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Visa update!

Hello my dear ones!

I know I haven’t been writing much at all, and I’m sorry. There just hasn’t been that much to report, other than that we’re waiting for the flat to sell and for Francis’s visa to come through.

We haven’t got the visa yet, but today we got a letter to say that our petition has been accepted, which is very good news! The next step is that the American consulate in London will contact us with further instructions. There will be paperwork (oh lord so much paperwork), a medical exam or Francis, and finally an interview at the consulate. We have no idea about when this will happen, but I’m hoping that things will go as smoothly and as quickly as possible. Please send your good thoughts.

In the meantime, we’ve had a few people view the flat (no takers so far but it’s been on the market less than a month), I continue to work at the call centre, and Francis is enjoying his time as a house-husband. (He was laid off in April which was actually a very good thing as he got a large severance package!) The weather has taken a turn for the better, and as I type this it’s 7.00PM, sunny, warm, and the birds are singing.

I must confess my mood is not that good, which is one of the reasons I haven’t been posting. My dear grandfather Ralph died in February, and although it was not unexpected, my grief has been intense. And of course, the stress of waiting for all the details surrounding the move to fall into place is difficult to deal with. I concentrate on what I can control, try to take care of my rather long to-do list, and take care of myself. Francis is, as always, a wonderful source of support, and along with all the stress comes lots of giggling and cooking and walks in the park.

It’s a case of hurry-up-and-wait, as I told Jo, Francis’s mum. So we’re waiting.

I can’t wait to see everyone back in the States! We’ll be flying to Florida, and after a few weeks there, we’ll drive cross-country visiting friends and seeing the sights. It will be glorious. Then home to Portland. Ah, yes.

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