Thursday, October 18, 2012

Getting excited to head home!

Thanks for your prayers for Anna.  The fever didn't last long at all and by the evening she was feeling fine. Today we went to the US Consulate to apply for Anna's Visa to enter the US.  It was fairly uneventful. We just gave them paperwork and took Anna's oath of citizenship for her, but the reality of what it means is monumental.  By becoming a US citizen Anna has so many opportunities she would never have had in China.

About a month ago we were at a Sporting K.C. game and before the game there were about 35 people on the field who had one additional thing to do to gain their citizenship- say the Pledge of Allegiance.  I literally had tears in my eyes as all the people in the stadium said the pledge along with those 35.  I was thinking of how many people around the world long to be in their place.  I am so excited to be able to give Anna all of the freedoms and opportunities that being a US citizen entail.  Our country isn't perfect, but it is a country unlike any other and I am overwhelmed by the emotion of giving Anna everything that the US has to give her. Tomorrow we receive the Anna's official Visa and when we arrive in Chicago on Saturday she will officially become a US citizen!

After coming back from the Consulate we did some shopping and had some of our usual "try to find food we want to eat" adventures.  We found some pizza, wings, and french fries which was fun, and Esther and I found some really pretty jewelry.

As we have been travelling around, Esther has been taking photos of funny signs and "Chinglish" I think you will enjoy it, especially if you have ever traveled or lived in China.

Here's the link if you need it

1 comment:

  1. Hi Esther, this is Caleb - pretty awesome signs! Remember, 'no lying'.