Swimming Lessons

May 10, 2020

   Earth and some of his little friends are taking swimming lessons!

N600K Update

May 8, 2020

  Another month and then some has passed with no change to Earth's case status.  We had been working with our senator's office to try to get some information on his case before USCIS suspended in-person services and recently heard back from the Honolulu office.  The information on the email indicated that the adjudicator had been preparing to schedule an interview but now everything is on hold and that Earth's case won't be considered for emergency processing since his application is for naturalization rather than citizenship.
  Obviously, this isn't the way we thought things would go but all we can do is work towards the fastest solution to getting back together as a family and that's what we're doing. 


May 5, 2020

This little guy managed to get himself really, really sick.  Twice

Grocery Shopping on Ebeye

May 3, 2020

Many people think that the solution to the  very high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in the Marshall Islands is as simple as changing how the people here eat.  It seems so straightforward- just eat more vegetables and less carbohydrates and processed food.  But what do you do when there are no vegetables?  Or if there are, they cost three times as much as rice?
  Let's take a little tour of the main grocery store on Ebeye, to give you an idea of the broader scope of the problem.  Earth and I had to pick up a few things so I took pictures of some typical things that you might want to buy along with their prices.  I've also looked up the prices for the same item at the Kroger near my home in the US and listed that under each picture.
My shopping helper

N600K Update

March 19, 2020

 In light of the fact that USCIS has closed all it's field offices for the foreseeable future, it looks like this process might take longer than we'd ever imagined.  If I'm being honest, I really thought that Earth and I would be home by now, but instead, here we are, still in the Marshall Islands and buckling down for the long term.
  In an interesting twist, perhaps because the office personnel have more time to process cases now that they're not doing interviews, the average processing time has gone down drastically to 5.5 months and the date of inquiry has moved forward by a year.
  It's so ironic that we're overdue to hear about our case now and genuinely could get a decision any day but aren't able to actually have the interview.

A Quiet Night at Home

March 3, 2020

Just an evening at home with a four-year-old...

N600K Update

March 2, 2020

Things have been quiet here because there just hasn't been anything to report.  I checked Earth's case status today and while there was a date change, there was no new information.

N600K Update

January 8, 2020

   I checked Earth's case status today, like I do every day, and was somewhat surprised to see that it had been updated.  There was no new information on the main page or the document page but at least someone has changed the date on the file.

  The current average processing time for this kind of case is 5 months and we're one week away from that.  Of course, we have no way of knowing how long any of this could take and no recourse if we feel that things are being dragged out.  Since this is my first time filing online, I also don't know if our interview notice will be listed on the document page of Earth's online file before I receive a paper copy here on Kwaj.  As always, I'll keep you posted if anything changes.

Seen This Sunday at Church...

January 5, 2020

 The Gospel is in good hands, with Optimus Prime on guard!

Time With Our Ebeye Family

January 3, 2020

   I'm so glad I was able to get this picture!  I know it will be important for the kids to have this, even if they don't remember spending time with our Ebeye family on this trip.

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