Add to this a great health and dental plan (better than here, actually), flights back and forth to HK for the whole family every two years, a housing stipend (after the first year with a furnished apt.), free private school tuition for the boys and various other perks and we're thinking that this frugal mama will do just fine even if there aren't any coupons or yard sales. If we can sell our home here, which we are going to try to do, then we will be completely debt free. (I soooo want to call in to Dave Ramsey and do the 'WE'RE DEBT FREE' yell...)
The school, ICS, is taught completely in English and Mike will be teaching AP US History and Economics. ICS has a wonderful reputation in HK and the average SAT score is far higher than that of schools here in the states. As of this moment, I don't have a job, but if I do not qualify for any positions at the school, I will most likely volunteer there, at least part time. And no, I don't want to attempt to pass the nursing exam in Hong Kong!
So, what isn't there to love? Well, there are always goodbyes and that is never easy; especially leaving a daughter in college. We are planning on her flying over to visit during Christmas break, and we will spend about 6 weeks in the states each summer, so in reality we'll see her almost as much as we do now, given that she is going to college 7 hours away.
We do LOVE our home here, but 6 bedrooms is a little large, and when our boys graduate, we will want something smaller anyway. We are updating our kitchen and then will put it on the market. If it sells, great. If not, then we will try to rent it. One big perk of remodeling the kitchen now is that I have already cleaned out and packed up all my cabinets, leaving out only the bare essentials, and I have a huge yard sale pile! So, while Mike will be paid, we do plan to sell off some items in order to have an emergency fund and to fly Abby back and forth. We'll keep you posted on loot you can buy:)
Here's to our new home town: