my name is Maria... nice to meet you!


Welcome to Isla Verde! This is a little corner of the world where I share the things that make me happy and healthy.  It is my intentional effort at being thankful for the things in my life-- big and small.

Why Isla Verde?  Isla Verde means "green island" just like the one I was born at.  To me green represents happiness, prosperity, and health. I am a flower lover, farm wife, runner, a daughter of the Lord, and earthbound mermaid.  So you can expect to see posts about that here, as well. 

I am an island girl from Puerto Rico living in Midwest.  A retired Army officer and military spouse, doggie momma, full-time stepmother of three, and a fitness and food enthusiast. 

My heart is torn between my love for the Caribbean, where I was born and the beauty I have found in the Midwest, after I married my husband, a handsome crop farmer from Minnesota.  We met in the Army and now we are living the country life dream.  Life in SE Minnesota was quite a change for me (especially the winters) but I have come to love this state and the people who live here.  They do not call it "Minnesota Nice" for no reason. 

I grew up as a city girl but always had a love for country living, so this was an easier transition for me than everybody thought.  I love the quietness, the friendliness of our neighbors, our close knit community, the breathtaking sunsets, the planted fields that go for as long as the eye can see, the fresh breath and everything else country life has to offer. 

But a part is always in Caribbean time zone and my love but the turquoise waters of my native land run deep.  This blog is a little place where I share my love for my two homes, my passion for running, my love for growing flowers and all the things that fill me with joy, including the most important-- God.

I hope you come back and visit!