My father always says "When one door closes, another door opens". I've always loved that saying.
My little family and I have been enjoying a wonderful few months Down Under. Australia is my home land and one of the most magical places on earth. I have so enjoyed being close to my family, living by the beach, and reconnecting to the Aussie culture. Leaving this country is not something I ever find easy.
I have been living in the USA for almost ten years now. Iowa, and indeed the mid-west has offered us a peaceful life, filled with hospitality, snow and adventure. Close to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital was the best place we could have been when I started having complications during the early stages of my pregnancy. As it turned out, and our son was born 16 weeks premature and was 5 months in the NICU there. But after almost ten years, it's now time for a change.
So, we've decided we're staying in Australia. That's right, we're relocating here. My husband arrived a couple of weeks ago and as a family we have been contemplating this decision for a long time. But there is no doubt in our minds now that Australia is the place we want to call home. We put our house in Iowa on the market and it sold in just one week, so everything is aligning in our favor.
Over the next few months we'll be looking around this big beautiful country for the right place to settle. Right now we are staying with family on the Beautiful Bellerine Peninsula in Victoria. Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be exploring different options for a permanent home.
Travel to and from the grocery store for an Autistic child is hard enough, let alone bringing Thomas half way around the world to another country. This means I won't be returning to the US for quite some time. Despite this, Thomas has settled well, he's loving the lifestyle and has just exploded in so many areas, but his continued success and development depend on a peaceful routine and ongoing security, so that is our priority.
We've started Megan in school here and she's loving it. She tells me she now speaks two languages, American and Australian. She gets to wear a school uniform every day and she loves the fact that her school mascot is a dolphin...not to mention that when she looks out her class room window she can see the beach. How good is that??
And so starts the next major adventure in our lives. The coming months will be a little challenging as I am without most of my art supplies and I don't have a studio space, but I'll be doing my best to share with you the illustrations of this journey and the joys of this adventure.
Thanks for checking in. xx