A Little Update…And A New Member Of Our Family

by Danny

So much has happened that we’ve been dying to write about.

Vipassana was both brutally difficult and wonderfully beautiful. I have a number of draft posts that I’ve been working on that I hope to post in the coming weeks. I was very inspired during the event and am still digesting what I learned and how the meditation tools apply to what we share on the blog.

On the bus to Olรณn, Ecuador to prepare for the retreat

Last week we finished our first retreat! It was a ton of work trying to put something like this on.  But we had the most wonderful group of attendees, and I think there was just as much learning going on as there was teaching. Every time we’ve been able to meet with readers we’re blown away by their beautiful souls. It will be fun to share a few photos (and maybe a recipe or two) from the experience and talk about it in a little more detail.

Afterwards, we traveled a little bit with some new and old friends that attended the detox retreat. We visited Puerto Lopez and Isla de la Plata, which is also known as “poor man’s Galapagos.” It was the tail-end of the whale season and we were lucky enough to see humpback whales and about six blue whales swimming by the boat. The island was full of exotic birds, like blue-footed boobies, that didn’t seem to care that you were two feet away from them.

You might think that being down here in Ecuador would mean that we have all the time in the world and that our blogging regularity should have improved by coming here. And in a sense, you’d be right…we certainly thought the same thing would happen.

But the reality is, things just take a lot longer down here. Every errand done without a car is a total production (in part because we often try to walk wherever we go instead of take the bus) and you can spend half a day in search of just the simplest things.

Plus, we’re designing our own furniture and having it made by local craftsmen…that process is much more demanding that we would have thought. Doing it this way cheaper, but much more time consuming.

We also spend way more time then we’ve ever spent cooking. Which is awesome. We’ve cut just about every ounce of processed foods out of our diet. When we go to the farmer’s market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, we spend a good portion of the day just washing and storing all the nutritious goods we bought.  Check out the kind of bounty that comes home with us each week.

But, of all the things that have taken up our time in the last few weeks, one thing in particular has been a major and delightful distraction. We have a new member of our family….can’t wait to tell you how we found this adorable little dog.

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  1. Lisa | Happy By October 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Today I was thinking about you guys, how I miss Mara's writing and I went to check the blog. So happy to see an update and all these wonderful news. Congrats on the new member of your family. What a kind little soul he is! Looking forward to more snippets of your everyday life…

    Wishing you all the best!

  2. Utah Girl Am I October 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Oh, he/she is precious! ๐Ÿ™‚ Puppies just make life better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Amy October 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Life sounds awesome for you guys! And I can't wait to hear about your ADORABLE addition!!

  4. Anonymous October 6, 2014 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Your new little family member couldn't be more adorable! Congratulations and blessings to you for taking this little one in. Love the other photos too.


  5. Unknown October 6, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    What a sweet sweet little one! The face! And the pink belly!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Yes – I'm pretty much in love with that pink belly!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Michelle Bunt October 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Hi! So great to hear from you guys again! Love the gorgeous wee dog…does he/she have a name yet?

  7. Miggy October 6, 2014 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    I like her already…can't wait to hear more.

  8. Kelly Rodriguez October 6, 2014 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I am so happy you're back. Love that life is so grand. And love, love, love that precious puppy face. Welcome back!


  9. ROK October 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Glad you are checking in–wondered how Ecuador is going. I definitely want a dowload on the furniture…sounds kinda awesome.

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:07 pm - Reply

      I totally need to give an update on our home. It's coming together. I mean, as much as we're willing to do for a temporary home. But at least it's feeling more homey and livable!

  10. Michaela LeBlanc October 7, 2014 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    So so happy for the update! I love hearing about your life in Ecuador–no matter what you are doing! It is so interesting to me. Can't wait to hear more about the retreat and whatever else you choose to share.

    PS So excited for you guys that you got a dog!

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

      I'm glad you don't mind hearing tidbits about Ecuador! Thanks for the note.

  11. KAM October 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    So much delight in reading about your life and the changes you are choosing to make with food and environmental issues..and having your furniture built, what a way to assist the local economy, all good if a bit slower.
    Your new furry child is wonderfully expressive. What a love! So enjoyed reading a post from you today.


  12. Emily Jane Price October 8, 2014 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I often say that the best decision I ever made was adopting a dog. I'm so happy for you three! Thanks for the update! Your blog is the first bookmark on my bookmark tab. I first came to know about it through your MoSto interview. Since listening to that podcast, I have started a few messages to you both which did not begin to adequately describe how deeply grateful I am for what you've shared and how profoundly the things you're communicating are affecting my life. Much love to you.

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:10 pm - Reply

      Wow – so happy to hear this. So humbled that anything I have said has been helpful to you. I try. And it's always a miracle to me when it works. Thank you so much letting me know.

  13. A Few Good Eggs October 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Welcome back and what a cutie!! Can't wait to hear more about your family member. He is adorable and I have found that having a pet is such a source of joy – more than I could ever have imagined.

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Yes! She has brought so much joy to us! This is really the first pet I've ever had so this is all completely new to me. But I am quickly seeing why so many people just love their pets and consider them part of the family.

  14. Stefania October 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Congratulations!! What a sweet little doggy! <3

  15. decoratingwanderlust October 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    That doggy hit the jackpot with you two, and it looks like it's about time something went right for him/her. Congrats!

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:14 pm - Reply

      Ah, thanks. And yes, this little one has one eye (it seems due to an injury of some kind) and she used to live on the street. We're so glad to give her a home and it's pretty cute to see that she seems ridiculously happy to live here with us. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Anonymous October 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Doggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a sweet, perfect, furry angel. Amazing! You are going to experience unconditional love at a new level. I'm guessing you saved the pup from some horrible condition, and if so, thank you for saving a life and for making up for the pup's rough start in life with a new, perfect, loving home. (By the way, a great alternative to human children is using the same energy to save many, many dogs and/or cats – still God's creatures who need a home and love.)

    Can't wait to learn from you about the meditation and the cleansing retreat.

  17. Anonymous October 10, 2014 at 6:57 am - Reply

    I should apologize to Ikea b/c every time I check this blog I mutter, "Please, let it not be that cushion; please, let it not be that cushion." Nothing against the cushion, of course, I was just always hoping for an update.

    That little dog is other-wordly adorable. Looking forward to the back story!

    • mara October 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

      Oh man, I saw this comment this morning when I woke up and I'm still laughing about it. I was feeling pretty sick about those cushions sitting there, too. I mean, Ikea? for like a month? Oh dear. ๐Ÿ™‚ But thanks for writing in. I am gearing up to get going on the blog again. I really miss it when I go on these breaks.

  18. sandboxfiction October 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    What an adorable pup; prepare to fall madly in love. Can't wait to hear more about your Vipassana experience. I've done 3 retreats, and would love to do another. If you'd like to read my account of my first (and a friend's guest post on his), check out: http://www.sandboxfiction.com/category/nonfiction/vipassana/

  19. Olon September 17, 2015 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Ecuador and dogs… its a real story you have.. You can see a lot in all the towns .. much of them with hungry.. great for you


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