and Thelma Grumbein Life-long residents of Drumore, Pennsylvania first
discovered the magic of Mexico many years ago as they celebrated their
first anniversary in Cancun, in December 1992. The culture, the people,
the beaches—it was a place that immediately touched their hearts. Over
the years they have returned at least a dozen times, staying in resorts of
Cancún and journeying farther south to the Mayan Rivieria.
Week-long vacations at crowded resorts began to lose their charm and morphed
into longer visits. They began trading the night life for the
homey/quiet comfort of private villas, hoping to escape the touristy
spots, explore "real life" and live like locals.
both share a love of travel and spent many years traveling all over the
Caribbean, but continued to feel a special connection to the place that
stole their hearts so many years ago.
decided to return in December 2012, visiting Isla Mujeres for their
21st anniversary. A winter escape that started as a three-week vacation became so much more ... a journey that changed their lives forever.
dose of reality, life on the other side of paradise, heartbreak,
struggles and far from a peaceful vacation, but in the end ... there was a
home Ted works as a flooring contractor owning a tile/marble flooring
business for 24 years. Thelma worked for 21 years as the head of Human
Resources and Training and Development for The Jay Group, a local Ad
specialty/Fulfillment company until 2010. She currently handles the
office management of Ted's business and works with Cornerstone
Operations Group as an HR/Training consultant.
both share a goal of making a lifestyle change and moving to a warmer
climate within the next few years. Thelma is ready to stay in Mexico
and is working hard to convince Ted ... Mexico Magic. To be continued ... !!!!!
is simple and cozy with their two international rescue dogs, Caysea
Marie, a pit bull beach mutt rescued on a visit to the Cayman Islands in
2008 and, of course, that Mexi-mutt now all-American Super Hero!!!! They
are very active supporters of dog rescue programs in Mexico: Isla
Animals and Tierra de Animales, as well as the Cayman Island Humane
is actively working locally with a team of two other women, Cindi King
and Krista Jenkins, all three dedicated to changing the laws governing
puppy mills. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the Amish/Mennonite
influence bring another kind of cruelty. One at a time, we may never
save them all but we can certainly make a difference for some!