So it's been a while. The last month proved to be a tough one and it seemed hard to find inspiration in anything, even just a little to write a blog post. But I am back and with many life updates.
The past two weeks I focused on nothing except finding myself a vehicle and finding my family a place to live. My mother has been kind enough to let us use her car these past five months, but she was ready to have it back and I was ready to give it back. There are a lot of details involved with the car purchase, but I won't go into it and just leave it at the fact that I actually bought one! It's not total winner, but it was only $1500 and it will get us through until we get back on our feet again. And the best part is that it's mine, all mine :) It's a 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan. I wanted a van so I can use it for all my markets and work things as well as day to day. Some of you may recall we drove our beautiful Honda Odyssey down to El Salvador a year and a half ago with the intention of leaving it there. Some have been open with their disapproval of that decision, but we've never regretted it at all! But it did leave me here without a vehicle so I am happy to say that problem has been solved!
The house/apartment hunt is still on. I was hoping to move this month, but apparently you have to have money to rent an apartment and I'm a little short in that department. So unfortunately my big plans fell through, but it's only for now. I really wanted to have our own place by the time Eduardo came back, but we will just have to suck it up and wait until the circumstances are right. But I am getting a head of the game and finding the places I like so it will be easier when the time comes.
Eduardo had his appointment with the psychiatrist on October 25th. It went as well as it could and the doctor even admitted to all of this being "a big misunderstanding". Gee thanks! There are again more details with that, but the main point is that he is actually signing the papers we needed him to and forwarding them on to the next people that need to sign them. Hallelujah!
His next appointment is with the embassy in less than a week, on November 9th. It's coming so close! This will be his final appointment where he submits all the insane amounts of papers they have requested again and then the case will close and they will send him his passport with the visa stamped in it through the mail :) Once he receives the passport, I will book his flight here as soon as possible. My plan is for him to be here by Thanksgiving and then Liliana's 3rd birthday the week after. Please God, let this happen!!! I have been constantly praying this last appointment goes smoothly for us with no complications. We certainly deserve it!
On a less dramatic note, Liliana had a dentist appointment last week. It was routine, but I was nervous because she had been complaining of pain in her teeth. Luckily everything was great! But turns out the pain and grumpiness and sleeplessness had been side affects of her top molars coming in. It was actually a relief to hear because we had seriously had a rough couple of weeks and I was feeling like a terrible mother because of our crazy interactions. But the past week she seems to be feeling better because she is eating more, much happier and sleeping better, which makes me happier and sleeping better :)
We didn't do Halloween. I didn't want to trick or treat. Liliana is intensely afraid of anything in a costume so I didn't think it would go over well. And then the thought of a basket full of candy in the house sent shivers up my spine thinking of all the tantrums and arguments it would cause. So we hung out with a friend who was also not doing Halloween and I was happy with our choice :)
Yesterday at the license branch Liliana was decked out in a pretty snazzy outfit she had picked out herself and the lady commented "oh, I see someone is still in Halloween mode." I said "no, this is just everyday mode!" It was pretty cute.