My babies are upstairs asleep, with Victor snoozing alongside them. We’re sleeping as close as we can get, because the nights have been chilly! It’s been getting down into the 40’s–which is super cold in the desert when the days are still reaching into the upper 80’s / lower 90’s.
I’ve had an eventful Thanksgiving week:
- We went for our first appointment in the paperwork process for Victor’s visa. Ale heard me talking about working on Daddy’s “papers” last weekend, and she make him some. There was a picture of us together (we have to prove we are married enough), and some writing. She brought them to me proudly, as she had also recruited her sis to help. I packed them with our real documents, and took them to the appointment.
- Thanksgiving Day was my fifth Thanksgiving in Mexico (the first Thanksgiving, I flew home for a baby shower). We hosted our fourth Thanksgiving–and this one was the easiest, by far! The turkey was PERFECT. The dressing was moist and tasted just like I remember. The rolls rose in record time due to all the cooking going on, and Ale and I shared a couple while we waiting for the guest to arrive.
- We celebrated a second Thanksgiving with the workers the following night. We saved some turkey, but I also made potato salad, more rolls, and fresh gravy. I had turkey broth bubbling away, so the house smelled like Thanksgiving all over again! This was a treat–as I have always wanted to have the workers for Thanksgiving. One of our workers is from Texas, so he also appreciates southern cooking and sweet tea. That always makes my day. We also enjoyed great conversation, a good study of the last chapter of Revelations, and the peace that comes on the feet of those that carry the gospel!
- We have chili in the crock pot simmering overnight–as tomorrow we will have potluck after meeting. This is traditionally what we do when the workers are in town. It’s our way of everyone getting a little extra fellowship. I offered to make tamales, but that idea was rejected. Then I offered to make mole to go with the tamales that someone else is making. That was also rejected. When I offered to make chili, I had to follow it up with the explanation, “You know, the beans that I made before…” haha! They love my “beans.”
I am looking forward to the rest of this year. Victor and I will have a six years in Mexico anniversary, followed shortly there after with our actual six year anniversary. I am still hoping that we will be able to make it to Chiapas during winter break to visit with the abuelitos and primos! Ale is at the perfect age for a visit to see her family. She speaks amazing Spanish, and loves to hear all about Chiapas. She asks questions like, “Mom, do they have cars in Chiapas?” Tonight I told her that when we go to Chiapas, it is kind of like camping. That we will probably sleep together on the floor. She was unfazed, and started talking about roasting marshmallows (we have never done this…) with her cousins over the campfire.
Jojo is talking quite a lot! She loves to play a game where we say words and she repeats us. Tonight we were naming all of the family members, and when we got to abuelito, she said “popo.” Ale died laughing, “Mom! She said ‘popo.’ That means poop!” Speaking of poop, Victor explains gross things to Jojo, by saying, “Ewww! poo-poo!” This is so she won’t touch things that are icky on the street, but she has adopted it for anything gross. She also waves to the toilet overtime it flushes, and says, “Bye-bye, poo-poo!” This kid… She brings me so much joy and so much stress all at the same time. She loves her sis, and has begun to demand equal treatment, by saying, “Me too.” Sometimes all she says is “too,” but she makes sure that you know what she means!
Victor and I are trying to stay encouraged about his paperwork process. Sometimes it is difficult, as the requirements are overwhelming, and the process rather costly. Americans have no clue how difficult it is for honest, hard-working people to get permission to work in the U.S. The people who easily get accepted are people with loads of money, and unfortunately, loads of money doesn’t always equal honest+hardworking. It’s really an intimidating process, and even more so when you give it a go without a lawyer’s help. I trust that my friends and family have us in their thoughts and prayers–and I also pray for “the peace of a perfect trust.”
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