5 years ago today we moved to the USA. Some of our friends thought we were mad, (some probably still do) some thought we wouldn’t stick it out and be right back, and most of them called us ‘brave’ for trying out life here in America. Certainly it’s a lot different from our life back in Scotland but I wouldn’t change a minute of the rollercoaster ride that has been our life for the last 5 years.
We’ve had wonderful highs – kids have both graduated from High School now and are in college – one Senior and one Freshman this fall (autumn). I’ve started my own business – which NEVER would have happened if we’d stayed in Scotland and we’ve managed to tick off a fair amount of places in the USA we’ve visited.
We’ve had some incredible lows too – the death of my dad in 2012 and the death of my mother-in-law in March this year, not to mention both my pets I brought with me from Scotland. Yes, pets are important family members too in our house. But I also have a brand new baby nephew (in Scotland) and a new puppy here so life does go on.
And I now have a whole new set of friends here in the USA as well as managing to keep the friends I had back in Scotland. It takes effort to keep in touch with faraway friends, but it’s totally worth it when you go home and get to catch up with people who have know you for a long time.
Would I recommend it to anyone else. Yes. 100% go for it. If we didn’t make the move when it became available to us we’d always have been sitting thinking ‘what if’….