Michelle Cervo- Family and Newborn Photographer » Mission, Abbotsford, Fraser Valley portrait photographer, specializing in authentic family and newborn photography

Moving Home- Mission BC family photographer

Sometimes, the most thought out plans change. As I’m sure some of you know, we’re moving back to Canada this summer. Dates aren’t set in stone, but plans are definite. I’ve had a ton of people ask me about what’s going on, so I thought I’d blog about it.

So let’s go back in time:

After a ton of back and forth’s, we had finally decided to stay in the States. We had planned to stay in the US for three years, after three years, Brian wouldn’t have to write Canadian board exams, saving that huge stress, and expense of flying across Canada and writing the expensive board exams in Calgary and Montreal. We would have been able to pay off a little bit of our mound of student debt, and live cheaply.

Brian had a “great” job opportunity in Bellingham, which meant that we could live in an adorable house, fun town, that was just a little skip across the border, making it easy visit close family and friends, and pretty easy for me to pop across and do some photography sessions. Win Win Win.. Best plan EVER.. WRONG

Not all things work out as planned. To be able to stay longer then Brian’s one year work permit attached to his student visa, we had to hire an attorney and apply for what’s called an H1B visa. 85 000 spots are available per year for the H1B, some years those spots fill up, some years they don’t. This year 165 000 people applied.

85 000 spots + 165 000 people.

Something didn’t really add up. Too many people applied, so it went to a draw/lottery.. Our future plans were being drawn from a hat… Crap.. All of our eggs were in this basket… And by eggs, I mean money. The attorney fees were $4000, which may not seem like a lot, but for a family just out of chiropractic school, it was.

Our name was not drawn..

It’s something we have to laugh about, because stressing out would do absolutely nothing. Part of me is disappointed. We have grown to really love Bellingham, our house, our neighbourhood…..Trader Joe’s.  But another part of me  (the biggest part) is SO  happy. I’ve been wanting to grow my business and really have a chance to be creative, so this is my chance. And, Brian’s job at Natural Way Chiropractic wasn’t what we were hoping for, so that wasn’t hard to see go. It was not this “great opportunity” that Brian was promised. It was this terrible paying, too many hours, no respect,  job that I couldn’t wait for him to quit.

So there you have it! We finally get to move back to Canada!!! We get to set up shop, get settled, be closer to family! And by close to family, I mean, living in the in-laws basement in Mission ( thanks again grandma and grandpa Cervo). Brian will hopefully find a job part time as a chiropractic assistant or kinesiologist, while studying hard for board exams, and being a full time dad. And I will be shooting family, newborn, portrait photography sessions in the lower mainland/fraser valley as much as I can!

So, here’s to another adventure! 

Bye Bye little adorable house

Bellingham Character Home,


  • July 3, 2014 - 6:12 am

    Melissa Dawn - Will be glad to have you guys back!

  • July 3, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Sandra Hale - Life can throw some interesting curves. Thanks for the update, Michelle. I’m loving the pictures of your darling little girls on Facebook. Best of luck and much love to you as you embark on this new journey.ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2014 - 12:38 am

    Lacey Armstrong - HelloReplyCancel

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