I love the movie, The Never Ending Story. I remember my mother took me to the movies to see it when I was a little girl. I was fascinated by the thought of one’s life being read by someone else in a story. I used to believe that people, somewhere, were reading about me and my life. I guess that is kind of how a blog is. Anyway, in the movie, Atreyu, the Native American Warrior, was trying to save Fantasia but he kept hitting brick walls, in a sense. Every turn he made, he had to overcome another obstacle, in order to stop the ‘nothing’ from engulfing his world. When he finally arrived at the empress, he thinks he failed his quest but in reality the whole journey was necessary. Right now, I feel like this paperwork is a never ending story with twist and turns and that I will never accomplish my goal.
Where do I start?
The last time I posted about all the paperwork, I was in the process of requesting our FBI clearances. Well, on a day in which Darryl was working from home and I was off, we went to the Philadelphia State Police to get fingerprinted, only to find out that they no longer do fingerprinting for employment abroad. We left there feeling disappointed but not discouraged. I called around and found out that the Abington Police still do the fingerprinting for a $20 fee each. So that’s where we went. Afterward I called the FBI, just to confirm our applications were complete before sending them off. I was informed that there is a 13-15 week processing time. (Can you see me with my mouth open?) So I sent off the applications, fingerprints and $18.00 money orders.
All of our new passport have arrived. I was worried that we wouldn’t be able to take our trip to Canada but the passports came in, that same week thankfully. Darryl’s state criminal clearance finally came in the mail. The boys old school never responded to my emails so I searched and found their report cards and scanned them to QA Doha and QA Sidra schools. My ex-husband signed the sponsorship letter and I had both the letter and and divorce degrees translated as requested. I used ABS Translation Interpreting Services, Inc.. Aram was very quick with the turn around of these documents and super nice. I definitely recommend this company. I paid $98.00 for the translation of these documents, only to be told that my divorce decree was not sufficient for sponsorship of my sons because it didn’t mention a custody order. So getting that translated was a waste of time and money.
Everyone got their blood work and medical forms completed. I found out I have high cholesterol. So now I take a pill a day for that. While seeing my GYN she discovered a lump in my right breast. I had to go get a mammogram and ultrasound just to be on the safe side. Took care of that and got a clean bill of health. Thank God. Even went to see the Dermatologist. So I’ve been poked and prodded by everybody. But I’m happy to say, I’m in pretty good health.
I located my custody order that was agreed upon in mediation, but it was hand written. That didn’t go over well. I spent a day down town at Family Court getting a copy of the official custody order, and requested a modification of the custody order (at the request of my Qatar hiring manager due to the weekend visitations). The copy and hearing request cost me approximately $45.00. I was told I would get a court date in the mail probably for some time in July and in order to request an expedited court date, I would still have to wait until I receive the official court date. At that time, I could return to Family Court, pay a fee, and prove reason for expedited service or enter a custody stipulation with required paperwork (for a fee, I’m sure). A custody stipulation is an agreement between my ex-husband and I, signed and submitted to court to modify the current order and then signed by the judge without a court hearing. I have spoken to my ex-husband and he is being really supportive and agreeable.
As of now, the only things I am still waiting for are: FBI clearances, a Court Date for modification of custody and a Judges signature on my custody stipulation. In the meantime, I am beginning the authentication process. My degree, transcipt and state criminal clearance as well as Darryl’s have been notarized. Tomorrow I will be driving to Harrisburg to get these documents authenticated at the state level. Then I will be sending them to a company to finish the authentication process. Sure I could just send them to the company to complete the whole process, but this way I save myself a few dollars.
And in this story there is some light:
“Dear parent of Zarien G,
Thank you for applying to Qatar Academy Doha!
It is a pleasure to inform you that your child Zarien has been offered a space in Grade 8 الصف الثامن for the academic year 2016-2017.”
My youngest son has been accepted. The Admin at Doha along with the Admin at my son’s current school arranged for him to take the admissions test at his current school and he did well, I assume. My son said he thought he did well and well this email proves it. I am so proud of him. One less thing to worry about. My oldest son will complete his test tomorrow. I truly hope that Doha is a good fit for my boys. I have heard mixed opinions about the school but the campus is beautiful and I like the programs I’ve read about there.
So as you follow along in my Never Ending Story, I ask that you root for me, like Sebastian did for Atreyu. This journey is necessary! Only 4 months to go until the new chapter begins.