In Light Of Major Change: Mami’s 12 Reasons To Be Thankful

Thinking back on this time last year, I had no idea that we would be where we are at in life, about to embark on a brand new adventure. In less than a month, we will be moving in with Cisco’s nephew and wife and their baby, Sweetie’s little cousin who is a week older than him; Cisco’s other nephew; and one of the brothers of the first nephew’s wife. We will be bringing our dog, Cheese (Estrella), with us, and most likely leaving our two cats at Koolma’s house. Our new abode will be a small room in a 3-bedroom trailer in a trailer park, and, despite the close quarters, I am extremely excited to move on. I see this as a new beginning for myself and my little family, that will lead us to bigger things, and I see it to be an experience that will enrich our lives immensely.

For starters, Mr. Sweetie will have daily company and a playmate in his cousin. I think it will be a beautiful thing for him to spend more time with another baby, as he doesn’t get a lot of socialization currently.

Second, I am very excited to be raising my son with another mother raising her daughter. I love the community/family aspect of this, and I see us being able to be of great help to one another.

Third, I have wanted to cultivate a close relationship with my niece for a while now, as the rest of her family is in Guatemala. Being a mami can be very challenging, and I think it will be great for the both of us to have some motherly support for one another.

Fourth, Cheese is in love with one of Cisco’s nephews, so she will adore being there and spending more time with him. I know she will miss my father’s dog, Homes, but she will be happy to have no competition for affection.

Fifth, we will be able to save some money (this is the hope I have, anyway), for whatever comes for us next. Where we are at, with the expenses we have, it has been impossible to retain any amount of savings that we can build upon, before we have to spend it on something.

Sixth, Cisco will be closer to his family, something that will be good for him, and a change from being in an English-speaking household (there, they speak English and K’Iche).

Seventh, because they speak Spanish and K’Iche there, it will be a great opportunity for me to work on my second and third languages, and also for Mr. Sweetie to work on his other two languages!

Eighth, it will be my first time living in a place without a washing machine nearby, so I will be using a hand-crank mini washer and a drying rack for all of the clothing and diapers, which will be an experience, but also will save me a lot of time and save us a lot of money. (I secretly think my niece will want one after she sees me using it, too!)

Ninth, it will be a practice in living in very close quarters with many people, a skill that I think is useful in its promotion of the importance of working things out. (Although, honestly, Cisco’s family is very sweet and agreeable, so I don’t see us ever having issues with each other! Something I am very excited about.)

Tenth, I will have someone else helping with the cleaning and care of the household, so it won’t just be me doing it all anymore. That means more time to focus on myself, my family, and my life!

Eleventh, I will have lifted the major cloud of stress that has been making things difficult for me for the past year and a half, and I see myself being much happier, despite the smaller space.

And twelfth, it is a great opportunity to pare down our belongings a bit, in preparation for wherever life takes us next year, and in the years to come.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? What do you think your year next year will bring? Happy Holidays, everyone!


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Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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