About Me

Once upon a time, there was a girl. She loved adventure, animals, water, and taking pictures. You could find her playing in Lake Michigan, building a snowman, or counting the stars in the Northern sky and wondering what was up there. She was a tomboy who liked to play dress up. She had a huge smile and a big birthmark on her neck. She could be perfectly happy with her dog, in the woods, all by herself. She wanted to get married, have kids, and see the world. She never thought her dream was out of reach.

I live in Mexico. My husband retired here at age 34. “That’s too young!” “How did he do that?” “You moved to Mexico with four kids?” Yes, we did. It has been one of the best decisions we have ever made.

The journey hasn’t been easy though. It all started with a traumatic brain injury, followed by years of seizures, blackouts, memory loss, hospitals, doctors, therapists, medication, and 911 calls. We had to accept health limitations, give up our company shares in a family business, declare bankruptcy, apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, and eventually foreclose on our home.

I say our journey started with Brad’s brain injury because if it wasn’t for that one event we wouldn’t be here. Does that make it okay? No. I would much rather have a healthy husband. However, I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade.

That is what we did. We sold our belongings, said goodbye to the people we love, and moved 36 hours away to South Mexico.

We rent, and we do not own the newest and best toys. Brad’s health is better. Our kids are homeschooling and learning Spanish. We spend more quality time together as a family, in our Bible ministry or traveling Latin America.

That little intro story is my story. This whole blog is about me, (and my nutty family). Who cares, right? If you are reading this, then maybe you care. Maybe you want an adventure, need inspiration for your dreams, or you might just like travel and photography. Whatever it is you are searching for maybe my story can help you find it. Stick around and we will figure it out together.

Sometimes dreams come true in ways you would never imagine. I cry. I complain. I get depressed. Then… I pick myself up, dust myself off, and I keep going. I chose to smile when it rains. I chose to live instead of regret. I chose to be happy. – Tina – Contact me via email at tina@gringoslocos6.com

Ernspiker Family 2014


  1. Love you Tina!! I’m happy for your family!
    I remember good times with you growing up. I remember you and Josh and I used to say something about walmart.. was it:
    Keeping it real at Walmart? Lol

  2. Hello,

    Hope you are doing well. I stumbled upon your blog when I was searching for medical and health related topics and found your blog post about “Top Reasons for Stress That Harm Mental Health”. I have to agree to the fact that quality of content on your blog is awesome.

    I am also a blogger who usually write about health related topics and I am currently compiling a post about “5 facts and figure about dementia”. I thought it would be great if I could share it with your audience as you have the similar kind of audience available on your blog.

    Please let me know if this sound interesting to you and I will send you my post for review purpose.

    Looking forward to hear from you!

    Alma Causey

    1. Sorry it took so long to respond Alma. We have been out of the country, visiting our hometown in Kentucky. You are welcome to send it my way and I will take a look at it. I never expected to write much about mental health but I guess with Brad’s TBI and our ADHD, that mental health is a regular topic on the blog! My email is gringoslocos6@gmail.com. Thanks!

  3. I apologize for leaving this as a blog post…but I didn’t see another avenue to make this inquiry.

    I have a website and blog in Mexico (Mazatlan) and am writing a post about renting less than a year but over a month to learn if you like an area before moving to Mexico.

    One of the suggestions I have made in the past, based on my own experience, is to hire a “concierge” to check out a place prior to committing any money. Here is my post about it http://www.ventanasmexico.com/news-1/2016/6/20/0473klj4cqu5tiopmdbi1etsa59yrv

    In this new post, I would like to list one person as a “concierge” (preferably someone with an online presence) for each popular expat area. Having the name of someone I could hire to do something like check out an apartment for me or get some other question answered when I couldn’t be there myself, has made my life much less stressful in Mexico

    I know having even one relationship in any new town can make a world of difference. I don’t know if you’d even ever be contacted. It just seems like a helpful thing to do.
    Sooo…I was wondering if you or anyone you know might be interested. My skype is Kerry.baker68. Kerryinmexico@gmail.com

  4. Hey Tina. I love your spirit. In reply to a previous post we are in the Riviera Maya (Cancun to Playa del Carmen) and can preview locations for visitors. We rent a studio apt here too.
    Tina, thanks for your strength and endurance. You are an example.
    Our Portuguese pre group is taking shape.
    Come and visit the Caribbean some day!

  5. My family and I, are moving to Mexico in June. My husband is from Mexico, but the boys and I don’t speak Spanish. I’m worried about how schooling will go. I would love to know more about possibly homeschooling my boys. They will be going into 2nd grade and kindergarten this coming school year. I’m afraid public school would be too difficult for them. We will be living in the state of, Veracruz, but in a small mountain town, Las Lomas.

  6. Before, My husband lived in Mexico. After he marriage with me. Now we living in Vietnam. I swear that, maybe in the future I will go to the Mexico. I love this place. Thank for sharing

      1. Hello Tina,
        I found your blog and the fact that you moved down to Mexico with small children caught my eye. I would like to follow your blog and I’ll send you a separate e-mail. if you don’t mind I would like to ask how did you make your move, as far as the children’s schooling, household items, jobs, etc. my family is contemplating a move down south from California, with 4 children ranging from 5 yrs old to 11. the children do not speak the language and have never been there, both mom and dad are fluent. I’m personally pretty scared due to all the news of everyday violence, my biggest concern as with any parent, is my kids. we have a very busy schedule here in CA, with kids school, my out of the home full time job, the afterschool activities, so I’m always on the go and as you’re aware, in the US, things are always done on the clock, and down in Mexico is completely different, I have difficulty slowing down and I’m afraid things would be more difficult because of that huge adjustment. any advice from your experience will be greatly appreciated. are you still living in Mexico?

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