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Contagious Enthusiasm

I've really come to enjoy telling friends, family and even strangers (not at random, mind you, I mean people I'm otherwise connected to) that we are moving to New Zealand. There is a wonderful two-second pause where their faces scrunch up at first as if they misunderstood me and then wide eyes and huge smiles. I should keep better track, but my guess is that 40% say "What??" and 40% say "Really??" and 10% say some version of "Oh my goodness!" Everyone has a story to tell about a friend or loved one who has gone to NZ and to the person, everyone I tell wishes me well, tells me how beautiful NZ is and shares in my excitement.

There are few instances in my life when my announcements have been received with this much support and glee. I love it.

Chase and Smith's Thoughts - 06 November 2017

Me: "What do you think about our move to New Zealand?"
Chase: "Not very good. I'm gonna miss my friends at school. Do they know that we're coming there?"
Me: "Yes, Daddy has a job there."
Chase: "Oh. I'm gonna be shy."

Smith: "I'm gonna miss everyone in my class and in my neighborhood."
"I'm excited that we're going to live on an island because there is an ocean around it and I like going to the beach. I like seeing the palm trees and the pretty flowers."

Me: "What do you think about meeting new friends?"
Chase: "No. When did we make Frederic and Felix our friends?"
Me: "When you were four."
Smith: "I want to make new friends."

Me: "What about your new school? You know you have to wear a uniform."
Smith: "I think it's gonna be good. I hope Chase is in my class."

What other questions do you have?
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Making Progress

It's been a couple of months since we made our decision to move and we have been busy applying for visas and donating clothes and furnishings to charity.

A list of what we've accomplished:
- Checked out towns in New Zealand online - parks, fun stuff, roads, crime, etc.
- Wrote to NZLocums and some clinics directly to see about available jobs
- Narrowed the job field to three options in Waihi, Rotorua and Warkworth
- Compared the schedules and towns and chose Waihi for its location and the clinic schedule
- Negotiated the contract for time off, salary and moving expenses

- Sarah at NZLocums started Rick on his path to a visa and privileges including telling him he had to have an FBI evaluation done
- Joined multiple online groups for physicians in NZ, expats in NZ and international travel
- Talked to and emailed with multiple expats in NZ from the US including physicians and asked about life, work, school... everything!

- Made multiple lists of things to keep, things to donate …