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Thelma Grumbein

Thelma Grumbein

Ted 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.

They 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.

They 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.

A 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 Hero!!!!

At 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.

They 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 ... !!!!!

Life 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 Society.


Thelma 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!


The Other Side Of Paradise ... Hero's Hell - The rescue of Hero, the dog