This has been a very emotional week for the two of us. After having long discussions regarding how happy we are in New Zealand and confirming our commitment to remain here, the world has decided to take matters out of our hands.
We are packing our bags and heading home to Texas.
New Zealand will always be a home for us and have absolutely loved our time here. We had every intention of remaining in New Zealand for ‘the foreseeable future’ and honestly had no immediate plans to move back to the United States, but things have dramatically taken a 180 turn over the last week!
Let us explain…….
In 2014 we knew that we would be both making trips back to the U.S. but accepted this would be at two separate times during the year. Kate wanted to go back to spend time with her mom’s family at the end of July to celebrate her grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary and their 80th Birthdays. While Dave had been asked to be in one of his closest friends weddings in October. However, the world aligned and the wedding date was moved up to the exact week of Kate’s trip (first sign it was meant to be).
At the end of July, after a mad dash off the plane from Auckland to L.A. we boarded our flight to Dallas. While sitting on the plane waiting to take off, Kate checked her email and one popped up from the City of Southlake asking her when she would be in Dallas and if she would be available to interview for the position of Deputy Director of Community Services. After showing the email to Dave, we agreed it was ‘worth a discussion’ with them to see what the opportunity was, especially since we just happened to be in the country that week (sign #2). But we agreed not to let our families know, as we didn’t want to set off false alarms that we might be moving back to the U.S.
After arriving in Dallas on that Friday, we made our way to Branson, MO to spend time with Kate’s family. That following Tuesday, while enjoying our time in Branson, Dave received an email from a friend/colleague asking to catch-up while he was in the States. Since he recently moved back to Texas himself, he had a potential job opportunity in the Dallas area for Dave if he wanted to consider moving home as well (sign #3). Since Kate had just received an email four days earlier, we thought he might as well have lunch and catch-up with him.
After making our way back to Dallas after a great week in Branson, we both went and talked to our potential opportunities in Dallas. We then made our way back to Auckland and things went silent. We assumed at that point it was meant for us to stay in New Zealand as planned.
Two weeks went by before Kate received a phone call from an apologetic Director, as he had been swamped, but confirmed that Kate was their #1 choice and wanted to extend her an offer to become the City of Southlake’s Deputy Director of Community Services. After the call, Dave called his friend to see if there was any real potential of a job opportunity for him. Three days later, Dave also had an offer in hand (sign #4).
After a great amount of discussion, we just couldn’t ignore how the world was aligning to tell us it was time to move back to Dallas. While we are not ready to leave New Zealand, we couldn’t have aligned things better and couldn’t have chosen two better jobs. These are both independently phenomenal jobs and we couldn’t be more excited for the opportunities.
We have both officially given notice to our current jobs and our last day(s) will be on Friday, 19 September. We then plan to travel for a week before settling back into Dallas around 1 October and beginning our new positions on 6 October.
This is a very exciting but sad time for us. We will miss everyone in New Zealand very much but they all know they have a place to stay in Dallas and we know we will be back to visit New Zealand in the future. So to our New Zealand friends, this is not a good-bye forever it is a ‘we will see you soon’!