Yesterday was a whirlwind day. Besides lots of last minute preparations for our pioneer trek tomorrow, we received a phone call early in the morning asking us if we would be a host family for a foreign exchange student. We were informed that we needed to decide right away as the deadline was midnight. We were given a link to read the profiles of students available and asked to choose quickly.
We discussed it as a family and decided it would be a special opportunity to welcome someone into our home and add a new family member for 10 months. We have filled out all of the paperwork, had the home visit, taken the family pictures, and written the welcome letter all in less than 24 hours. We are so excited. Ever since I was a young girl, I've wished to experience a foreign exchange student. I've heard both the good and the bad experiences, so I'm not going into this naive, and am ready for whatever awaits.
We have been having so much fun going over the information about our student who will be arriving in just about 3 weeks. She will be joining us from Belgium, speaks French [+ Dutch, I think] but has respectable English skills and shares a birthday with me.
For 10 months, we will be a family of SEVEN living in this house and we are thrilled!