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It’s a mystery that I’m sure will always be with us. Less than 48 hours ago I shared my frustration about our adopted son Sam’s moribund German citizenship application. Today I received the following communication from the San Francisco Consul General:

Dear Mrs. Swarthout,

I’m glad to inform you that the Federal Office of Administration notified the Consulate today, that the Certificate of Citizenship for your son Samuel is now ready to be shipped to San Francisco.

We will inform you as soon as it arrives here, for you to pick it up at your earliest convenience.

Best regards,

Antje Metz

Consul, German Consulate General

P1040512We are still so stunned that our long wait has come to an end. Sam was also quite surprised when we told him the news at dinner tonight. His first reaction was to ask why it took so long and then he quickly added that he thought it was pretty awesome. Now that we are moving back to Berlin, Sam’s plans are to begin training for FC Bayern München and to eat lots of döner kebaps with his brother and sister and his friend Noah.

I’m grateful for the support of so many people who read this blog. And I remain determined to support others who seek to have their German citizenship restored.