Day of Contentment in the Midst of the Storm

A tropical storm is brewing, yet I had one of those perfect nights that you just can’t even design or plan! My husband was out in the backyard burning a pile of leaves and wood down to coals and the night was just cool enough that all the kids were running around outside playing in…

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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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A Day with Family at the Beach

We planned a trip to the beach in Veracruz. The plan was just the 3 of us and we were going to leave at 8am the next day. Just a simple trip to the beach. At 7pm the night before we were planning on leaving, suddenly we find out that 3 other family members decided…

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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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The Tooth “Fairy?!”

We all know that the tooth fairy will come and leave you coins when you lose a tooth and remember to leave it under your pillow, right?! Well, you are in for a surprise if you are in Mexico, because it won’t be a fairy who visits you at night, but a “raton”… a mouse!…

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Homesick & Depressed PreTeen

Wow, now that’s quite a combination! My son is 12, so not officially a teenager, but close. So, we call him what, a ‘pre-teen’… I think that’s just a way to say he’s moody, hormonal and we can’t actually label him teenager because that doesn’t come until thir-teen (13)! I think they hit teenage years…

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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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My Daily Rhythm

I thought I would share what my day to day is like to give an idea of what my life here is like, outside of the photos. There is not a “normal” day so to speak because everything changes day to day, and yet, everyday is pretty much the same. (Yes, I realize that’s a…

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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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Tearing My Hair Out Trying to Teach

I am teaching here – 3 classes – a kids under age 8 class, a class for kids, and an adult class. Each class is three days a week, each class an hour and half. And if I am honest, it just might be one of the most frustrating experiences of my life!! (ok, maybe I’m…

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Puppy Update

So, yes, we do have ourselves an official addition to the family – if you didn’t see the original post, it’s here: http://www.hsadventure.com/uncategorized/an-addition-i-think/ He is a total mess!  But, sweet as can be and wants desperately to be one of the big dogs!  So, he goes on all our walks with us and any of our…

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The Struggle Is Real

I am going to step away from my positivity for a moment and be bluntly frank and maybe even a little political. Recently, someone told me that I “kept it real.” I thought about that comment for several days. I tend to be one of those people who thinks on the positive end of the…

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