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Well today is my D-Day and I

Well today is my D-Day and I’m sat in Edinburgh Airport already at the start of a 20+ hour day. So far it’s cost me per kilo of my extra bag but HO HUM. As I told the lady, I’m emigrating - what are you going to do? Wade through your stuff and work out the virtues of one set of clothes over another? 🤯 Of course not. Anyway, a #sealescript of my own to celebrate such a momentous day. This has been a process over a year in the making, from our first meeting with our immigration lawyer to the man who showed up with a suitcase-sized envelope and my passport. There are still people to meet who will form part of our #visajourney, but at its heart is a couple willing to do, pay, justify, and sacrifice whatever it takes to be together. To lay themselves open to scrutiny of all kinds, and to give up time in the present for a brighter future. So here I go. A little fragile and a little overwhelmed, but as ready as I’ve ever been to make a joyous, fresh and new start. “I surrender who I’ve been for who you are - for nothing makes me stronger than your fragile heart.” ❤️


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Huge thanks to Becky at Muffin

Huge thanks to Becky at Muffin Break who has been there for me throughout this #visajourney - alongside Jack and Alex who have already left the bosom of my fave cafe at home. Taking this little muffin man on my journey ❤️


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Late afternoon snack and coffe

Late afternoon snack and coffee with cinnamon and a super delicious protein cookie for my little hunger before going out for burgers tonight 🤩 I am looking through our wedding pictures right now to prepare a slideshow to present to the family this coming weekend and I am still very much on love with all of them 😍 My Lette from USCIS with my biometrics appointment came in the mail today so finally we are getting closer to finishing the AOS process! 😊 P.S. My instagram app version seems to have some minor issues with posting stories and posts so I do apologize for the delay 🙈 #coffee #coffeelover #protein #proteincookie #snack #love #healthy #healthyfood #treat #fit #fitness #aos #adjustmentofstatus #greencard #homesweethome #couple #turquoise #delicious #monday #fun #visa #visajourney #ausgewandert #autumn #fall #november #gold #germaninamerica #armywife #militarywife


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Today was hard. Probably the h

Today was hard. Probably the hardest I've had throughout our visa journey so far. When Matt & I started going thru the k1 (fiancé) visa process, I planned to have my visa & officially move to the US on November 17th. But unfortunately I did not move today, and do not have an updated moving date at this time. The initial application process used to take ~90 days, and it took us 188 days (including a 6 week delay to send them additional proof that we had actually met). Fast forward a month & we're a couple steps further in the process, but have hit another snag, and the reason today was so tough. While chatting today with another visa applicant from SK, I let her know we've been waiting for approval to book my interview for 10 days and counting (plus the embassy is now closed until Monday ) & asked her how long she had to wait.... two hours. How can one couple get approved in two hours while another is nearing two weeks? Why do we have to be the couple that has to keep waiting, through every step? I want to believe that we're getting closer to finally being done this process, and being able to be together. But anyone who knows me, knows that I don't handle change (or lack of control) well. So I'm sure you can imagine how hard it is for me when the biggest decision I've ever made in my life, permanently moving to another country, is something I have no control over. However, I am lucky to have the most incredible person by side throughout this process. @mullins.matt has been so supportive, loving, and has the patience of a saint (something that is very needed throughout this process / while dating me) and I am so thankful 💕 All I can do now is just hope we finally get a little bit of luck to move this process along & get my visa as soon as possible 🤞🏻#k1 #visajourney


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Last week marked our 10 month

Last week marked our 10 month anniversary - we're gonna be at One Year before we know it which is so exciting. But also incredibly scary! 💖🎆 ... ... It's crazy how fast this year has flown by - 2018 is going to be another whirlwind of Adventures! ... ... #oneyearanniversary #oneyear #love #loveyou #truelove #soulmate #happilyeverafter #disneylove #disneycouple #ldr #ldrlove #longdistance #closeddistance #adjustmentofstatus #k1visa #visajourney #visaprocess #greencard #immigrant #immigration #nomoremiles #lovewins #lovestory #disneylovestory #castmemberlovestory #adventure #adventureisoutthere


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Y’all. Something exciting ha

Y’all. Something exciting happened yesterday. My visa arrived! And I paid for my Green Card and did the last of the visa-dmin, which was such a relief. Slightly surreal feeling also, as it’s been almost 14 months since we got married and made a start on this process. Now that’s done, I’ve got a mountain of packing to do - I’m literally going with what I can carry/lumber around/struggle with, which will be a motley selection of clothes, shoes and things I can’t possibly live without. My nephew got me these Lego bag tags for my luggage which are just the best! I’m flying out a week today - arriving just in the nick of time to celebrate the most American holiday of all. Truthfully, when my interview date came in, we didn’t know whether we’d be able to spend Thanksgiving together. When we could - we went for it. Carpe Diem. Seize the day! For now I’m trying to enjoy time with my family - we’re off out for waffles this morning 😍🥞 - and focusing on staying well. It’s a month since I had my medical and the evil MMR and I’ve been struggling for a couple of days with a mild form of mumps. I’ve worked out I’ve had 9 vaccines this year and although I’m glad to have made it through, it’s taken it’s toll on my body. This isn’t an easy time - a time of uprooting after so long surveying the soil. And that’s good: this is my long-anticipated season of change, full of sadness and joy, anticipation and fear. So much to be done and so much to look forward to. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 #visajourney #inkdori #graceandsaltink #wellness #healthybody #preparation


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The beginning of me and they d

The beginning of me and they didn't even know it yet! Mommy and daddy met while mommy was on vacation in Bávaro, Punta Cana on a family vacation in July 2016. Daddy lives in the Dominican Republic 🇩🇴 Mommy lives in the United States 🇺🇸 #babylunarojas


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Two years ago today (11.12.15)

Two years ago today (11.12.15), Mattia and I reunited in London after not seeing each other 9 months due to his Australian Working Holiday visa expiring and him getting sent back to Europe. We broke up during that time apart but the distance could only keep us apart for so long. . . In 20 Days, I’m going to London again to see Mattia for the first time in 6 months bc we just couldn’t keep waiting on his bloody visa. The US Embassy has his passport, preventing him from travel outside of the UK but we had nothing stopping me.❤️✈️ . #newlyweds #internationalcouple #longdistance #marriage #italian #american #london #visajourney #greencard #americandream #brexit #travelcouple #backpackerstory #spontaneoustrip #lovestory #irony


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It’s been a year since my no

It’s been a year since my now husband got down on one knee and asked me to marry him after surprising me in Germany for literally the weekend! 💍 This past year has been nothing but amazing and adventurous and I am looking forward to many more with you by my side. I love you, Austin, and I feel nothing but blessed to be your wife❤️ P.S. Y’all probably can tell by the look in my face that I was incredibly happy and still couldn’t believe that he really was in Germany! ❤️ #engagementanniversary #love #throwback #lastyear #engagementring #couple #couplegoals #surprise #hubbyandwifey #saturday #ilovehim #loveofmylife #ldr #k1visa #visa #visajourney #lovewins #happy #armywife #militarywife #married #blessed #myman #ausgewandert #germaninamerica #iloveyoutothemoonnback #anniversary


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Essential reading 🙌🏻 #vi

Essential reading 🙌🏻 #visajourney


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Yes yes yes! 🎉 After spendi

Yes yes yes! 🎉 After spending a fun luncheon with friends I checked our mail and found our NOA1 for the AOS process! I am not too excited to begin the waiting game one more time again 😅 Let’s just hope it won’t take as long as last time 🤞🏼 #aos #adjustmentofstatus #visa #visajourney #greencard #k1visa #paperwork #waiting #roundtwo #backinthegame #strong #love #militarywife #germaninamerica #ausgewandert #armywife #fortbenning #georgia #thursday #daily #fall #autumn


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If you’ve ever read The Secr

If you’ve ever read The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you might remember the part when Mary Lennox has met Colin and introduced him to the idea of the garden, to conversation, and fresh air. The next morning Colin wakes up and for the first time in his memory, he feels comfortable and rested. He doesn’t know it, but the change has happened in the very fibres of his body - his muscles, tensed and distressed for so long, have finally been able to relax. I had my own Colin moment this morning in that, after so many months, today I don’t need to do anything. This #visajourney has been tense, distressing, upsetting, invasive, and many other things besides. I’ve trekked the length of the country twice in quick succession and that kind of pressure takes a physical and emotional toll. I’ve also had a kind of weird season with my #biblestudy. For one who is usually so committed to following plans and opening up every day, I’ve felt really cut adrift. Nothing captured my interests and I found that I had more days of not opening my Bible than time in it. When it has been open I’ve focused on “holding on” verses - verses about anxiety, faithfulness, difficulty, heartache, and distance. I’ve ridden out the storms and now that the sun is peeping out onto the horizon again, I’m starting to get ready to bring the joy back in. Starting today: “GIVE THANKS to the Lord for he is good; his steadfast love endures forever!” This is the season of thanksgiving, and our God - whether He has waited with us 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, months, or years - is so good. #openyourbible #biblestudy #lampandlight #shereadstruth #womenintheword #thanksgiving #thankfulness


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THANK YOU for all your kindnes

THANK YOU for all your kindness and wonderful happy wishes today. Time to reply tomorrow but for now, off to bed - tired but happy. #visajourney 😴


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Update: we finally received th

Update: we finally received the case number and NOA1 for my AOS and I couldn’t be happier that the waiting game has turned to round two now 😄 I am glad that we have the case number to be checked though I know that nothing much should change anytime soon - at least not as long as the K-1 Visa 😅 I took the selfie yesterday with an iced coffee that my hubby treated me with in 80 degree weather here in Georgia 🌞🍁and I cannot wait to get my nails all fresh tomorrow morning 🌸💅🏼 #selfie #starbucks #starbuckscoffee #starbucksaddict #coffee #coffeelover #coffeesnob #pinklips #blonde #manicure #aos #adjustmentofstatus #greencard #visa #visajourney #armywife #militarywife #germaninamerica #ausgewandert #happy #georgia #fortbenning


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And just like that, I’ve got

And just like that, I’ve got a visa 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #visajourney #sealescript


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Took myself to Burger & Lobste

Took myself to Burger & Lobster which is conveniently located very close to my hotel on Grosvenor Square. Lobster roll did not disappoint - tell me the update will give me a lobster emoji when I do it tonight?! 😂 #agirlcanhope #dinnertonight #lobsterroll #burgerandlobster #london #visajourney #healthyliving #everythinginmoderation #lobster #yum #natalieshealthyeats


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Beautiful blue skies ☁️ #e

Beautiful blue skies ☁️ #eastcoast #train #visajourney


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