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Old 07-11-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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Hello from a proud black lady in the UK.

3 children - hard work.

Am just finding my feet on this forum x
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Hello everyone! I have been on MDC for a while, but never knew this forum existed! How cool!

I am a white American married to a white Irishman! We've been married and living in Florida for almost three years now. I met him while taking spring break in Ireland while studying abroad in Scotland! Lived with him in Ireland for about a year, and then moved back to the states to start working on immigration paperwork. He joined me three months later, we got married, and have been here ever since!

We will be TTC our very first little one next month! It's very exciting! :

I am worried, though, that our childrens' heritage will be pushed aside or looked over since we are both white and both speak english as our native language (DH is from Northern Ireland, and when he was growing up, it was illegal to speak Irish in the North). Originally, we were going to move back to Ireland and raise our children there, but we realized we simply couldn't afford it. Not now anyway. So the plan is to stay in the states.

I do plan on teaching my children Irish, but it's going to be difficult since I don't yet speak it myself! My husband also wants them to learn Irish, but doesn't seem as dedicated as I am. We will also be celebrating traditional Irish holidays (fireworks on Halloween, yay!!), and, of course, eating tradition Irish foods (which we do now). :

Wonderful to meet you all!

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Hi, I'm Erika. I'm American, with mostly Italian ancestry, and my SO is German. My 3 girls are from my previous marriage (their father is American w/ German ancestry, actually), and the new baby is going to have dual citizenship and, I hope, be bilingual, although I fear my SO will be as lazy about speaking German to the kiddo as he has been about helping me practice it.... He's still living in Germany, and though we've visited each other every few months since starting our relationship, right now paying for a homebirth = not seeing each other until December. We hope he'll be able to get his visa by March.
I lived with my husband in Germany for 3 years and he rarely would seriously speak it to me. He came to the US last year and he speaks German with me all the time. Maybe the same thing will happen with you.

The visa journey sucks. What type of visa are you going for?
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I agree, the visa situation DOES suck. Right now, we're working on getting the conditions lifted off my husband's greencard, and it's like $600. But, at least we're together right now. I feel terrible for all those who cannot be with their partners. DH and I were away from each other for five months before he moved here permanently, and it was the hardest five months of my life.

For those of you going through this, definitely check out VisaJourney if you have not already.

Love and hugs.

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Hi all! Why haven't I popped in here?

I'm standard american white (mix of German, Hungarian, Czech and French) and Mr Toona is African American (not sure all heritage, but he's got some French in there). DSD-17 is white/AA mix, her son is 1/4 AA, 3/4 white; DSD-16 is AA/white, DSS-8 and DSD-6 are Mexican/AA (DP likes to call them Blaxican) and DD is white/AA.

We usually try to speak some Spanish to each other, but by no means is it our main means of communication. DP grew up in Los Angeles and learned it there, most people ask him if he's Cuban, though, when he speaks Spanish because of his accent. I learned Spanish at school and then practicing with my college roommie who's major it was, I sound mostly gringa and am not fluent, but I can hold my own, but better than some. DSS is really getting more fluent in Spanish, though he doesn't speak it much with us, I can hear it in his pronuncian of English words. DSD-6's first words were "mas agua" (more water - we lived in Vegas at the time, bet you can figure why those were her first words).

I'm here for many reasons, (not the least of which is hair-management. of which I know SO little, my hair is fine and stick straight). I"m glad to see this wonderful forum.

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We have a multicultural forum?!?! I had heard rumors of such a thing, but I did not know it was a reality. How did I miss that? Sheesh, I really need to go back and read all the posts I miss. In any case, I will cut myself some slack, as it appears that this forum actually opened while I was in the hospital.

I'm Rynna, and I'm mixed like a bucket o'paint. : I have four children who are all light-skinned; All of them look white except for BooBah, who (in just the right light) looks like a black child with extremely light skin, blue eyes, and straight, fine hair. Bean's working a nice tan these days, and is almost dark enough right now to pass for Sicilian. Almost. I'm going to hop around in this forum a bit, now that I know it exists.

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Old 07-28-2008, 09:39 AM
 
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We're multicultural too and I hadn't seen this forum before. DH is Swedish and I'm American. We lived in the US for the first 9 years of our marriage but now live in Sweden with the idea that it will be permanent. I'm having some mild trouble adjusting but I'm pretty sure I'll get through it. I'm working on learning the language right now and that's probably my biggest barrier since I feel incredibly awkward when I try to speak Swedish and also I feel embarrassed when I have to make people speak awkward English to me because I can't understand them (I'm in a region where the majority of people do not speak English fluently as they do in some other regions of Sweden). The kids are doing much better. DS is attending preschool and picking up pretty quickly, and DD is set to start soon too and I hope it'll come along quickly for her also.
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I'm so jazzed! We got our kids into a better school this year and they get to take Japanese as an elective! Our other school didn't have languages.

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I'm White American (German and English/Scottish), married to a first generation Korean husband who immigrated to the U.S. when he was 12, with his family.

We've got 2 little ones, a boy and a girl.

WONDERFUL to see this forum!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:59 AM
 
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I am a white American married to a German living in Germany raising bilingual children with dual citizenships!

psssssst Hi Teeny und Rynna !!
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Hello, I'm Amy a white American married to a first generation Mexican American.
I have two kiddos from a previous marriage and have 3 boys with dh as well.
Dh is fluent in spanish but has been rather negligent in teaching our kids spanish. They know simple words but most assuredly can't speak it. I was pleased to find out that my 5 yr olds elementary offers spanish classes
We always get strange looks when out with myself being blonde, dh being mexican and my 2 children from my previous marriage and red haired with blue eyes and blonde with blue eyes. People are especially confused when dh introduces himself as their father
My youngest three, with dh, are all different in appearance so far. My 7 yr old has light brown hair w/hints of blond, my 5 yr old has dark brown curly hair and my newest one has black curly hair. With those three they've progressively gotten darker in the hair dept but lighter in the skin dept.
I've always joked that with all 5 I think we covered the rainbow of hair colors
As far as exposing the kiddos to the mexican culture my fave thing we've done so far is visit his dad in a very rural part of Mexico Christmas of '06 and I'm dying to get back, loved it there.

Amy - mom to Anna-Rebekah 14, Logan 13, Christian 8, Ethan 7 and Adan 07/15/08
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Hello. I'm white, DH and DS are Native American, both enrolled tribal members. We live on their reservation in sunny South Dakota.
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Old 09-01-2008, 01:15 AM
 
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I'm Hungarian, born there but moved back and forth from there and the U.S. throughout my childhood. I haven't been back there in years though. DH is Puerto Rican but grew up in the U.S. Actually he was adopted by a Puerto Rican father and a Polish mother, but his birthmom is 100% Puerto Rican, and his biofather is anyone's guess.

DD is dark like him, with blue eyes like me.
DS is light like me, with dark eyes like him.

I've had rude people ask me "they have different fathers, right?" :

Also, I have to add this, even when though we both had some common culture within the U.S., growing up about 45 mins away from one another, we lived in very different cultures. My family lived in an upper class suburb whereas he lived in the inner city areas. So even that is pretty multicultural.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:36 PM
 
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We are not a multi-racial family, but we have multi-cultural experience. We are both from Bangladesh and moved to US some 10+ years ago.

We don't have kids yet, we ttc-ed in 2006, and my body didn't cooperate at all...had to stop due to dh's sickness...and since 2007 he has been in Bangladesh majority of the time...still he is there. Hopefully, plan to go into ttc game next summer when he returns.

When we have kids, we definitely be speaking Bengali to them...teaching them how to write Bengali could be a huge challenge. We will also be teaching them at least how to read and write Arabic so that they will be able to read Quran, which is like a custom in my country, and majority of the Muslims know how to read Arabic at least.

Looking forward to learning more about all the multi-cultural experiences here!

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Old 09-03-2008, 01:11 AM
 
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Well, I have been on here a while, but don't think I have ever formally introduced myself ops:

My name is Gabriele and I am half American, half German (my mom was born and raised in Germany and moved to the US with my dad when she was 19...they married in Germany before they left, dad had been stationed there for 4 yrs, so she's been in the US for 28 years, but it still a German citizen :P ).
My husband is from Jordan but became a US citizen a few years ago. He speaks fluent Arabic and English, and our son will be learning both Arabic and English, and hopefully even some German.

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I'm Autumn, I'm half Puerto Rican, half white. My husband is white. I was born in Spain, grew up in Appalachia, where morons thought I was black, and called me all the derogatory names used toward blacks. It wasn't a whole lot of fun-they could have at least gotten it right...which they got closer in HS, thinking I was Mexican.
Anyway, my husband loves my "fiery side" and I love that he's one of the few really completely open minded white people from his area. I couldn't stand to be with someone who wasn't.
We're expecting our first and will love him no matter how he comes out (but I hope more like me heheh) We plan on teaching him Spanish-I've been working with my husband, but he has a hard time finding the time to really work on it. He's totally committed toward teaching it to our children though, and making sure they know part of their culture!

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Ds and I are a multi-racial family of two. His bio-dad is from Japan. I was really really looking forward to having a bilingual kid, but things didn't work out that way, so . I try to teach him a tiny bit of Nihon-go and he knows how to use hashi, but that's about it. I come on hear mostly lurking, being jealous of you mamas in HI (where ds was born, big island, kona side) and trying to figure out how to help ds understand his heritage and what it means in the circumstances.

I keep looking for a certain someone on here, too. Someone I've never met, but know through a mutual friend who's about to have her first baby.

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Hi, I'm Lizette. I'm Latina, born in Canada and DH is of Scottish descent, 7th generation Canadian. Our DD is 20 months old, loves salsa and celtic music and is in general a supercutie. I try to keep up with the Spanish, but I admit I fall into the habit of speaking to her mostly in English as that's what I speak with her Dad. We love our little multicultural family!
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