Home study was great as I mentioned but I must admit we had a moment where I thought I was going to vomit all over the giant map that hangs in John's office.
is his map. What you can't see are tiny little pins that he has inserted into the map on every single country that he has been too. Cool? Absolutely. Almost gave me a global heart attack? Definitely.
As she was asking us some standard questions she stumbled upon one that about knocked me outta my seat. "Have you visited any foreign countries?" she asked. "Uhhh, yeah...a few" John laughingly reply's. (Never mind that, "a few" was actually referring to many...MAANNNYYY.) "Ok, we are going to need to get COUNTRY CLEARANCES for each of those countries." Swallowing the vomit, I stammered, "I'm ssssorry, what did you say?"
I mean, seriously? Seriously. Seriously? Seriously. It is going to take me weeks to get 8 states to send her confirmation that we have never been criminals while residing there and now you want 60 + foreign countries to do the same? Hmmmm, I wonder what the turn around time in Afghan*stan is right now for something like that.....5? 10 years?
Thankfully, a phone call later determined that he would only need country clearances if he stayed for three months or longer consecutively and praise the Lord, that has never been the case. Whew! Heart attack and vomit averted.
*UPDATE* For all of my mil friends out there, we received the official word that it is not 3 months consecutively, it's whether you owned or rented a property or received mail there(as in stayed with someone long enough to get all of your mail forwarded there). According to the National Benefits Center that is the criteria.*