Thursday, January 18, 2007

Long Road From Dumaguete to America, Pt. 4

The petition for Marilyn's fiancee visa was filed today! Holidays, the flu, and an annoying passport photo debacle set us back an extra month, but perhaps these delays were fortuitous. I am quite relieved to finally reach this day, though I know the road remains potentially long and tortuous—in the form of more heaping paperwork, filing fees and infinitely more patience.

Marilyn and I request your prayers for the Lord's favor in this process, and for her possible move from Dumaguete. Blessings and peace!

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16 Comments:

Anonymous Don said...

I understand you anxiety but I am sure that God will deliver in his perfect time. God Bless you

Friday, January 19, 2007 1:37:00 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Hello Don...thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your words. It is rather easy to let emotions take over my thinking right now, but I need to be reminded of Who is truly in charge of this process.

However, the onslaught of "what ifs" is quite hard to fight against at times.

Blessings to you!

Friday, January 19, 2007 5:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Don said...

Corey jsut remember that when those "what if's" are getting too strong that's satans attempt to destroy the gift that god has given you you....

Saturday, January 20, 2007 11:46:00 AM  
Blogger RTS said...

I'm glad to hear that you've finally sent off the application. I've been meaning to ask about the photo.Of course, the two of you will be in our prayers.

Sunday, January 21, 2007 5:16:00 AM  
Anonymous cheska said...

hi corey! it's cheska from the forum. I'm wishing you both all the luck! Why not visit Dumsville again? hehehehe. You guys will make it, just remember that 'what ifs' are to be ignored and the future is something to look forward to :)

Sunday, February 11, 2007 4:48:00 AM  
Blogger Corey said...

Good afternoon, cheska. Thanks for your comments. It's just an emotional time, and sometimes it is easy to slip into anxiety. However, I know it isn't God's way for me to react this way.

I certainly plan on return visit to Dumaguete at some point. Since that forum started it has really helped me to feel that much closer to the place. It's nice to hear differing points of view on Dumaguete and its current progress and challeneges, etc.

My Dumaguete memories from 2 years ago are still quite fresh in my mind, so it's nice to be involved in an online community where I can still share...as well as learn even more about "Dumsville".

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, February 11, 2007 3:17:00 PM  
Blogger SapphireF said...

Hello Corey..

Hi.. I just want to tell you that I know (Ma'am)Marilyn. She was my teacher in ACSAT before. By the way, my name is Melanie Buling-Strøm. I live here in Norway now, i'm married to a norwegian. Well, I'm glad that she have found the man of her dreams now :) Give my regards to her...

Monday, February 12, 2007 9:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Hi, Corey

While in Dumaguete last month to do preliminary "work" for Go Dumaguete! I got hit hard by the flu in Tanjay, thus delaying work on the website (or maybe being bedridden actually helped as I had some time to create pages). :)

So you see sometimes obstacles turn out to be blessings. If life were breezy, we might just forget "Who is truly in charge of this process" -- your words.

I've been to Dumaguete several times in the past 15 years and can only say good things about the place and the really nice folks there. I figured attempting to create a compleat website would be a good excuse to work with my favorite cousins, the Perdiceses, to try and capture the magic of Dumaguete.

You will be one of the first invited to check it out once it's complete. :)

Good luck to you and your fiance!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 2:46:00 AM  
Blogger Corey said...

SapphireF...thanks for stopping by. I passed along your name to Marilyn, so I'll find out if she remembers you.

I'll bet Norway is a tad colder than Dumaguete :)

Lisa...good luck putting together your site. I know it can be a hard process at times, wondering what information to include and how to format it and such.

Your cousins are the Perdiceses? As in, Mayor Agustin Perdices and his family? If so, I'd say you certainly do have some good resources for your website :)

Wednesday, February 14, 2007 6:04:00 PM  
Blogger Rai999 said...

Wish you good luck to complete the visa. Let me tell you, even to other countries, like Germany, it is very very hard for philippinas to get the visa. Be patience, do not give up, look forward.....

Sunday, February 18, 2007 6:30:00 AM  
Blogger Corey said...

Hello Rai999...

Thanks for the encouragement. It is indeed a long process with much waiting, but I just take it day by day, and pray often :)

Sunday, February 18, 2007 6:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Corey! I my husband and I can totally understand what you're going through! We've been there before. We've been married for over two years now and I must say married life is a bliss! :) God has been good to us. Thanks for posting you pictures of Dumguete! I graduated from Silliman University and did my post graduate studies there too! I miss Dumaguete a lot. My husband and I will be in the Philippines this November.

God bless you in your new endeavor!

Ann

Friday, March 16, 2007 7:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's me again. By the way if you have questions about fiancee' visa just ask me so I can help you and Marilyn.

Ann

Friday, March 16, 2007 7:07:00 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Hello Ann...thanks for stopping by :)

I took the attorney route with respect to the visa. Had I done it myself I would have worried every day if I missed something or if I had messed up something :) We're in the waiting period after filing two months ago.

Are you in the U.S. now? Feel free to write to me using the e-mail address on my profile if you would like. Thanks again for your encouragement. Pag-ayo-ayo!

Friday, March 16, 2007 7:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Corey! Sorry for the delayed response. I've been busy at work and getting settled in our new house. I'm in the US now. My suggested that you use www.visajourney.com and it's a great website and it will tell you everything you need to know and it's free. After the application was filed it only took about 5 months for my appointment to be scheduled.

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions.

Ann

Monday, March 19, 2007 9:21:00 PM  
Blogger Corey said...

Thank you for passing that link along, Ann. Waiting has not been easy, but God will give us more patience :)

Thursday, March 22, 2007 5:27:00 PM  

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