Hello, my name is Loretta and I am a Christian Hmong American woman. First and foremost, my faith in Christ means the whole world to me because in my heart, I know there’s a personal God who loved me first before I even discovered Him. There have been times in my life where I’ve wandered and made mistakes, but my soul always leads me back to God. I am definitely not perfect, but so imperfect that I need a wonderful and loving God to be my savior.
I am also a Hmong woman. Although I’ve become acculturated, as most 2nd generation folks do, I look at my mother and it reminds me of my culture and people, and how much they’ve endured in Laos before escaping to Thailand and finally relocating in America to call it home. I do speak, read, and write Hmong, but mostly conversational language. However, my head voice is in English, e.g. I think and dream in English. There are many things I love about being Hmong and many things I don’t agree with, but I feel the same about being American, too. I believe every culture has its flaws and it’s up to us as individuals to use our morals and values to gauge what we want to keep as tradition.
Last year, I was given a miracle that I didn’t even deserve – my beautiful baby girl who is now 1 year old. She is a blessing and she herself is going to become a woman of different cultures. I always loved kids (although most who know me often think the contrary because I’m not oohing and aahing over children like most people around me do) but I now look at children differently – more compassionately, because in each of them, I see my baby girl. I think I now know why people say you don’t know until you have your own kids.
I work in a public profession that continues to help me grow as an individual – teaching me about myself, others, and the world we live in.
I’ve gone through some unique trials and tribulations, and I say unique because most people I know cannot relate to some situations I’ve been through, but I know many readers will.
I hope this gives you an idea of who I am as to give you a context of what I write on this blog. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR READING!!