Casco Viejo, Panama

12 May

I’m a mother. I’m about to celebrate my second Mother’s Day. When I look at my son Joaquin Fox, my heart clenches and I feel weary with adoration and love. Joaquin’s dad (and my husband) Juan and I had been living abroad in Panama for seven months when we found out I was pregnant. Those first thoughts of packing up and heading home to the San Francisco Bay Area were fleeting.

One May evening in 2011, while strolling through our eclectic, vivacious, steamy neighborhood of Casco Viejo in Panama City, we decided that heading “home” because of a baby would be selling ourselves short. We had made the wild and yet obvious (to us) choice to live abroad after getting married and we wanted this baby to be a part of that history; a part of our family’s history living abroad.

And here we are today: A California mama, a half Guatemalan papa, and our Panamanian baby boy.

From where I’m standing today, I look around and see an amazing life that we have built here in Casco Viejo, Panama from nothing but hope, inspiration, patience, and creativity. And of course, the handsome Mr. Fox.

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Beautiful picture! :)

Check out Molly Berry’s website, The Berry & The Fox !

And we would like to extend a very happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and grandmothers and great grandmothers around the world! :) <3

14 Responses to “Casco Viejo, Panama”

  1. Val Mills May 12, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    A beautiful story, Happy Mothers Day. Here in New Zealand Mothers Day is almost over and my husband and I are sharing a meal with our son

    • mollyberry May 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

      Thank you! I hope that you enjoyed a very Happy Mother’s Day in New Zealand!

    • toemailer May 12, 2013 at 6:10 pm #

      Sounds wonderful! :)

  2. Jennifer May 12, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Beautiful story, and a gorgeous picture :-) happy Mother’s Day from Aus as I celebrate my 17th.

    • mollyberry May 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

      Thank you! Wow, 17th mother’s day? You deserve a very HAPPY one!

      • Jennifer May 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

        Thanks. I never thought I like that. :-)

    • toemailer May 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

      Fantastic! :)

  3. martaperegrina May 12, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Me encantó lo que has escrito, muy buen relato.
    Que pases un hermoso Día de las Madres, en Argentina lo celebramos el 3º domingo de octubre.
    Un cálido abrazo.

    • mollyberry May 12, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

      Muchissima gracias! Pensaré de todos las madres en Argentina el 3′ de octubre :)

    • toemailer May 12, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      Didn’t know that, thanks for sharing those beautiful words! :)

  4. adinparadise May 12, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    Happy Mothers’ Day to you. Lovely photo. :)

  5. mollyberry May 12, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Thank you for posting this story and for your Happy Mother’s Day wishes Toemailer!

    • toemailer May 12, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

      It’s our pleasure. There is a very nice community here and we are happy to see you feeling at home here, Molly! :)

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