Can you tell by my title how incredibly happy I am about moving to Uruapan? It will be the third time in 18 months. Moving to Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico in 2013 was a great decision for our family. One that we took years to make. Deciding to take the leap removed a huge weight from our shoulders. I don’t regret moving to Mexico. Then six months ago we decided to lower our Mexican cost-of-living and move into a new home in the same city. Now we are moving again, moving to Uruapan a new city that is a little over an hour further south into Mexico. I think that this is going to be a good move for our family but as always in life there are pros and cons to everything. I have also officially decided that moving three times in 18 months is too much.
Moving to Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico – The Cons
- I am tired. Being a mom of four, trying to homeschool, be regular in my Bible ministry, and keep up with my blog, (which is a combination of loves), can be rather exhausting, both physically and emotionally. Add in a move to a new home, in a new city, and things get crazy. I don’t mind moving every few years or so. Not three times in 18 months. Oh, I already said that…
- We love this house, the one we finally decided on after viewing about a dozen or more homes and finding nothing. It is a beautiful, spacious home and I don’t want to leave it. I wish we could pick up the entire property and just take it with us to Uruapan.
- I am nervous about being accepted and appreciated by new friends. I never had this feeling before. It is a little scary. I simply hope that our family is loved for who we are and that our good qualities will shine and our differences will be overlooked.
- We will miss Morelia. It is a beautiful city and a jewel of Mexico. I will especially miss the downtown area with all it’s lovely, Mexican architecture. Our kids will miss the zoo and the nearby hot springs. At least Uruapan is not too far away. We should be able to make day trips to Morelia whenever we feel like it.
- I don’t want to leave certain comforts like Costco. Costco is great for finding Stateside stuff that is rare in Mexico. I am also going to greatly miss my awesome massage therapist, Maria. I may have to make the drive once a month just so I can fall asleep on her massage table while she melts my stress away.
- Our kids. Oh boy, this is a big one. Brad keeps saying that kids are resilient but moving is still tough for them, especially when they are dealing with ADHD and in the preteen years. Even Sawyer, our four-year-old, needs stability. Please let this move be a smooth transition…
Palm Trees, Mountains, and Oceans Print or Canvas Wall Art
Palm Trees, Mountains, and Oceans Print or Canvas Wall Art was taken from a cliff overlooking the bay in Caleta de Campo, Michoacan, Mexico. This print is exclusively for sale on paper or canvas in sizes ranging from 5x7 to 40x60 inches at Los Gringos Locos by Tina M Ernspiker Photography.
Moving to Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico – The Pros
- Uruapan has trees. The mountains are covered with trees. The streets are lined with trees. The parks are full of trees. I didn’t realize how much I missed trees. It will be nice to live in a city with trees.
- Uruapan is about a third or a quarter the size of Morelia, but they still have a mall, Wal-mart, Suburbia, Mega, Office Depot, and Starbucks. I will be happy to be able to drive across town in twenty minutes versus an hour in Morelia.
- The English Bible group in Uruapan needs support so they can become a congregation. We had the privilege of helping a Spanish group become a congregation in Kentucky and it will be a privilege to help Uruapan as well. The Kingdom Hall we meet at for our Bible meetings is lovely. It is located on a dead-end street in a quiet neighborhood.
- The Bible meeting on Friday night is with a Spanish congregation. The Spanish have plenty of kids and our four children are already making friends and having fun. This will be good for them will help them improve their Spanish.
- We are closer to the Pacific ocean. I think we might actually be able to take day trips to the beach. It should be only about two to three hours’ drive. I love water so I am super excited about this.
- Uruapan is warmer than Morelia year around. Not too much but probably about five to ten degrees. I did not want to move to Mexico to be cold but extreme heat is not good for Brad’s health. Uruapan should be a good middle-ground for pretty weather.
- We found a super nice house to rent at a fair price. There are a few things that we are giving up but there are also a few things we are gaining. Pictures coming soon!
Being positive, I am going to say that the pros outweigh the cons. This will simply be another adventure for the Ernspikers. Today is Monday and we are moving to Uruapan on Wednesday. It is almost 3 in the afternoon and I am still in bed. What a terrible time to be sick! I think I ate some bad food. You gotta watch those roadside restaurants… So far the rest of the family is fine and I hope it stays that way. Brad and the girls are being the best husband and daughters. They are packing, cleaning, and watching the boys while I rest. Only two crazy things happened today. Sawyer swallowed a penny and Tristan clogged the bathroom sink allowing it to overflow and cover the floor with water. It could be worse. I am going to attempt to get out of bed now…. my next post will be coming from Uruapan, Michoacan, Mexico, possibly later this week. Signing off, Tina
Originally published March 2, 2015
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