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    1. Thanks so much Krystine

  1. Wow! Congrats Julia! I became an American citizen almost four years ago and it it such a relief not to have to deal with Immigration ever again! How special to have your ceremony at a baseball game! I totally get your mixed feelings about moving back to Germany, though. I have lived here for 32 years and while I love to visit Germany, there just isn’t any way I could move back, not permanently, anyway. Just had a talk with my Mom yesterday about how cold it is over there, yuck. I love my American summers! And I totally agree about how uptight people are in Germany. After a few weeks I am always ready to come “home” to Ohio:) Btw, I didn’t need a lawyer and getting a dual citizenship was no problem at all! The rules in that regard are fairly relaxed as long as you can provide some kind of proof of ongoing relations with Germany are concerned. Just figured I’d mention that in case someone else who might be thinking about getting their citizenship is reading this!

    1. I didn’t have the lawyer either. Love my American summers too. So true

  2. This must have been such an exciting occasion! I am so happy for you and your family. Congrats!

    1. Thanks Sarah, I was fighting tears the entire time but I didn’t want to look like a raccoon ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. I’m so so so proud of you girl! What an amazing blessing ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So happy for you Julia. Loved watching the video. Hope you have a great time down the shore. XO

    1. Thanks Diane, I will kick back and just do nada besides go for walks and catch creatures with my daughter. It’s her favorite thing to do at the beach.

    1. Oh well thanks so so much Kim

  5. Congrats! What a proud moment!

    1. It certainly was and it made me so happy to see my kids be so proud of me.

  6. Kathleen Tweed says:

    Julia,
    I cried watching the video! WOW – what an accomplishment! You continue to amaze me every single time I read your blog. You are so unique and have such gifts! Thank you for sharing yourself! Please have a wonderful summer and relax!
    A devoted fan,
    Kathleen

    1. Oh my gosh Kathleen, you just leave the sweetest comments, gave me goose bumps. I will be planning some new projects over the summer ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great summer too.

  7. Congratulations! I have been married to my american husband and living in America for the last 15 years. I think it’s finally time I get my citizenship too! What a cool ceremony!

    1. Yes! Yes you have to! Same rights for you too. Good luck

  8. Congratulations, Julia! I’m so happy for you!

  9. This is so amazing Julia! I’m so happy for you and your family! Glad you went for it and got both! My son is a dual citizen so I’ve dealt with a lot of this and I’m familiar with lots of the red tape. Congrats to you guys!!

    1. Thanks Summer. It’s a lot of paperwork and anxiety to deal with this stuff isn’t it. Lucky for your son that he has dual citizenship too.

  10. Reading this made me tear up and laugh (at your daughter’s comment about baseball, I’m with her!). Congrats Julia, what a special day for you.

    1. Thanks so much Kathy! And you know what, I feel the same way as my daughter but it ended up being perfect for my ceremony even though I’m so not a fan!

  11. Congrats Julia, and I got all teary eyed reading your post! Enjoy your Summer at the beach and in Germany and I look forward to reading and seeing all about it when you share!

    1. Awww thanks so much! I will certainly enjoy! Just arrived at the beach after having a very unsuccessful passport appointment. Always amazes me how rude some people can be but it sure won’t ruin my beach time.

    1. Thanks so much Bethany

  12. Ursula M Ellis says:

    Congrats, Julia! A real accomplishment. I was able to do it the easy way – I was only two when my parents came to this country from Austria.

    1. Thanks so much! My kids got it the easy way too

  13. Congratulations! Enjoy your summer!

  14. Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you! You are the most stylish one of the field!! Love that dress and love you!!

    1. Thanks so much Amber and I love you too!

  15. I realised I hadn’t commented on this so I’m totally late to the party but I just wanted to say a huge congratulations! I had no idea you had been in the US for that long and it sounds like it really was the right decision. How cool to have it at a baseball game – I mean, I’m not a fan either but what’s more American than baseball?! ๐Ÿ˜€ I keep considering getting my dual citizenship for the UK as well and I may do it at some point but your post has got me thinking I should really prioritise it – I found your post really heart warming and I’m so pleased you shared it with us! I do wonder myself if I’ve been in the UK so long that I would struggle going back ‘home’ so to speak – it does make you think!

    xx

    1. Don’t wait and just do it. It’s a huge relief for me. The process caused stress but having that certificate in hand and knowing that I have the exact same rights now as everyone else makes it worth it. My mom had mixed feelings about this post and it made her sad. I feel awful.

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