I heard yesterday from Duane.
Montgomery DHR did send the file to ATL USCIS on July 7. So it either got on the wrong person's desk or it got lost in the mail.
It is hard to believe that it has bee 3 weeks since we thought we were going to be home. Wow! Some days of waiting have been harder than others.
So... Montgomery recopied everything in our file and sent it all AGAIN to ATL yesterday in the 2pm mail.
What I am hoping is our WHOLE FILE IS NOT LOST IN the ATL office. That could cause a bigger problem. At first my instinct just wanted to scream and freak out!!!! But then, I had to physically and mentally and wholeheartedly choose to not worry about it. I am trusting God to handle all of this. So we wait to hear the news that we are approved and can apply for the visas.
On another note, we are all doing ok. I had a rough day physically yesterday. This sinus congestion and cough have about done me in. Though my coughing and chest congestion is much better, I have spells of feeling ok and then very bad. It is interesting, I feel pretty good one day and the next I will plummet. Thanks everyone for all for your prayers.
Knowing I have friends and family who are lifting us up in prayer, helps us to feel that we are not alone. The kids are anxious to go to America and I think they don't believe me when I tell them we are going soon.
They pray every night for visas.
As for our house, Duane says they are ripping out the damaged carpet in both rooms and have been getting the water out of the rooms with a professional service.
The builders covered up the roof where the water had come in and as I understand there was a little damage in the construction part. Duane is trying to figure out how to go ahead and get the roof and bricks put up on the house to protect it.
I guess that is all the update for right now. Thanks again to everyone for the emails and notes and your prayers. It has encouraged me.
July 24, 2009
Being away from my husband was probably one of the hardest things I have ever done. When we met we knew from the very beginning we were meant for each other. We had hardly been separated except for a few days until I went to Africa the first time. We said we would never do that again but here we were, doing it again -- For the sake of what we felt God called us to.
It was not easy. There were somedays, I thought I would just bust, not from the stress of what was going on with the visas but from the separation from Duane. With no end in sight, my heart just couldn't take it one night and I sent him an email to let him know how much I was missing him. I debated whether or not to share this but in reality this was our reality and part of the story. It was loneliness. And it was miserable at times. Here are excerpts from it.
"So my lover, as I am away from you, I realize how much I love you and how much we are a part of each other. I miss more than the physical touch from you. I miss who you are and how we are one even in soul and spirit. I long to be held in your arms, to feel your breath on my neck, and your gentle kisses upon my face. ...... I long to see that passionate look in your blue/green eyes that say, I am yours and nothing can tear us apart.
I long for you from the deepest depths of my heart. Who knew being separated from your soulmate could cause such agony to the heart? I will see you soon my love and won't let you go for a long time afterward.
From places in my heart that I knew not where there,