Saturday, June 28, 2014

Three Months and Seven Days to an Approval

Mexico City to Tijuana
I haven't been able to sleep since I returned to Oregon. The journey home was exhausting but I made it with the help of some great friends and family. We had to leave for the Mexico City airport at 6am so we could beat the horrific rush hour and allow Victor to get back at a decent hour for work. Our flight didn't leave until 10:50am so we had to wait in the airport for a few hours. Maria made us fresh tamales last night so we sat and ate one for breakfast. Erika and Mia were bawling their eyes out when we had to say goodbye to José before entering the security gates. Erika has developed a very strong bond with José during our exile and that alone has been worth every hardship. My family has united and grown stronger together in ourselves and in our love for one another. All three of them had tears in their eyes as we parted. Mia sobbed the whole time we went through security and into our wait time at the game. Security kept inquiring as to why she was so upset as if I was kidnapping her and taking her away from a loved one so I had to explain that her father was being left behind.
Meeting Andrea in Tijuana
We flew on Interjet from Mexico City to Tijuana and they are a very interesting airlines. Each passenger is allowed up to 110 lbs of luggage and it is a total so you don't have to divide it evenly between two bags. You can actually take three bags and one can weigh 55# and the other 15# and 10# etc. Now this I wish I had known about 10 minutes prior as I was weighing my bags on the airport scale and rearranging everything. I suppose it was a necessary evil anyway since our second airlines didn't share the same baggage policy.
3 Kids, 9 Suitcases, and lots of carry-ons
We were able to save about $210 total by having a friend pick us up at the Tijuana airport and drive us across the border to the San Diego airport, thereby eliminating the higher taxes of an international flight. Andrea and I met online a few months ago in a Facebook group about scrapbooking Project Life style, where else?! She finally made the brave step forward to reunite her family together South of the Border and this was our first chance to meet in person. There had been other opportunities while we were both living in Oregon but busy lives and excuses got in the way far too often. Sometimes we don't realize the impact that our actions may have on one another but Andrea truly is the epitome of why I blog in the first place: to share my story and encourage others. Thank you Andrea for the reminder <3

Baby I'm Coming Home
The next leg was from San Diego to Portland on Southwest Airlines and you get two free suitcases with them as well so I returned with 9 suitcases and several carry-ons for no additional charges. Erika stowed her Kindle Fire in her bag just before landing but it turned up missing when we arrived. I got a call from the airlines two days later asking if she lost an electronic device so miracles do exist! She was pretty upset because I can't afford to replace it at this time. My ScrapDiva Corri picked us up from the Portland airport and brought us back to her house so we could stay the night. Aubrey and Erika has been friends since they were toddlers so they got the chance to visit and catch up that night while Corri and I did the same. I had a hard time sleeping that night and José called to wake me up at 7am and ask me to check his case. I was pretty groggy and couldn't understand what in the heck he was talking about. I know he's eager to come home but he better not expect me to wake up at the butt crack of dawn every month and check his case!! Well I pulled up the USCIS Case Status app on my phone and my mouth dropped open. Jose's I-601 Waiver was approved on the exact same day that I flew home from Mexico. Three months and seven days after our waiver was officially received, it was approved for a permanent resident visa so my husband is coming home!!!

It has got to be one of the sweetest feelings in my life aside from my birth of my three beautiful daughters but my family is going to be united again. My husband's hopes and dreams aren't going to be smashed by the American fist of callous immigration. It's going to take a month or so to get him home as there are a few more steps to take and I need to save up some money. The plan is for him to pack up everything and ship it via courier to Tijuana and I'll come down and pick him and the doggies up in a few weeks and we'll be coming home!

5 comments:

  1. Congrats !! I am so happy for your family !!!

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  2. that is super awesome!!!! I am so happy for your family

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  3. Congratulations!!! I've been following your blog for a while, found you through the Real Housewife of CDJ blog whom I found on imm2us. I'm so happy for you and your family!!

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  4. Thanks ladies, I'm pretty tickled and I'm not quite sure it has settled in yet. It probably won't feel like reality until he is back in the driveway making pollo asado again.

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  5. OMG!!! I am Super Excited for your family. I was praying it would be soon. You deserve this more than anyone I know. You have sacrificed so much for our country and for your husband to be with you. God Bless.

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