So this last week, as I sat at my computer and my girls bring the mail into me and I see the envelope from immigration, my heart skipped a beat. I looked at it. Could it be done? Could my partner visa actually have been granted? I certainly did not think so, the envelope was way too thin... Not to mention it just seemed completely impossible to me that it could finally be done... After all the past seven months had been what seemed like a never ending process of doctor visits, notarizing documents, phone calls, endless paperwork, and visits to the post office. But sure enough it was! I honestly didn't quite know what I was looking at... and the girls had left to go play, so they had no idea what had just come in the mail. I texted Mick, he called me back, and I told him what it said... and yes! that's the one we had been waiting for. I couldn't stop smiling all day. Mick and I decided to tell all the girls that night, as they would all be together and we could make a bit of a celebration out of it. So we bought a yummy cake, and wrapped up the girls' school uniforms (which we had already purchased back in November) with a note telling them that they were finally able to go to school!
|The girls all posing with the cake before they found out the good news.|
|Lucy and Esther's reaction...|
Originally, the principal said he would need them to wait until Monday to start school so that he would be able to give the teachers time to prepare for another student etc... But as the meeting progressed and he could see how excited they were he eventually said... "you know what... just let them start tomorrow..." screams of joy ensued...
I am very excited and happy with the school they are going to attend, the principal was more than helpful and after spending an hour talking with us, he then took us and the girls on a tour around the school. It was perfect.
|Esther in her new classroom|
|A big map of Australia in Esther's classroom|
|Lucy in her classroom, by some paintings of surfboards and sand... Ah so Australian...|
|Another view of Lucy's classroom|
|Esther sitting in the computer lab|
|The hugemongous new gym they just built! What a beaut!|
|At our Celebration Dinner, yummy Thai Food!|
|Getting their lunch boxes ready and eating some breakfast|
|All ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!|