New body, new lifestyle!

New body, new lifestyle!

With our 115 pound weigh loss between us, Chuck and I are looking to add some new activities to our life. Kayaking is something I have always wanted to do. Now is the time!



Here’s some before and after pics.

That’s Our Girl!

Thank God for the wonder of the internet and videos! Missing this little one and her Mom!

Something a little different…

by Susan Young, Volunteers Without Limits

So this month I am participating in a study on the topic of aging. Let’s face it, there are only two possible roads to travel in life, dying young or getting old and for the most part the which road we travel is not ours to make. We do however have choices to make each day that will affect how fast we age and what kind of health we will have in our last trimester of life. I hold fast to the assumption that I’ll live to the age of 90 so 60-90 is what I call my third trimester in life. My justification for this assumption is the longevity of my parents and a multiple of maternal aunts. Whether there is any truth in this premise, only time will tell.

Having spent my first 30 years in youthful dreams and pursuits, my second in child rearing and establishing my career and future financial security, my last 30 I have committed to fulfilling a higher purpose. Exploring the ‘big’ questions like why am I here and what am I supposed to be doing with all blessings that have been bestowed on me.

One of the first choices we made several years before retiring was to purchase a house in Baja. Having visited Rosarito annually for several years, I had become enamored with the possibility of living in a temperate climate somewhere near the beach. I’m not a cold weather fan. Snow is pretty when you can observe it from inside a warm abode but there is nothing pretty about shoveling your way out of the drive or crawling around on ice to put on tire chains.

Convincing my husband, Chuck, of this move took a bit more effort. It wasn’t until I could show him that he would be able to retire 3-5 years earlier if we lived in Mexico did he come around. So step one in the process was to simplify which meant reducing the years of accumulated stuff that we filled every nook and cranny of house and garage with. Admittedly, Chuck had the most to eliminate. He sorted through his extra large shop and gave the kids each part of the his fishing gear that would not be appropriate for deep sea fishing. My job was a lot easier as I was leaving my daughter in residence of our house so any dishes and furniture I didn’t bring could remain there.

So now that we are hear in a smaller house with less stuff, what do we do? During my years of child rearing and career building I had little time to become involved with my community. One of things that drew us to buy a house in town was a desire to be part of the local community and have a chance to give back. One look around San Felipe made it evident that there were many great groups and organizations that devote both time and money to improve the lives of our neighbors and alleviate some of the hardships they endure. The hard part is picking which of these to get involved with and how to divide up our time and resources in a way to do the most good and least harm.

Our beliefs are guided by the Bible so we took the words “feed the hungry”, “see to the widows and orphans” to heart and in doing so became “facilitators” of Volunteers Without Limits. We didn’t start it or nor are we officially part of the the organization. We are just helpers. We help with some of the food delivery, shopping and picking up donations. Sometimes we help with fund-raising events. But the heart of the organization is the Director, Paty Orozco. She is the one who oversees the distribution. She also screens all applications and visits the homes of the clients. Paty came to the food bank one day in the early days and offered to work as volunteer and run the thrift store if in exchange she could set up a space to help the parents of children with severe disabilities by teaching them about resources available for their children’s care. She also petitioned to get help supplying nutritional supplements and disposable diapers for these children.

When the founders of the original food bank needed to leave town due to health reasons, Paty jumped in and formed a new non-profit association under the name of Voluntarios sin Limites which means Volunteers Withou Limits. She picked this name with the forward thinking that someday the work may expand to help more than the hungry and disabled children. Now three years later that dream is growing and VSL is supporting the efforts of the drug rehab facility by promoting the sale of their crafts. We are also reaching out help people of all ages who face major medical needs. Last month VSL help an eleven year old boy (who is being raised by his older brother) get an MRI and CAT scan that determined he had tumor on his spine and we are purchasing the necessary corset for him to wear following his surgery. Paty has also lobbied for and obtained additional help from other agencies to fund renting the traction apparatus he will need in the hospital following surgery. Interest grew and before we knew a musical event was created by Martin and some of the local musicians which raise money to help the family with the rest of their portion of the medical expenses. The last word was that Eli had gone to Mexicali for his surgery but it had been rescheduled for the 28th o f May. In the meantime, Eli has been given a walker to help him get around safely.

We’ve been in San Felipe full-time for four years but this summer we are sojourning back to Northern California for the summer to be present for Chuck’s mom’s 80th birthday party and the birth of our third grandchild.  We have decided to leave our big dog at home with a house-sitter.  Chuck and I are busy preparing for our trip north and getting the house ready for it’s summer occupants.  This includes having a new roof built with has been a challenge.

We found a delightful couple who were looking for a place to spend the hot summer months and they and their dog will be joining our big dog Russo at the casa in our absence. But it’s a big job getting your home ready for guests. Hopefully the new mini-splits will be up and running this week and none too late at the thermometer is peaking in the mid 90s today already. Fortunately, the new insulation is doing it’s job and the house is tolerable even without the air conditioning.

So back to work I go. Hope you all are having a great spring. Looking forward to catching up with many of you this summer.


I Believe – anonymous but great

A Birth Certificate shows that we were born

A Death Certificate shows that we died

Pictures show that we lived!

Have a seat. Relax . . .

And read this slowly.

I Believe…

That just because two people argue,

It doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.

And just because they don’t argue,

It doesn’t mean they do love each other.

I Believe…

That we don’t have to change friends if

We understand that friends change.

I Believe….

That no matter how good a friend is,

they’re going to hurt you every once in a while

and you must forgive them for that.

I Believe…

That true friendship continues to grow,

even over the longest distance.

Same goes for true love.

I Believe…

That you can do something in an instant

That will give you heartache for life.

I Believe….

That it’s taking me a long time

To become the person I want to be.

I Believe…

That you should always leave loved ones with

Loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I Believe….

That you can keep going long after you think you can’t.

I Believe….

That we are responsible for what

We do, no matter how we feel.

I Believe…

That either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I Believe…

That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs

to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I Believe….

That my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time


I Believe….

That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down

will be the ones to help you get back up

I Believe…

That sometimes when I’m angry

I have the right to be angry,

But that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe….

That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had

And what you’ve learned from them and less to do with how many

birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I Believe….

That it isn’t always enough,

to be forgiven by others.

Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe…

That no matter how bad your heart is broken

the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I Believe….

That our background and circumstances

may have influenced who we are,

But, we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe…

That you shouldn’t be so eager to find

Out a secret. It could change your life Forever.

I Believe….

Two people can look at the exact same

Thing and see something totally different.

I Believe…

That your life can be changed in a matter of

Hours by people who don’t even know you.

I Believe…

That even when you think you have no more to give,

When a friend cries out to you –

you will find the strength to help.

I Believe…

That credentials on the wall

do not make you a decent human being.

I Believe…

That the people you care about most in life

are taken from you too soon.

The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything;
They just make the most of everything they have.

I Believe…

That you should share this with

all of the people that you believe in, I just did.

I received this verse and the pictures in an email that had been forwarded on many times and you may have received it too.  Rather than forwarding it on again, I have copied it and the photos here to share will all my friends.
I do not know the original author or source of the photos but if they belong to you or you can identify the source, please send me the info so I can credit the owner and/or get permission for their reproduction.

We are well and fine here in San Felipe

“…millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year (including tens of thousands
who cross the land border daily for study, tourism or business and nearly one million U.S.
citizens who live in Mexico…”

Although I greatly appreciate the concern and prayers of our friends and family members, please remember that violence and crime are not strangers to our ‘home’ towns. In past years I have woke up to the sounds of gun fire while living in Chico or police helicopters hovering over the neighborhood looking for armed criminals in Ranch Cordova. I was born and raised East of LA and delivered parts for my father’s business in many rough neighborhoods. I traveled the US shortly after the Chicago Riots and just barely missed out being in Israel during the battles of 73. Bad things happen everywhere. We are in God’s hands here or in the USA. Please don’t fret over current events. We serve a BIG God and he is here in San Felipe with us.

The Storm – Source Unknown

The Storm
They were together in the House. Just the two of them.

It was a cold, dark, stormy night. The storm had come quickly and

each time the thunder boomed he watched her jump.

She looked across the room and admired his strong

wished that he would take her in his
arms, comfort her and protect her from the storm.

with a pop, the power went out… She screamed…

He raced to the sofa where she was cowering.

He didn’t hesitate to pull her into his arms.

He knew this was a forbidden union and expected her to pull back.

He was surprised when she didn’t resist but instead clung to him.

The storm
raged on…

They knew it was wrong…

Their families would never understand… So consumed were
they in their FEAR that they heard no opening of doors…
just the faint click of a camera……

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Now that you have smiled today, won’t you please help someone else?