Our month with our Japanese homestay girl is up today... after lunch we drive her back to where picked her up so she can begin her very long 26+ hr. journey home. This month has been simply amazing and we were so very blessed to have been able to host such a wonderful & amazing young woman. When we began the program we were told to treat her as part of our family... we did, and she is. :)
What I am most thankful for are all the wonderful memories we have made this month with her. But especially how well "R" and Morgan got along. They are really 2 "peas in a pod" and to look at them, you would never guess that they'd hadn't known each and been the best of friends forever & ever...
To see them curled up on the couch watching movies, cooking their breakfasts together, baking treats together at night, laughing so hard they can hardly catch their breath at some joke or something funny that is just between them, buying each other small gifts when we were out, sitting outside with the girls chatting away together, watching the girls all "gang up" on Morgan in a water gun fight, "R" trying so many new foods & treats, seeing her love of all things "Maple" lol! All of these memories we will all hold dearly & cherish for many years to come.
We are sending "R" back with and abundance of gifts for her family, and especially for herself! I hadn't realized just how much stuff we had bought until we saw her trying to fit it all in her suitcase & backpack! Oops! lol! So we have rolled her clothes, smooshed & pushed items together in hopes of "fitting it" all in! I'm going to do a once over today and make sure her suitcase is *less* than 50lbs, even if just by a pound or two. I feel bad that she has to lug around her backback which is now FILLED to the brim. We ended up getting over 1000 photos developed for her, which add a good amount of weight to her bag as well. Let's hope the overhead departments are big enough on the plane for her bag!
We have been to museums, the zoo, malls, parks, specialty shops, restaurants, outdoor events, shopping trips, grocery stores, banks, walks, visits to family, and so much more! We have shown her as many new & unique experiences as we could this month, and I think she's going home happy and thrilled to have been here with us. She has told us that she loves Canada and wishes she could stay, so I will take that as a compliment.
Today before she leaves I want to get in a few nice photos of the girls together, and especially a few nice ones of just her & Morgan. I'd like to frame one for Morgan and have a couple to send to "R" after she's back home again. I have no idea what the mailing rates are like sending to Japan, but I guess i'm about to find out as "R" will definitely be "overseas" family from here on in... and we'll be sending her little trinkets, gifts, notes, etc...
I can imagine it cost quite a bit for "R's" parents to send her over here for the month, so we don't know that she'll be able to do it again, but we have told her and LABO, that if ever she were to come to Canada again through the program, that we would *love* to host her for the month again. I expect that we will take part in the homestay program again next summer, as it has been an amazing experience, although it'll be hard to hold a flame next to "R" and how well we meshed into our family. It was nice having a 4th daughter for the month and I truly wish we could "keep her", as do the girls, but i'm pretty sure her family wants her back. lol!
Well, on this note i'm off. It's almost 9:30, so i'm going to wake up the girls so they have a few hours to hang out together before we have to leave. I cannot believe that we are nearing the end of August.. this month has absolutely flown by for us. Before I "sign off" I wish to thank Suzanne, Janelle & Eboo for their gifts to "R" this month, "Thank-you" all!! ((Hugs))
Have a wonderful day!! :)
What has been your favourite new experience this summer?