Day 23 of Advent: Generations of Faith

What do pernil (pork shoulder), arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) and pasteles (patties) have in common?

They bring my family to the table on Christmas Day!

At the table, along with these and many other traditional foods, are prayer, laughter, joy, story-telling and reflection on those who have gone to be with our Lord. Traditional Puerto Rican Christmas music follows the meal with accompaniment by us with maracas, el guiro and palitos (traditional puerto rican instruments).

At the center of it all, is the Christian faith that was passed on to us by my parents. We celebrate our Savior’s birth by being with each other at the table.

Feliz Navidad!

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I have enjoyed working for over 20 years in the education and publishing spaces creating accessible learning environments for all students. My teaching experiences led me into supporting schools in need of improvement and creating and delivering professional development to teachers and leaders. And then I moved into selling educational materials, programs, technology, and services. Most recently, I have been developing content for innovative learning programs in K-12 and museum spaces. For the past 17 years serving on the board of the Collegiate Corporation, I have led initiatives in women's leadership, stewardship, development, virtual strategy, and educational programs for youth and families. Outside of the learning and non-profit spaces, I enjoy blogging about faith and inspiring women. I have a passion for travel, where you might find me exploring national parks, museums, and finding the best local restaurant to eat. I capture my adventures digitally with my camera. My photography has appeared in exhibitions throughout Europe and Australia in 2019 and 2020, on television in the United States, and was chosen from over 100,000 entries to appear in a well-known photography magazine.

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