Happy Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)!
For those who aren't familiar with this holiday, it is celebrated in Mexico to remember those who have passed on. I absolutely LOVE this holiday! It shows such a healthy view of death in my opinion. Families are forever!
I just love the idea of remembering those who we loved and essentially inviting them to visit us by creating altars and setting out their favorite foods/candies/drinks. They were important to us in life and are still important to us to this day.
Personally, I think it is a best practice to teach culture as well as language to our children. There are typically celebrations in every state for Day of the Dead. If you just do a quick google search I'm sure you will find something. In Utah, Thanksgiving Point does one every year. They offer food, face painting, entertainment, dancing, sugar skull decorating and even have altars that different families set up to honor their loved ones.
(Scott & I at the celebration last year a couple days after I found out I was pregnant w/baby David)
This is a picture of me with my dad and brother when we were around 5. My father was recently deported back to Mexico at the end of April. The last time I spoke with him was in September. He was in Tijuana and wanted to cross back to the U.S. but didn't have enough money to do so. He decided to go back to Cuernavaca until he could come up with enough money to return to the U.S. No one has heard from him since. I love my dad. It is hard for me to think of any harm ever coming to him and I still pray everyday that I will hear from him soon. I love knowing that one day I will see him again no matter what and that if something did happen to him, maybe he was with me today after all and maybe he was able to finally meet his grandson.