No Longer Illegal, But Still Aliens

Yes, you read that right. We finally got our residency permits. We've only been here 21months, and they're good for the next 22 months.

Woo was super nervous going in. I hardly cared at all. I couldn't see how our lives would change much; although, I thought they'd probably give them to us this time.

We left the house on time, but turned around and came back home after driving for 15 minutes, because Woo thought there was a tiny, slim chance that they'd ask for something I'd left at home. Then we had to hurry to make our appointment.

All that rushing out, back home, and out again through multiple roundabouts caused Linus to throw up his breakfast. Luckily, I'd grabbed a plastic bag for such an event on my second time out the door. But it was Moses who had been threatening then.

When we finally got there Archie was happy to tell me several times that he almost threw up, but he prayed, and then he didn't have to anymore. He didn't want to throw up, he said, because he didn't want to throw up all over Penelope (which was the only option, I guess?), but still very thoughtful of him. Thank you, Archie.

And yes, they did find something completely new and out of the blue that they could've used as an excuse to deny us: documentation of my social security number.

But this guy was very nice and told us we could just email that in later. I don't know what the difference was really, other than Woo fasted this time. I don't think he's done that before. And also it was just time, I guess.

The wait for qualifying was even longer than for being denied. We were there for 4 hours? Woo was in doing all the actual talking and wrangling (and joke telling). The kids and I waited off in a little side room. Thank goodness we were in the middle of Goblet of Fire. I had plenty of material to read out loud and keep the kids' attention. Herbie helped out by reading the times I had to fill out forms or other stuff. (Ruby was busy either doing homework or recopying her already very neatly written notes.)

They had a few of these kiosks to take your picture and your fingerprints for your residency card. If you don't do it right, it takes the machine 2 minutes to reset... and almost everyone did it wrong, because the instructions given were so bad.

After a kid or two, Woo had it down though, and he gave the kids exact instructions on what to do, and what not to worry about... they all did it right the first time. The employees there were so impressed, one of them was like, we should hire this guy to tell people how to use the kiosks...

Woo asked two questions as soon as he got the okay. 1. What's renewal like? and 2. What happens if we leave the county? The guy was like, What? Why would you want to leave the country?

We went to celebrate afterwards by eating at Telepizza and drinking a few liters of GuaranĂ¡. In our excitement, we talked about visiting Morocco or Turkey. I came home and looked up taking a tour of maybe Greece, Turkey, Israel, and Egypt, with a week in each...

Woo said, "Sounds painful." And yeah, it would be. Our family is just not able to handle that kind of thing yet.

However Woo feels that a huge load has been removed from his shoulders now that we're legal, and his mood has shown it.

Penelope tries so hard to be perfect and gets her feelings hurt when we do have to correct her. She’ll often quip something too about how we don’t love her.

It happened once this week, but that same night we read Hel 15:3 in family scriptures ("for behold, they have been a chosen people of the Lord; yea, the people of Nephi hath he loved, and also hath he chastened them; yea, in the days of their iniquities hath he chastened them because he loveth them.) and she looked at me and said, “I get it, Mom. I get it.”

It is not conference weekend yet, but Linus was anxious to get his cut earlier. He got out of school early on Friday and I cut his hair and Penelope's and Woo's. Linus also spoke in sacrament meeting today. His talk was very short, but adequate.

Ruby got results for a bunch of tests back this week--a bunch of muito boms. Moses sounds like he's doing similarly well. Herbie worked exceptionally hard for school this week and did good work. Unfortunately, he was turning everything in a week late :(.

I've been busy this week sending plans to Josey to get bids. Archie has also been drawing plans with me. He sits near me with his pen and little notebook drawing. He says that his work is to be a house plan drawer, and two days ago he drew a farm for our future yard with a lot of venomous snakes in it: mambas, cobras, rattlesnakes, and so on.

And that's all I can think of now. Hope your week was great!