I know ... you've been holding your breath with us for almost 5 years ... and today, I finally have good news! Great news actually!!! A drum roll would be good here ... today, in the mail we received my 'Welcome to the United States of America' letter! In three weeks or so we should receive proof of my permanent resident status in the form of a card with my
horrible adorable picture on it!!! Once again, I will be able to move about the planet freely - and perhaps even visit my Mum and Dad in Canada! To say we are excited is a small understatement - I am overjoyed, relieved and oh, so very thankful! One huge,big, ugly, stressful monkey is off our backs!!! Now, as soon as we are able to, we will be taking the next step this time and applying for citizenship. Lord willing, that is our plan!
If you've been praying us through this long and arduous process, we thank you, from the deep places in our hearts, we truly are most grateful. We know that it's been only the grace of God that has kept us from complete despair.
I have always been a law-abiding citizen, never had a speeding ticket or even parking ticket! There was no reason it should have ever taken this long, but since it has, perhaps we've learned some wonderful lessons about God's peace and provision, and about trusting Him with every aspect of our lives. We never dreamed that it would be so prolonged and that we'd have so many frustrations, but our 'patience muscles' have had another major workout and our faith has increased with each step and turn, so perhaps there is something down the road for us that will require the strength we have unwillingly acquired, and only the Lord knows. For now, we are just giving praise!
I'll get back to doing my happy dance now if you don't mind!!!