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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.

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    That is wonderful. My daughter and her husband hosted an exchange student and it did not go well. I have heard another man mention it and he had a good experience like you did. Making lifetime friends is always a good thing.
    1762 days ago
    I am glad you had such a wonderful experience. We hosted an exchange student when I was in 8th grade, and she was very selfish. So neat that you kept in touch, and were able to meet up again.
    1765 days ago
  • RR1_RR1
    Wow, that is neat that you all kept in touch!
    1767 days ago
    1768 days ago
    You've got such a loving, kind heart, Linda! Thanks for bringing us this story AND the lovely pictures of your get-together! They're a wonderful little family!
    1768 days ago
    What a wonderful lifetime of memories you have! Taking a leap of faith turned out to be one of your best moments. emoticon
    1768 days ago
    That is so cool emoticon
    1768 days ago
    So neat! I am glad your experience went so well and you continue to be in her life.
    1769 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That is so wonderful!! So glad you had a great experience and now have three new friends!! Great photos!
    Wish I had an Olive Garden here, pasta is my favorite food!
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    1769 days ago
    What a wonderful thing - continual rewards for opening your hearts and home!
    1769 days ago
    How nice of you to do that! You are right it wouldn't work for everyone which is too bad. It's great you have a lifelong connection and have enriched each others lives.
    Thank you for sharing a part of YOU!
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    1769 days ago
    That is so cool :) Thank you for sharing this wonderful story with us and allowing us a day in your life with this very special woman and her beautiful family :)
    1769 days ago
  • WILLOW49
    Hosting an exchange student can be a wonderful experience. My family never did, but my cousin was an exchange student in Japan and had a great time. She has been back to visit the family a couple of times.

    Great you were able to spend time together!
    1769 days ago
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