today we made our last trip to the consulate in Santo Domingo for Samil... at least we hope. His citizenship and passport application was accepted in the blink of an eye - and we had the nicest consul ever. She's the first "white american" we've met who speaks almost perfect spanish, which was great for Amalio. She explained everything to him, the benefits of Samil being American and even talked to him about how to get his visa. Finally, someone who was straightfoward and honest!
tomorrow my mom and dad arrive in santiago - it'll be the first time my dad and samil meet and my mom hasn't seen him since he was born. should be exciting. they're only staying for two days, but since i'll be home for nearly a month in december, it's okay.