760 Future Family

Lupe talks about what kind of mother she plans to be in the future.

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Kara: So, coming from such a large family, again, what do you imagine for yourself as far as family size and your ideal lifestyle?

Lupe: I love having a big family. I think that is the biggest blessing in my life because there's always someone there for you. You can always talk to someone and ideally I would love it one day I had children and they had, you know, eleven or ten siblings to go to when they need help or when they just simply want to talk. That's really not gonna happen. You know, I don't think I'm gonna have many children. I would love to have enough children that I know I can actually be financially stable enough that my kids will have what they need, and they won't have to struggle when they're growing up because of money situations, but I would love to be a mom one day, and I would love to be a stay-at-home mom at that because growing up, I always had my mom there with us. She was a stay-at-home mom and it was great to wake up and have her there and come home and have her there and really to know she's there whenever we needed her, and now it's a little more difficult just because it's really expensive you know to live here and it's hard to have just one of the parents working, so ideally I would love to be a stay-at-home mom, and if it's financially possible, I would definitely do that, but if it's not then, you know, I wouldn't mind still working and, you know, still being a full-time mom even if you are working, but I think it all depends on how many kids I have and obviously the person that I have my children with and how we are as far as money and even emotionally. We want to have a good family so the size is really not gonna be the biggest issue.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

people to look up to

I always had a lot of people to look up to who could tell me right from wrong.

When you have 'people to look up to,' it means that you have people in you life who you consider to be a good influence and who inspire you.

Notice the following:

  1. There are lots of people to look up to in the sports world.
  2. I think young people need people to look up to in life.

raise money

They raised enough money to move here to the United States.

When you 'raise money,' it means that you collect money in order to put towards doing something special.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to make sure that I raise enough money to pay for my college fees.
  2. He said that he has raised enough money to pay for his driving lessons.


They didn't have a lot of resources and financially my family wasn't very stable.

Here, 'resources' refers mostly to money or something that can be used to help a person get what she wants or needs.

Notice the following:

  1. I have a lot of resources that I can use to help me to get ahead in my career.
  2. The town did not have a lot of resources and they were quite poor.

didn't quite make it

A lot of the traditions that were being passed in our family from generations didn't quite make it to us when we moved here to the United States.

'Didn't quite make it' means that for one reason or another a tradition in Mexico did not arrive to them, because they were living in the United States.

Notice the following:

  1. I didn't quite make it to the bus on time, and I was late for work.
  2. He said that he didn't quite make it.

I can't complain

I really can't complain because we have a lot of other things that they didn't have when they were little.

'I can't complain' means that things are generally good, so there is no reason for dissatisfaction.

Notice the following:

  1. I have good life really, so I can't complain.
  2. She said that she could not complain, as she was very happy with her new house.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
looks up to • raise • resources
make it • complain
  1. Our school has many to help the students succeed.
  2. She has a great job, a beautiful house and a loving husband. She really can't .
  3. The message didn't to us that the party was cancelled.
  4. She really to her older brother.
  5. The event is to money for cancer awareness.