Simon applied for a job this week. I don’t want to get into the details or jinx it but I can’t stop thinking about it. He is qualified for the job but it is hard to imagine that it would work out.
It seems that when we dream of things they stay just that… a dream…
This job would be the fresh start that we need and that I hoped for this year. A new environment, a better place to raise our kids. Though I love the network of friends that I have now, we are far from them and we are lacking the community that we want and need and because English is the language that comes most naturally to me, it is the language that I speak at home which has put my kids at a disadvantage when it comes to making friends in the neighbourhood. But in all honesty Quebec is just not a kid friendly environment, especially when you do not live in the big centres and especially if you do not fit within the mould.
We are unhappy where we are and we should have moved long ago but we were not ready. But, now we are, and it feels like life is not keeping up with our dreams…
but now I understand dreams are dreams…
and if you want them to become reality you have to work for it.
and that’s where are now…
Wait a second….are you saying what I think you’re saying??? I will miss you but Annie will be very happy 😉
yes I am… but I don’t want to get my hopes up just yet…
Ain’t that the truth.
I am so happy for your family. It’s hard making big jumps with kidos. I hope it works out. Good Luck!
Good for you for putting your dreams into action, otherwise dreams remain just that; a dream.
Wawwww i am so excited for you guys!!! this is amazing!
i have had these dreams very often too. when i read about these fantastic ecovillages, and granola people on the west coast, it seems like “what am i doing here”…
i pray for this to work out for you and i’m looking forward to reading your new page of life!
We speak lots of English in Idaho… 🙂
LOL… I have to admit I am not too sure about living in the states… I am a canadian gal 🙂
AH!!! i come here via Annie’s blog once in a while, and just came over with the purpose of asking you about living in Quebec!!! my husband is interviewing for a job in Montreal, and I am just about paralyzed with such conflicting feelings – my french is from high school in Belgium, we learn at home, the city is expensive, so far away from home…and all the excitement of a new place, a city! with museums!, a new language! life experience!…i had a little “aha! wait! annie’s best friend is near there!” sigh. we won’t know either for a while, but regardless, i will hope for good things for you – what an opportunity.
(and anything you’d like to pass on about being an english-speaking homelearning “alternative” family in montreal would be beyond helpful!)
Yes, I live about an hour outside of Montreal but most of my community is based there. Don’t worry about the language, you will have no problem just using english as most employees, especially in Montreal need to be bilingual. Montreal is such a multi-cultural melting pot!!!
There is a great home learner group and home learning centre in Montreal called Centre Communidée which was started by a homeschooling (unschooling) mom… http://communidee.ca/about/
Most of the parents that you would meet through there are pretty alternative. I can also help you get in touch with quite a few families that would love to welcome a fellow “alternative” mom….
Yes, the city is expensive but there are some great places if you look in the right communities. If you are looking for good price to space ratio and want to be close to downtown and most activities, look for places in Verdun, Point St-Charles, St-Henri, Lasalle etc.. Basically the south west district.
I don’t know if you are buying or renting but if you are renting apartment listings here are a bit weird… a 5 1/2 means that there is a bathroom (the 1/2) and then 5 rooms, (such as kitchen, living room, dining room and bedrooms)
Also, July 1st is moving day here so it is the craziest time to come as everyone moves on the same day, and it also means that all leases are up near the same time, all moving companies are booked at their highest price and everyone is looking at the same time. Stupidest idea ever!!
The museums are great… the Redpath is free and the fine arts permanent exhibit is free also… there must be others that are the same… The National library is amazing too!!
If ever you have questions don’t hesitate…. 🙂
How funny! yesterday i wrote to her to talk about Communidée center and offer my appartments as a “stating place” as i rent short term appartments (furnished) that are in pointe st charles, verdun (two neighbourhoods you pinpointed) and quartier latin!!! if anyone else is interested: homeinmontreal.com and stayinmontreal.com !