Stories about people selling everything they own, living out of a school bus, moving to a new country, or maybe all three, seem to be the new, cool thing to do. However, having lived as an expat for the last four years I can tell you it’s not-so-glamorous. Not every day is a wonderful new adventure with a cherry on top, and honestly, not even most days.

We actually did two out three “new, cool things” when we sold everything we owned and moved to Southern Mexico four years ago. Only we did it with four kids, the youngest, age five-months and the, eldest age 10. And with a husband and father suffering from the aftermath of a brain injury.

Don’t get me wrong. I love our life here. The first few years were an awesome, amazing adventure, and some days still are. But living in Mexico, as an expat, isn’t an endless summer, with margaritas on the beach, a perfect tan, and all that glamor and jazz.

Many days it’s just a bus ride, a doctors appointment, a few tacos, and a little guitar music for the trip home. Many days it’s just black and white, and normal.

My husband and I believe that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. That is what we have tried to do with our life in Mexico and if you read my blog you will see a life of lemonade and beauty and fun. I like to be happy and positive and I want to share that with others.

But sometimes you have to keep it real. So here are my simple photos of my real and normal life as an expat in Mexico. Life is okay and life is good. Signing off, Tina

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Waiting for the Bus

Our Driver Got Hungry and Made a Pitstop

Visiting My English-Speaking Doctor

Having Blood Drawn = Fun Times

Sweet Bunnies and Baby Chicks

How Much for This Boot?

So Many Street Dogs…

Enjoying Tacos with the Locals

Ahhhh… Coffee Brings Happiness

A Little Guitar Music for the Ride Home