Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Choosing to Trust

Father God,

I'm listening. I believe You. I believe You will be faithful. I believe You are the same yesterday and today and forever, to the point that I believe You will do things that are incomprehensible. My flesh resists and wonders how...but I choose at this moment to trust You completely. You walked beside Your people in the wilderness and sent food sufficient for the day. You stood by Moses at the Red Sea as it parted and left Egyptians in awe. You were with Sarah when she conceived in her old age. You have proven time and time again that You can be trusted. So today, no matter what my flesh may say, I choose to trust You.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Update on Immigration Process

Things are really moving forward with my immigration process, which is very exciting. Last Wednesday we rose bright and early (around 4.45am) to get on our way for our interview up in Kansas City. I was very nervous as I had no idea what to expect in the way of questions or anything.

After a short wait in the waiting room, we were called in for our interview. It was very basic stuff for both of us - confirm your name, address, etc. In all honesty, I don't know why they even needed to confirm that stuff as we were the ones who completed the forms. About the only thing extra we did was take an oath to be honest in the interview before things started. Then, before we knew it, the lady who interviewed us was saying she would recommend our application to be approved.

Just yesterday (April 19th), we received the letters from USCIS stating that our application has been approved, and our card should be on its way within the next few weeks.

So what does all this mean?

Well, firstly, it means I no longer have to be in school, which is welcome news for me! I am definitely in need of a rest from all things school-related.

It also means I can freely travel out of the country with no restriction or need for additional paperwork!! :D

And finally, it means I am no longer here on a visa of any kind, but am officially living here permanently. While I would love to move back to Australia at some point, it is nice to know I don't have to live under the restrictions of a visa right now.

Please continue praying for us, as the immigration process is not yet over. Here's what we have left at this point:

  • After receiving my green card, I will need to schedule an appointment for my passport to be stamped and at that point I can travel with no restriction. With a trip to Australia planned within the next six months and a move in the next two months, I would really like to get this stamp quickly.
  • In two years, we will need to file another form with USCIS to remove conditions from my permanent residency. Because we have not yet been married two years, USCIS will only grant me conditional residency to ensure that I didn't get married simply to get residency.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Immigration Update

I thought I would give a little update on the status of my immigration process, since many of you may not know where I am up to on that. Here's a rough timeline:

Nov 2009 - Submitted all of the paperwork to USCIS (United States Citizen & Immigration Services) for an adjustment of status (from a student to a permanent resident)

Dec 2009 - Received the paperwork back with a request for more money

Dec 22, 2009 - Mailed paperwork back to USCIS

January 6, 2010 - Recieved confirmation of receipt for the paperwork

January 14, 2010 - Received an appointment notice for fingerprinting

February 2, 2010 - Had fingerprinting appointment. All went well, it was a very easy and fast process. Now they send my fingerprints through to the FBI to check my criminal background.

February 26, 2010 - I receive authorization to travel while my application is still pending

March 2, 2010 - I receive an appointment notice for my interview, the final stage in this process before they accept or deny my application.

March 4, 2010 - I receive my work card which allows me to work while my application is pending

March 10, 2010 - I receive my Social Security card, also necessary for me to work

As you can see, this has been a very long process with many different steps. Tomorrow morning Caleb and I will be attending the interview. I have no idea what to expect, so please pray all goes smoothly! After the interview, we will have done everything necessary to get the application processed and will just have to wait for USCIS to make a final decision and issue my permanent residency card, also known as a "green card."

We appreciate your prayers with this!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bits & Pieces

Well hey! It's been a little while, hasn't it? I hope you didn't think I dropped off the face of the planet... I've just been busy as usual and have found myself spending less time on my keyboard and more time...well, just living!

Three weeks ago today, I finished my last final and bid my farewell to school at State Fair Community College forever. What an incredible feeling! I must admit, not being in school is also probably the strangest feeling in the whole world. To this day, I have moments when I start to panic at the homework I've forgotten to do, quizzes that are piling up, or not having read today's posts online. Maybe I'm silly, or maybe I've been a college student for too long, but I've even had dreams (you could also accurately call them nightmares) about school many nights since I finished. ;) Regardless, I am thoroughly thrilled to be done with school for awhile.

So how am I filling my days?

I have been making LOTS of beaded jewellery to sell. Here is a sample of a few new designs...




















































We have a new puppy who is keeping me busy too. Her name is Honey and she is a golden retriever. At 7.5 weeks old, she is a handful since she likes to chew on just about anything!


Well, I guess that's about it for today.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

My Crazy Life

So...life has become incredibly crazy around here. I'm sorry I'm a terrible blogger, and it's been almost a month since my last post. It's just, well, when you're a full-time college student who is taking all online, 8-week classes, college has a way of taking over your life. Weekends are no longer weekends, but are now days for homework to be due. Ick. Anyway, on to more interesting things...

I think I may have told you in a previous post about our problem with roaches in our house. The horrible critters thought this house belonged to them, even after we moved in. Some five months later, I think we've finally got them under control. SO thankful!

But...this week began with another development, this time in the form of a very strange mouse. Strangely enough, a friend posted a blog last week about how her and her hubby had had a run in with a mouse that she named Closeaux, as there was something about him that just seemed French. What Leah didn't know was that when she released him into the outside world, Closeaux decided to pay me a little visit.

Monday morning, I got a note from my hubby saying he had seen a mouse in the living room. While I don't particularly like mice, they don't freak me out, so I wasn't too worried. However, later that day while doing the dishes I noticed one of our silicone spatulas looked kinda funny. On closer inspection, it appears Closeaux took his French roots a little too seriously...and nibbled at the spatula! Silly Closeaux. After a dose of plastic, Closeaux thought peanut butter would be delicious to try. And that was the end of Closeaux.

A short while after moving into our house, we discovered we also shared our home with a bunch of squirrels. Crazy, I know, but there were definitely more than one or two living up in our attic. They don't bother us for the most part. Lately, however, they've become very loud, making weird noises in the day and night. We just figured they were fighting or something. Little did we know what was causing all the fuss...

Tonight, Caleb went downstairs to get the laundry, and found some insulation on the floor. Upon closer inspection, he discovered there is a racoon who has also decided our home is his new home. We have no idea how he got in, but he is definitely not a pet we are intending to keep!!

So ends another crazy day in our world. :)

Saturday, January 16, 2010

And the winners are...

Bethany (Stace)
Larissa
and Joyelle!

Congrats girls! :) I will send you the information necessary to make your jewelry in the next day or two. For everyone else, thanks for participating! I just might have to do this again sometime.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Immigration

Yesterday we received some exciting news! USCIS (U.S. Citizen & Immigration Service) has accepted our application for me to get permanent residency. This does not mean I have been granted permanent residency or a green card at this stage, but simply that they have accepted the paperwork and payments to begin this process.

Having already received the paperwork back once to fix a payment problem, it was a great relief to know that they had accepted it the second time around. This means we should not have to lug that pile of papers to the post office to mail ever again. :D That makes me immensely happy.

So where to next in this process? Well, next step is getting fingerprinted, which I think will be in KC. They have to contact me (probably via mail) to inform me of the date and time on which the fingerprinting will occur.

From there, I believe the next and final step is just waiting to receive the green card. We are praying and trusting that God will bring our paperwork through this process with minimal delays and in the shortest time possible!

My Prayer

To be like You, Lord, this is my plea
Walking ever closer to Thee
In the light of Thy righteous way
By Your side I desire to stay.

Let them gaze into my eyes
And see not I, but Jesus Christ
Let them not see any beauty
But a faith above mere duty.

Let them look at my heart
Seeing the love Christ did impart
When on earth so long ago
As to the cross He did willingly go.

Let them hear my voice, yet Heaven's song
That rings out from the Heavenly throng
Let them hear only Christ, speaking through me
Showing He really is living in me.

Let them not see a youthful face
But a child saved by God's grace
Let me point them up, away from me
To the One who deserves all glory.


RKM May '06

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Handmade jewelry giveaway!

How to enter: Comment on the comment left by the person above you on this specific blogpost. If you are the first person to post, follow this prompt: "It was a cold, blustery morning, and all was still." Your comment should be a complete sentence and should continue the story.

How long will the competition last? Right now, entries/comments will be taken until January the 15th. However, if there is not enough participation, I will extend the date.

How will the winners be selected? I will be using random.org to select the winners. Notice I did say "winners" not "winner." There will be three winners of this competition, with each one receiving an item of jewelry. :)

What kind of jewelry will be made? That's up to you! I will let you pick the type of jewelry (necklace, bracelet, earings), as well as the beads and design. :) More details will be issued to the winners.

Is it limited to the US? No! Anyone can participate. :)

If you have any questions, please Facebook me!
Well...I'm getting better! At least this blog post didn't take months to eventuate. :P The following is something that came from my quiet time just a few days ago.

"Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped." (Job 1:20)

How Satan must have been holding his breath this whole time! He was just waiting for Job to curse God so he (Satan) could say "I told you so" to God. Furthermore, true to his nature, he was probably whispering in Job's ears all the time, trying to get him to falter.

Interestingly, this verse spans minutes, not seconds as I had initailly supposed. Shaving one's head takes time, and Satan undoubtedly tempted Job the whole time to give up on God. Yet, Job's heart was firmly directed toward one goal: worship. He fulfilled traditional expressions of sorrow and mourning, but nowhere did he cry against God. Instead, he worshipped.

I have to wonder: if God took everything from me, would I worship? Would my first words be those of praise to the One who had allowed terrible things to happen? I would hope so...but the reality of my flesh is that I would probably allow complaints against God to fall from my lips.

How was Job able to praise? He had a heavenly perspective. His life was not his own. Though in himself there was sorrow over the loss of children and possessioons, in his spiritual eyes he saw God's hand at work.

Life has been described as a tapestry, with threads of many colors woven through. When trial comes, we see one ugly dark patch from our extreme closeup view. God sees the whole picture and the necessity of that trial to fill that dark portion of the picture. And ultimately, it adds a serene beauty to the entire tapestry. The question is, do we trust Him, even when we cannot see what He is doing?