So now the VENT.... I intended this to be a stitching blog but its also going to be my outlet when one is required. My husband and I have made a HUGE decision to move from the East Coast of Canada to the West Coast of Canada - and the decision has made us very unpopular with our extended family.
Here is a little back ground - my husband just finished his Registered Nursing degree. He is currently is a Licenced Practical Nurse here in New Brunswick. We love our home, our street, our town, the school the girls go to, the daycare, my job.... but the reality is we live in a province that is struggling under massive debt and as a result they have put a spending freeze on many things - including health care. There is a current hiring freeze on RN's. My husband has been looking for a job here for months - there is none. We even looked in Halifax, NS - about 3 hours away - there is none. Here is the kicker!...... There are 100's in Alberta. Full time.
Based on this we have chosen to go where our family has a chance to prosper. This is not going over well with the extended family - which we expected - as we have two little girls that are 8 and 5 1/2. Some how, this decision that we struggled to make, for the betterment of ourselves, has become percieved as a means to somehow punish our extended family and shut them out of our lives. That is far from the truth. The one thing holding us back is the fact that we would have to leave our extended family - but instead of getting concern and support we got guilt tripped.
So here it goes (and this is addressed to more than one person): I'm sorry that this decision has hurt your feelings - it hurts our feelings too. I wish we didn't have to move to prosper but we have a young family and we need to take care of ourselves. You are always welcome at our new home - in fact we are buying a bigger house that specifically has an extra room with a full bathroom attached - you can stay a day, a week, a month and once you get here you won't have to pay a cent - its on us. Yes, the plane ticket is expensive about $700 - but that is $2 a day. Trust me, our decision to move is not to punish you, or take the kids away from you - its for us to have economic prosperity and for us to have a chance to explore that side of the continent with our children. The world is shrinking. We know its far - trust me - we know.... but it will all be okay. This decision is about the four of us, taking care of the four of us.