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Can't add much to what everyone else has said, so just sending you a (virtual) hug.
Its has to be one of the hardest things and even on the plane I sat there reflecting have I made the right decision.
I now know we have, been here just short of 6 months and my only regret is not coming sooner .
My daughter loves it here great school ,friends etc we spend most evenings at beach until sunset and weekends feel like a mini break.
We have just had Australia day which I thought was great and all because of the spirit of the place, communities offering services not for financial gain but for free.
Big groups of families and friends enjoying spending a day together.
Adelaide doesn't offer the busy life style and attractions like Sydney , Brisbane but does offer lots of small beautiful places,beaches, towns, country side too many to name.
All the best on your arrival.
I know you are probably in the air flying to Adelaide as I type, but just wanted to say I was thinking about you today and hope you are doing ok.
Be sure to let us know once you arrive safely (when internet connections allow) and keep us posted. Look forward to also hearing how you settle in to Adelaide life. We'll be out next year and I know even though its a long way off yet, even though I know what we face, it won't be easy saying those goodbyes. Feel free to drop me a PM anytime if you want to chat.
Wow! I've been really inspired by all the wonderful things people have been saying to you on this thread. I can't think of anything more to add except "big hugs" to you and your family and we are all thinking of you.
All the best for the next part of life's journey. We are all behind you.
Aw Janice, it must be really hard for you at the mo (i can only imagine), but like everyone else has said keep strong and focused because you do have your younger kids to think of and this being the reason for your move to Australia, your family in time will get used to the idea of you being as will you them being in the uk, i think it is really important to keep in touch with them and it wont seem that they are to far away, although they are only a plane flight away or a phone call.
Chin up girl you will be fine
Gary (plumbing/gas), Amanda,Emily-jo (14) and Megan (11)
Thank you all for your lovely comments. I have been in adelaide 4 days now and yes i have missed my kids back home but to see what a life my younger kids can have here has made it all worth while. I know in time they will get used to the idea and soon they will be coming for extra long holidays. Thanks again poms in Adelaide for all your support.
Welcome to Adelaide ,you will find your feet, just take one day at a time,if you need help remember to ask,
All the best
Andrew, Lisa, Mason and Isabelle. In Aldinga Beach and loving it.
I'm sorry you're so sad about leaving so many of your close family behind in the UK, Janice. The flight to Adelaide must have been torture! It's such a difficult time for you all, and I do wish you the best of everything in the coming weeks and months ahead, as you acclimatise to your new life -- and the weather. It'll take a while to get used to things in Adelaide but I hope you do settle down in your new life very soon. Remember Skype for regular contact - and it costs nothing. It'll be a big comfort at times of homesickness, although there's no substitute for hugs, we know. Keep posting on PomsInAdelaide/PomsInOz; it will help to know there are many, many people in a similar situation to yourselves, as I'm sure you'll find out once you get settled in Oz.
Before you know it, the kids you left behind will start visiting, I'm sure. Who knows, you might even all end up in Oz together. It wouldn't be the first time two or three generations have made the move!
All good wishes to you all!