Archive for June, 2008

Moving from OC

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

OK, Shelly and I have decided it’s about time to move on from Fullerton where we have been for nearly 15 years. We had initially chosen this area because the boys were going to school and we didn’t want to disrupt that anymore than we had to. So despite three different locations, they have all been fairly near to each other.

But… with shelly’s job being in Monrovia, which is about 25 miles/40Km away, and the gas prices having gone into orbit, we’ve decided to try and find a place on the northwest side of the church in La Mirada around the whittier area. That would put her 13-14 miles/20Km from work, which means less time spent on the road, less gas, etc.

For another big change, I would move my studio from Buena Park where it has always been and into a second bedroom. The boys would then move into the studio [which is a back house on my parents property] and have a good starter rent + be there to help my parents whenever they need something. So rather than leaving the house and going to the studio, I’d be literally working out of the new apartment.

We are looking for a decent sized apartment with 2 decent sized bedrooms, hopefully at least one and a half baths, and … here goes … laundry hookups. We would like to avoid doing the laundry out, but that may be a pipe dream. Overall, it seems like we can save a fair amount of money on the deal per month and hopefully that will work towards accomplishing the move to Italy by helping us pay the lawyers etc.

And for further news, I have picked up another 2 projects so work is finally starting to slowly come in. Thanks to God.


Initial Appointment with Lawyer

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Tuesday July 1 we are going to Century City to meet with the lawyer about the case and see if we can get the ball rolling. We will be meeting at about 7, so if any of you happen to remember to pray for us, that would be much appreciated. It feels nice to once again be moving forward on this.


contact with lawyer for step 2

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Ok step 2 of my citizenship drive is to “proceed in Italy with a request in a law court of acknolwedgement of parenthood so that [I] can be granted Italian citizenship”.

So I have just sent off an email to the lawyer the Consulate suggested to see about starting this process. I don’t have any money, so this is all kind of probing right now to see what I might be able to accomplish or how much we may be able to start with, well, nothing.

I’ll keep the blog updated with the progress of the whole thing as we go.


Step 1 of citizenship is complete!!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Well, my mom received her AIRE registration in the mail today, meaning she is officially an Italian citizen. AIRE is an acronym for Anagrafe degli Italiani Residenti all’Estero…. or in english, the Registry of Italians Residing Abroad….

What that means is that she is an acknowledged Italian citizen, which would enable her to file a court case in Italy to have me recognized as her legitimate son, even though I am adopted out. That is what we will have to do next, though I will need to pay for it… and I don’t have the moolah right now.

On a positive note, I’m receiving some more work offers…. and on a negative note, my bike got stolen from my garage so I’m back to driving my beater to work…..

 well, keep praying for us.