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Hello Everybody! My husband, two grown daughters and I are headed for the US of A. The company my husband works for got bought by an American firm about two years ago. At that time our oldest daughter, then in her teens, was suffering from Chronic Fatigue (ME) and we started toying with the idea of moving to the US to get her treatment. She was miraculously healed last year April, but by then we'd got the bit between our teeth! Our youngest daughter (19 now) has been admitted to a community college in Iowa and is due to start in August, our oldest is busy applying at the Savannah College of Art and Design to start in Sept and my husband has been offered a job in Atlanta. The company will pay for most of our transfer there. But, the thing that is driving me absolutely wild is the time the company is taking to come back to us on anything. It took them 6 months to make a verbal offer. (btw, it is an inter-company transfer, so how hard can it get!) We are due to leave our home in Durban in 6 week's time for hubby to be in Atlanta in time to start work, but the company has not yet done anything about our visas (which they said they would take care of so I cannot just go ahead and do it). Our house still needs to sell, I still need to find work for my maid and gardener and a home for my one dog (the other three pets are coming with). And the SA economy is so down that in the first 4 weeks of having our house on the market, no-one came to look at it!! The stress is killing me!!! I'm sure you're all familiar with the situation... But, on the positive side, we are as prepared for the trip as can be. We know that we'll have to do without friends, family, maid, gardener, Afrikaans, rooibos tea and mieliepap. We know that moving to a foreign country means keeping your mouth shut, smiling widely and ADAPTING like mad. We've done it before and can do it again. Hubby and I want to have one Grand Adventure before we grow old, and this is IT. So, nou ja, nou weet julle ook wie ek is. Thanks a million for this site! It is my go-to place for comfort and information.