Sunday, August 8, 2010

Missing You

I feel fairly certain that Bill would disagree with me, but I have never thought of myself as an especially spoiled person. I'm the tenth of eleven children, after all, so I think I learned pretty early on to be grateful for and appreciate what I have. Sure, I like nice things and I have always had expensive tastes, but I'm not the kind of person that needs things to be happy. This is what I thought, at least, until I came to Caye Caulker, Belize.

I love being on this little, remote island because it is so different from anything that I know, and I am getting the opportunity to watch my family change and grow into better people and into a stronger unit. However, I am starting to miss a few of my 'creature comforts' that had become such a part of our daily life in Chicago.

I miss, for example, shopping for fresh produce at Whole Foods - it was one of my favorite pastimes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce here and the produce stands look nothing like the works of art at WF. When you eat local, seasonal produce, you get what you get, and here you don't get a lot. What is available, though, tastes good despite it's unattractive appearance. I also miss my workouts tremendously! Even when we wake up in the morning, it is already so hot and muggy that I've only managed a few Pilates workouts. I guess the slow biking will have to do for now! I miss the city and it's constant stimulation, but am working on appreciating the peace of the island. Being the foodies that we are, I miss going out for a great meal. So far, the restaurants have not knocked me over, but I have an amazing husband who prepares delicious meals for us at home, so we are not going hungry. Most of all, I miss our family and friends (all of you), who have encouraged us through every phase of this experience so far. You are all here with us - in your own little ways - guiding us down this path. Thank you for all of your love and support. We love and miss each and every one of you!


  1. we love and miss you guys too:)

  2. Makes me want to cry. Miss you guys tons always.

  3. Enjoy every moment! You're living (and creating) the dreams that everyone wishes! Love you tons!

  4. Many of us are living this experience along with you through these terrific posts. I love that they aren't like those annoying "everything is perfect and so are we" Christmas letters I get from some. Thanks - we miss you al too.

  5. From the NYT Sunday, which I am sure you read online..."Current research suggests that, unlike consumption of material goods, spending on leisure and services typically strengthens social bonds, which in turn helps amplify happiness." You are living proof of a New York Times article!!!