Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted anything on here (aside from the monthly book releases, which don't really count). I'm so sorry! As I'm sure you can imagine, I've been insanely busy. I can't promise I'll post here on a regular basis, but I thought I'd do a bit of an update for you guys. This is going to be a very long post. I apologize in advance.
Well, the wedding is now done! I must admit, I am very glad it's over with. Weddings are stressful. I tried to take a calm approach to the whole thing, but several things made it difficult (I won't get into them here). It was just usual family/friend drama. Otherwise, it went very well. Everything went smoothly--we didn't have a single mishap. It was a beautiful day--definitely one of the happiest of my life =) I was very emotional saying my vows, but I managed not to shed a tear until I danced with my dad, then I lost it. Since we aren't big party people, the wedding was done by 7:30pm, which was nice. By the end of it I was dead on my feet.
I haven't posted all of the 900 wedding photos on Facebook (nor will I), but I did post a few of my bridal portrait pictures if you're curious. I might post some later, but it hasn't been a top priority =)
I kept this pretty quiet over the summer, but my husband's grandfather went in for surgery to remove a blockage at the beginning of August. Unfortunately, the worst case scenario occurred and he ended up in ICU for two months. The whole family was, and still is, under a lot of strain. Pawpaw can't eat or swallow, so he has a feeding tube in his stomach. He is now home, but they take it one day at a time. He can walk again, which is good, but his voice is still hoarse and he gets confused easily. Sadly, Granny isn't doing well either. She suffers from herniated disks and is in constant pain. The whole family is trying to band together to help out, but there's only so much we can do. We all just have to take it one day at a time.
Unfortunately, Pawpaw isn't the only one suffering from medical issues. My mum has been in constant pain for over a year now. There is something wrong with her legs--the doctor's can't pinpoint what is going on. She has severe pain and her feet get really swollen. She's been to the doctor several times and they're trying to send her in for more tests, but due to the awful Canadian healthcare system, her appointment isn't until January.
As well, before the wedding my dad went into his doctor because he had a weird bump on his head. After looking at it, his doctor was very concerned and ended up sending it in for testing. In September, we found out that my dad does have skin cancer. It is not melanoma--thank God-- but he hasn't been in to the specialist yet, so we don't really know how severe any of it is. Once again, the Canadian healthcare has failed us. My dad has had documented cancerous growths, but his appointment isn't until November. How sad is that? Anyway, we're just taking everything as it comes. My parents are very calm about the whole thing, which has helped me deal with it. Being away from them right now has been very difficult, but I talk to them on the phone everyday.
Fiance Visa/ Green Card:
So after the wedding, my husband and I filed the rest of the K-1 Fiance Visa forms. After waiting for a while, we were sent an appointment notice informing us that we needed to go to Charleston, West Virginia last Tuesday. We ended up in the Jeep for over 6 1/2 hours, but my appointment took less than 15 minutes. It was a big waste of time--all they did was take my fingerprints again, which they did in Vancouver. Oh well, whatever they need, we'll do. We think that's it for a while, but we do know that we will both have to go back for interviews at some point.
So after many weeks trying to set everything up, our townhouse is now done! It took a long time and a lot of effort (and creative organizing), but we did it! My stuff arrived after our honeymoon in September, which was nice. I missed having all of my stuff around me. It helped to get it set-up-- felt more like home. I will post pictures in a few days.
I am writing again! It's slow going, but I am making progress. I can't work right now, so I'm taking the time to try and finish AHR. It'll take a lot of work (I'm only 27K in), but I know I can do it.
As well, I have also accepted an assistant position amongst the Board of Directors for the Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. I am now helping out with Communications, specifically with the newsletter. It's been a lot of fun so far =)
Well, I think that's all for now. I know there must be a ton more, but my mind went blank on what else to talk about. I'm going to try and keep up the blog, but I really can't promise anything. If you want to chat, you can always email me. I'm also on Facebook and Twitter a lot. =)
Photo taken by Laura from Laura's Focus Photography