We both took the day off to go out of the town for the ceremony. It was not at all like I expected! I anticipated it being a very solemn occasion, but the speaker was engaging and enthusiastic. Even Oliver was intrigued, which is unusual, as he can't stand sitting still for an extended period of time.
The speaker shared her great grandfather's experiences of coming to America from Italy and the opportunities it opened for him. She encouraged all the participants to remember where they came from, to celebrate their heritage, and to cherish the journey that brought them here. There were 40 people from 21 different countries, and it was amazing to see such diversity. I would have loved to learn about everyone's stories.
The participants took an oath and received their certificates. And just like that, my husband became a U.S citizen. I'm just glad he made it through the interview process. If you don't know my husband, he is quite the jokester. When he was interviewed, the very last question was "Have you ever been deported from the US?" to which he replied "Not yet." Apparently, the interviewer did not find it as funny as I did...
Someone was very excited for his daddy! :)
Since we both took the day off from work for the ceremony, we decided to celebrate by heading to a nearby national park. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. The sky was blue, the sun was shining, and the leaves were the most spectacular fall colors. God is so good and his creation never fails to astound me.
We enjoyed a sweet family picnic together and then walked around the park.
After having a lot of time apart over the past few weeks for work conferences, it was so refreshing to spend a weekday together as a family. You can't beat being together surrounded by this scenery!
In the midst of a busy and tough week, we were thankful for a mini getaway that refreshed and rejuvenated us.
Oliver was adorable and while he was bumped about all over the place when Thomas pushed the stroller through the trails, he thought it was the funniest thing and kept laughing!
We hit the road and finished off the trip with some frozen yogurt. We had to get Oliver a separate container with berries because he has become quite a feisty little guy about food when we're eating!
It was such a special day with my two favorite people, and I am so thankful I got to be a part of Thomas's experience with becoming a citizen! God bless America!