Dear Friends and Family:
During this season of family and celebrations, I wanted to send this short letter to let everyone know what is happening in my family. Ashley, who turned 3 this August, started Preschool in the fall and loves every minute she gets to spend with her teachers. We enjoy hearing about school and her tales are highly entertaining. It is fulfilling to know she enjoys school, although she sometimes complains on the weekends that she would rather be there than at home. She is developing into quite a feisty preschooler.
In regards to our home situation, I have an encouraging update. In effort to correct past mistakes and secure our future as a family, Alberto has complied with the many requests of immigration in order to gain permission to reside lawfully in the United States. These requests included leaving the United States of his own volition and returning to Mexico, a country he had not seen in 10 years.
During his stay in Mexico, Alberto had the opportunity to visit the city he was born in and see distant family members he had not seen since he was a young boy. With the help of one of our Minnesota Senators, we finally saw some progress in our case this past year. Only last month one of the final barriers holding us back from proceeding with our case was finally removed; giving us the opportunity to begin work on the last and most labor intensive portion of this grueling process. I understand that immigration policies are confusing because I myself have been very confused at times, and for that reason I wanted to take the time to briefly explain our situation. We anticipate that 2012 will be the year that all our hopes and dreams come true.
We hope that everything goes well during these last crucial steps and we will soon be united as a family here in the United States. Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult period in our lives.
Merry Christmas and God Bless,
The Mendez Family