Woo hoo, so pleased.....we've had our employer sponsored 186 visa granted this week.
We've been here just a little over 2.5 years now. Came over on a 457, always with the intention of getting PR as soon as we were able. We were one of the lucky familes that felt settled very quickly, but having only a temporary visa has always hung over our head a little. Anyway, we are fully fledged permanent residents now and couldn't be happier!
For anyone planning on doing the 457 to 186 route, keep going - its definately worth all the uncertainty in the end.