1. We are entering into the third year since we moved. After two years in Adelaide I wanted to leave. Badly. We knew people superficially, not very well. I was lonely and very homesick. We were so far away from family. So, as we entered this year, I knew what to expect.
But it is different. I shouldn't be homesick. I am home. That has definitely made the settling process much easier. And we have met some really lovely people. So, rather than thinking we don't know too many people really well, this is the year to get to know them better. To nurture friendships rather than abandon them.
2. After a six month, 3 day a week contract at a school last year that left me worn out physically and mentally, it was with some trepidation that I took a 12 month contract at a different school the year. But it was the best decision I could have made. I feel very blessed and grateful to be working at this school. Beautiful children, lovely staff, fantastic teaching environment. It is a four day a week contract but I almost always work five. And it's easy to do. But settling into a full time teaching role after several years of casual/release work, has hijacked my time. Finding the balance between work, mothering and having a life has been a balancing act. So much after hours work!