Since my return to the US I have been trying to get my life “together” and ready for Frederic to come. I mentioned in the last post that I not only had a job but that I was still living in Mom’s basement! I got my “big girl” job and have been getting adjusted to a “regular” “daily” schedule that doesn’t include waking up when I want (or really I would wake up just early enough that I was not judged to be lazy by my neighbors for sleeping until 6am), showing up to the local market to hang out every 3 days, and spending time at the health clinic to help promote nutrition and maternal/child health. I had a “schedule” while I was in the Peace Corps, but it was not a time-is-money and gotta-get-things-done type of schedule. So, it has been a bit of an adjustment to have a gotta-get-things-done schedule, but at the same time it was welcomed with open arms.
So, I got the job thing down and I am getting used to my work schedule. I think it really helps that I enjoy my job too. The next step to completing my “big kid” transformation will be getting my own place. Things have wrapped up quickly with Frederic’s visa and I realized I should start looking for a place for us to live, unless we wanted to live in Mom’s basement for a while. However, I don’t think either party involved would have appreciated that for too long! So, I started the apartment hunt. For those of you in the Battle Creek area, you know that there are not a lot of choices. Well, there are a lot of choices, but not all of them are ideal, safe or clean. It just kind of happened that I found an apartment with the help of Mom and Carl and I could move in September 21st!
At about the same time as finding the apartment I get a phone call from Frederic telling me that he turned in his papers to the embassy and they said to come back 2 days later for his visa interview! He then received his visa a week later and the big decision of “WHEN ARE YOU COMING?!!?!” had to be made. I knew I had some work things to do the middle of September, so we discussed him coming before or after that. We ultimately decided that coming after would be best. In looking at plane tickets, we found an easy flight for a reasonable amount of money on September 24!
The other decision that was made during all of this was when THE BIG day would be. Frederic has received a Fiance visa and the terms of this visa state that we have to be married within 90 days of his arrival. So, I also knew I needed to pick a date soon to be in compliance with the visa conditions and have enough time to put a wedding together. So, we have chosen December 8, which is the same date that we were engaged on last year and had the big party with Frederic’s family and friends in Burkina Faso.
Frederic is just as anxious to come and asking lots of questions which includes a lot of vocabulary that I don’t know in French! We are still learning to effectively communicate when it comes to new situations we never encountered in Burkina – such as American living and lifestyle. Of course we always end up laughing and knowing that it will all work out.
Quite literally, everything has fallen into place. I have a move in date which is just a few days before Frederic’s arrival and a wedding date! We are putting the wedding together and getting the details sorted out for that! It has still been stressful getting things bought for the apartment, preparing for Frederic’s arrival, preparing for a wedding and of course working! But, all in all, things are working out just the way they were supposed to.
Start your countdown! 33 days! :)
P.S. If at any point you have questions about anything from Burkina to transitioning to visas, please feel free to ask!