My name is Elena. I am from a little village in Russia called Kargapolye. My village is small and is surrounded by fields. Most people in my village are old. Most of the young people have left the village to go to the cities to look for work.
The main streets in my village are made of asphalt. The other roads are made of dirt. In the main center of town the buildings are 2 or 3 stories, no taller. All other buildings are one-story like the homes in the village. We have a small sports complex with a gym where basketball and table tennis are played, a movie theater, a grocery and home goods store, a furniture store, and an electronics store.
I never even dreamt about coming to the USA, but God’s will was different than mine. I came to America in 2009, because my then-husband is from the U.S.A.
I thank my ex-husband who took me to so many amazing places around this country. I saw the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and Willis Tower. These places were so impressive!
I didn’t know how everything was here in the United States before I came here. But I can tell you, that I love everything here. It’s totally different compared to my native country Russia.
Being in a new country is very different and is a very different life. One difference is that in America the streets are so clean and there is bright green grass everywhere. Another difference is that people smile and are friendly. It makes me happy.
I have met many great persons that have helped me figure out life in the United States. The hardest part was learning the language , but I learned it quickly and was able to understand Americans in one year. I feel like I’m one of them now.
And yes, I am an American citizen right now and am happy about it! I thank the Lord who moves me here and gave me a chance to be successfully happy in this great country of America!