A lifetime friend made as we hosted our foreign exchange student.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
In 1995 I had two daughters, married and working full time. I stayed busy. We had an active social life which included church activities. After seeing a friend become a host parent with foreign exchange students I decided to try it once. My husband and I did not know what to expect. There are some people that have complained about the students that they received. There could be personality conflicts, etc. This was not our experience. We were happy to receive a German exchange student named Stephanie. She was 18 years old. She went through a year of school in our city. What a fun experience it was. We went to activities with other foreign exchange students from various countries. She has become a lifetime friend. I also consider her our "adopted" daughter.
She has visited the United States many times since her experience with us. She worked in the United States off and on and either lived with us again or in an apartment nearby. She has been visiting Florida and staying in a city just 2 hours from us. She is now in her mid thirties, married and has a young daughter. We visited with them in the past days and had the best time. We had never met her husband before. He was so warm and funny - just like Stephanie. We ate at The Olive Garden with them. She remembered it fondly and wanted to try it again.
While we visited we have a photo of us. I really like the time that we had to walk together and share memories.
Inside our home we had a fun time with her baby as she is learning to walk. For any of you that desire to host a student - I think it may bring you many good memories. It is more fun than you can imagine.