Trish proclaimed the process was a little anticlimactic, which is really what you want in any process that involves the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office. Trish credits Rachel’s mad skills as an organizer and planner for helping things go off without a hitch.
The trio had an appointment scheduled for 10:00 am. Their interviewer went through the mountain of paperwork Rachel had submitted, making sure everything was there and filled out correctly. Of course it was, because, as previously mentioned, Rachel is an organizer/planner extraordinaire. Meanwhile, Nathan held up his end of the bargain, by doing the task they assigned him--looking adorable. The interviewer asked Trish and Rachel questions, presumably to verify they were who they said they were. They were. Then the interviewer told them she would call them back in a couple of hours. The waiting was a little stressful because they were not told the paperwork had been approved.
It was also stressful because sippy cups and Cheerios are taboo at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Office. Trish, Rachel, and Nathan were able to leave for lunch, but then it was back to a waiting room where no food or drinks were allowed. A few hours is like seventeen days in toddler years! Nathan is past the stage of curling up in Mommy’s lap for a nap. He chose to pass the time by running around the room with Rachel in hot pursuit. At around 2:30, they were called back in and told that Nathan is a U.S. citizen.
For those of you wondering, this does not mean automatic citizenship for RJ, Abby, or any subsequent Honduran born grandchildren. They will lather, rinse, and repeat to obtain citizenship for other grandchildren.
|Sneak peak of what will be available on the|
website, once the big update goes public
She is also working to make a big update to the website. Currently, people who want to sponsor a child have to do it through the Manna 4 Lempira Facebook page. With an updated website, people will be able to look at photos of children and set up sponsorships there. Trish is shooting for having everything ready to go before the first of April.
In the meantime, let’s all look at the USA’s cutest new citizen.
For those of you seeing this post by email, here's a link where you can see Nathan's amazing flag waving abilities. https://www.facebook.com/rachel.sowers.50/videos/1837554079686503/
- posted by Christi