Sunday, September 1, 2019

A few welcomes!

Last week Bob and I were invited to something we've never taken part in before.  We went to a citizenship party!
Bob's niece was in Romania about 12 years ago.  She was still in high school and went there on a mission trip.  The church they were working with had a young man her age who was translating for them.  She came home excited about the trip - but also about the guy she met.  None of us thought it would go anywhere, but she went back.  Then when she went to Spain as an exchange student - he went to visit her.  And soon it became apparent that this was serious.
The young mans name is Ovidiu and 9 years ago he came to the US on a fiancée visa.  He and Alecia got married and now have three adorable kids.  Ovi has a good job and has shown himself to be a great guy, hard worker, loving husband and Dad.  We are so happy to have him in the family.  He's been working hard to become a citizen and last week it became official.
He went before the judge and was sworn in.  His parents were here from Romania to see it happen.  That evening, there was an open house to celebrate.  They had their parents, a few aunts and uncles, co-workers and people from church.  We all had to dress in patriotic colors.

 A nice picnic type supper.

 A special cake.

 Here is Alecia, Ovi, his mom and his dad.

The next night we had another welcome.  This time it was at Heather and Andrews house.  They got a new kitten.

This is Lucy Maud.  She has joined Oliver at their house.  They weren't too sure of each other at first, but now they are becoming friends, even snuggling together.  She'll help keep Oliver young!

Happy Labor Day to my American Friends!


Sandi said...

Oh, wow!

Sweet. True love. :)

Congrats to Ovi! 🇺🇸

Arlene G said...

What a great love story!!

Joyful said...

Congratulations to the couple on their relationship and family and also on Ovi's citizenship. It is a long process for sure and requires dedication and commitment.

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Ahh...what a lovely story! So wonderful to read how the Lord drew the two of them together! Such a special occasion to celebrate!
Blessings in Christ,

Hootin Anni said...

Isn't that awesome? Melts my does Lucy Mae.

You all live a truly extraordinary life...a GREAT life.

Linda said...

Congratulations Ovi!!! Smiles

Phoebes World said...

Happy Labor Day Mari

Congratulations Ovi...and well done. I emigrated to the US 5 years ago to marry my wonderful MrD. I am happy being on a Green Card for now...bit I would love to become a proper citizen

And welcome little cutie!! Such a pretty kitten..tho I must be honest... Ive never seen an ugly one. x

Have a great week x

Changes in the wind said...

Hubby and I were able to see a friend (along with about 60 other people) become citizens and it was so moving. It is a special event that takes place every year here and they have to work very hard to accomplish this.

Terri D said...

Congratulations to Ovi!! Welcome!! Love the photos!

Laurel Wood said...

Congrats to Ovi.
I love Oliver and am so happy that Lucy Maud and he are getting along well now.

Debi said...

Congratulations to Ovi! What a nice way to celebrate such a special event. Lucy Maud is adorable.

Jenny said...

Wonderful! Congratulations to Ovi on becoming a citizen of the greatest country on earth, the greatest country that the world has ever seen or will ever see. We are proud to have you and thank you for seeking citizenship in the right way. God bless you ... we need more exactly like you. And hello and welcome to Lucy Maud ... now that I'm a cat lover, I can say from experience that there are good times in store. However let me go on record as saying, I will never own more than one cat at a time, haaahaha xoxo