I have always loved reading these one year threads and there have been so many times I never thought I'ld get the chance to post this but with alot of emotional times yes we have made it .
I have to say i was one of the I am not staying because i couldn't see what was so special with my rose tinted specticals i left England and nearly died when i got here if you are close to your family and friends nothing can prepare you for the distress you feel when you realise you wont be seeing them for a long time and without then around you so many trivial things become major issues .
I got here thinking well they speak English and they do Australian English so lots of things were different at first i resisted words such as texters, servo , rego, kindy until one of my life long friends back home said you left England because you were sick of others not intergrating in our society and now your doing the same and that was my wake up call so I statred to think differently and embrace my new home.
Yes I think so many thinks are more expensive than in England and feel ripped off with every shopping trip but to have a hubby that no longer works shifts for the first time in 20years who is home for tea everynight and off every weekend spending time with our children is totally priceles .
Anyone ready to come tell yourself you are coming for a different way of life this helped us to settle we had a very good life in England and for so long I couldn't get past this but when i changed my way of thinking I started to enjoy it more .
It is not perfect but is anywhere our 2 children never wont to go back permenantley and they were the main reason we made the move in the first place .
So one year in with a house build underway 2 very settled children and both working we look forward to the next year and our first visitors in Dec ;)