Home for the Holidays

In the past few months, we as a collective were able to share our family traditions, holiday dishes, and good company to not only the children but to each other, giving us all that little piece of home we were all missing.
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Life in Houston matches life in any other part of Texas; laid back and simple. Good food, sunny days, and good company is all you need to have a good day. Nestled in the neighborhoods of this laid back city, is my little corner of Houston, Casa de Esperanza. Here, the days are anything but simple, which tends to happen when you’re taking care of children. Most days’ flash by in a blur and I go to bed at night telling myself it was a good day because none of the kids had had tantrums. With a to-do list full of washing dishes, washing kids, naptime, bedtime, laundry, making bottles, etc., it’s easy to forget that I’m living in a new city far from home; that is, until a holiday rolls around. Since coming to Casa de Esperanza, I have celebrated 6 holidays, and each time I’m reminded of all that I’m missing: family gatherings, holiday traditions, the familiarity of being in my hometown, and everything else that comes with holiday excitement.

I have to admit, there were moments where I caught myself missing the holiday magic my parents were always able to create growing up, and even now as an adult, but then I look at the kids I spend day in and day out with and remember that it’s my responsibility to recreate that same magic for them. I have been blessed with amazing coworkers turned co-parents, support system, and close friends, and they have helped make each holiday special for the kids.

In the past few months, we as a collective were able to share our family traditions, holiday dishes, and good company to not only the children but to each other, giving us all that little piece of home we were all missing.

The most recent holiday we all celebrated together was Easter, a holiday that requires a little bit more magic, much like Christmas. We started the day early with each child finding their Easter basket. We then ate brunch all together, went on two Easter egg hunts, ate special Easter bunny shaped cake, and the adults ended the day with some Indian food and rest. Luckily, in a house of 6 adults we managed to fill the day with magic for our 4 kids (and the adults too).

Next month, we have 3 birthdays to celebrate, but between now and then, I’ll get lost in the daily tasks of this job. Folding laundry, picking flowers in the meadow, making lunches, putting kids to bed, etc., and in our repetitive yet chaotic routine, I’ll forget that our Casa neighborhood is miles and miles and miles away from the neighborhood where I grew up. Until the birthdays come around, then I’ll remember I’m in Houston Texas, not Mason Michigan. There is however, one thing I’m certain of, each and every time I have that realization, I know I have a strong, kind, amazing group of people around me to help make Houston feel like a little piece of home.