This week marks a milestone for our family. On the 11th of January (Wednesday) we became Canadian citizens. Never did I think even for a second it would mean so much to me. But it does. The closest I can come to describing it is a sense of belonging. 39 people became citizens with us from 15 countries. South Africa is called the rainbow nation, but I thought this term is more relevant here! Canadians are made up from every race and country on the globe... and we felt honored and blessed to be a part of it. A dear friend decorated our house with more than 20 Canadian flags... how sweet is that? I am still smiling just thinking of it.
If you are wondering, we still have dual citizenship in South Africa. But traveling with a Canadian passport is a sweet deal. Canada's good standing with most nations void entry visas and likewise documentation.
This is a thank you to the immigration officers working hard to make this dream come true, A thank you to wonderful Canadian friends who was more excited than us... Barb Riley, you know who you are.
Immigrating to a new country is not for the faint of heart. We are a family of 5 and if I could have earned a dollar for every form that i filled in i could retire in luxury. We have been in Canada 7 years this year and on average (among the South Africans) this is how long it takes to become a Canadian Citizen. Yesterday we went to Saskatoon to apply for Passports and when we walked out of the government building, I said to Jaco that I think I need a drink... our immigration process is finished at last! I am writing this not only for my blog readers, but so that my children's kids one day will know how they came to live in Canada.
love and a kiss
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