I’m a New Contributor at The Mudroom!

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It is an honor to be a new, monthly contributor at The Mudroom along with women who challenge me to do better and with writers who I look up to. I want to send a special thanks

Book Review & Interview: Love Undocumented by Sarah Quezada

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I grew up in a household in constant fear of deportation. My stepfather’s story is only one he can tell. What I can tell you is that I was a 6-year-old girl who didn’t have

Mended Advent: What Does Hope Look Like From Where You Are?

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I’m so grateful to celebrate my first year of Advent. This is the first year my Christmas tree didn’t go up Thanksgiving night. As a result of celebrating for the first time, Stephanie Nelson connected me with Holly Stallcup of Mended Women. Holly put together a series of video devotionals for Advent, each packed with a reflection. I chose the word HOPE. Here is my video: Mended Advent Day 3: Hope.

Fall 2017 Latinx Writing Retreat Reflections – Self-Care

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I wish you wholeness. I wish you life. I wish you the gift of daybreak where the sun kisses the horizon and never asks for anything in return. I wish you embers that burn tiny holes on your soul to let the light out.

Day 21: Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations – Give

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“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it” (Proverbs 3:27). Every third Saturday our neighborhood church hosts a food pantry. We are grateful

Day 19: Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations – Brave

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  1985. I tugged at my bright ruffled skirt ready for the next danza in baile folklórico and had to stare Sebastian Galindo in the eyes, after he yanked on my trenza and called me

Day 6: #FiveMinuteFriday – Story (a poem)

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On the syllables of root words inherited from the fall./ In the history books you rewrote with your existence./ Story begins where we dare

Day 5: Finding Hope in Unmet Expectations – Trust

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I’m used to being let down. I’m used to looking at myself through the lens of other women, instead of resting in the promise that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. When I look at another woman, I must know and feel, that she too is fearfully and wonderfully made.