One of my favourite children’s authors is Dr Seuss and one of my favourite books is “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” Here is an excerpt:

The Waiting Place...
...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

The character in the book is stuck in the waiting place. Do you ever feel like that? Do you ever feel like you are waiting on something to happen or someone to do something or change something?

Waiting is pertinent for us right now as we await the arrival of our son (be assured that the next JAM will have nothing much but photos and pleasant sounding platitudes). This can be a difficult wait, however it is a wait with an end in sight – a finite amount of time.


So yesterday I got an email about my spouse visa application and after 15 months of waiting, we finally have a case worker! It is exciting to know that someone has actually looked at the application now. After our baby is born (17 days till the due date!) I’ll go in for a medical exam and once that’s submitted, hopefully we will hear whether our application has been accepted or rejected. We might need to go in for an interview if they ask us to as well. An approved visa will mean the ability to travel without having to pay extra to get permission, as well as the continued benefits of unrestricted rights to work and Medicare. It also means that come the end of August, I will be eligible for permanent residency.

Thank you to all the friends, family and school kids who have given us baby clothes, toys, blankets, equipment and money. We have been overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and feel like we have more than we need to be able to take care of this little one in comfort and even in style! Our baby is already well loved by many amazing people; what a blessing that is both to him and to us as well.


We have had “Baby Boy Bash”. We’ve been to the beach. My school reports are almost done. I’ve set up the cot, the capsule (and that other thing). We’ve been to parenting classes and I did my first ever nappy change with a clean nappy on a dummy.

Really there is not much more to do but welcome our son. And then I have lots of jobs. One of which will be “bouncer”. I will flex my muscles and only allow in a few at a time. If you are wanting to come and visit or organize a Skype date with us after the baby comes, then please contact me first. We want you all to come, just not 600 people in the first week.


To my wife Marie for growing and carrying our son. I love you mu juun.

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