At the suggestion of Calli's older brother, we brought her down to Costa Rica in Oct/Nov 2005 to show here where we were moving after the new year.
After gaining her approval on our ten day trip we returned to Arizona with the task of moving. Below is me realizing what a HUGE task it was going to be. Truth, this was probably me the entire month before the big move!
Bill enjoyed and the "new" things but it took him a couple of years to accept, Costa Rica as home.
Retirement works for Bill!
Callista, our precious daughter and biggest reason for moving. We moved to give her a different life, a better life. There were ups and downs growing up in Costa Rica. She survied them all with flying colors. She doesn't remember much about life stateside.
We realized yesterday, she has now lived longer in Costa Rica than she did in the United States. Callista has blossomed. She is a well adjusted, kind, loving, bilingual, college student now.
As a family, the three of us have formed a bond I don't think we would have in our old lives. We were a team in this move. Callista had an equally important role in the success of our move. We counted on each other. Needed each other. We still do.
As for Bill and I, during the past ten years we've certainly had our own ups and downs as well. Marriage isn't easy. Neither is moving to a a foreign country to raise a daughter. We've weathered the storms as they came along and have come out stronger on the other side of each. As a couple, we've realized relationships take work. A lot of work! Our bond grows stronger with each challenge we encounter. The strength of our love has gotten us through some tough storms the past few years!
For our family, moving to Costa Rica was the right decision. We didn't move with an exit strategy. We moved, forever and decided to make it work no matter what. We did!