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Further Developments

September 21st, 2009 | Category: Where in the world are the Beyers?

Yesterday (21st September 2009), I landed a new job as Manager of Accounts and Administration at Park Avenue Accommodation Group.¬† I’ll be starting in two weeks – they were obliging enough to give me two weeks to find a child care option that would work for us.¬† I feel happy about this appointment for a couple of reasons, one of them being that I will now be able to contribute to our family.¬† Another is that Madi will be able to play with children again.¬† Apart from visits down to the playground every so often, she has been in the company of just her Mum, so it will be good for her to make some new friends.¬† She still talks about all her friends in Denver.¬† It’s amazing how little ones know so much.¬†¬† Madi being in day care and me being at work all day, though, also means that I won’t have a chance to see my little girl so much and that makes me upset.¬† I have loved being with her for the past two years.¬† She brings such joy to my life.¬† However, it’s time to move on to the next step in life.¬†¬† We will all be learning from this new experience. ¬†¬† I hope it will be as good as the last one!



Family Day 2009

September 09th, 2009 | Category: Where in the world are the Beyers?

Yesterday was Family Day (Wednesday 09/09/09)!¬† Madison is now having real conversations with us.¬† She likes to repeat everything we say, but she also says things all on her own.¬†¬† She likes testing us at times.¬† If we ask her to do something, she will often either run away or ignore us.¬†¬† We have to put our feet down firmly sometimes.¬†¬† Often, when she is noisy and busy, it’s a sure sign that she is tired.¬† We used to be able to tell that she was tired when her pointer and middle fingers of her left hand would go into her mouth, but now, more often than not, it’s when she is running around and chatting to herself.¬† The concept of potty training was put on hold during our move.¬† We’ve now started to ease back into it.¬† Still seems like a long way off, but the updates may tell a different story since she has only about 3 more months until her 3rd birthday.

We celebrated meeting each other and becoming a family for the first time two years ago by going out to dinner last night, just the three of us.¬† It was a rainy, cold, windy day in Melbourne, so there wasn’t much to do outside during the day (which is where Madi would have liked to have been).¬† Mummy, Madi, and Yarra did take a walk together around the streets near our house.¬†¬† Daddy was working hard all day, so it was nice to go out together when he got home.¬†¬† Today is our Adoption Day anniversary.¬† Yes, we became a family before our adoption was finalized.

This time of year, we remember all of our friends who have been adopted.   A lot of happy families were made two years ago!

Happy Family Day!



We have a home!

August 26th, 2009 | Category: Where in the world are the Beyers?

We got the call this morning (27th August 2009).  We were approved for a rental home in Endeavour Hills.  What a weight has been lifted off our shoulders.   Now Yarra can come out of quarantine and have somewhere to go!  The modest 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home has a good sized, fully enclosed yard Рhours of fun for Madi and Yarra!


Houston, the Eagle has landed…….sort of.

August 17th, 2009 | Category: Where in the world are the Beyers?

So, here we are. In Australia, finally. We left the USA on August 3rd, 2009 and arrived here in Australia on August 5th, 2009. The two week period leading up to our departure from Denver was hectic, and at times, frantic. There was soooo much to do, and it seemed at times that we would leave certain important things undone. Fortunately this was not the case. Kelly, with the strength of ten persons, not only navigated the moving process but also completed our second dossier and got it off to the Chinese embassy in Chicago, before we left. She completed all the necessary paperwork in a record 4 weeks. The last time it took us almost 4.5 months to get it all done.¬† She is truly amazing. So, now our new adventure here in Australia has commenced. I must say, so far it has gone pretty well. We have had the great fortune of staying with family, which has been a real blessing. We are so lucky! Of course, uprooting ones family, and moving this distance has its pitfalls as well. We both have come here without employment, and luckily that has changed for me in the last 10 days. We are now continuing the hunt for a rental house and that has been quite the challenge I can assure you. Trust us when we say that business here is done vastly different to how these sort of things happen in the United States. I do not think that had we known this before we left, that we would have done it any differently, it certainly would not have made us “not do it”, but it would have been nice to know the sort of hoops we are having to now jump through. Yarra our dog, has made this transition quite smoothly. He is currently in quarantine on the west side of Melbourne, and the facility there is nice, although we are eager to have him back in our lives daily, that happens September 4th. Madison is adjusting quite well, but when you’re 2.5 years old, your only real concern is where does Grandma keep more of those delicious Tim-Tam biscuits. Kelly is still pursuing work, and while she is very eager to return in one capacity or another, I keep reminding her that these are important days to make the most of in terms of our time with Madison, and each other, as I am sure we will not have a break like this again for sometime. It is winter here, a bit chilly at times, and there has been some rain as well. Spring is just around the corner, or so they say, and we will all welcome warm weather when it comes. I think once we have a home, of our own, it will relieve much of the stress we are feeling. Not quite sure when the container arrives, but out there on the high seas, somewhere, there is a 40′ Evergreen container with our household items in it. Its strange, Melbourne is going through a period just now where there has been, and continues to be a fair amount of new immigration. We are now a part of that movement, kind of a strange sensation when one looks at it that way, we are immigrants. Most of the immigration has come from the Oceania region. A fair amount of ethnic Han Chinese, and quite a bit from the Asian sub continent (India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia….etc.). We are often the only ones in line at the assistance and registration offices that are anglo, and where both parties of the family are speaking and writing english. Its kinda fun though, as we wait we try to out guess one another on where some of the others are from. Sometimes we are right, but it is always fun to guess. I officially begin my new position on September 1st, tan, rested and ready.