Becoming a Brit

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Monday, June 8, 2009

Today was a big day for Brian.  Obtaining his British Citizenship was a rather large step.  After many months of prolonged procrastination, I bullied him enough into sending in the application.  Unfortunately, researching after wards, we found that processing time usually takes 6-8 months.  Since we were sending it in only 2-3 months prior to traveling, we had little hope of it coming through in time; therefore, a lot of money had been wasted that could have gone towards our travels. 

But God works in amazing ways!  Not only did the paperwork come through before we left, but the next swearing in ceremony was due to take place while we were home in Ontario!  We have been continually in awe of what is going on with the planning of this trip.  Nothing is left to chance.  We have been truly blessed with the very quick sale of our condo (all others in our building sat for 4+ months and ours sold in 2 weeks), no mortgage penalties, cost of our tickets (were dramatically less on the day of booking than when we checked previously), the provisions of storage for our stuff and care for our cat (when all options had previously been closed), arrival of funds from crazy unknown places, easy sale of vehicle, and the list goes on and on.  Now with this latest blessing we are really starting to wonder what may lie in store for us while we travel...

But back to the ceremony.  I had visions of security checks, singing 'God save the Queen' with hand over heart, men in robes wearing white curly wigs speaking in stodgy accents, certificates with hot wax seals, and of course the Queen to greet her newest subjects.  Unfortunately for me, none of this was to be had. 

There was a lovely man speaking about his own British heritage, and everyone spoke together to give their oath and pledge as new citizens.  The whole thing took about 5 minutes - and that's only because it was dragged out.  Even without all the pomp and circumstance Brian was grinning from ear to ear, so pleased to make his association with this country legal and formal.  Although many there may have not, the few words that he repeated were genuinely heart-felt.  He is simply thrilled to be going to this country for the first time as a citizen. 

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