After reading your various posts I am startled that you are moving to Belize to live in the jungle somewhere and raise a young child .You must have unbelievable stamina and internal fortitude.
Especially after living in NJ and being highly educated.
I wish you all the luck in the world and perhaps you shall start a blog to tell us how you are doing in YOUR NEW WORLD
Thank you for the complement. While its is definitely jungle, it is not (as Anton correctly observes) "Heart of Darkness"-type jungle. We're going to be next door neighbors to the Lodge at Chaa Creek, and will have easy access to the Western Highway and San Ignacio.
The decision to move down really isn't all that startling. My wife is a life-long Belizean, and when agreed to get married (and she agreed to come to the States) it was on the condition that we would buy a place in Belize and that we would eventually settle there.
As for building a place, I have a good deal of experience with construction; I grew up in a construction family (my brother is a contractor and my father and grandfather were in the trades) and I have been restoring historic buildings on the side for years. It is definitely going to be a challenge building a house in Belize while we are still living in the States, but I'm confident that we can do it if we take the time to get it right, and only have work done while I am there to personally supervise it.
The biggest issue is going to be our son. It will be a few years before we will make the move, and I am concerned about how he will do living in Belize full time. Fortunately, my wife's family is nearby in Belmopan, and we travel down as often as we can for as long as we can so he can become comfortable there.
I have given some thought to starting a blog, but I have so many other things going on that I don't think I have the time right now. If I do, I'll certainly let you and everyone on the Forums know.