In an odd and unexpected confluence of circumstances and impulses, this week on Flag Day, June 14, 2018, Marian and I become Naturalized US Citizens. After only 45 years as Permanent Resident Aliens/Legal Permanent Residents/Green Card holders, it was finally time to take the plunge and become official members of the country we call home. The last of our direct family members in the UK passed in 2015, so we are now the last outpost of the UK Viberts and, together with our two American sons, the start of the American branch! Little did we imagine when we stepped off the plane in Logan Airport, Boston in 1973 that this would be the outcome! But we own a burial plot in an historical cemetery here on Long Island, NY and its time to finally put down our roots!! Our gratitude to the many of you in NY, NH, MA, ME and – thanks to WordPress and Facebook, many others across the USA – who have welcomed us and made us feel at home here! We treasure you all. God has been good to us, more than we could ever deserve!
Welcome Christmas! – especially as you bring 55deg F and rain to Long Island! Our small home will be filled when our sons and their wives/partners arrive on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Marian and I are are thankful for our 9 months here since leaving New Hampshire – tho’ we miss our friends there – and the joy of again being close to family and so many old friends. May your “Holy-Days” be filled with warmth, gratitude and love as we celebrate “God’s indescribable gift” to us.
I retired years ago from full-time pastoring, but this fall kept me busy with weddings! On successive weekends, our son was the groom in an intimate garden wedding, and the daughter of good friends the bride in a big “Long Island style” wedding. Having known them both since childhood, it was a delight and a privilege to be part of launching them into married life. Marian smiled as she watched “the young couples” celebrate, and danced in her wheelchair..!