Love Conquers All

Ask a newly inducted older sibling ages 1-5 y/o to hold the baby and the response could be anything.  Mostly, its enthusiastic.  Occasionally its absolute revulsion.  Almost always, its short lived as one party or another is going to have “enough” quick! These two were so into it, though, they couldn’t even look up at…

Happy Father’s Day

As a child I was tender hearted.  As a young adult however I became brazen, always coming home with crazy ideas and plans.  My mother was often exasperated while my father always believed. Its taken some time to understand why.  I think that my mother was worried about the woman I was becoming.  She could…

The gift of color and play

“So there’s this thing I want to do for Mother’s Day – I mean not on Mother’s Day itself – for my gift – Dina invited us to come too and…” I went on to make the case for going to the Holi Festival with Dee’s family, describing my favorite holiday from back when I…

Welcome home

When I first met Dina, the world was a simpler place.  That’s actually not true, we were just living simpler lives.  We were college students at a prestigious university and our job was to study hard.   When four years came to a close and she made the decision to study medicine through the Army…

relation/ships

Over the summer my family boarded a ship, DC’s own Odyssey to be exact, for a belated celebration of Pop Pop’s birthday.  We gathered at the bow for a family photo op and while we did get a couple of the obligatory “line everyone up like milk bottles” poses courtesy of a fellow tourist, the…

Letting Go

Letting go doesn’t always mean saying good-bye.  Sometimes it means saying hello to something hard but also new…

Baby Reyna’s Baptism

Ever since I posted my niece’s birth story, I have received several messages from you all asking about my sister and her family and how everyone is doing.  I know that I can get a little cynical, a little cranky and a little critical about the state of humanity at times but then you all…