When I left the Philippines, I was so sad and yet happy. Sad because all my friends and family were there but I am also happy because I'd be able to wake up every morning with my husband, my new world, my new family. Coming to States was never easy, it took us almost a year and a half before my visa got approve.
I was 7 months pregnant with my daughter when I first came to States. Travelling was a big challenge for me. My husband waited for me in Guam. I was so nervous because that was my first time flying alone. One of my luggage got lost (it had all my maternity clothes) so it took me so long to get out from the airport. We spent 2 days there and then we flew on the third day again. On our connecting flight from Texas to Pittsburgh, I had to run just to catch the flight. It was tough but I survived through God's grace.
My inhibitions about my in-laws vanished when I met them in person for the first time. They're all nice in welcoming me to their family. I was so scared in meeting them thinking that they might not like me but I was wrong. They treat me as if I am one of their long lost family member. I was so relieved and thankful that God gave me a very loving family who understand me while I'm far away from home. They helped me overcome home sickness. I just wish that my mother in law is still alive when I came.
But even though we weren't given a chance to meet personally, I was able to talked to her on the phone while I'm back home. I am one of the fortunate ones who have a very close connection with in laws. Every morning when I wake up, I thank God that HE gave me to a loving and caring family whose values and morals are high.