Monday, April 21, 2014

Step Two: Get Married!

We've determined that we can get married here in Nashville without his passport and with only his birth certificate. But that birth certificate has to be translated. I sent a scan of it off to the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute and $65 for a certified translation. We are waiting on that translation to arrive in the mail so that we can get this done! Once we are married, I THINK I can start on the I-130- the real first step in this process!

Step Three: Obtain a Mexican Passport

After H's mom sent us his birth certificate, he called the Mexican Consulate in Atlanta to set up an appointment. Over the phone, he asked if he could use his expired Tennessee Certificate for Driving as identification and he was told that he could use it. However, when we arrived in Atlanta, he was turned away because the Certificate for Driving says "not valid for identification purposes".

All was not lost, we had planned a nice weekend in Atlanta. We stayed at the Hilton which had an indoor pool and the nice man at the front desk gave us free breakfast both mornings we were there. We let the kids go swimming both days and also went to Zoo Atlanta which was very nice.

Now we are pursuing another route in obtaining an acceptable photo id for purposes of a passport. Hopefully, that will arrive soon and we will be able to get this show on the road.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Step One: Obtain Birth Certificate

This is the first post in our Journey from Shadow to Light...

Currently, via the route that we are going for legalization, the immigrant must be an immediate relative of a US citizen who is over the age of 18. That means we must be married! We've been together for several years but we haven't actually gotten married yet for various reasons- mainly the finalization of my divorce during our first year together and having two babies in the span of the next a year and a half!

In order to get married he needs a government issued identification. Since he is unable to obtain one of those from our state, we must get his Mexican passport from the Mexican consulate. But in order to get his Mexican passport we need his Mexican birth certificate. (That ate the cat, that killed the rat, that lived in the house that Jack built... at least that's how this feels!)

So we called upon his mother in Mexico City to get us a copy of his birth certificate and send it to us. We are now patiently waiting on DHL to send us that certificate so we can move onto the next step, the passport!

***Edit***
His birth certificate came in the mail. That cost us around $75 to get that issued and mailed from Mexico.

We learned that we don't need a government issued identification only his birth certificate as long as it is accompanied by a certified translation. Last week, I scanned a copy to the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute and paid them $65. That translation should be in the mail any day this week! Then we can move on to getting married.

Step Two: Get Married!
Step Three: Get Mexican Passport!


Monday, January 20, 2014

Goals for 2014!

I've never made resolutions but this year I do have a few goals:

  • For every two non-edible items that come into my home, three must go out. This goes for toys, clothes, crafting supplies, appliances. Whatever. The number of items in this house must decrease! 
  • Backyard chickens! Looking for a non-chemical way to get rid of all of the yellow jackets around our home. Chickens seem like a do-able option. Plus a good experience for the kids.
  • Garden-scape the remaining backyard. 
  • Start down the yellow brick road... I mean our Journey from Shadow to Light...
The last is my main goal, one I've been dreaming about for several years. I need to invest in a few more tools, mainly a tiller, to make it happen. This afternoon I went out there to try my hand at double digging but stopped after my first 20' row. But the idea is to turn all of this:

The yard.
This whole line needs to be cleaned up to allow the most possible sunlight.

Two trees that need to go.
The far one is dead and the close one isn't even a tree.
It's an overgrown shrub of some sort.

Where my chicken coop will go.

Back/under side of the shed.
The runoff from one of the downspouts comes through here.
Want to cover the area with lattice and divert the water into a rain barrel.


Into this:



Friday, November 1, 2013

Where did the last year go?

Life has gotten in the way of blogging. I can't say that I've done any projects in a while, which is primarily what I used this blog for and probably why I haven't had a post in nearly a year!

Six weeks ago we added a new member to our family and that's definitely been keeping us busy!

Meet Jocelyn!



The last time I posted, Janelle was only six months old. Well, now she's 17 months. She was Sophia the First for Halloween. 


And of course Izzi is still Izzi. 



Three girls under the age of five are certainly keeping me busy!  I have been home from work for about eight weeks now and expect to return next Tuesday.

Today the Mexican and I went to a thrift store to see what we could find. I got two large bulletin boards that I hope to use for a project here in my office/craft room. And he got a leaf blower that he was quite pleased to play with when we got home!

I also got this nifty ceramic wing tray for $2.50 


Hopefully, I can remember to update regularly as I really do enjoy keeping a blog. Even if I'm the only person who ever sees it!