Jumping into a New Life

Sometimes in life everything works well. You career is on track, your home life is on track, and you are happy and healthy. Sometimes things are all off balance making you off balance. Work is hard, family has issues, health is not on track. Sometimes things get so off balance, you feel like you are…

Saving the Best for Last – Tandjung Sari

As we drove toward what would be our last hotel in Bali, we were all a little sad knowing that the vacation was coming to an end. We pulled into the palm tree lined driveway and up to the welcoming reception pavilion of the Tandjung Sari. We didn’t know it at the time, but we…

When Life Turns Upside Down

It started as a normal day. I was making plans for my dad’s trip to California that upcoming weekend. We were making a plan to get the house clean. Drove to work and excited about an easy and fun Friday with my coworkers. Called dad to ask him if he rented a car yet. “Not…

When You Meet Family Around the World

During my time in Barcelona in early 1999 my mom went on a quest for the mysterious cousin M. This was someone she had been close to when she was younger. Cousin M had moved to Barcelona for a scholarship opportunity. Then…she seemed to disappear. Mom knew a few snippets. She had some kids. She…

When Family is Everything

It’s Easter and I look around and see all the people I love. I see my father and his wife sitting at my grandmother’s table laughing at a story told by my stepfather and mom. I see my grandmother playing with my niece, letting her use her wheelchair as her own personal climbing gym. I…

Thanksgiving in the Desert

“I’m going to be done with trial right around Thanksgiving and I want to go on a vacation. I’m thinking of getting a big house near Joshua Tree. Want to join us?” She showed me the house on Airbnb. Right in the heart of Palm Desert, four bedrooms. Sleeps 12. TVs in every room. Two…

Sweet Baby Cuddles

In May, at 39 weeks pregnant, my sister finally went into labor, and gave birth to my darling niece. Born in the early morning, at 6 pounds, 5 ounces, she was the bundle of joy all could not wait to hold and shower with love.    Of course, living on the opposite coast I had…

Where Is Home?

As I flew back from New Jersey after my sister’s wedding, this time solo with the two kids (husband stayed behind to go on a business trip), I wearily got all our luggage and the two kids on the bus. With my daughter asleep in my arms, my son sat next to me and said:…