Aug 3, 2012

So it begins

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. 


  1. That is a pretty big step! Paperwork like that is always a hassle, here's to moving forward one step at a time!

  2. Lauren, I know congratulations isn't the perfect term for this situation, but I think it is definitely deserved! Best of luck to you and Martin on your immigration journey. I hope this time next year you are over the hurdles and living where you want to be.

  3. So glad you guys are one step closer! This seems like such a daunting process and totally freaks me out for the future with my German :S
    Hopefully the rest goes smoothly for you guys!
    xo :)

  4. Woo hoo for Martin! I do understand why they want to be so thorough about the immigration process, but what a bummer. Especially since you aren't just getting married after a week together and have a child together and everything!
    Well good luck, I hope the process runs as quickly and smoothly as possible for you!

  5. Thanks Sara! It's just a daunting and overwhelming process but hopefully it'll move along swiftly.

  6. Yes! I was definitely freaked out too but now that we're doing it I'm feeling better about it. It's all about patience at this point.

  7. I came across your blog via karolinka in BG. I am married to a Bulgarian in the States. We went through the immigration process. It tested our relationship just filling out the damn papers. Good luck with the process! Are you hoping to move to the U.S. once it is all said and done? How are you managing there in BG with the language barrier? I have only been for a few months at a time and I about lost it mentally trying to just have everyday husband abandons translating pretty quickly too because he claims it to be 'exhausting'. Im trying to learn more for my next trip so I wont feel so left out! Kudos to you for living there and raising a child as well!



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