Gathering Hometown Style…

And we still wait for New Zealand work visas.

In the meantime, we are using this time to gather lots of hometown t-shirts, sweatshirts, you name it. We have lots of new Tennessee stuff, as well as local shirts like the one Annie gave Dan from “House Mountain”–a state park just one ridge away from our home. Rumor has it that Nichole is bringing me more from The College of William and Mary. Ryan is going to have to take charge of the University of Florida “swag” (one of Dan’s alma maters) since it’s hard to find in Tennessee (a great southern rivalry). Finding a Seaton Hall shirt in Tennessee is difficult too.

We should make one thing clear: Dan and I aren’t going to New Zealand because we are unhappy in Tennessee. We have a wonderful life, a wonderful home and land. We love our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, in Tennessee and beyond. We work with exceptional people–Dan in audiology, me in law. We love our jobs.

sunset
April 2016: Sunset reflecting on our pond in Tennessee.

The reason we’ll move to New Zealand (assuming the work visas come through) is because we don’t want to reach the end of our lives with ANY regrets.

  • We both want to live outside the U.S. at some point. The time is now.
  • We want to travel more of the world. The door is open.
  • We enjoy meeting people. Lynnette and Janet are helping on this front.
  • We want to broaden our knowledge about other parts of the world–but not just the tour guide’s quick version.
  • We want to be positive ambassadors in a time when too much of the news from the U.S. is negative.
  • We have this opportunity and intend to fully embrace it.

So we keep waiting on the visas and, in the meantime, celebrate our present and our future.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”
― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

arthurs pass dec 2015
December 2015: Dan and Lisa at Arthur’s Pass, NZ on our first trip to Greymouth.

 

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