As some folks know, our family hosted six international students when our daughter was in high school and college. We’ve remained in contact with all of them and call them family, but none is closer to us than our Thai daughter who now lives in Charlotte. She married a wonderful North Carolinian and they now have two young daughters. We spent a very busy weekend with them, running to ice skating and swimming lessons, decorating pumpkins and having great meals, and visiting a wildlife sanctuary comprised of exotic animals “rescued” from zoos who didn’t want or need a particular species or specimen any longer. SO great to see them again, and such fun!
Our family has been so blessed by the act of hosting these students and hosting a refugee family years ago, as well. One always receives way more than one gives to such efforts. To us, it’s not just an exchange, it’s an opportunity to change others’ lives and be changed for good. The love, the learning, the laughter and even the challenges make it a priceless enrichment to all involved.