My family is moving to Israel - ask me anything
DH and I are both born-and-raised in the USA. We are in the process of moving to Israel - we leave the states on Sept 10.
We are Jewish - and feel very strongly that Israel is where we belong. We fit in there - no one looks at us strangely for the way we dress - DH and my sons wear kippahs (yarmulkes) and tzitzit (fringes that you can see sticking out from the bottoms of their shirts) - I cover my hair, and our daughters and myself dress modestly - long skirts, high-cut tops, etc. Having 5 kids is no big deal over there - in fact, in some areas, we'll be considered a SMALL family. Our kids won't be the only Jewish and/or observant kids around - we won't be the only family in the neighborhood with a menorah in the window during Hanukkah....the kids schools will all be closed on the Jewish holidays - no more having to take-off/make-up-work...etc.
We do not have any family living in Israel (in fact - our parents and siblings all live close to where we are now).
We will be moving with our four younger children ages 15, 13, (will be) 10, and (will be) 9.
Our oldest daughter - who is 19 - will be staying in the USA at least for this year while she completes college (she will be graduating in May 2013).
We are also moving with 2 cats and a guinea pig.