I may have double posted so I apologize if so.
My name is Hollie Barclay. My family (husband Paul and 4 children) and I are considering a move to St. Croix from Providence, RI area next year but want to spend a week with the kids first to explore island living versus vacationing. The best time for us to travel is in late January/early February. We would be relocating as early as August this year and as late as July next year (for school purposes). I am a Maternity/Nursery RN, IBCLC also certified in Reiki II. I am hoping to work at the hospital on the island. My husband is in business now but hopes to enter a more holistic career before relocating.
Residential setting desired-
Quiet and comparable to any small town living known in New England (people generally friendly, helping each other, farms and agriculture), widely spaced homes (in comparison to local real estate on the island).
Way of life desired-
As a nurse, I am accustomed to only working 3 days per week maximum. My husband will work about the same and we will do what's necessary to avoid child care/day care (outside of occasional babysitting). We could easily enjoy the beach and playing outside and in as we are accustomed. We don't require much in the way of needing public places to entertain us despite the fact that we live in a city and we anticipate slowing down even from what we do now. (Occasionally we go to a McDonald's play place or public playgrounds.) We plan to live with a small environmental footprint and participate in holistic modalities and activities (Reiki, yoga, meditation, etc). I love helping families so being involved in the community as a mother baby nurse and lactation consultant is important to me. I own a business in MA called Mother's Nature that I stopped operating for profit and is volunteer only. www.mothersnaturema.com
I would want to continue my volunteer efforts however possible anywhere I go so knowing programs or places in need are great tips!
Random questions I can't find answers to online:
What kinds of bugs/animals/wildlife are there? Any dangers in light of that subject?
How is the internet for streaming things like Apple TV, Pandora, computers simultaneously?
Verizon phone service? Is there a different service needed?
How much on average monthly is electric, gas, utilities in general? Cost of living rent-wise is actually less than we pay now.
Nurses pay rate (9 years experience) and availability in my specialty?
Reiki/Yoga/Holistic presence on Island? (It is rapidly becoming widely embraced in New England. Organic living, healing with Eastern medicine modalities, etc)
Newcomer rate and acceptance level? Do residents generally welcome new families or does it take a bit to break the barrier?
Our children are ages 7, 4, 3 and 20 mo. Only 2 will be attending school; 2nd grade and kindergarten. We have been seeing a lot of chatter about crime and poor public schools on the island. I am wondering if you can speak on that from a resident point of view and if could you please recommend reputable resources to prepare for residential life on the island as a young, large family?
Thank you so much for your consideration. The little, obscure things are important when relocating 🙂