Sunday, July 30, 2006

Finally citizens!

On July 27th, 2006, a very great day happened for our family: we finally became Canadian citizens!

We came from South Africa to Ontario, Canada, on June 1997 and have settled in to live here, to make friends, to create a support network and to learn to love our adoptive country. Before we stepped off the plane that day in June, we could sing the Canadian anthem, knew the provinces and capital cities, knew the names of the prime ministers, premiers and other officials. We were determined to work as hard as needed to fit in, to embrace everything, from the snow we had never seen at that point, to the lakes which we were unfamiliar with.

Now, after nine years, we can finally call ourselves Canadian. We are grateful to everyone who helped in whatever manner to make us feel at home, to accept us, to love our recipes and food we brought with us, to share in picking up some words from our language, Afrikaans, to embrace us and to create a family for us.

We could not love Canada more if we were born here. That doesn't mean we have sworn off South Africa, because we are what we are, and we are a part of all we have met and everywhere we have been.

If any digital scrapbookers are reading here, would you like to receive a link to a few elements I've created (from the Country Styles Gingham kit) to help make a thank you card by tomorrow, July 31st? I can't seem to think how to put the items together to just drop in a picture on a 6x4 inch size card!
Email me, if you have questions.

If you want to download the items to create a template for a thank you card, please go to the link below. It will be live for two days only, until July 30th (EST). All I ask, is that you post a comment, preferably with your blog link if you have one, when you snag the freebie! When you have created a template, please email it to me.

Preview of what you download is here if you want to take a look first.
Download link (16 Mb) after you have posted a comment is here.


Vicki said...

Didn't find this till now. Great mini kit! thanks so much, and congrats to you all.

JoAnn said...

How cute! :) This is a great kit! Thank you for sharing!

Nita (pinayus27) said...

Congratulations to you and your family on being a Canadian Citizens!

Thanks for the lovely mini-kit!

Anonymous said...

I'll give it a try-I sent an email

Audrey said...

Congrats on the citizenship in Canada! I will try to make a card for you and send it your way!


Lizzerd said...

congratulations on picking the best country in the world (yes, I.AM.CANADIAN.)
Thanks for the opportunity to make a postcard up for you.

Donna said...

Congratulations to you and your family. From the picture you have a lovely one. Many thanks for sharing your country kit.

MaryC said...

Crongratulations on becoming Canadian citizens. Love the picture that was taken. I'll try to work on this, but don't know what I can come up with.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your Canadian citizenship! I'm not sure if I know enough to make the template you are asking for, but I'd like to try my hand at it. I will send it to you if I can come up with something worth sharing. Thank you for the kit to try with :)

Laura said...

Hi Meer,

I'm new to scrapbooking, but I'll give your card a try. I love your country style kit. Congratulations on becoming a new citizen!

If I am successful in making a card, I will email you.


Anonymous said...

Congrats on getting your citizenship. That has to be the best feeling in the world for your family. Thank you for the mini kit. It is loveley.

Anonymous said...

The link takes me to the download page but wot is dloaded is summit weird. Will try it again.


Carla said...

Hey Marlene!

Downloaded the bits and pieces. Lovely! 3 transparent pngs on your way! Hope you can use them.


Lynn said...

Love the country feel! Thanks for sharing this!

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