Catching up on the post

Over the next few days I’ll be posting quite a few catch up stories.

I thought long and hard about going back over the last few months and posting about the things I’ve been up to with the family. Although these events have long gone and the pics are on Picasa for all to see, I’ve decided to post as a way of reminding myself about what we’ve achieved as a family over our first 12 months in Canada.

Life here continues to be a tough nut to crack, but we remain positive (most of the time), knowing that possibly the hardest part of the transition is now over. So many other immigrants have told me that year 1 is the make or break year, and we’re now in year 2. The lads are amazingly settled, have great new friends, are enjoying life socially and in Elliot’s case, starting to build a new future outside of school.

Lesley and I continue to try to grow our own businesses and generate small amounts of income whilst remaining open to full time employment opportunities. However, it’s part of the process and we’re determined to see it through.

My observation is that not many people emigrate at our age with kids as it means giving up years of security and in some ways certainty. But maybe that’s what it’s about, pushing beyond ‘vanilla’. We’ve one life and it tends to be the ‘what if’s’ that people reflect upon later in life.

So, if you could change one thing in your life, what would it be?

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