In Bethlehem, and later in Egypt, how did Maria manage household affairs? Did the merchants take advantage of her youth, her inexperience, her foreignness? Did she long for family? We know that after the threat King Herod presented ended with his death, Jose moved his family back to Nazareth, where both he and Maria were from originally. Did Maria “considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard”? (Proverbs 31:16)
Today’s Modern Day Maria, Cali, is still searching out a home and community. Unless you too have left everything behind to start out on this journey of finding home you can not understand the incredible effort such an undertaking requires.
In 2010, my husband was arrested for a crime he committed 8 years prior. He went to prison for 2 years and then was deported with a ban for life in 2012. I sold all of my possessions and left for Mexico with our 2-year-old. We have been here 5 years this coming May.
Coming from a life of parenting alone for 2 years in the US due to my husband’s incarceration, I had already been living a life without family support and often felt alone. Since moving to Chihuahua, Chihuahua we have experienced a ton of support and love from my husband’s family. For many of them, it was the first time meeting me. There’s not a lot of activities for kids here and the city is most definitely not the prettiest, well, not in my eyes anyway, but I love the family unity I found. They help give me strength to make it day by day.
Although I’m improving, I continue to struggle to speak Spanish which means I don’t socialize much. The people seem nice and often approach us to make conversation. Although I will say that when going to places to buy things, we are usually asked to pay more what they would offer the same service or product to a Mexican.
Since realizing that we will not be returning to the US, we are no longer tying ourselves down to this city but spreading our wings and adventuring to another city called Puerto Penasco. It is my dream to live near an ocean. Also, there is a large mix of Mexicans and Americans there and I look forward to socializing more with them.