Jose will be gone in two short weeks for Mexico, and I’m struggling. I’m getting more and more overwhelmed at the thought of him leaving as each day passes. Jose helps me so much around the house and with Luisa that it will be an adjustment to not have him around for a few weeks. … More 2 Weeks
November 26 is the date Jose will be interviewed in Ciudad Juarez for his visa. We’ve been waiting for this date to come for three years now. When we received the email stating that November 26 was the date, I was flooded with a mixture of emotions—sadness, anxiety, worry, excitement, happiness. I knew this date … More November 26
Towards the beginning of our relationship, Jose and I made a dinner reservation at Octane to tell my mom that he was undocumented. At the time, I was SO nervous to tell her. Looking back on it now, I don’t know why I was. My mom, a protective mama bear has always been concerned about … More Mama Bear
Today we embarked on one of the last pieces to tie together Luisa’s dual citizenship. We received her Mexican passport from the mobile consulate in Rochelle, IL. Of course, things didn’t go as quickly as we hoped them to be. When we arrived, we were told that we needed to provide them with another form … More She’s an American AND Mexican Citizen
Life has been a bit hectic to say the least. Juggling a full time job and being a full time mom and wife is the hardest thing I’ve been blessed to do. And then, add in our continued immigration journey to the mix— There really is no convenient time for Jose to travel to Mexico. … More Getting Closer
Our baby girl Luisa Corazon Galarza made her grand entrance into this world on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 at 11:19 a.m. She weighed 5 pounds 9 ounces and measured 18.5 inches. She came about 3.5 weeks early, and the doctors and nurses were impressed with how healthy she was even though she was teeny tiny. … More Our Corazon
We received an email last night from the National Visa Center (NVC). The letter noted that they’ve received all of the necessary documentation for Jose’s visa case. We are now simply waiting to receive his interview appointment date in Juarez. The letter states that all appointments are scheduled within three months of NVC receiving all … More Visa Update
Your body changes SO rapidly during pregnancy. And then, it comes with the intense hormones and strange pains that you’ve never, ever had before. For me, pregnancy has not been easy. Luisa has officially taken over. Admittedly, Jose and I have both kind of fallen a bit off the bus with Love, Hope and Borders. … More October, Already?
Many of you already know that we are expecting our first baby in February! We are expecting a beautiful baby girl, and we could not be more blessed. And, we already have a name picked out—Luisa Corazon Galarza. I think her name is SO fitting knowing what we have to endure as a couple, and … More Oh, Baby!
On June 28th, Jose’s Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver got approved. So, now what? Now, we need to apply for Jose’s visa. Once we apply, we will wait to receive a letter in the mail which states when Jose will have his interview in Juarez, Mexico. In Juarez, he will be given a medical exam and … More It’s Tough