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Salam to all ME/NA crew... Ramadan Mubarak ! Wow a lot of news to catch up on here. Seems like the forum is really rockin' with all sorts of progress :dance: I am reading through the threads and taking notes so I can do one BIGGG update on the Cheerleading thread.... it is long overdue.

Well we are just back from a major road trip -- it was Mahmoud's first real look outside Texas, other than his POE in Chicago and subsequent flight south to Texas. So he got an eyeful, to say the least. We drove up to Ohio to visit my family, travelling through Texas, then Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. We stayed a few days there in Ohio, then drove west through Indiana to our family farm in Illinois, where we stayed a few more days. And then we hit the road again, driving down through Missouri and Oklahoma all the way back to South Texas. It's about 2850 miles total *whew*.

He saw downtown Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, and innumerable smaller cities, towns, villages, hamlets. He saw mile after mile of pastures filled with cattle, horses, even sheep and goats; river after river; rolling green hills and valleys of woods and fields, and pancake-flat farmland with acre after acre brimming with corn, beans, wheat, grapes, all sorts of things. His eyes were wide, just looking and looking.

He got to meet a lot of my relatives for the first time (I have a rather large extended family lol -- grandmother, aunts & uncles, first cousins, second cousins, third cousins-twice-removed and on down the chain.) Some of them (well the ones out on the farm) have never ever met *any* foreign person before, much less an Arab Muslim, and here I go bringing them a Palestinian to gawk at. So it was an educational experience for all :P Mahmoud is a very personable, friendly guy, and they all liked him very much.

It's harvest time on our farm (we grow beans and corn -- of course :yes: ) so he rode the combine and the tractor, and then he rode on the big truck carrying the stuff to the Illinois river where it's weighed and sold. There, he saw hundreds of trucks lining up, all dumping tons and tons of food onto huge barges, where it travels south to the Mississippi River and on down to New Orleans. The reality is still sinking into his mind -- there is just SO MUCH FOOD in this country -- it's beyond comprehension. He told his family "I think it's enough in America to feed the whole world." There's no way to explain or even understand a mere description of how big this country is -- you just have to drive the miles and actually see it/experience it for yourself.

He was fascinated with how different the landscape is in different parts of the country. He loves seeing the largest cities with massive downtown areas and tall buildings, and he was absolutely stunned at the massive size of the Mississippi River. (And he hasn't even seen the mountains or the coasts or the deserts yet -- hopefully he'll be seeing some of that on our next trip.)

Mahmoud drove the whole way :blink: straight through, only making pit stops for gas, food, etc., and I was the navigator. It was about 20 hours to Ohio, then about 7 hours to the farm, then another 16 hours back to South Texas. He's a very good driver. We're beat, but we had a great time.

I'm scanning the threads for all the breaking news, and will do the updates later today. May sleep a bit more first. PM me if I overlook something !

(F)

-MK


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wow, MK... sounds like quite a trip & quite an experience! :yes: So glad it was a good time for all.... and welcome back. :luv:

Noura


Met briefly in Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 2003 - not available :(

Met again in Baton Rouge, LA March 25, 2005 - 2 souls feel as 1

Sept 17-Oct 3, 2005 Noura goes to Morocco to meet family & friends of Said (informally engaged)

Daily phonecalls, discover internet chatting w/ video cam - OMG!!!

March 25-April 14, 2006 Noura's 2nd trip to Morocco - formal engagement w/ family

April 24, 2006- mailed in K1 Visa package - TSC

Oct 5, 2006 - Interview SUCCESS

Oct 12, 2006 - Called to pick up visa tomorrow!

Oct. 16, 2006 VISA IN HAND!

Dec. 24, 2006 - Said arrives in NOLA, just in time for the holidaze!

Dec. 31, 2006 - OUR WEDDING!!! Ringing in a New Year as husband & wife!

Jan 8, 2007 - applied for SSN

Jan 15, 2007 - recieved SSN

Feb 6, 2007 - checks cashed for AOS/EAD/AP - YAY!

Feb 8, 2007 - NOA1 on AOS/EAD/AP

Feb 14, 07 - touched EAD/AP

March 8, 07 - Biometrics appt in NOLA

April 17, 07 - AP approved

April 19, 07 - EAD approved

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Welcome back.

Wow what a nice trip you took. We hope to do some in the future too.

Hugs :)

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i would love to take my family on a trip like that but we just don't have time to do that...it sounds like you both had a very memorable time! Glad you returned safely... We are going to be visiting Houston, TX sometime in mid November...maybe we can meet up :)

(F) amal (F)


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Interview-December 2005

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Arrived U.S.A.-December 2005

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Y'all are so sweet :luv: I hope that all of you can take those trips -- the USA has a whole lot to see.

Most importantly to me -- I wanted Mahmoud to get a look at things he's never seen before, and I especially value the opportunity to expose different people to.... well.... different people. As several of the more "diversity-challenged" members of my extended family told me -- "wow, he's not at all like I imagined -- nothing like what they keep showing on tee-vee. He's really nice." :thumbs:

Amal... it would be absolutely delightful to hook up with you ! Link me on PM or email any time.... we'll see if we can "synchronize our watches"....

(F)

-MK


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شارع النجمة في بيت لحم

Too bad what happened to a once thriving VJ but hardly a surprise

al Nakba 1948-2015
66 years of forced exile and dispossession


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Y'all are so sweet :luv: I hope that all of you can take those trips -- the USA has a whole lot to see.

Most importantly to me -- I wanted Mahmoud to get a look at things he's never seen before, and I especially value the opportunity to expose different people to.... well.... different people. As several of the more "diversity-challenged" members of my extended family told me -- "wow, he's not at all like I imagined -- nothing like what they keep showing on tee-vee. He's really nice." :thumbs:

Amal... it would be absolutely delightful to hook up with you ! Link me on PM or email any time.... we'll see if we can "synchronize our watches"....

(F)

-MK

hey y'all... don't know if it would work out, but i'm only 5 hrs from houston! just fyi.... maybe i need a road trip and a visit to ikea ;)


Met briefly in Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 2003 - not available :(

Met again in Baton Rouge, LA March 25, 2005 - 2 souls feel as 1

Sept 17-Oct 3, 2005 Noura goes to Morocco to meet family & friends of Said (informally engaged)

Daily phonecalls, discover internet chatting w/ video cam - OMG!!!

March 25-April 14, 2006 Noura's 2nd trip to Morocco - formal engagement w/ family

April 24, 2006- mailed in K1 Visa package - TSC

Oct 5, 2006 - Interview SUCCESS

Oct 12, 2006 - Called to pick up visa tomorrow!

Oct. 16, 2006 VISA IN HAND!

Dec. 24, 2006 - Said arrives in NOLA, just in time for the holidaze!

Dec. 31, 2006 - OUR WEDDING!!! Ringing in a New Year as husband & wife!

Jan 8, 2007 - applied for SSN

Jan 15, 2007 - recieved SSN

Feb 6, 2007 - checks cashed for AOS/EAD/AP - YAY!

Feb 8, 2007 - NOA1 on AOS/EAD/AP

Feb 14, 07 - touched EAD/AP

March 8, 07 - Biometrics appt in NOLA

April 17, 07 - AP approved

April 19, 07 - EAD approved

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Who is coming to Houston? Need a place to stay??? :D


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24 March 2009 I-751 received by USCIS

27 March 2009 Check Cashed

30 March 2009 NOA received

8 April 2009 Biometric notice arrived by mail

24 April 2009 Biometrics scheduled

26 April 2009 Touched

...once again waiting

1 September 2009 (just over 5 months) Approved and card production ordered.

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That sounds wonderful! I am glad it went well. Welcome back.


'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride'

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Who is coming to Houston? Need a place to stay??? :D

hehehe... kinda forgot you're there too - hmmmmmmmmm.... roadtrip, roadtrip, roadtrip! :P


Met briefly in Baton Rouge, LA Nov. 2003 - not available :(

Met again in Baton Rouge, LA March 25, 2005 - 2 souls feel as 1

Sept 17-Oct 3, 2005 Noura goes to Morocco to meet family & friends of Said (informally engaged)

Daily phonecalls, discover internet chatting w/ video cam - OMG!!!

March 25-April 14, 2006 Noura's 2nd trip to Morocco - formal engagement w/ family

April 24, 2006- mailed in K1 Visa package - TSC

Oct 5, 2006 - Interview SUCCESS

Oct 12, 2006 - Called to pick up visa tomorrow!

Oct. 16, 2006 VISA IN HAND!

Dec. 24, 2006 - Said arrives in NOLA, just in time for the holidaze!

Dec. 31, 2006 - OUR WEDDING!!! Ringing in a New Year as husband & wife!

Jan 8, 2007 - applied for SSN

Jan 15, 2007 - recieved SSN

Feb 6, 2007 - checks cashed for AOS/EAD/AP - YAY!

Feb 8, 2007 - NOA1 on AOS/EAD/AP

Feb 14, 07 - touched EAD/AP

March 8, 07 - Biometrics appt in NOLA

April 17, 07 - AP approved

April 19, 07 - EAD approved

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That sounds like a fantastic trip. Now if only I could work my husband out of his loathing of long car rides...


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02/23/08 - Filed for removal of conditions.

Sometime in 2008 - Received 10 year GC. Almost done with USCIS for life inshaAllah! Huzzah!

12/07/08 - Adopted the fuzzy feline love of my life, my Squeaky baby th_catcrazy.gif

02/23/09 - Apply for citizenship

06/15/09 - Citizenship interview

07/15/09 - Citizenship ceremony. Alhamdulilah, the US now has another american muslim!

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