Thursday, April 19, 2007

Waiting Game Part II

Ten weeks after filing our visa application with the Australian Embassy, the waiting game for the result of our pre-visa assesment is finally over. And it's a favorable one!

We thank God for getting us through this critical stage of our visa application. The long wait has been an emotionally roller coaster for us and at times there were annoying episodes as the case officer requested for documents that were already submitted. Actually, they wanted a summary. I guess they were too lazy to look at the legal documents and would want a one page executive summary of the numerous evidence of support for my study, which I did. Enough with the ranting.

Dei and I have seen in the past weeks, although not regularly, that our kids are taking the time to remind us to include in our prayers the guiding of our visa application. They were the ones who are very excited for this trip. I'm quite excited for them, too. But for now, we're past the critical stage of the application, waiting game again as we undergo medical examination and a number of payments, payments, payments for this and that. :)

The Australian Embassy actually cautioned us not to race to make hasty actions as no decision has been taken yet on our visa application. So, it's still wait, wait, wait for now but I know my kids (and we) will never ever grow weary praying, praying and praying.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Nel turns 3

This is the day that the Lord has made when we were blessed with another beautiful angel. Danielle Dizon Caro was born. She's been cooperative since she was born and her mother did not even have to bear labor pains for more than 30 minutes! She's three years old today.

I was in Australia when she was born, reason that she's the only daughter that I failed to see come out personally. It was my sister, NiƱa, who helped in delivering Nel. She's a student of midwifery and she did a good job for a first time, saving her niece and sister-in-law.

We chose Danielle, which means God is my judge, for my daughter's name. We envisaged Nel to grow up like the Prophet Daniel, uncompromising, abiding in God's Word and continually trusting Him throughout her life. We believe that choosing a name that might well describe your vision of your child's future life helps in building that vision. Her nickname also means light.

She's definitely making surprise changes every year. Year one, she's so quiet and reserved. Year two, she's starting to do her talk, fight with her sisters and is the comedianne of the family! She's also as sweet as her sister, never fails to say I love you to Tatay and Nanay. I'm not sure what changes she'll show tomorrow, but every change she takes is definitely welcomed. :)

This is Nel our beloved daughter.

Happy Birthday Nel!