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Growing Pains…

Not all changes are smooth and shiny. Even the necessary, destined to be ones have their pains of excavation.

And then the pearl in the oyster…My son runs up to me, across the jungle green and in panting breath, says, “Mom! This is SO great!”

Liam Jungle Green

Freedom & Flight

Thank you—the perfect gift…just when my heart needed it most. 

The tears flow freely today as I witness my children open their wing span and take flight into their new world.

A sense of purpose—that is what I want for them and what they are creating inch by inchword by word, friend by friend…each passage with significant importance and meaning for their sweet, pure hearts, their beautiful big souls….

I choose to give my children freedom…freedom to run, freedom to be wild, free, unencumbered—freedom to ring the “joy bell” of life…to have F-U-N because within that F-U-N the possibilities are endless…

I give thanks for these painful, necessary, beautiful, life-affirming passages…

Big Hugs for Dad on First Day

Big Hugs for Dad on First Day!

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About the author: Together with my Retired Firefighter Husband and our now 19-year-old twins who were just 8 when we immigrated to Mexico in 2012, we have created a joyful life of design and freedom South of The Border. Welcome to Los O’Gradys in Mexico! Saludos, Katie 🇲🇽 ☘️

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  • Anslyn Ryan September 12, 2015, 10:47 am

    Hi there,
    I am tearing up as I read this because this exactly what I hope to give my son in our upcoming move to La Paz, Mexico. I found your blog through an article that you wrote recently and it was so lined up with the changes that we are making to our lives that I immediately went to your blog and am now reading my way through it. My fiancée is from La Paz and after many years of him living and working in the states we have made the decision to return to his hometown and open a business there. We both come from the mega yacht industry so we will be opening a liscensing and provisioning company that will service Baja. We have been treading water in the U.S. and not able to live near my family so after careful consideration and a small inheritance we decided to pack everything that fits in the 6 by 14 trailer we bought and drive from south Florida to La Paz! My mom will fly our 2.5 year old Mateo over when we arrive. Marcelo, my fiancée has a large family and network of friends that will be there to embrace and guide us with our new venture. Like you we realize that there will be bumpy roads (ha, pun intended) especially for me as I don’t speak much Spanish at all, (shock horror!) but we believe the good things so many that you have mentioned will outweigh the negative. We are so ready for a different way of life, to get back to the basics. I have already learned some things from your blog but would love to ask you a few more questions should you have the time. We plan to travel the country and hope to meet you alli in person one day. Thanks for your writing , it is truly an inspiration for us as a family, I have read several excerpts to include the article to Marcelo. Your family is so beautiful. I love looking at the pictures, how blessed you all have been. We are hitting the road in three weeks and boy are we excited!

    • Katie O'Grady September 13, 2015, 3:03 pm

      Hello Anslyn,
      Thanks so much for taking the time to write and share your story…so much of what you say resonates with me as well—I get it! You made my day reading this!
      What an exciting new adventure you and your family have ahead of you! I would love to follow your own journey, so please do keep in touch. I am more than happy to talk to you further and answer any questions that I am able to, and if not, perhaps I have the resources to find the answers for you!
      If you would like to pm me at katieog58@gmail.com we can stay in touch that way as well.
      Cheers, best of luck and here’s to hoping that our paths will cross one day!
      Katie 🙂

    • Anslyn September 14, 2015, 10:26 am

      Thanks so much for your reply, we will stay in touch and hope to have our blog up in time to document our trip over! Your reply made my Monday and I am getting so much enjoyment from reading your blogs.

  • Amanda September 12, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I truly understand and wish one day soon to be doing the same. My husband is from right outside the San Miguel de Allende area. At this point we only get to visit for 1-2 weeks a year. We want more for our kids. We all want to be able to move over there but my husband worries about being able to have enough money to cover our basic needs. I hate that money gets in the way but we struggle here so I understand his point. For now I live through blogs like yours of people with the guts and ability to go forth and live out your dreams!

    • Katie O'Grady September 13, 2015, 3:30 pm

      Hi Amanda,
      Never loose sight of a dream…it IS possible.
      Regarding the financials, life is far more affordable for us now than it was in the States. Clearly employment options need to be considered but when your motivating force is providing something different/better for your kids, in my opinion and experience, it IS doable…If there is a will, there is a way. This is not to overly simplify the matter or to make it sound like pie-in-the-sky fantasies. No. We worked hard and planned diligently to make this move. There have been rough edges and some bumps in the road throughout the process…but that is just life, period. We would do it all over again, truly.
      Feel free to stay in touch and I wish you the best…
      Katie 🙂

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