Tuesday, April 29, 2014

What inspires me...

My husband gave me a great idea to make a  post about things that inspire me and make me a better person. Here's a top 5:

1. My family:
And this includes my husband, parents and siblings. I think I am who I am because of them. I don't know if people appreciate me the way I am but, in my opinion, I turned out to be fine and happy. So, thanks to my wonderful people back home and my sweetheart.

2. Travel:
Sometimes traveling takes the best of me. It can be very stressful at some point but it is something that, somehow, rejuvenates and polishes me. I love to meet new people, encounter new cultures and behavior and, thanks to my husband, I am more and more motivated each time we decide to go on a new adventure.

3. Music:
Whenever I'm in a bad mood or trying to relax, all I have to do is to go through my music collection on my phone and let myself go for a few moment.

4. Teaching:
Teaching is not only my job, is a mean of pleasure. I simply adore teaching and can absolutely see myself doing it until I'm 70.

5. Life:
Life by itself is what inspires me the most. Its beauty and challenges is what keeps me wanting more of it. If I could be granted one single wish, I'd choose to live until I am 150. I'm so blessed to have my life and simply because it's full of ordinary but wonderful things.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Larissa's journey to Citizenship is over!

In the most recent months, we have had some good news. Larissa now has her American Passport and her Naturalization Certificate! We have been through a lot to get to this point and now it is finally over. It feels good that we don't have to worry about these type of things anymore. This whole process started with the K-1 Visa, and for every application, it has been a long and arduous process. Everything seemed impossible at first. Running around finding documents, going to medical exams, expensive application fees, and interviews in distant cities. I am still surprised we were some how able to make this all work. It was all due to patience...the greatest virtue that got us through all this. Neither one of us could've done this without patience.

We are now in the process of moving to Brazil and I will be seeking dual citizenship. This will be a long difficult process as well, so it seems like we are starting a new journey that will entail some of the same hardships we went through in the USA with Larissa. However, no more deployments and the demands of the military life are over, so I look forward to our new journey. We will be moving to Batatais, SP, Brazil in May, 2014. We only have about a month left here in Puyallup, WA. We are in the midst of procuring a house, as well as setting up jobs for us, and setting up school for me. There is a lot to do and it all feels a bit overwhelming. This is a big step for me and I will know what it is like to live in another country for the first time! So exciting and scary. We will see what happens and we will keep you updated!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death

I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan's poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.

                                    William Butler Yeats

Asteroid Destroyer

Asteroid Destroyer

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Being a Military Wife (2010-2014)

I decided to make this post because being a  wife is something very special but, being a military wife is not for anyone. The sacrifices and struggles I had to face during all these years made me a stronger and more grateful person, and taught me how to deal with various complicated situations, such as exercises, deployments and all the long distance relationship drama.

Of course my husband had to go through a lot of ups and downs while in the military, but I want to focus this post on my own experience, as someone who was behind the scenes during his entire journey in the United States Air Force.

I think it's fair to say that, when you have a husband in the military your husband is not yours, he belongs to the government of the country he is serving and when I say "serving", I'm talking about all the things he had to give in to honor this country and its leaders. I'm pretty sure that many people out there have no idea of all the risks the military life can bring.

Adam deployed twice while he was in the military for about seven months each deployment and I am so proud of ourselves for making this work. I guess we are just very good at long distance relationships, but I'm so glad to say that all the military ordeal is over now.

At this moment we are focusing in getting everything ready so we can start a brand new chapter in our lives, and it's a damn good one! :)

I'll finish this post with some pictures that represent our journey through military life and what kept us strong: the trust and love that made everything bearable and so worth it.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

90 Day Fiance

So there is a new show called "90 Day Fiance" that portrays couples that went through the same process that Larissa and I went through. You can watch full episodes here:

The rest of the episodes I had a hard time finding. But if you want to pay to watch them for 1.99 an episode you can go here:

All You Tube Episodes

There were aspects of the show that reminded me a lot about how it was when Larissa first came to America.

First of all, when you bring someone from another country to America, people of course have their judgments and perceptions of why that person in coming to marry an american citizen, where getting into the country is highly desired. I know I felt certain vibes come off of some people that I know that were suspicious of the fact that since I was bringing a Brazilian (who is very beautiful) the same thing. There are always going to be people who think that the girls, or possibly even guys, are targeting people to get an American visa or citizenship. Especially when the girl looks like she would be way too attractive to fall in love with someone who would not be considered nearly as attractive. The people in the show all seemed to get that judgment. There is that conception of "Mail Order Bride" when it comes to these things. But even so, you can get a pretty good idea of which couples actually like each other and want to be with each other.

I just want to say, that if the relationship truly is real, and feels real to BOTH parties, this process is a beautiful thing. I can only speak for myself, and it is up to other people to judge for themselves how they feel about my relationship. But having a significant other from a completely different culture has been such an adventure. The bureaucracy sucks most of all, it really does, and A lot of people have such a hard time getting though it, because it is a lot to handle, it requires a lot of money and patience. Some people just can not overcome what seems like endless obstacles.

We have been married for four years now and every struggle was worth it. From applying for the K-1 Visa, the AOS process, the deployments, the demands of my job in general, being away from family, having to move around, culture barriers, and the periods of long distance. I can look back and at all the craziness and the roller coaster ride I have been going through had not only been amazing and interesting, but very unique. It is definitely not the traditional american way of marriage that most people go though. It is a much longer, patient process. It takes strength, and if you prove you have that strength, than its a good base for a relationship to last.

So to me the show was interesting, although its a reality show and not all aspects are exactly real. The people in the show did still go through the process. Kiralam in the show, who was with Allan, is from a small city just like my wife, and she left her family to do the same thing my wife did. Larissa went through all the emotions that Kiralam did; being alone at home without her family always being around. She was very innocent in the show, and very attached to her mom. This couple reminded me the most of my situation besides the age difference.

Alan and Kirlyam from 90 Day Fiance

So I just think there is two sides of this 90 Day Fiance situation that I hope people understand. There is always people with bad intentions, but some people find love in far away places. Usually there are enough red flags to show what someones real intentions are. But I really hope that the couples who do find love in far away places, have an amazing life and adventure!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sent in N-400!

Einstein and his daughter taking the oath of naturalization
We received our reciept for Larissa's N-400 today. We sent in our package the 30th of January. They cashed our check for 680 and it looks like we are on our journey to naturalization! I am very excited for Larissa and this will help us move forward with our future, no more renewing her resident card, she will have voting privileges and can leave the country for periods of longer than a year if need be. She is waiting for her Bio-metrics and then her Interview, she then takes a test and takes an oath. SUPER EXCITED!! This is the last leg of our journey through this whole process of getting everything legal and sorted out so we can be done with the bureaucracy.

This is an exciting time; My United States Air Force career is almost over, and I am free to go to school full time and move to Brazil. The important thing now is that we hammer out all the details. Before we live in Brazil, we are working on a trip to Europe! It is very possible we will be going since we have been planning and saving money.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Can't wait!

Esses dias estive assistindo a uns vídeos de militares americanos retornando pra casa, e me emocionei muito porque essa, com certeza, é a melhor parte de quando um soldado volta do deployment: rever a família!

Eu não vejo a hora de abraçar o meu soldado e dizer o quanto o amo e como sou feliz por ele estar de volta! Mas, para isso ser possível, vou ter que esperar mais um tiquinho. Tá quase... :D Nós dois estamos com alguns planos para o futuro (como sempre) e sei que o nosso será brilhante! Sou muito grata a Deus por todas as bençãos e pelas oportunidades que abracei enquanto estive no Brasil. 2013 será um ano que nunca irei me esquecer! =DD
Bom, aqui está um dos vídeos que me fizeram chorar: