My biological children are grown and have moved out, leaving us with an “empty nest”.  So, when asked to host, we weren’t quite sure what the dynamics would be like of having a teenager all over again.  I can wholeheartedly tell you, it has been amazing.  He has brought so much life and laughter into our home.  No one could have prepared me for the bond that would happen between my family and our exchange student.

He came to us with so much knowledge of America and a passion to learn, do and see all he can while he is here.  It opened my eyes to the opportunities we have and so much that we take for granted.  I am sad it will come to an end, but I celebrate everything it has taught me and the forever connection we have made.  I am excited to see what the future holds for him and that I may have made a difference.