1. This process is long, bumpy, stressful, and really (and we say this with the confident knowledge of professionals) not much fun.

2. Having talented, generous friends is a boon. (You know who you are.)

3. If you ask for help from talented, generous friends, accept it and trust them.

4. It does seem to be easier the second time around. Slightly.
(Addendum–doing this while working is NOT easier.)

5. Being wanted is a wonderful feeling. Very good for the spirit.

6. There is such a thing as being too-wanted. (No, we are not complaining.)

7. Canada has some really fracked up immigration laws.

8. Our “being particular” applies to cities, too.

9. We make a damn good team.