so sad and angry. And I almost wasn't even sure how to process this gross negligence with real people's lives. 

And then I got ready to go to prom.

Yes, adult prom. It was everything you can imagine it to be. I spent the evening with my lifelong date, dancing to 90's hits in heels that made my feet hurt.  

Aren't these types of emotional whiplash moments familiar to us all?

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Leaving Mom Behind: Immigrant Families & State of the Union

Leaving Mom Behind: Immigrant Families & State of the Union

Sometimes my husband and I talk about the future needs of our aging parents and how we anticipate the details of their care. We are only a couple years away from being part of what is often called the “sandwich generation,” meaning adults in their 40’s and 50’s raising minor children and with parents over 65. One challenge we have often discussed in considering future care is the fact that my husband’s parents are Guatemalan and live at home in Guatemala City.

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Trump laid out his four-pillar framework for addressing immigration reform. 

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What Do We Do About Immigration? An Action Guide

What Do We Do About Immigration? An Action Guide

"So what do we do?" For years, I shrugged and mumbled at this question. I felt confident discussing historical roots of immigration challenges and sharing my personal experiences, but I didn't know how to guide others towards action. 

In researching and writing Love Undocumented, I was reminded of the metaphor of the Church as the body of Christ. Immigration challenges are expansive and varied, and so can be our engagement. There is no singular Christian response. We all have a role to play in welcoming newcomers. 

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