Family, Jobs, Moving, New Zealand


I have such exciting, amazing news! We are moving to New Zealand!!! Chris was offered the equivalent of an assistant professor position (they call them something else over there) at a university in Auckland, New Zealand! Yayayayayay! It’s a tenure-track job, the #1 school in New Zealand, the #4 school in Australasia, and it’s roughly in the top-50 schools worldwide for what he does. In other words, it’s a really good opportunity for him 🙂

When I first heard I screamed, then gave Chris a giant hug 🙂 The start date isn’t set yet – it may be as early as January 2010, but it’s looking more like June 2010. So, we still have 9 – 15 months before leaving the States, which means a lot of time to prepare and handle paperwork. I was SO excited and HAD to share the news!

Almost as soon as I heard, I called my parents, got them out of bed, and made them absolutely promise that they would visit when we got over there (which they did without hesitation). I’m still trying to absorb everything, but thank you so much for all of your thoughts and prayers. It’s funny, but growing up in the Midwest I don’t think it ever crossed my mind that I’d live in New Zealand. I always knew that I’d move out of state, and dreamed about living in another country, but… New Zealand! How awesome is that?!

Alright, I’m going to try to go to sleep (fat chance, but I’ve still got to try). I’m so excited! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
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16 thoughts on “WE ARE MOVING TO NEW ZEALAND!!!

  1. CONGRATS!!!! That is fabulous!!!!! You will love it and I think it’s great that you are taking the risk and going! It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity! Enjoy it!!!!

  2. Congratulations!!! I look forward to your future blogs as you prepare to depart and then live in another country! You sure to have some interesting posts from New Zealand, and yeah try for a layover in Seattle if you can 🙂

  3. OH MY!!! Now that’s what you call a move!!!! So glad you two are excited!!! That is some big stuff!!! Going to be a new adventure!

  4. Wow!!!!! Congratulations!!!! I’m a teensy bit jealous that your hubby is so willing to move and take risks. I have a feeling we’ll be in Columbia for the rest of our lives. 🙂

    What an amazing adventure for the two of you!!!

  5. Congrats to Chris!! You must be soooo overwhelmed with excitement and uncertainty!! Sounds like a fun adventure for you as a couple! I would feel the same way – growing up in the south, never imagining moving off to a different country! can’t wait to hear more about it as the details come along 😀

  6. Ah congratulations! I cant wait to hear about all of the New Zealand Adventures to come!

  7. Yaya!!! That is just fantastic. Congratulations and best wishes planning your move abroad!! Xoxo-BLC

  8. Wow, that is great! I was just telling Mr. Guru that we needed to live in Germany for a year and travel. not really sure what they have for nurses in other countries. Let me know if you get a job as a nurse and how the process works.

  9. WOW!! What an amazing opportunity. I’m so excited for you. I am also interested in hearing about all that has to be done to live in another country. It is on my to-do list 🙂

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