Saturday, April 30, 2011

Open Heart and an Open Mind

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Who would have thought, just from learning a different language; my life would be transformed.  After all that is how I met my husband.
Me and the Mexican
I've visited Mexico several times with my husband.  We didn't go to Cancun or somewhere you'd go on vacation..  We went to "el rancho" where my husband grew up.  I got to experience "the real" Mexico!

Northern Mexico

Desert Landscape

Kids swimming in "La Sequia"
My husband and I
  Riding horses.  The sunset would have made this picture perfect!
Mountains in Mexico

I've seen tortillas made from scratch.  I've made mole with my "suegra" (mother in law).
I've eaten goat and  I know how to make an awesome taco! 
Making Mole in Mexico
 My eyes from that point on were more open than ever!  I know those trips to Mexico changed me.  What a great experience to see how others live and how things work in other countries.  Although we speak different languages, deep down we are all the same.


 Our son was born.........

Our son is such a blessing! 

The Mexican is an awesome dad.  I want my son to realize how lucky he is to be from both cultures.

 Sadly,racism scares me.  My little one has such a sweet soul and kind heart.  I can not imagine someone judging him because he has a father from Mexico and a mother from the U.S.. It infuriates me when I think of the stereotypes I hear from others.  Do they really believe this?  Yes, they do until they "learn" different.

 I thank God for my bi-cultural family.  We are blessed to have friends of different colors and  cultures. I am glad we are exposing our son to many different types of music, food, traditions, and knowledge.  Our family has open hearts and open minds.  I want to scream to the world, "Open your minds! You don't know what your missing!"


  1. Tara, this is so beautiful! You words and especially these awesome pictures are so touching and strike right to the heart of what it means to be truly bicultural! You're so right, there is a whole other world out there that it's a shame to miss out on. Awesome post amiga! ♥

  2. Thanks Chantilly for your sweet words!!
    I enjoyed submitting my post to the carnival and can't wait to read the other submissions on the 2nd.

  3. This post almost made me cry. Especially loved the picture of you with your newborn. You said it right, "Although we speak different languages, deep down we are all the same." Sometimes I just want to scream those words out when I see, read, experience prejudice. We carry an enormous responsibility as parents to educate our children and set a good example. Awesome post, Tara. Un abrazo a todos. : )

  4. Ezzy,
    Thanks! I'm glad you liked the post. You are right, as parents we carry an enormous responsibility to educate and set a good example!!! That is where it all starts, with us! Thanks for commenting amiga!!

  5. That is what I love...The REAL Mexico!!! Everything you said is perfect!! Your son is lucky to come from a culture where fathers are very involved with raising their children!We love watching fathers in Mexico...In the USA, so many fathers walk away from their kids :(
    Sounds like you and the Mexican have a good time together!!

  6. CorollaRN-
    Hey Chica!
    Thanks for leaving a comment.
    I love the real Mexico too. I give props to the "real" men out there as well who are stepping up and being a "dad"! I was so lucky to have a great father and I am glad my son has one also!

  7. C,
    Thanks for commenting amiga! =)

  8. Beautiful post, amiga! :) I hate to sound like Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, but I think children from multicultural families get the best of both worlds. :)

  9. Tara, I'm so happy to see photos of you and "your Mexican!" You make a wonderful couple and a beautiful family!

  10. Leslie,
    Thanks for your comment. I have to agree with you. They get the best of both worlds! =)

    Thanks for your sweet words!!!! I'm happy with my guys! I guess i'll let them stick around... LOL

  11. What a sweet post! Your little one is lucky to have such loving, open parents... an example and lesson that will undoubtedly help him navigate the nuances of bicultural life. And I love the pictures! I'm still shy about posting pics.... but maybe someday!

  12. Vaca Loca,
    Thanks for commenting! My husband doesn't want too many pics of him or my son posted that is why there are not that many. You'll see I do mostly side shots or where they are not looking directly at the camera. Me on the other hand..... I'm shy too! Since, this was a more serious post.... I dug out some old pics.
    Glad you stopped by amiga!

  13. Beautiful! And, yes, it is scary thinking about how to possibly protect the hearts of our little ones from the ignorance of the world we all live in. I can tell you this...he will be stronger because of the diversity within him. I have no doubt that you will do your best to prepare him. These children of ours are gifts to the world! Great post :-)

  14. Donna,
    Thanks so much for your beautiful comment.

    (and your faith in my parenting skills...haha )

    It is very much appreciated!

    Glad you stopped by and hope you'll visit again.
    Take care!

  15. Hey Tara, I feel you girl, racism scares me too. All we can do is try and protect our little ones as much as possible and pray that when they go out in the world they will be alright.
    Take care,

  16. Tara--what a beautiful family and a wonderful post! Your pictures are amazing. It is hard to believe that people can have any harsh words to say about such a beautiful place and such a loving family. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Charlene,
    Thanks for commenting! I enjoyed ur post and am glad to have found ya bia bicultural mom!

    Thanks for visiting and your sweet comment! I hope you will visit again soon!
    Take care