Monday, October 13, 2008

five months and counting

I have been living in Jalostotitlan, Jalisco, Mexico for just over 5 months now. It is definitely a different world down here. Third World to be exact.

It has been great (most of the time) to be with the girls as a stay-at-home mom. Seeing them grow and learn everything is something I wouldn't have been able to do as much in the US. Bella is already 21 months and Emily is 7 months.
Life is predictable down here. Every day is pretty much the same as the day before. It is easy to lose track of what day it is. Surprisingly time is going by quickly. Not quick enough as far as our 10 year stint. Hopefully (crossing fingers) it won't be 10 yeas. We don't look ahead that far anymore. We concentrate on the present. The lesson was a hard one to learn.
We have been blessed with the support of everyone and the understanding that this is unfortunately something we had to do. It is hard being thousands of miles away from all my family and friends. I get homesick every now and again.

For Jorge this has been a double-edged sword. He gets to see family now, but he had been Americanized so he misses the States a lot. We had a great life started there and we had to up-root everything and start over.

I thought I would start (again) writing a blog so people can see what my life is like down here. Also, it will be interesting to read older post to see how my attitude changes about different situations.

I hope you enjoy reading the entries and hope that I can make them interesting enough for repeat business.

Thank goodness for technology. It has kept me sane in all of the madness of this whole mess.


Colin said...

I was *so* hoping you'd do this. I was afraid if I asked, you'd say Oh Hell No.

Consider yourself duly and expeditiously bookmarked.

Amy Strain said...

I will most certainly check in frequently to find out what is keeping you busy!

Penelope Dullaghan said...

Yay Val!

Heather said...

Val! This is so fun to read. I can't believe you've been gone 5 months already! Wow time flies.

Shelby said...

My beloved Wad, I teared up when I read how close you were to the states, and couldn't cross the border....I think it stinks also, and definately unfair. Love the blog, keep it up and I keep watch on the girls on your photo page. Hang in there kiddo, you'll be coming home soon. Tootles and love ya's....Shelby, looking forward to seeing you.

Tara from Me and the Mexican said...

Excited to catch up! I finally have some free time, so I'm starting here....