Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Knock Knock

Hello readers. Wow, it’s been such a long time since I have updated my blog! Life has been crazy and so full of surprises. Let’s see if I can catch you up a little bit. About two years ago I moved back to Florida with my mother and daughter so that we could be closer to family. My mother has advanced COPD and is on oxygen 24/7. When she gets sick.. she gets very sick. It was time to admit to myself that I needed some help in caring for her. Being in Florida has been a big change. Granted, I grew up here but I lived in NC for almost 10 years. It was a big adjustment for all of us.

Not long after moving here I began talking to a man I had met on a website. I thought he was pretty amazing and quickly found myself in love with him. Lucky for me he felt the same way. Internet romances are hardly a new thing. So many people meet their matches online these days but in typical Melanie fashion my situation was a tad more unique. The man I met was from Tunisia (a country in northern Africa). I met him on February 09 2013, by April we both knew that we wanted to be married. So, I bought a plane ticket for late August and we began to plan our wedding for September 02 2013. As planned we got married and I spent two months in Tunisia with Majed (that’s my husband) and his family. It was such a nice time. Our wedding was nicer than I could have imagined and Tunisia is a beautiful country with some of the nicest people I have ever met.

The next part of the story is hard for me to talk about and I don’t feel ready to share all of the details. So, to make a long story short, I came back from Tunisia in early November. I came back with no home, no car, no job, and very little money. My family was upset with me. I was homeless for a few months and became really depressed and suicidal. I hit rock bottom. My family finally came around in January and I came back home. Since then I have found a great job, bought a car and have been saving up for my own apartment and working on immigration for my husband. My daughter is currently staying with her father but we talk as often as we can. I miss her terribly.

In the past year + there have been ups and downs. I am glad that even with the bad things I have been shown mercy and the calm after the storm. I know that things will only continue to get better. I have faith and hope and those things keep me going.