My mum's birthday is tomorrow on the 29th. So yesterday my brother and his wife and their beautiful little girl Febe celebrated with my mum seeing as it was the weekend and during the week my mum often works really late. Because my mum lives in South Africa, we could not be there, but we were definitely there in spirit! Very much so. So much so that we made her cry. At her birthday celebration!
In 2010 we started the process to sponsor my mum to move here to New Zealand. Since 2004 we've only ever seen her maybe for a total of 9 weeks. Earlier this year we received a letter from Immigration where we needed to supply more information and more documents and it took me about 65 days just to get everything together. It was incredibly stressful and I spent hours on the phone, email, Facebook tracking people down, asking for info and getting ready. And amazing people came on our way. People I've never met before, but who were absolutely amazing in supplying what we needed.
So finally I submitted this big stack of documents. And then we waited and prayed and waited some more.
And last week I finally received the letter we've been waiting for. That my mum's permanent residency is approved and that we now need to send in her passport and the migrant levy. What a big relief! An absolute answer to our prayers.
And so I sent a copy of the letter which my sister in law carefully inserted in my mum's birthday card as a nice birthday surprise from us. Sorry mum for making you cry!
And next Christmas we'll spend it together! No more sending parcels that never arrive (on the 1st of November 2010 I sent a parcel to my mum and my brother and it has never arrived!).
We were incredibly blessed throughout the process. So many who did so much to help us! And we had the most amazing and most helpful immigration case officer working with us. We'll be eternally grateful!
So mum, time to start planning your big adventure!
|Happy birthday mum, next year we're spending it together!|