the man behind the munchkins

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Many of you are familiar with bits and pieces of Jose’s story, the parts that intersect with my own. I refer to his children as #hemunchkin and #shemunchkin on Instagram and you will find their sweet faces scattered throughout my blog as well. Jose was married to my sister which is how we first met back in 2007.

Jose is an immigrant from El Salvador. He made his way to the United States more than 20 years ago. He knew nothing of our language and learned how to read and write on his own. He worked hard to support his family back home, his reason from coming here in the first place. Jose’s story is fascinating – everything from his childhood in El Salvador to his journey to our country contrasts sharply with everything I have ever known.

People often wonder why I chose a relationship with Jose over a relationship with my sister. Honestly, I felt I had no choice. Jose needed help. The children needed help. Jose and the children were not safe. My parents, siblings, spouses, and grandmother stood beside Jose at an Order for Protection hearing against my sister because we had to do what was right.

I was not brainwashed. I was not tricked. I was there because of what I had witnessed and all that I had experienced firsthand.

I say all of this because there is a lot of misinformation being spread about Jose. Huge, over-the-top, unbelievable things that might be easier to swallow if you’d never met Jose. Or had the facts of what happened.

When I met with Jose last week, I asked him if I could begin sharing pictures of him on my blog. I want others to see the type of man and daddy he is, to view things from my perspective as an everyday life photographer. Jose said yes!

© Tina Vega Photography© Tina Vega Photography

He asked if I could begin by extending an invitation to a weekly bible study he teaches in Minneapolis. It takes place every Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. If you would like details, send me a note and I will forward the address. He said those needing prayer for healing are especially welcome.

Krista Goodwin - April 9, 2018 - 9:37 pm

I still remember the evening at Scrapcamp when we shared some of our stories of struggles with our siblings. I feel for you, Tina. I also have a very good friend who immigrated to the US from Mexico, so I have compassion and admiration for Jose too. Thank you for sharing a little part of his story.

Tina - April 9, 2018 - 10:51 pm

Thanks Krista!

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