Category Archives: Ramblings

My Thoughts on Paper

What Is Fear, but a Preparation

The last three weeks, my family and I have been operating in a deep sense of trepidation. In the past 12 hours, I have experienced some things in the lifting of that worry that I don’t want to forget.   Three weeks ago, I received a phone call saying they had found a mass in…

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Things You Never Thought To Be Grateful For

My son and I were talking the other day about the things we would appreciate when we got back to the US that we never even thought to even think twice about. We thought we’d share some of our list …   Running Water The ability to drink water straight out of the faucet Understanding…

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Risk Losing It All … Without Losing Yourself! (part 2)

I realized that there is another piece of this puzzle, another part of moving to a new place – a new life – that has affected me (us). If you didn’t see part one, you can read it here:  http://www.hsadventure.com/ramblings/risk-losing-it-all-without-losing-yourself/   We did not just come to a new country to live, we came to…

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Reality Check

I wanted to take a moment to give a bit of an update on our immigration status. I say our because it is truly “our” … our whole family, not just my husband. We married and applied for consular processing within a week of being married. When we made that application, we were told it…

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Risk Losing It All … Without Losing Yourself!

I have discovered that the risk of giving everything up for someone – or rather not for them but to follow them . . . is that you risk losing yourself.   When you are faced with the choice I faced in life, you either make a choice to keep your identity – as it…

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Freedom from the Bonds of Expectation

I woke this morning with a realization that stayed with me all day. I realized that for the first time in my life I am free from all the expectations life puts on us. It’s a very interesting place to be. It makes me question a lot in my life. I am not sure if…

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A Letter to My Ex

Sometimes life offers us a unique gift – the opportunity to see ourselves in a way we do not often get the chance to truly see. I find that life has offered me that opportunity and I have embraced it, and in doing so I find I want to share something with you. I know…

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Laughing in the Face of Life

I have noticed something about the people here in Mexico – they have this habit of laughing in the face of hardship. Their smiles are despite their problems. They laughter echoes the loudest when life is at its hardest.   My son, who has Asperger’s, struggles with this. Why do they laugh when they are…

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Things Are Not As They Would Seem

It has taken several months for things to unfold, but things here are not the way we expected them to be. It has been something that has shaken us to the core a bit and we are having to figure out a way beyond it. First, we have to find a way past the sad,…

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The “Things” In Our Lives

When we came here, we had to find a way to financially afford the move, and then further be able to live month to month. In order to accomplish those two things, we shed 90% of the things we owned. We downsized. Considerably.   At first, it was a daunting thought and an insurmountable task.…

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No Free Education!?!

I was knocked off my feet today to find that there is no free public education here!!! We are so blessed in the USA to have not only a free and available education for all, but also the opportunity to pay for education that rises above the standard. I have watched many of the challenges…

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You Say Potahto, I Say Patata

It has been a wonderful journey here learning the language (and, that journey is FAR from finished as I am miles away from being fluent)! Total immersion certainly helps you learn quickly and assists in helping you lose your fear over messing it up. You just do it. To survive. And, in the process, you…

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“American” or Not?!

For those of you who have travelled to other countries, or even other sections of the USA, you’ll know that there are surprises along those travelled paths when it comes to the use of language.   The other day, in promoting my English class that I am teaching, I referred to myself as an “American.”…

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