Yup, it hurts!
Speaking about relief I am somehow glad about the certainty this news I received today brought. You see, from my last trip I haven't been able to settle down properly; I have been on phone calls longer than expected, bounced around from extension to extension, drafted and sent a couple of long email, all to rectify this visa issue. This whole process has been going on for a couple of days and it all ended today - not the way I expected or hoped for but it definitely came to an end. I received the call from Border services to confirm that I must have either misunderstood or the customs officer I met gave me wrong information. Either way the call was giving me the verdict that I would need to apply for a new visa (which takes a minimum of 30 days). She was a sweet lady though, she let me down pretty easy. I agreed with her and said "I understand" as a tiny amount of tears formed in my eyes.
Yup, I'm relieved.
As usual my mind is battling with understanding how this was "Handled" but my spirit keeps reminding me that all things work together for my good. I may have messed up by not being careful enough but the good thing about God is that he is never out of solutions no matter how messy it might be; no situation surprises him. Who knows, he may just have other thanksgiving plans for me in this cold and lonely Chicago after all! *tries hard to smile this situation off*
It is well.