You Can Move to Mexico at Age 91 – My Grandma Did!

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I haven’t posted anything for a while. Been super busy upgrading myself, (I am a work in progress), and preparing for my family to move to Mexico. Yeah, that’s right my family is moving to Mexico. They will actually be here in the next few minutes so I am sure that this post will be interrupted and I will have to finish it up later.

You Can Move to Mexico at Age 91

You Can Move to Mexico at Age 91

My parents are in their mid-sixties and my grandmother is ninety plus. Most of the time you hear about retirees, (my parent’s age), moving to Mexico. Seldom do you hear about families with four kids, (like us), or great-great-grandmas in their nineties, that move to Mexico. It does happen.

We have lived in Mexico for over four years. My parents have visited twice for a month each time, and this last visit they brought Grandma Lottie with them. She liked it. They decided to move to Mexico. That’s it.

They went home and sold all their belongs except what would fit in their car and on a travel trailer. Their friends had a going-away party for them. The house they have been living in for the last 10 years was a rental so they gave the keys back to the owner. And now they will be living less than a mile from me in the authentic, non-expat, non-tourist city of Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico. Oh, they are here!! To be continued… keep reading ⇓

Why Did My Parents and Grandmother Move to Mexico?

Here are a few reasons:

  1. I am an only child and I live here with my husband and four children. We are a close family and we missed each other!
  2. Our English Bible congregation in Uruapan is small and needs help to conduct our Bible meetings and expand our Bible ministry.
  3. The weather in Mexico’s mountains is much nicer than in Kentucky. It doesn’t get overly hot or old. The temperature stays between 55-85 degrees year-around.
  4. The cost-of-living in Mexico is cheaper than in the US by a lot and my family is retired and living on pensions.

Of course, there are always worries such as healthcare. Fortunately, my family is fairly healthy and healthcare here is very inexpensive. They also still have health coverage in Kentucky so if they need to go home for any non-emergencies that is a possibility. (Before I could publish this post I was taking my father to the hospital for kidney stones! He called me at 2:30 in the morning and we were back home by 5. They gave him pain medication through an IV and sent him home with two pain medications. The doctor also recommended a local urologist. This isn’t his first bout with kidney stones. They run in the family. Dad was feeling better today and we are hoping they will pass on their own. Total cost for this hospital visit was about 1100 pesos or 60 USD. We went to the same one we have personally visited twice before.)

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How Was Their Transition to Mexico?

We found an adorable house rather quickly and the landlady seems to be very helpful and kind. Their friends and family in the US were supportive. They sold all their belongings in about three weeks and made enough profit to replace their furniture and necessary items for their new home. Paperwork and business that needed to be handled before the move to Mexico was done in a timely and smooth process.

All those things went so well, that naturally something was bound to go wrong along the way, right? Crossing the border from Texas to Mexico was a bit of a hassle. They encountered a lady border-control officer on the Mexican side that detained them for an hour and insisted on searching through most of their boxes at about four in the morning. My father thinks she wanted a bribe but we can’t be sure. Perhaps she was just an overzealous officer doing her job.

Then after about six hours into Mexico, while driving at a decent speed on the highway, they blew a tire on both the car and the trailer. This caused my father to lose control and spin into the median. Dust flew everywhere. It frightened everyone in the car. They don’t know what they hit but the tires were shredded. We are very thankful that they didn’t flip the car or trailer and that that they did not hit another vehicle. Several people stopped to help and within a few hours, they were back on the road hobbling along on their spare tire. They didn’t arrive in Uruapan til midnight!

Once they got here it was time to buy their furniture and get them settled. I started this post three weeks ago and it has been so busy that I am just now finishing it! The furniture took days to deliver because we bought it all right before a Mexican holiday. (By the way, there are a lot of Mexican holidays. Tip: If you want your furniture right away take a truck and trailer to the store with you when you buy it. Otherwise, you will need to learn patience and wait for it to arrive.) They had their Internet and Cable connected last Monday morning. Last Thursday we picked up the glass for their tabletop because the first piece was delivered broken.

All in all, I would say things are going pretty well. They like their home and the neighborhood, and they are enjoying the peace and quiet. Today I took my grandmother and mom shopping for flowers while Dad watched Flash with the kids. Of course, this is just the beginning of a long adjustment period. Moving to another country isn’t an overnight change… it can take months or even years to truly adapt to your new home. It’s an adventure for sure!


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In many countries, including Mexico, extended families live together for most of their lives. But that isn’t something Americans are really used to and let me tell you having five adults and four kids in one house is congested. I think the last week we have all been catching up on our rest and enjoying the calm.

For Brad and I the calm won’t last for long because in our daughters have two friends from the US visiting for 24 days. They flew into Mexico City today and arrived at our home this evening at 8. They are the same age as our girls and have been friends since birth. It just so happens we are best friends with their parents. It is going to be another fun and busy month :-) Signing off in Mexico, Tina

I love my family! This is my 91-year-old grams first time to Mexico. #needgreaters #needgr8 #thebestlifeever #bestlifeever #jw

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Originally published December 4, 2017

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