Tyke, what a great thread......
Well, where do I start.....
We moved here on a temp 457 visa in Jan 09. Since the day we moved we realised we were home. Our journey has far from been a smooth one, in fact we have had more upset and uncertainty in the last 15 months to last anyone a lifetime, and still every step forward seems to put us 2 steps back in the quest to become permanent residents!!!
At times it seems that Australia is against having the Churches on their books, but we are a stubborn lot and know that when we decided to risk everything to stay in the wonderful place we call home was the right decision for our family.Richards work have finally agreed to sponsor us for PR and we hope to have it sewn up in the next 4 months!!! (Hooray, street party at the ready!!!)
Rich came here with work already organised, and has changed employment 3 times due to having to retrain and resit his medical exams (Aussie anatomy must be different to the rest of the world! lol!) and I am still at home with the girls for now, we are financially worse off than in the UK for now, but know that in 5 years time we will be enjoying the finer things in life when things finally settle down.
We were extremely lucky in respect to settling into a circle of friends that we knew from the UK, and in turn their friends became our friends. We regard Andy and Lindsey Moore as our family along with the Poyntons and Purtons and know that we could turn to them as we could our UK family in times of crisis and they to us. I thank you guys infinately for keeping me sane and holding me together when everything seemed to be falling apart!!!
We enjoy a 100% better social life and spend much more quality time together as a family. we love getting outdoors and going camping and have enjoyed exploring some of the beautiful scenery that SA has to offer. The beaches, the countryside, bush and hills are all spectacularly beautiful and the feeling of open space is exhilarating.
Our children are happier and healthier than we have ever seen them and they have settled into Aussie life like they have lived here forever. They even go up at the end of their sentences and say quirky little australianisms.....very cute! The thought of packing up and going back to the UK and being stuck indoors for 6 months or more of the year fills us all with dread. The girls say the are Australian now!
In comparrison to the UK, the streets are cleaner, parks well cared for and playgrounds safe and needle free areas. Grafitti is kept to a minimum and there is generally more respect for the country. I love the fact that Australians are mostly a friendly race and ultimatley proud of their beautiful country and that pride rubs off onto me when I say I am proud to call Adelaide home.
Would we go back? Well never say never, as we do not know the entire story of our lives, but for the next considerable part of our story, we are home here, in Adelaide.....and its HEAPS GOOD!!!!