If you’d have asked me a year ago if we’d be in Australia again in 1.5 years time – I would have shaken my head firmly and reassured you that we were going to be in New Zealand forever. We both thought that was what we were committing to upon arrival. We were here to stay.
Now a year on, our little boy is growing and we’ve settled in but are more flexible with where we need to be. Mike was offered a position back in Western Australia that honestly was too good to turn down. He’ll be flying over next month and in 4 months time Wesley and I will follow over to join him. Just like that everything changes.
This is a conflicting decisions as we’re not too happy to be parting with family; however it does open up an opportunity for us to buy land now in New Zealand and eventually be able to set up our own little business. I’m just in the process of submitting paperwork for another 5 year visa to stay and work within Australia, and when that’s all secured we’ll be ready to go.
I’m sure many of the readers here are shaking their heads. How many times have we moved over the past 7 and a bit years?
We have moved from 6 locations: Banff, Melbourne, Eneabba, Coorow, Perth, Palmerston North… I think we probably travel more than military families at this point.
Some more family is waiting in Australia for us in Adelaide and Melbourne so we shall be flying more often to see them as well, along with our network of friends which will be nice to see them more often (a few of them have had babies too) but it’s truly with heavy hearts that we made the call to leave New Zealand for now. The only solace is that it’s not permanent.
I’ll be applying for permanent residency by this Christmas and hopefully that will make transitioning to and from a bit easier.
After we buy land, there will be developments that we will need to tend to, so you shall be seeing more of us again int the near future. Wesley has his own little New Zealand passport and I know we’ll be back often for family visits as he continues to grow and turn into a little independent person.
Side note: Wesley stood all on his own yesterday for nearly 30 seconds. It was pretty incredible to watch. We’ve also just planted a small winter crop of veggies that should hopefully be ready in a few months.
So I guess, if you’ve not had the chance to see us in New Zealand, you’ll have to come and check out Australia!
Holly, Mike & Wesley
Ps: The photo of Mike was taken during a very special time when we were camping in the South West of WA. We were whale watching and embracing the somewhat unconfirmed news that we were very likely travelling with the beginnings of life in my belly. I’m really hoping we can show Wesley the area…it’s magical!