Last Tuesday: the embassy notified us that the marriage certificate was not the up-dated version. We immediately make the necessary phone calls to figure that out and obtain the correct document. We found out that the county had used the old format on the first one. Sharon’s brother’s family arrived for the big Thanksgiving hurrah.
Last Wednesday: The remaining relatives arrived to make 12 in all. We went ahead and bought 2 tickets for Madrid, leaving December 8 and returning January 5 in case the visas are not granted before we leave.
Last Friday: we received word that Peter’s visa has been approved!
This Past Sunday: Yaszbet Zannis from Faith Presbyterian Church sent us a lightening quick Spanish translation of the new document. We also said “Goodbye” to our son Ben and wife Hannah.
This Past Monday: Peter Ellis, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, ran around to 3 different agencies, drove to Albany to obtain the new documents, and mailed them to the Spain embassy.
This Week: packing boxes and suitcases, arranging shipment, phone calls.
Next Week: move out of the lake house, go to DC to pick up passports and at least Peter’s visa.
Wednesday: Leave 5:30 pm Richmond, VA. Arrive Madrid 7:50 am Thurs.
Dec. 12-13th: First retreat with new team coworkers.
After That: Find and move in to an apartment if possible before we receive 3 visitors for Christmas.
January 5th. Sharon will probably have to return to D.C. to pick up her visa.We give thanks to God for your partnership as we head for Madrid, Spain