Today was a kind of a big deal. We took the next step in our journey. I sent out the initial packet for the immigration process for Martin, the I-130. A weight lifted off of our shoulders; step 1: complete. Weeks worth of assembling and agonizing and international mail with delivery confirmation and monies spent on photocopies and color copies and fine point pens and passport sized photos. It culminated today at the USPS and I could not be happier. And so begins the waiting game.
Many people assume that when you marry a US citizen, you are immediately embraced by the powers that be and handed a golden ticket, or in this case a green one. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The road to citizenship can be a long one. There are forms to be filled, documents to be signed and submitted, and years worth of love to be laid bare for some stranger in an office to review.
We are ready for the next phase, for the things that lie ahead. It's so exciting, and so relieving, even though this is just the very first step. In time, we'll reach the destination.