Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bureaucracy sucks!

My son's girlfriend, Ruth, has been denied a visa by the US embassy in Monrovia. We are all devastated. They will not be coming for Christmas.
The powers that be did not even look at her paperwork which included a sponsor letter from us. They only wanted to visit us for 2 weeks. It is disgusting. There is a window of opportunity for them to try again, but not in time for Christmas. Meanwhile Monrovia is a hostile environment right now with election riots. Some lives have been lost. Joe assures me that they are safe and staying out of the danger zones.
I am sorry this is such a depressing blog. I just wanted you all to know why I haven't been around much. I am in a funk!

On a brighter note, please check out the Promo Frenzy Team stores that are partaking in the November Treasurehunt promotion! Sales galore!
Read more about it here.


1. Trinkets N Whatnots –
Handmade Button, Crystal and Pearl Jewelry

2. Sewinggranny –
Sewn items – baby, kitchen, home decor, holiday

3. CalliopeAZCreations –
Handmade Jewelry, Medicine Stones, Decorated Feathers

4. jQ jewelry designs –
Gemstone Jewelry that is Classic … with an Edge

5. KrystalsJewelry –
Intricate Handmade Jewelry of all styles for all tastes

6. Rooee –
Quilts & quilted things, cloth dolls, fabric postcards

7. Painted Memories By Ros -
Fine Art Note Cards and Prints

8. Peelirohini –
Colorful and Unique Sterling silver , Gold fill Jewelry with Genuine Gemstones and/or Polymer Clay

9. Sunny Crystals -
Crystal Tumblestones, Natural Gemtone Jewellery & Decoupage Cards plus a bit of Vintage Jewellery

10. Symbolic Imports –
Handmade Bath & Body – Lip balms, Sugar Scrubs, Handmade Soaps, Perfumes & more!

11. Beautifulswagstore –
hair accessories, dog toys, baby gift sets, home decor, gift wrapping

12. Bijibijoux-
Handmade jewelry/ beads/ supplies -

13. Newcreationz –
Fine art and photography craft

14. BountyOfBeads –
Handmade Bead Dangle Drop Charm Sets and Trinity Brass Findings
Jewelry Making Supplies

15. Fair Lady Boutique –
A Beading Boutique with vintage beads + components, Czech glass, gemstones, and custom made bead mixes

16. HollysFollyGlass –
Fine and fun Lampwork Glass Beads by artist Holly Dare.

17. Glitterbird Glass –
Home decor and jewelry made from beautiful fused glass.

18. CrochetedbyCharlene –
Beautiful crocheted afghans, accessories, and much more.

19. Camillescloset-
Handmade jewelery items.

20. Prittify –
Handmade Jewelry, Modern, Altered Art, Steampunk

21. Crystalphotography –
Fine Art Photography Prints and Greeting Cards

22. iaFlowerPower –
Whimsical Crocheted and Knitted Baby Hats and more

23. Gabby’s Quilts –
Handcrafted Quilts, Tablerunners, Wallhangings and Embroidered Gifts

24. CNJ Ceramics –
Contemporary Clay Jewelry and Home Decor

25. LostLemonade –
Body Care Products made to cleanse, moisturize and soothe

26. RomanticThoughts –
Handcrafted Jewelry, PreMade Scrapbook Pages, Vintage Items and More

27. Ooh Leela! –
Handmade dish towels and trendy accessories

28. KatersAcres –
Polymer Clay Creations, Trinkets, & Treasures with a Whimsical Feel

29. Magda –
custom clothing, accessories and supplies

30. Ugly Duckling Beads –
Handmade glass beads, digital collage sheets, tutorials, and jewelry

31. BellaTheBead –
Handcrafted jewelry and supplies with vintage soul

32.IdeasBloom –
Handcrafted decorative wreaths

33. Greenhouse Glassworks –
Fused Glass Jewelry, Stained Glass Home Decor, and Handmade Cards and Tags

34. Five Supplies –
All the supplies you need to create

35. TheMayFlower Fashions –
Fun & Stylish Fashion Designs for Women

36. Something Wyrd-
Handcrafted jewelry and beaded charms

37. iluvmarin –
Greeting cards, scrapbooks, cupcake toppers, & festive banners

38. Lexilouflowers –
Hair Accessories, Feather headbands, and Hair ties

39. Mt Baldy Glassworks-
fused glass jewelry and home decore

40. LexiekinPrints –
Personalized, customized and Printable Invitations, tags, cards and more!

41. Turtlexiii-
Sterling Silver Jewelry with Swarovski Crystals and Pearls, Gemstones & more.

42. IsabellesAttic-
aprons, accessories, baby items and more

43. AshlynDesign –
Artisan handmade lampwork beads, metal charms, and finished jewelry

44. Eveyinorbitshop –
Mixed media art, original aceo and zines.

45. Suzie Tenzer –
Original fine art paintings and prints

46. LindaB –
Artisan crafted beaded and wire wrapped jewelry, Jewish jewelry and accessories, wire beaded kippot

47. DellCoveSpices –
hand mixed spices, magnetic spice kits, cocktail sugars & margarita salts, organic popcorn, popcorn toppings & other treats

48. OverTheMoonGifts –
personalized gifts, accessories, and home decor

49. Craftycreations81 –
Peacock feather items, wedding items and items for newborns/children

50. Nan gates designs –
Fabric handbags, totes and accessories

51. ProdigyCrafts –
Crocheted Clothing, Accessories and Gifts

Have a great day. Ooroo for now.


Embroidery Queen said...

So Sorry to hear this. I will be praying for them and their safty

Donna said...

I'm so sorry. I know the news is disappointing. Situations can change.

Bella the Bead said...

I'm sorry they can't be with you for the holidays!

beautiful swag store said...

i'm so sorry that your holiday plans got ruined. thanks for the feature

galla15 said...

I am sure this is very hard. We always want our loved ones around for the holidays, I am sorry that may not happen this year. :(

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry they can't be home for the holidays with you. Hopefully they will get to spend time with you soon.

evey said...

Oh that is awful news, and of course you have every right to be upset. It can be extra depressing if something doesn't work out during the holiday season. I hope that your son and his girlfriend remain safe, and that the appeal goes through so you can eventually see them.

Romantic.Treasures said...

I am so sorry! I know this is terribly upsetting news. Hopefully you can all celebrate your own special holidays together soon.

Linda B said...

Sorry to hear about Ruth. Enjoy the promofrenzy team!

CalliopeCreations said...

That is CRIMINAL! Your (and my) tax dollars at work!


Lori Bergmann said...

So sorry to hear about Ruth not being able to come and visit you over Christmas. I hope she stays safe and hopefully, she'll be able to come over soon!

saraelynch said...

I'm so sorry to hear of their struggles. Many places have so much red tape and useless bureaucracy. It's sad that it's affecting your life in such a disappointing way.

CamillesCloset said...

That is just devastating. I will keep your family in my thoughts. Maybe a miracle will happen.

Lostlemonade said...

They are a lovely couple. I know it's disappointing that they can't be with you, but they are safe and have each other ^_^. Praying for them and you!

Sue said...

It makes you wonder how "the powers that be" can make decisions like this and then fail to take care of what really matters.
I hope it all works out for you and you can have a visit from your family soon.

ElfRenee said...

That's terrible! :(

Prodigy Crafts said...

it's typical! Where are they planning to live? What country?

Sewinggranny - Mona said...

I am sorry to hear this Rooee... pray that they have a nice Christmas together if they can not be with you and your family.

petite hermine said...

I'm sorry to hear about your son and his girlfriend. It's extremely hard to get visas into the US, especially from 3rd world countries. Sometimes the US immigration system sucks :(

Hillbilly Tonya said...

Oh, I am sorry for the bad news! I hope she gets to come soon.

Crystal Mary said...

Robbie, I pray Ruth will get to visit. Was the visa sent to washington? Maybe its Gods will for them to come back to Oz? Our Paster said a couple of weeks ago that when we pray and don't get our answer, its because God sees the bigger plan.
Much love Crystal xx