I have many things to be thankful for this holiday. Just one day before Thanksgiving I became a US citizen. I’m very proud to be a citizen for this great nation.

After more than three years of living here, this country accepted me as one of their own. What a great time to be an American.

Since we live in the Washington, DC area my next plan is to find a job with the government. I have always wanted to do this but I couldn’t because I was not a citizen. Now I can and I’m elated. I’m planning to stay at my current job for a year or so then start my transition.

Another reason to be thankful for is my husband’s raise and bonus last week. Yes, in spite of the horrible economy, my husband got a nice boost in his income. We are very grateful. Our plan is to use his raise to increase the direct deposit amount that goes to our emergency fund. We will increase it by $30, which means that every month we will put $100 dollars in our “rainy day” fund. I know this is not much, but this is what we can afford now while we are paying off debt.

I also managed to get some small translation gigs last week that will help us breathe a little.

Yes, the past week has been good to us. We are grateful. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.


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