1. Stacey says:

    What a lovely post about transition and accepting where you are.

    Wondering if you have looked into unschooling — Just from reading your posts, it seems like it might be a good fit for your family. None of my business obviously — I just remember what it was like driving kids around to so many different schools (spending most of my day in car) and then having them spend so much time on homework. I wanted something different — something where family was the most important thing. I also love Montessori (my husband was a Montessori teacher), but when we discovered that we could do unschooling the way it works for our family, it made our life so so different. We are now in control of our lives and our time — which is such a different feeling than before.

    Anyway — all the best to you and your family 🙂

    • Beth says:

      Unschooling? Yes, definitely…I’m all for it under some circumstances. We unschooled for two years and they were sweet, sweet, sweet. Today, however, marks the first time in my adult life (my eldest is 17–the age I was when I had her) that all of the kids are in school and I have time to contribute to the family in different ways. I am beside myself with excitement for this shift (while also sometimes grieving the end of the baby phase), and feel confident that given time, the girls are going to love their new school (it’s pretty awesome, just different). I appreciate your comment, as it sparked a couple of good post ideas! Oh, and we just found out that some parents here have gotten together and hired a private bus, so I think my highway days will soon be ending! Que vida! Thanks, Stacey, and best to you, too!

  2. luisa says:

    i love reading your blogs. inspires me to write one myself if i can figure out what to write about… you’re amazing. it only took a month for you to find peace within in your new environment. amazing.

  3. S. says:

    What a beautiful post! I have felt like this many a time after a move to a new place but I always feel better once I embrace the difference rather than resist it. It’s hard at times though, I get it.

    I wish you and your family a peaceful time of settling into your new home!

    (I’m a recent reader, I found you via Mothering.com, where I also contribute).


  4. Kim Brasher says:

    Yeah!!!! What a great way to catch up on where you are and what you are doing.
    I hope to see you guys someday.
    kim and blue

  5. Jeanine says:

    Oh boy have I been there before. Sometimes I’m still there. The loving and hating a place at the same time for it’s uniqueness and yet huge difficulties. I hear you and feel for you and am glad the ocean answered you with calm. I remember snorkeling and swimming that ocean there a few years ago when we visited as tourists…and it is a magic place when you cancel out all the other hubbub which it sounds like is blaring at a zillion decibels right now.
    Cheers for finding time to write and sharing this glorious gem with us though. And I’ll be thinking good transition thoughts for you guys…and mojito too!

  6. Kelly says:

    What a treat to read your blog with my morning coffee! Mexican beach community life is very different than Colonial/Mayan mountain life. I agree that having to use the car, instead of walking everywhere is a very hard adjustment. But, life is an ongoing adjustment. This is just one more. [Secretly: I miss San Cris and the oxcart way of life so much :)]

  7. Maria says:

    Yes, embracing where you are is so important. I agree with Stacey about the unschooling idea. Your girls sound miserable and the travel…sometimes for whatever reason “school” as everyone else does it just doesn’t work. It is OK to let it go. They will learn what they need to learn and it may open an amazing opportunity that you did not know existed. One that will work for everyone. Blessings to all of you!

    • Beth says:

      I agree that conventional school models are not the only way to go. We’ve homeschooled, unschooled, Waldorf schooled, Montessoried, and attended public schools since my 17-year-old was little. I am totally okay with an alternative route in our current situation, too, but see a whole lot of good in the school they are at. It’s challenging, but they are getting the hang of it, and their needs are being met in ways they would not be at home (speaking for MY kids, right NOW). AND, I just found a group of parents who have hired a private bus with space for my girls! Thanks for the words of encouragement, Maria!

  8. erica says:

    you inspire me every time i read your blogs. thank you, beth.

  9. Beautiful Beth!!! For a minute I imagined you all coming back to Austin and that was a nice feeling. But the feeling that you are at peace and happy and feeling acceptance is a much nicer feeling. I love you, my friend!

  10. it’s too late tonight to go into how much i think you’re awesome, however i had to write and say that i’m reading, that i’m loving your journey, and that you’ll hear more from me soon. xo, b!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Hi Beth, I absolutely love your blogs. Thank you so much for sharing. Im living vicariously through you!

  12. I feel like we’re leading parallel lives–writer mama and kids jumping into a reality-shifting Central American move. We’re on the South Shore of Utila, Honduras, and our commutes are by boat and tuk-tuk. I found your blog when my sister posted the one about losing your sh*t trying to do the ideal educational thing. We’re in the hodge-podge realm right now, some homeschooling, some traditional, some here and there. I’m enjoying getting to know you through your postings!

    • Beth says:

      And I, you, through yours! Hodge-podge schooling seems to be our way, too! Thanks so much for making a connection – I look forward to further reading.

  13. Karen B. says:

    I know that stretch of highway pretty well! (Tulum to Playa?) And I can imagine the commute. I’m glad you found transportation. New beginnings can be so rough but the rough part rarely lasts. Best wishes.

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