Surprise

Laid off in a foreign country. Hello. Wow. We weren’t expecting that. Sure, we had made comments among ourselves that this doesn’t seem like the most cost-efficient business model. We had talked about the huge outlay of money to move so many people, support so many people with housing, schooling, relocation assistance. Sure, it is…

Earthquake!

We are from California. Earthquakes are nothing new to us. But ... last night at 11:45 p.m. when Panama was hit with a couple of quick but decent-sized jolts, it felt a little new. Our concrete bunker of a house jumped significantly. This is NOT a California quake-code structure that sways with the movement of…

Coming home

Neil and I spent five glorious days in California. We saw so many friends, visited favorite haunts, ate at familiar places, shopped at stores we knew and understood. It was nonstop action! Almost every minute was spent storing up as much California as we could squeeze in. It was great. Like taking deep lungfuls of…

Home

We sold our home, packed our stuff, hugged a million friends and headed to Panama. Next week will be the first time any of us have headed back to the U.S. Neil and I are making a quick trip. School holidays give Neil 6 days of California sunshine (hopefully). Looking forward to seeing friends, eating…

Do I unsubscribe?

How do you leave one life and start another? Are you really leaving a “life” or just following the path of the life you are already on? As we set up the house, set up our lives here in Panama, I ask myself those questions. The boys are in school. Dean goes to work. I…

Earthquake!

We had our first tremor last night. Just Dean and I were home, sitting on the couch. As former Californians, it’s almost reassuring. The Earth moves for Californians (so many innuendos here). A quake in a concrete house with all-tile floors is a different experience than in our wood-framed U.S. houses made to move with…

Moving, growing, changing

Moving to a new country brought many changes. MANY changes. But the stage we are in life would have brought so much changes anyway. Jack will be attending Florida State by the end of this month. Neil started high school. Young adults we love as our own are heading to other universities, new jobs, many…

My second first impression of Panama

We made it through the flight. Each of us sitting in a randomly assigned middle seat. My sweet innocent husband (he does travel for business right? Shouldn’t he know better?) thought someone would gladly trade with us. Haha. Or as they say down here, jaja. I said goodbye to California – place of my birth…

Happy Mother’s Day

This year's Mother's Day is bittersweet. Dean is in Panama. Jack is sick. Neil is tired. I'm just cranky... In Panama, Mother's Day is in December. Everyone gets the day off work, and it's a big deal. I'm holding out for December this year. Counting on a Mother's Day do-over!

Our House

The house sold, papers signed, repairs and updates done... Ever since we put the house up for sale, it hasn't felt like our home. I figured once the staging and photos were done, after the open houses, after the sterilizing process of getting a house ready to sell was over, the "home" feeling would return somewhat.…