So yes, I finally got my act together and concocted a resume for myself, and applied for a pile of jobs. Well, maybe "pile" is a bit of an exaggeration. But a fair amount. . .a few in Europe, a few in Latin America, and a few in Southeast Asia. I've had some fairly positive feedback so far, although it's a slow moving process.
I have a line on a job here, raising the possibility that we could stay where we are for 2-3 more years. I am intrigued by the possibility. First, it's exactly what I want to do next professionally. We love our apartment here, and would be quite comfortable staying a few more years. We are happy with Miss M's school, and SB could enroll when the new school year starts in January. It would give both girls a few more years to solidify their Spanish (maintaining it beyond that is obviously a different story). It would mean extended employment for T, because he could stay in the job he recently got (whether he'll want to for a few years is also another story). We have lots of friends here. Plus, we love our housekeeper/nanny, and it would mean that we get to keep her for a bit longer. As weirded out as I was initially about having household help, it's made my life immeasurably easier and calmer, and she is lovely, and our girls adore her. For lots of reasons, it would be a good move to stay here.
I've also gotten some good feedback on a few of the European jobs, as well. I'm excited about the possibility of those, because the jobs are also what I'd like to do next, and Europe is. . .well, Europe: good food, lots of travel opportunities, and not terribly far from the U.S.. On the other hand, it's also expensive, we'd have to figure out how to maintain the girls' language ability, and who knows whether T would be able to find a job. Oh, and we couldn't afford household help there, which means back to utter chaos. We'd have to start over, socially. Moves are also financially expensive. There are always things you need to buy, which you never anticipate and which always cost far more than you've budgeted. It's inevitable that problems arise with international moves, and due to stress, timing, lack of familiarity with the culture, and an overwhelming desire to settle in as soon as possible, you solve them by throwing money at them.
And I guess I'm still in the running for the Asian jobs, although I don't think I'm a serious candidate, in their view. But who knows. Anything is possible.