Now I have a date to go over to the States, I can start making firm plans, about lots of things. Im afraid I wont be there for an American Halloween but I will be there for Thanksgiving. It doesnt give me much time for Holiday decorating, but I will try my best. Its time to start reading up on Thanksgiving recipes. I was too afraid to plan before, just in case I was refused. As for the decor...well possibly...
Well...Im home. I had my visa interview aaand.......I was accepted!!
better than I thought. I arrived at Grosvenor Square at 8.30 ready for my interview at 9. There were lots of people in front of me, in two queues and I made sure I was in the right one. Once I got to the front of the queue and my passport and appointment checked, I was sent to join the back of the other queue. At the front of that queue, my passport and paperwork were checked again. I had been there almost an hour and hadn't even got into the building yet.
Security was tight...seeing policemen and embassy guards with
big guns was daunting. I had to place my phone, belt and tablet into a plastic bag. We were ushered four at a time into a room. I was searched while my bags went through a
I was then allowed to walk around the outside of the building and into the reception area, where I was given a number and told to go sit in the waiting area. There must have been around a hundred people sitting waiting. I thought I was going to be there hours. I was really nervous...and couldn't stop my hands
But suddenly things started moving incredibly
fast. No sooner had I sat down, my number was called and I went to one
of the many windows where my fingerprints were taken, and various forms
checked. I was sent to sit down again to wait for my interview..and I
swear no more than two minutes passed and I was called to another
window. I answered a few simple questions..and then she handed me my
chest x ray which she said I had to take with me to the States and I have
to be in the US by December 18th. I asked if that was it?? I was
accepted?? And she said yes...enjoy your new life in America. And that
was it. I could have cried.
So my lovely friends...my ticket is booked and on the 19th November I fly to
California. Im so happy, and all the stress is totally worth it. My new life is just 21 days away and I can hardly wait.
I'm packed. I've got my train tickets. I've got my visa file. I think I'm ready
Tomorrow I'm off to London. My visa interview is at 9 am on Monday morning so I'm staying overnight in a hotel not far from the American Embassy. I'm traveling light as they don't allow big bags in the Embassy building
I am terribly nervous. This is what the last 9 months have been heading towards....the final hurdle...and its huge! I have no idea what its going to be like or what they will ask. Im praying that we have all the right forms and we have provided enough evidence. I hope I haven't forgotten anything. I have checked and double checked
I have a terrible fear that my visa will be refused which will devastate me. But they can't refuse me...can they?
MrD keeps assuring me everything will be ok....and he has never lead me false. But I can hear in his voice that he is nervous too. On Monday he is flying to Nashville with his work, and will be in a meeting when I get the result....but he wants to know straight away. Of course he will be the first to know....either good or bad
So wish me luck...and if you can...please say a little prayer for us. We need it
Today is my 52nd birthday. I've had a lovely day with my daughter, lunch out and a birthday cake. I enjoyed it so much, even though I am still a little poorly and recovering from a bad throat and chest infection and have hardly any voice.
It was poignant for me because it is the last birthday I will spend with Miss C for a long time...if ever. In 28 days I leave for my new life in the States..
The last couple of years have been incredible...full of so many ups and downs. I never thought I would get to this age and be starting over...and 5000 miles away in a new country. I honestly thought I would spend the rest of my life alone. We really dont know what Heavenly Father has got planned for us
Being 51 wasnt too bad at all....but I think 52 is going to be amazing!!
This time last year, I was in California, sipping iced tea, and watching the neighbourhood put up their Halloween decorations
It was such a fun time and some of the decorations were amazing. Here in the Uk we are only just getting into the swing of the 'Trick or Treat' mentality...although I loved dressing up the kids when they were little. But the US really go over the top so I really loved it
I was hoping to be back there for Halloween this this year, but its looking unlikely. But...theres always next year....and I have wonderful memories of last year
Annnnnd...theres nothing stopping me looking for inspiration for my Halloween decorations for next year... right?. The internet is full of them and I plan to share some of my favourites
I look forward to seeing some of your ideas too...I hope you are willing to share