Friday, August 24, 2007
We went on Wednesday to our USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) appointment. We've been waiting for the Certificates of Citizenship for the children. Just about naptime, we arrived at the monolithic Federal Building, waded through security and finally found our waiting room. We waited and waited. The kids became more and more hyper. We were finally called back to the office of a woman who introduced herself as "Officer Jones". Within seconds, Lily made the most noxious poopy diaper in the United States AND Guatemala. Brett took her down the hall to clean her up. I endured many specific and odd questions from our Department of Homeland Security Officer. After signing many pieces of paperwork, another long stint in the waiting room, and a "swearing in" ceremony, we finally have the documents proclaiming Thomas and Lily to be Citizens of the United States of America. I cried (not prettily, but in long, gasping sobs) all the way back to the car.
It has been a long 4.75 years since we began this process. Please shake me or give me a margarita if I ever contemplate another International adoption. I am so relieved to have this all finished! Oh, and for those who might be wondering, the kids retain dual citizenship -- chapines y americanos!