Ezra’s passport photo
(Sorry it is so grainy – I had to hold it up to the webcam to get a picture of it)
Yesterday, we went to the American Consulate in Frankfurt to register “a new taxpayer” as the man out front of the embassy put it! Thankfully, the process went quite smoothly. In fact, we were in and out in about 1 hour. The most difficult part of the whole thing was getting Ezra’s passport photo. We used one of the booths at the embassy and Micah held Ezra in front of his white t-shirt. The problem was getting him centered the right distance from the camera. Then he started screaming. In one picture, he threw his hands in front of his face. In another, he was slumped completely to the side. On our last try we got this shot – it even looks like he is trying to smile! The thing that cracks me up is that I think he will have this passport for the next 5 years!
Micah & I were talking about this experience as we were leaving the Consulate and how amazing it is that our 6 week old child was given U.S. citizenship so easily when there are people in many parts of the world who spend years working on getting this. And judging by the number of non-citizens who were waiting to do business at the consulate it would seem like a lot of people want to come to the U.S whether permanently or for a visit. I know that America isn’t perfect and there are people out there who have their issues with our country, but we really are blessed to be part of a country with a godly heritage and to have so many rights simply because we are born there (or have parents born there as in Ezra’s case). And in December, Ezra will get to take his first trip there & try out his passport which probably will not look like him much at all by that point!