I was born in a small town outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia. I am the youngest of four children. I have two older brothers, Roberto & Jose, and one older sister, Claudia. When I was two years old my father, Pepe, suffering from tremendous grief after losing his mother, decided to move to the United States in search of a better life for our family. Our plan was to be together in the states soon after his arrival. After a year of waiting my mother, Miriam, made a bold decision to immigrate to the United States alone, with me and my three older siblings. I never grow tired of hearing about my parents' courage during that time and although I know the first few years here were very difficult for everyone, we were finally together again, and that is all that mattered to any of us.
Since moving to Northern Virginia 25 years ago my entire family has pretty much remained here. Aside from my oldest brother who is living in Houston, the majority of us (Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Brothers, Sisters) grew up, went to school/college, worked, and lived here. For the past five years I have been working in Washington, D.C. at a Patent law Firm two blocks away from the United States Capitol. Aside from my 9-5, I am also a full-time auntie to my five nieces and nephews. I have dedicated thousands of hours to attend their school functions, driving to practices/ games, and helping with their homework. They are a very important part of my life and I know without them I would not be who I am today. In my free time I like to draw, craft, and do anything outdoors. Additionally, many people will tell you that my favorite thing to do is plan. I get great satisfaction out of planning family outings, birthdays, and holidays. I try to stay active and have experimented with yoga, pilates, belly dancing, crossfit, jiu jitsu, and Muay Thai (That is how I met Nidaal!- more on that later!). Lately, I've been consumed with wedding planning - I never imagined what effort goes in to planning one perfect day! More than anything I am anxious for that day to arrive, Nidaal is the man of my dreams, and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with him!