You are so proud of your achievments and you want to show your family (and rightly so) and it can come as a bit of a shock if they don't seem as thrilled as you. You have a new house(even if it's a rental), your kids/dogs/pet rocks are all leading healthy lives and gaining new skills(well maybe not the rocks) and if you had been in the UK your family would have acknowledged all this. You would probably like them to validate your life changing decision by seeming to want to keep in touch and visit etc. However there are some people who have absolutely no idea what goes on in the rest of the world except what happens locally. Particularly if they have lived in one place all their lives. Somewhere else can be the equivilent to outer space and perhaps it's hard for them to come to terms with it. BUT most families are great and when you finally do get back together, it is usually just like old times. My siblings are far flung in the world and some of them I only see every few years, occasionally chat to on msn or on the phone, but when we do meet up we are still a close knit bunch. If you can get your parents to visit then they will have visual terms of reference when they talk to you on the phone, they will be more physically connected to your new life, but in the mean time keep sending those photos, dvds etc, you might be surprised at how many people get to see these as they are proudly shown around.