November 8, 2014

Married to an American

I am officially married to a citizen of the United States! Thomas is originally from England and had dual UK and Canadian citizenship. His green card was about to expire, so he decided to pursue becoming a citizen. He had been studying for the test for a while, and I looked like a pretty bad American because I didn't know the answers to some of the questions when I quizzed him. Things like the writers of the Federalist papers, the number of voting members in the House of Reps, and the first president of the US (kidding about the last one). Needless to say, I learned a bit through the process too! 
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!


  1. I love how patriotic your clothes are! :) Congrats to your husband!

  2. That's so cool! Congrats to your husband and your whole family.
    I don't know the answers to those questions, either. They're pretty tough!

  3. lol I don't know the answers to those questions either. Oliver is getting to big! And congrats to your hubby! That's so exciting :-)

  4. This is awesome! I LOVE attending Naturalization Ceremonies. It is a beautiful reminder of what I sometimes take for granted. Yay, Thomas!

  5. Congratulations to Thomas and your family! How exciting. Love the pictures of your sweet family at the park, too!

  6. Every now and then on facebook I see buzzfeed quizzes "could you pass the test to become a U.S. Citizen?" And most people that take it don't do very well. It's crazy how hard the test can be! Congrats to your husband for passing!

  7. Oh! How absolutely wonderful! Congratulations to your husband. A very proud moment indeed! I LOL at his joke. LOL! That's totally something my hubs would have said. How does it work with voting now? Was this just recently, post elections? I forgot the "rules" on how long you have to be a registered voter prior to actually voting. It will be a great moment again once he does :)

  8. So exciting, congrats to Thomas!! Oliver is getting so handsome, what a doll!

  9. Congratulations to Thomas! And I can't believe how big Oliver is getting! Such a cutie!!

  10. Woo hoo! Congrats! I love your patriotic outfits. :)

  11. So so so happy for you and your sweet family Caitlin! What AMAZING photos and what a gorgeous family you are!

  12. Congrats to Thomas! By the way, I am so happy to see you blogging every now and then! Love your blog Caitlin! Also, Oliver is the cutest!