Carl and Gretchen Valdez designed La Lomita, an efficient, solar adobe 2 br/2 bath home, with hospitality and spirituality in mind. It sits on 9 acres, is very private, yet convenient to stores, restaurants and hospital. Think healing, rest, mystery.
Our agreement is of mutual benefit. It is our pleasure to share our home, and we do our best to maintain a clean, quiet, safe and comfortable environment with up-to-date equipment. Conserving water and other resources are important to us.
We raised our children (biological, step, adopted, foster and grand) in Minneapolis, but after having traveled for many years to Colorado and New Mexico to visit Carl's father's Spanish-speaking side of the family, we decided to build our retirement home close to family in New Mexico.
Both of us are retired teachers in various disciplines with a combined 57 years with students, and Carl, as an ordained deacon in the Catholic church, continues to serve in a bilingual capacity (English and Spanish). He is also a chaplain for the Minneapolis Police Department. Both are dedicated to grandchildren, especially Gretchen, who also dedicates time practicing tai-chi and teaching it to us "older folk". She also reads mystery novels, writes grants and assists in developing leadership in the Spanish-speaking community.
Because of our close ties especially with grandkids in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and Carl's ministry (i.e. not retiring!), we decided to stay put and open our home to guests. The advantage is that the mechanics (especially plumbing), cleanliness, and the security of the house and neighborhood by frequent use make for a good investment. Of course, we are pleased that so many individuals and families have been able to share what we enjoy in this home away from home. Truly, it is a shared experience that helps our guests, the neighborhood and area.
Also, the landscaping and building projects that Carl does is a helpful change from both the pleasure and demands of ministerial service.