Today, on this very rainy day of September 29, 2010, I became a citizen of the United States of America.

I was sworn in this morning. (this goes right up there with getting married and giving birth to Lily.)

As I stood amongst 200 future citizens from 42 other countries, I could not help but get a little teary eyed and emotional to be standing next to so many others whose roads were just as hard and long as mine to be finally standing where we were this morning.

For once, we were all happy to be standing in the immigration building. 🙂

My parents moved me to N.J. from Portugal when I was 14 years old. I have lived here for almost 24 years.

This is the place I call home.

I am happy to finally say I am proud to be an American! (not that I didn’t already consider myself one before)

(Please vote for us here. Thank you!)

during the ceremony

with my citizenship certificate

Lily is happy to be an American too!