Marie's Diary

Marie has been writing personal journal entries detailing her inner thoughts and describing their experiences since the ordeal of her family’s departure began. Her diary also includes podcasts, audio files where Marie talks in her own words about her feelings.

This diary is open to comment, and dissenting opinions are acceptable, so long as they are respectful and accurate. Comments that include profanity and/or offensive, hateful, racist remarks will be edited or removed.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Independence Day '06

Hello all: I know its been a while since I've updated, but as you can imagine it gets harder to update. I am again happy to say that my family is doing well, and that I did in fact receive an extension for those of you that still check this. I will again be returning to college in the fall and am really looking forward to driving and working while continuing my advocacy work in hopes for changes in legislation to come quickly so others like me can also have a chance to continue to pursue their dreams. It's been a bit since i've been to DC but i expect I will be travelling there in a short time. As far as my family back in Costa Rica, dad did in fact find a job which he ironically begins today. Tomorrow, July 5, is the one year anniversary (if that is in fact what you call it) of their departure. I again can not even begin to express in words what these last few months have been like. I am agian so thankful to have some wonderful and amazing loving people who surround me and have really helped me and my family out. Lets keep the hope alive. Lets get some legislation passed soon! thanks for all the support. Many blessings! Marie Gonzalez

Friday, April 28, 2006

last few days of school....

Hello again,

Here's the update: School is winding down, I took my first final yesterday, and my last final for this semester will be this thursday. I cannot believe the school year is over. I dread all the uncertainty that will be the next couple months. I am still awaiting my work permit, hopefully once I get that I will have some money to continue to pay what I need and start preparing for if i do have to leave for Costa Rica.

My parents are still struggling, and they are hurting even more in the fact that I still do not know what is going on. But we will continue our fight!

There is still hope!



Monday, April 03, 2006


Hello again, So this past week was my spring break! I traveled downt to New Orleans with Campus Crusade for Christ to help with Katrina Relief! What an amazing and overwhelming experience it was! I was so glad to go down and meet with people who were just so hopeful. People who had lost everything, and yet had not given up! It was amazing to see that, I wish that I could only have stayed there longer, but Spring Break is only a week, and as I found out i'm allergic to the mold, that probably would not have been a good idea! Anyway upon coming back into the world of cell phones, electricity, and running water. I found out that so much had happened on the immigration front. We were making headlines! How awesome! I'm so proud of everything going on! I wish I could have taken part in some of it, but I will be taking part in actions taking place on the 10th and I'm way excited about it! Lets keep the wheels rollin on this! Together, Si se puede!! peace, Marie

Thursday, March 23, 2006

And the countdown begins.... again!


So, thats the new number! So much has been going on. It finally hit me this past weekend, We are going on 9 months since my parents had to leave and all thats left for me is until the 1st of July.

I cannot state again, how crazy time is. How it can be short and long. How a year has flown by and yet seems like eternity. This weekend I am getting ready to head down to New Orleans for my spring break in order to aid in the Katrina Relief.

I am ready to go, and am very nervous. I don't know if that is even the right word. So much has gone on in my head in the past year, and I finally realized that I can't avoid it anymore, and it hit me hard. The past weeks have rivaled the worst of days, and yet I know I am heading down to aplace where people lost it all. How thankful I will be at the end of the week, I can only imagine.

I spoke with my parents tonight. They continue to inspire me and give me hope to continue. The coming months I know will be nothing like what I've gone through in the past, though it is the same circumstance. I'll continue to take each day and I am sure we will all continue the fight. I encourage those of you that can to get involved with what will be happening in DC this coming Monday. We need to come together and continue the fight! We can win this! It is a just cause, and its for the benefit of all!

I pray something great comes out of htis week, and I have hope!

Have a wonderful day, whoever reads this.

prayers and blessings,

Marie Gonzalez

Monday, January 30, 2006

An Update on my life

Hello dear friends... I do not know how many people will read this. It has been a very long time since I wrote on this blog. Life for me is going quite well. I am happily living my second semester of college. School is going great I love my classes and have found myself to be overly involved on campus.

My family is doing ok. I cannot believe that the fifth of Feb. It will be seven months since I last saw them. My life continues to get crazy as each month passes, but I continue my fight.

Five months from now I hope to still be here, but July the 1st is fast approaching, and I still don't don't have an answer.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Four months and a Day

I came "home" this weekend. It was nice to be able to just come back and relax. Hang out with friends, have nice meals, not have to worry about anything. Yet still there's no running away from it. I'm numb to the whole fact of where I am.

This morning I realized today is the 6th of November, meaning four months ago yesterday my parents had to leave. It doesn't get any easier with the passing months. I still have many responsibilities I must take care of for them. My communication seems to decrease with the time as well. Not that I mean for it to, but its harder to reach them where they are now, and it keeps getting more expensive.

This week I received news my puppy (dog) could die because she was very sick. As worried as I was about her, all I could think about was what if something happens to my parents. I just wish things were better for them! Here I am, by no means in a great state of matters, but still I am attending a school I love, I have wonderful helpful people around me, I have so much, and yet they sacrificed it all so I could have this. I keep dreaming about seeing them which isn't making it any easier.

I know that things are looking slim, but I cannot give up! I still have hope, hope for me hope for all the thousands of others. Something must be done!

I am still awaiting word from immigration about my work permit, that's another constant worry about when next semester rolls around, but I must deal with each day as it comes.

I appreciate all you that have asked about my parents, next time I talk to them I'll let them know.

Overall though, school has been amazing for me this semester. Everyone on campus has been very understanding about the issue. I have great support from students and administrators. My traveling has restarted this month as well. I'm excited about being able to get back in the fight. Now that things are semi settled with school, I can now focus on what needs to be done. I think all of us students combined have wonderful stories, if we can find a way to uniquely present it to others! We have such great talent and potential, there has to be a way!

I want to end this on a positive note, that I know God has an amazing plan, I feel blessed to be involved in this fight, I know its for a good cause. I know we can get something done!

My love and blessings to you all.

~Marie Gonzalez

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

3 months

Can you believe it?

This morning I woke up, only to realize today marks another month passed since my parents had to leave.

I cannot even put into words how I feel right now. I've been able to talk to them very little over the past few weeks for multiple reasons. And with each passing day it gets more difficult for me, but it's all for a good cause, and I will not give up!

I am happy to announce that I am back in the fight beginning with this Friday. I will be speaking at Missouri State formerly known as SMS. I am marked as a keynote speaker for Hispanic Heritage month. This will be the first time I do a presentation since they had to go back.

Soon I will also be traveling to DC again. Life is crazy, and time well can drive you crazy.

School is going well, I am doing very well in my classes, though I have been really stressed about managing the activism and school. I'm happy to be back at it. And am going to work my hardest for all those other students out there and all the other families.

Many blessings!

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