Friday, January 14, 2011

I am Canadian! Finally.....

Today is the day I became a Canadian....  Very early this morning I took the oath of Citizenship and swore my allegiance to the Queen.  It only took me 23 years to do it!!



My family moved here from South Africa when I was 17.  Like any young girl on the brink of graduating from high school, I had begun to make plans for my future.  Plans that DID NOT include moving house and home to the other side of the world!!  I must admit that the whole process was quite daunting as we were not sure of the future that lay ahead for us all.  It took some time to settle in and more time to feel comfortable in our new surroundings.  But, we managed and eventually we all made new paths for ourselves and life went on.

 I am blessed to have a sweet, caring and supportive hubby and two talented boys - Jody will be 18 soon (how did that happen so quickly??) and Dylan is 16.  They are both wonderful singers and are very active in their school band and choirs.  Did I mention that I'm very proud of them?  I have a wonderful relationship with my dear mom and dad and of course my two sisters are really my best friends!  We are also lucky to have my sweet Nannykins with us still and though she is 93, she is a big part of our lives too.

I procrastinated for far too long about getting my citizenship!!  The rest of my family have been citizens for years, but for some reason, I never felt ready to let go of my roots.  I am ready now and it feels great to be Canadian!!

Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

14 comments:

  1. awww that is such a sweet story:)I am so happy for you!!!

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  2. CONGRATULATIONS! Good for you! That's wonderful!

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  3. Yay!!! Congratulations!
    I remember when I went to Australia to see my mom become an Australian citizen ( she married the love of her life who is Australian 16 years ago). It was very moving! Now that I live in England, I don't know if I will ever take the British citizenship. I am sooooo French. He!he!

    Big hugs to you!

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  5. Wonderful Share, Congrads, You lOOK Tickled Pink!!!

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  6. Congratulations!!! I really enjoyed reading the story. Wishing you a lovely weekend too!

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  7. Congratulations!!! Hugs from a fellow Canadian :)

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  8. Congratulations Shelly! Such a moving moment in your life; we are privileged that you have shared it with us.

    Beth

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  9. Thank you everyone for your wonderful wishes! I feel truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful country!!

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  10. Congrats on your new citizenship! I hope that your husband's foot is better. Ouch - his story sounded incredibly painful!
    I wanted to let you know that I featured your beautiful new patterns on my blog: http://feltorama.blogspot.com/2011/01/gingermelon-etsy-favorite.html
    I'm long overdue in writing about your Etsy shop :)

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  11. Thanks SO much April, you are such a sweetie! You really made my day:)
    P.S Hubby has to go for surgery to remove the left over bit! Hope they can find it!!

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  12. congratulations.

    I was 30 before I realized I was NOT a Canadian. My Mom thought that because she had married my Canadian Dad.... that it happened automatically. So...after living here for all that time... paying income tax and getting all benefits as Canadian... when I tried to join the forces...they told me I wasn't a Canadian...so,...me too.... forced to take citizenship classes and swear the oath.. Along with all the new Canadians .. who couldn't even recite the oath because they didn't speak enough English.
    I was ticked and even asked for my tax money back...they said no.

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  13. Oh, that is funny! I think years ago you could marry a Canadian and just automatically become one, but now there are many hoops to jump through! It's worth it though:)

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