This is a post I have meaning to write for over a year. The reason I waited is I was hoping to have a conclusion wrapped in a little bow. It is not that way... but I digress.
In August of 2022, following our return to Belize God gave us so much grace. We were able to "pick up where we started" so to speak with our applications for residency. The original process was started in 2021 and almost completed before we left the country. There was a LOT of grace. Our friends were in a similar space and their application was dropped.
The unfortunate/fortunate part of this is that the process was made easier in 2021. The cost however doubled. When we had started the process, Abigail was a child and now she was 18. The cost for her residency had doubled! Yes adults were double the cost of kids. We weighed the cost with the fact that to live in country costed us 100$ a month. As we prayed about it we decided to move ahead with all of the residency applications, including Abigail.
We paid and put the applications through. We were told that it would be 6 weeks or so until we received our cards and things became official. We waited and waited and waited.
Finally over Christmas, (almost 4 months later) we attempted to cross the border. Even though we were assured by the immigration office that our receipt of payment would allow us to cross, the officer at the border wouldn't allow it. That being said, he did make a call to an immigration officer. I spoke with her briefly. Interestingly within a week we had cards in hand. WOW what an answer to prayer. There was one minor "caveat" they misspelled Zephaniah's name. I know people are surprised at that ;) They wouldn't allow us to keep the "misspelled" card until they got a new one. We had to await a new one.
It has now been over a year with multiple stops at the immigration office to check in on progress. There is still none. We don't have Zephaniah's card. We are fortunate that with parents and other kids do have them. We are now allowed to cross the border without a problem. We hope and pray that one day Zephaniah will have a card (before we have to renew them 4 years fr