Autumn beauty

I was rushing somewhere – I don’t even remember where – harried by my to-do list and the toxic news, when I was stopped in my tracks.  Pom-poms were waving over my head, as if it was Arbor Day’s remake of Legally Blonde, ridiculously cheerful.  I couldn’t help but stop, and look, and smile, look some…

Bittersweet

On Tuesday, August 21, 2015, after a 12-½ year battle with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), including almost four years’ separation, my husband, Patrick, now with U.S. Legal Permanent Residence (LPR) status, landed at SeaTac International airport.  Our 8-year-old son, Solomon, and I were waiting anxiously and I sobbed with elation and relief…

No Air Conditioning in the Desert

“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”
Gandalf, in The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book in the series by J.R.R. Tolkien

No PC Tacos Served Here

When we lived in London, I repeatedly offended a black, Zambian friend by calling my husband “Coloured.”  Finally, exasperated with the lectures and reprimands, I told her, “I don’t call you ‘Coloured,’ I call him ‘Coloured,’ because that’s what he wants me to call him.  If he asked me to call him a pink elephant,…

Deportable Crime

I was invited to tell my story at a citizenship class full of Latinos who work in the fields and warehouses of the agriculture industry of the Yakima Valley. There was ample opportunity for them to laugh at situations in my life that mirror their experience; falling in love abroad, having life circumstances strand them…

Post-Show Blues

I struggled to sleep last night.  After the incredible energy push to begin our Tour – the adrenaline of enthusiastic receptions at churches in Edmonds, followed by student meetings and a warm, lifelong-friends-creating time in Vancouver, our next destination was disappointing at best.  I was appalled when we witnessed a hateful, political debate in a…

The Least of These

Last night I went to a church service where there was a movie shown espousing effective Christian evangelism.  In the lobby immediately afterwards, a heated debate ensued about not letting Syrian refugees into the U.S. because of the terrorist threat.  Appalled by the hostile and accusatory language spoken by church staff and volunteers alike, I…

Attracting Interesting People

Monday night we had dinner in Vancouver WA with Rosalba, Martha (pronounced “Marta”), and Teo & Elizabeth, all from Mexico. It didn’t dawn on me until I saw the cake that they were celebrating our 13th anniversary, the first anniversary we’ve had together in five years. They wanted us to tell the story of our…

Hittin’ the Road!

This Sunday, on the eve of our 13th anniversary, our family is embarking on a 3-4 week Washington-State-wide Family Reunification Tour. Going through the legal channels, we had a twelve-year immigration battle, involving four years’ living on separate continents. No child should miss his father, or wife her husband, while those in power politic away….

What we’ve been up to . . .

WOW!  Has it ever been a whirlwind!!  There is so much to report that I refuse to inundate you with it all – I’m feeling inundated enough myself!  We’re teaming up with OneAmerica in what’s being dubbed the September Family Reunification Tour.  In April we’ll be traveling Washington State in our home on wheels (which…

Rounding the Back Stretch

I’ve been remiss in keeping you updated, but frankly, we’re emotionally exhausted.  Solomon is becoming more aware that there are people working against his Daddy coming.  Understandably, his anger is surfacing, as it is now 45% of his life span that he’s been separated from his father. Going through the US immigration process is a…