Thursday, February 25, 2016


It has been a whirlwind week and a half.  My stepfather died suddenly on February 15th, and while we are all very thankful that he went quickly and is no longer in the massive pain he had been suffering for the past few months, it was still a shock, and particularly traumatic for my mother.  So amidst funeral plans and viewings and still going to work, I missed a great deal of sleep.  Then, there was a full moon that has lasted practically all week, and as those who work in health care or law enforcement are aware, it makes for a miserable work environment.  I work 12 hour shifts Sundays through Tuesdays, and let me tell you, they were all horrible!  Glad the work week is over!!

So, now that this is all behind me, I received both USCIS clearance and NVC numbers.  I expect to hear about travel dates in the next couple of weeks!!!  I am about $3000 short for agency fees, and I am guessing I'll need about $2000 for airfare.  I am so excited that I will finally get back to Violet so soon!  My sister's passport arrived in time so she will be able to go with me, which will make navigating the airports on the way home so much easier!  I am so excited, but am having some mixed emotions...I feel bad that Charlie (my stepfather) won't get to meet Violet, and am worried about leaving my mother so soon after his passing...she's taking it harder than I thought she would.  Prayers for her healing would be greatly appreciated!

Oh, and I almost forgot...amidst all of this chaos, I turned 42.  I don't feel that old...except at the end of my work week!  Also, my offer still stands to reveal Violet's new name once my FSP reaches $12,500!

Thanks for all you have done!


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sad news

My stepfather passed away suddenly Monday afternoon.  He and my mother had been married close to 32 years, and he died of a massive heart attack as she was trying to get him into the car to take him to the doctor.  He will be greatly missed.  He was a great supporter of me in various capacities over the years, and he was an avid supporter of me adopting Violet.  I am very sad that he will never get to meet her, and she him.

If you could keep our family in your prayers during this time, it would be greatly appreciated.  I am hoping to travel next month or so for the "Gotcha trip" and believe I am about $4500 short of being fully funded...which is amazing, considering where I was when I met Violet in September.  Your continued support is appreciated!

Thank you all!