I am beyond embarrassed about how long I have gone without updating my blog. So here's a minor update while I get back into my writing groove:
Our I-601 & I-212 waiver package was denied. Ultimately the reason behind the denial is all about Alberto's criminal conviction and whether it should be considered a CIMT. We had to go through a RFE before we reached the denial stage but who the hell knows anything anymore. They probably sent us an RFE hoping; (1) that I would still have Alberto's proof of income, (2) we would get disheartened and give up. I had a epic fucking news flash for the bastards... I have pay stubs, W2's, and 1099's for my darling husband going all the way back to 2001. I had everything they were asking for 100 times over! After 10 minutes of paging through my files I decided to invest in a decent quality scanner just to organize the documents I was locating and reduce the paper that I would bring over to Lance's office. Instead I filled a 4GB flash drive and was told that was more than enough for them to work with.
The denial was not the end of our journey, oh not by a long shot. We've appealed the denial to the AOA, and we are nearing the 6 month mark. The AOA is still currently reporting the timeline of these appeals as 6 months or less so I have hope that I will know something before I turn 31 this year.
Ashley celebrated her 7th birthday with her first concussion and several hour stay at the Children's Hospital. The total bill for the day the scooter skipped a beat and the follow up appointment came to a little under $3000. Ashley likes to talk about how her mommy leaped over a queen-sized bed like an Olympic Hurdler, even though she didn't witness the event.