Our Multiracial Family Is Wholesome, Too

Our Multiracial Family Is Wholesome, Too

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Honey Maid through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Honey Maid, all opinions are my own. Giving birth to my daughter was like giving birth to a new identity. The magnitude of motherhood often overwhelmed me, and in no small part was that due to the fact that we are a multiracial family. As a Latina mom, with a cultural heritage to pass on, I wondered if our white-or-black world would accept my mixed children as such. Would our society avoid seeing the Latino in my children – the me in them – … [Read more...]

 

The Maya Angelou Poem That Began My Interracial Marriage

The Maya Angelou Poem That Began My Interracial Marriage

Maya Angelou died yesterday at the age of 86. I was in tears in receiving the news. I texted my closest blogging hermana and realized she was struggling with the news, too. So I called my husband... and I cried. I mourned for her, but mostly for me. She was a mother, daughter and friend to many, and she was those things for me. My husband listened to the tears, told me that I was loved and safe, reminding me that, yet again, the words of Maya Angelou help guide me to the legacy I'm living now. 5 years ago, I listened to Touched By An Angel recited by my best friend, as I married into an … [Read more...]

 

My First Mother’s Day Sucked, But Yours Doesn’t Have To

My First Mother’s Day Sucked, But Yours Doesn’t Have To

There. I said it. My first Mother's Day sucked. For reasons that mattered and for some that shouldn't, I don't look back on my first "holiday" with glee. Instead, I'm choosing to look back on that day with appreciation for how far we've come - as individual parents, as a couple and as a family. Every Mother's Day since my first has been better than the last, and I am grateful for the continued opportunity to improve my being and motherhood. I'm over at eHow today sharing my first 5 Reasons My First Mother's Day Sucked. I would love ya'll to stop by! But I couldn't get the topic off my mind … [Read more...]

 

A Summer of Inspired Care: LATISM Recap

A Summer of Inspired Care: LATISM Recap

Mil Gracias Johnsons & Johnsons! When I started this blog almost three years ago, I had no idea all that would come from it. Other than a personal friend's, I didn't even read blogs. A year in, I reached out to SpanglishBaby, wrote  my debut post, was asked to become a regular contributor, became friends with the ever supportive founders and realized that I could actually take De Su Mama to a level I never knew existed. I wrote this post, Thinking and Writing, about publishing my first freelance article and the enormity it had on my personal identity. By freelance, I mean paid. And by … [Read more...]

 

Can You Survive An Interracial Marriage?

Can You Survive An Interracial Marriage?

Celebrating Our Interracial Wedding Story After being told by her daughter that she wanted mixed babies because they're the cutest (insert sigh), a friend of mine asked me what I thought about being in an interracial marriage. Specifically, she wanted to know how I would advise her daughter should she one day marry a black guy. I was a little taken aback, but the truth is this isn't the first time I'm confronted with this kind of question. I used to coach a high school soccer team at a local private school. One of my players came rushing up to me before practice to express how angry she … [Read more...]

 

Personal Identity Project: Mother Martyr

Personal Identity Project: Mother Martyr

Mother Martyr Syndrome Becoming a mom has transformed my personal identity. In ways I never expected, giving birth to Alina has given birth to who I want to become. I committed an unimaginable amount of time and energy to Alina's upbringing. Whether for her physical development or the strengthening of our bond, everything about my personal identity was about her identity. I started this blog for her - to document our family legacy and create a place of personal identity for her to lean on. As the blog has grown, so has my love for it and this mission. And as the blog created more of a work … [Read more...]

 

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