This year we get to celebrate Thanksgiving together. Last year, we were unable to as Jose was in Mexico. It was challenging, but we did it. I know many people are celebrating Thanksgiving differently this year (as are we) because of COVID, and while it may not be the exact same, I understand what it’s … More Thanksgiving 2020
While I wouldn’t want to ever go through the frightening process of Jose going to Cd. Juarez for his visa interview again, it was such a grounding time that truly made us realize what’s really important in life. As a family, it taught us lessons that I often like to look back on especially when … More Grounding
It’s been a little over a month since I came home from my visa interview in Cd. Juarez. I received my approval at my consular interview on November 26th, 2019 and was handed the “magical” green slip. The process from my first interview until I was actually able to pick up my visa took a … More The Interview Process and What’s Next
If someone would have told me 10 years ago that in 2019 I’d have a baby AND have to fight for my husband’s permanent residency, I would have laughed. And then, if they would have told me that I’d somehow get through it all, I don’t know if I would have believed them. Life is … More Thanksgiving
I’ve been dreading this week– the week Jose has his interview at the consulate in Ciudad Juarez. I feel thankful that it’s coming close to being over with, but there’s always this black shadow behind me that reminds me of the “what ifs.” What if he isn’t granted his visa? What then? I’ve been trying … More How Are You?
Today is the day, today is the day, today is the day! I’ve thought about this moment for as long as I could remember. Honestly, I never imagined I would make it this far in my immigration journey. Am I nervous? Hell yes. Am I scared? Hell yes. Will I falter? Hell no. I have … More It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!
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