Double the Fun!

Double the Fun!   My husband, son, and I are hosting Martin from Argentina and Nadine from Brazil. Both Martin and Nadine are just here for 5 months. They both leave in a few weeks and we will miss them terribly. It has been quite an experience having three teenagers in our home at once. We are so pleased that … Read More

‘Tis the Season!

‘Tis the Season!   This holiday season has been even more special thanks to our Danish Exchange Student Morten and his family! They sent us a package in November that contained their Danish Holiday Tradition – celebration of Christmas Month – opening a gift every day of December leading up to Christmas. I had to decorate an additional tree in … Read More

In Touch with Nature

In Touch with Nature   When I began communicating with our most recent exchange student (Oskar from Germany), I was very curious as to why he had asked to be placed somewhere on the western coast of the US. His reply was that he wanted to experience a part of the US that was more rural, having already visited New … Read More

Thank you with all of my heart!

Thank you with all of my heart!   One month ago we hugged goodbye to my lovely and brave daughter, Julie, who is now an Exchange student in Imlay City, Michigan, USA.  She is under the wings of lovely Host mom Teresa – Thank you with all of my heart!  Julie is very happy and very well and she already … Read More

Ti has been such a blessing …

Ti has been such a blessing … (text message from a host dad to the ICES Field Manager)   We did a 15.50 mile bicycle ride on the Armstrong Trail yesterday.  We went all the way to Lock & Dam #9 and back to our house.  She’s excited as am I and Jing to take her to the Canadian side … Read More

we knew right away…

we knew right away that it was something that we were being called to explore and do…   For anyone pondering if they should become a host family, I would suggest that you do it. It’s much more than proving room and board. It’s been an extension of our hearts, home and family. My husband and I had gotten to … Read More

Our advice to those thinking about hosting…

Our advice to those thinking about hosting… DO IT!   Being a host family has been one of the biggest blessings we have encountered. It’s much more than proving room and board. It’s been an extension of our hearts, home and family. We now have, a “daughter” Maria, in Brazil from our first hosting experience. Currently, a Chinese daughter Tiko, … Read More

The memories and excursions will last a lifetime…

The memories and excursions will last a lifetime until we meet up again and make more… I want to share the privilege of having been the host family for Tailyn (Tay). She came to us from Victoria, Australia. It was after a very hard experience that my husband and I found out that Tay had been added to the list … Read More

We had 3 girls the same age living under one roof

“we had 3 girls the same age living under one roof”   When I was asked to write a short letter sharing our experience with hosting a foreign exchange student, I was honored. Our experience was possibly not like many, as we didn’t expect to have our Helle [from Norway].  She was a surprise for us, but what a blessing … Read More