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the wait

January 21, 2012

It’s done. The visa application is in the mail. All 4 pounds of it. Every blog post, every photo of us, the banks statements, the pay slips, the marriage certificate, a Skype log clocking hundreds of chat hours, a selection of correspondence chosen from a whopping 3,500 emails exchanged over the past 3 years, and text messages — enough text messages to put a teenage girl to shame. Our life… printed, stapled together and shipped off for some random person to read and decide our fate.

So now we wait. 1 month? 2 months? 3 months? Who knows. We’re used to this… the waiting. It’s the story of our life as a couple. But this time, it feels BIG, you know? Because WHAT IF? What if it takes 6 months? Or worse… What if it gets rejected? He keeps telling me to have faith (he’s the optimist in the relationship, I’m the pessimist) and I know he’s right. I know. But WHAT IF???

He says he can’t account for world wars and hurricanes and freak lightning bolts and anything else that could possibly get in the way of us getting this visa in a timely manner. But he chooses to believe that it WILL get approved and it WILL arrive soon. I, on the other hand, get so engrossed in the distance between us that my brain short circuits and I forget all that is good. I’m so focused on the days we’re apart that I fail to see the bigger picture, the love that unites us, the future ahead of us. And it’s not 1 month, 2 months or 3 that is going to change that.

So today, I leave you with more wedding photos. The candid shots. The behind the scenes shots. The laughter, the hugs, the joy. The shots that remind me of all that is good and give me the patience and the faith I need to wait… just a little longer, or however long it takes.

Thank you so much to Roma, Michael and mom for snapping these shots. And for those who haven’t yet seen the first set of photos, you can find them here.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. January 21, 2012 4:43 pm

    Loved these pictures. x

  2. January 21, 2012 5:30 pm

    You had the most gorgeous wedding. You look just like Hollywood on the page.

    I can’t imagine having to find documentation in order to convince someone that you are in love and married. It is so great that you just happen to *have* an abundance of it!

    Here’s hoping for a fast decision so you can be on your merry way!

  3. Kathy L. permalink
    January 21, 2012 11:24 pm

    A wedding kiss under a moose head – that MUST be auspicious and I’m certain it bodes well for all good things, right?!!

  4. January 22, 2012 4:28 am

    As long as there’s love, all will be good. And there’s obviously a lot of love in your life. 🙂

  5. January 22, 2012 10:08 am

    oh my!!!!! where was i????
    i missed a lot. just catching up, and no other words than: congratulations!!!!!!!!
    i am so happy for you guys!!!

  6. January 22, 2012 10:56 am

    These pictures are so alive …. Love them all … My heart goes out to pictures 062, Alison and her girls ! And 378 Your mom so Émue (I don’t know what it is in english) … Number 185 & 245 here I reconised your style. And my favorite, THE couple picture 286 … Thank you for sharing your precius moments …. So touching, love ya xxxx

  7. January 22, 2012 11:14 am

    So, so, SO beautiful…thank you for sharing these!

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  9. January 22, 2012 3:19 pm

    Lovely pictures, all of them 🙂
    It will all go well. It’s impossible not to see you guys are in love and married!

  10. January 23, 2012 8:56 am

    This is so beautiful, I’m speechless…

  11. January 23, 2012 4:04 pm

    damn if i’m not smiling and crying at the same time! you are radiant! these photos are amazing, your love is written on your faces and it will see you both through the next chapter until that visa IS approved.

    god i am so happy for you both.

    (and how is it we both have birds flying up our forearms??!)

  12. joestewart4669 permalink
    January 23, 2012 5:04 pm

    just the most lovely set of piccys. cheers one and all! xo

  13. January 24, 2012 1:10 pm

    so dang cute, you two. (smiling)

    ms jeanine? i’d love to pick your brain about this visa application process….might you drop me a line so we can find a time to chat about the hows and whats and so forth?

    would love some advice…


    ~ jennifer

  14. Kathryn Guerriero permalink
    January 24, 2012 1:37 pm

    how did I miss this!!! I LOVE your love that shines thru your eyes (both of you) in every photo, I’m all vaclempt!

  15. January 28, 2012 3:54 am

    oh wow!! heart overflowing for your happiness… xx

  16. January 28, 2012 3:56 am

    hehe…i would say your word(s) for the year is patience with(and) abundance! You will treasure these photos for the rest of you life!!! beuatiful! oh happiness xx

  17. February 19, 2012 4:21 pm

    beautiful… and so happy you made it with your visa!

  18. Lori permalink
    February 25, 2012 5:17 pm

    beautiful. wow. i knew you guys would do it. ahhh-love. it’s lori here and we were supposed to connect in london last fall. i’ll email you the rest of the story. needless to say-thrilled for you. maybe we could even skype…

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