Thursday, August 9, 2007

Parenting practice

If you've been wondering where we've been the last several weeks, we have a good excuse. We just sent home an exchange student from China. Kelly spent three weeks with us. There is a lot to say about her visit, but you can read more of the details here.

Going from zero to teenager overnight was a good experience for us. The whole experience showed us what we might expect in the future in terms of the amount of time children require from you. Sure, it took a lot of our time...but we LOVED it.

Hosting an exchange student is certainly a far cry from raising your own children, but it's closer than what we had experienced before.

Kelly is a wonderful young lady and was a great fit for our family. She was adventurous. We fed her many different types of food. She didn't like it all, but she always tried...which is everything. She was apprehensive when we put her in a kayak on Lake Michigan, but she did it anyway. Her openness to new experiences was inspiring.

Robin and I hoped she was enjoying herself and our company. Our efforts were validated in many ways, but the easiest way to demonstrate for you is in the picture she drew for us (shown above). It shows her "Happy Family". She drew it herself at night while we were sleeping, with an amazing attention to detail. It melted our hearts.

It was sad to see her go, but we will continue to communicate with her and we feel confident we will see her again someday.

So, our attention now returns to preparing the house for our new family member from Thailand. There's little new to report on the adoption since our last post. The waiting game continues.

You can expect to start hearing from us more often on the blog.


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