Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Visa Interview!!

We started the Visa process last September. We filled out the information, we paid the money, we shipped off our relationship binder and waited. We thought the wait would be a few months but it only took a month to get the letter, the letter that said our case was moving forward!!

The next steps would happen in England. Tom went for his Medical appointment and then we waited for his interview appointment to be scheduled. Then we found out we missed a step and would have to send off some paperwork in order for Tom to get his interview appointment...So he did that and we waited and waited and waited annnnnnd waited....

Approximately 4 weeks after you fill out the paperwork you should get a letter from the Embassy with an interview date...4 weeks came and went, then 8 weeks, 12 weeks...no news.

We were freaking out. We called so many government phone numbers hoping someone could give us some info. There are SO many visa message boards and they were very helpful! We spoke to some helpful people but no one could tell us why it was taking so long.

I've followed along with some other couples cases and none of there's took this long. In fact a girl and her English Fiance filed for the visa after us and he's already moved to the USA...so something held ours up..not sure what it was but it was definitely something and it was driving us both a bit crazy!

Since we hadn't heard anything Tom decided to email the Embassy and ask about the status of the Interview Date. Well we heard back today and we have a date! An actual date!!! It seems all we needed to do was ask and poof we got a date!!

It feels like a weight has been lifted off us both. We thought for the longest time that we'd done something wrong and would have to start the process over again. But we don't, we got it, finally!!

Tom has his interview in London in two weeks!! Soon after that we can pick a date for him and his family to fly over for the wedding. We're thinking maybe mid to late June.

This is the best news. It's all finally happening. We've been waiting for this for so long!!

I took a trip back in time last week, by back in time I mean I clicked on one of my first blog posts...the one where i introduced Tom to all of you. How crazy is all of this. Two young kids meet online, fall in love, travel the world, get married. It's kind of a fairytale ;)

We are both so excited!! I can't wait to share everything that's coming in the next few weeks!!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We're Engaged!!!

I got home last night after a wonderful, amazing, life changing week in Jamaica.
The trip itself was to celebrate Tom's Sister and new Brother in law, they got married last wednesday in a stunning wedding overlooking our incredible resort in Negril.

The wedding wasn't the only super romantic occasion that went down in Jamaica. I mean it's the perfect setting for a proposal as well. That's right, a proposal!! On Saturday night April 16th Tom decided to pop THE question!

I kind of thought it might happen while we were in Jamaica but I wasn't sure. Tom has been pretty secretive and mum on the whole thing...So I wasn't expecting it at all and it was incredible. 

He left the ring with his parents so apparently he had to do a little running around to get his hands on it. I was at his side most of the day so he struggled to get away from me long enough to grab it. After escaping me for about 10 minutes after dinner he finally got it. I however wasn't aware that he was going after the ring and was a teeny bit upset that he left me awkwardly standing by a staircase for so long. When he walked off it felt like he was gone for an eternity...we've been apart for 8 months...I was a little clingy...I'm not even sorry about it! ;)

I remember asking him what he was doing up there? Did he sit down and have dinner with his family without me? It was like 10 minutes, where were yoouuu??? As I was saying this he was walking me down to the beach where he whipped out a little box and said he was sorry but he was getting something important...then he said Will You Marry Me...and I jumped around and hugged him and kissed him and didn't say anything...and he asked well will you?? And I think i shouted yes ;) and i bounced around the beach for a few minutes after he slid the pretty ring on my finger.

My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. It was perfect, It was a surprise, it was a dream come true...

I called my mom and dad first and told them, then I was able to facetime my sister and brother in law, then I called my brother and my pawpaw, tish and my granny! I texted a few people then posted it all over social media!! I'm so happy that we're finally here, finishing up this long distance business!! 

Oh and the ring, she's a beauty!!!

The ring is beautiful, it fits me to a T! I love every part of it and i'm so excited to wear it forever!!!

So now we're officially engaged by cultural standards ;) We've been "engaged" for a while now. We knew we were getting married we knew Tom was moving to Texas...We just hadn't really had a good chance to do the whole ring thing! But now we have and it feels great! 

Now it's time to plan a wedding!!

So many wonderful things are happening right now and i know more exciting times are ahead!!! 

Eep! It's all happening!!

Now lets get this freaking visa finished up!! If anyone has a direct line to the interviewers office hand it over because this wait for an interview appointment has been the worst!!

Crossing our fingers it happens soon so we can get him over here!!! 

Now...which pizzeria is going to cater our wedding??? ;)

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Promotion and a Visa Update

HEY! It's been a while ;)

It's about time for an update, it's past time actually...So little has happened in the past 4 months that there's not really been anything to update.

Tom still hasn't been contacted for an interview date...should we be concerned...maybe?? Our Visa Application period ended about a month ago. Tom looked into it and it looks like we're still ok he just has to submit an extra form at his interview. It is taking longer than we thought which has been good and bad. It's good because we didn't want Tom to have his interview during our trip to Jamaica. It's bad because we're tired of waiting...we've been apart for almost 8 months now... So hopefully we'll hear something soon about his interview and then we can really get things moving.

These kids need to be back together...it's time!!!!!!!!!

So something really exciting has happened and it's a big step in getting Tom over here. I've had my Part-Time job with the Container Store for almost 5 months now and It's been great. My job is basically in a call center doing customer service and design work. Well...that was my job!!!!! About a week ago my boss asked if i'd be interested in working with the B2B department, designing closets for other companies. At the beginning of the project my boss told me that they picked me for a reason and that this could lead to something else depending on how I did on the project. WELL...yesterday I found out that that they want me to move to the TCS Closet department, training will take place when I get back from Jamaica and the best part...IT'S FULL TIME!!!!! The best best part is I get to design closets all day everyday!! I'll mostly be working with the stores and organizers so the direct customer contact will probably come to a halt but I'm so excited to get to design pretty spaces like this all day long!!

So yea, looks like full time is happening in a matter of days and as soon as Tom gets this interview done we'll finally get to make plans to bring him over here!! 

Things are finally starting to align and we are so excited!! 

In other news...I SEE TOM NEXT WEEK...IN JAMAICA!!!!!!!! 
It's only for a week so it's bitter sweet but i don't even care, i get to see him, i'm so happy!! 
So I haven't posted much lately on here or instagram but there will probably be quite the spike in posts this time next week!

In other other news I got to see my absolute FAVORITE band in concert on Monday night. A few months ago I bought Mumford and Sons concert tickets for Tom and I because we thought he'd be here to go see them....Obviously that didn't happen so I got to take my wonderful cousin with me instead and it was THE BEST THING EVER! I have loved Mumford for years and to see them live in concert was so surreal. I had all the feels...I couldn't handle it...it was amazing!!!

That's all for now! Keep an eye out for a ton of pictures from Jamaica next week when Tomily will be reunited!!!! It's about time! Ahhh!!

Until next time ...