We adopted another child...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Yes, it is true dear readers, we have another son living in our home….

for 10 days!!! 

 My son is participating in a fellowship program. As part of this great program that will look great on HIS resume , HE will get to go on an amazing trip abroad this summer and WE agree to have a foreign 16 year old boy live in our home for 10 days. 

This means that I don't get a leg up on college admissions or the chance to go on a life-changing trip this summer but I do get to make meals for this child,  get to drive the child around (the program has a crazy schedule for the visitors while the US kids are in school. I also  get to do this kids laundry. etc, etc. Did I mention that this child has dietary restrictions? I spent 2 hours in the market picking out special food for him before he arrived. Before he got here, I was thinking that this seems like a bad deal for me. I really don't even like when my kids have friend's sleep over. 

Luckily  our visitor is delightful. So well mannered and funny. His english is better than some of the locals around here and he is not scared of our loud, crazy family.  I e-mailed his mother today and said that I might keep him or send the wrong kid back to her.   I can only hope that my son, when he stays with our guest's family during the summer, will be as great as a houseguest as ours is. 

As for the crazy driving schedule that this addition to our household has brought, I've made some new friends my carpool buddies! (They are my BFF's this week!)Yes, I've met some cool new moms which is sort of rare when your kids are teenagers. (new moms… take note, it is super easy to make new friends when your kids are little, it is like that freshman year of college. It is not as easy once your kids refuse to hang out with someone just because you like their mom)


Susie said...

Japolina, Hugs to the new kid. Hope it works well for all of you. This seems a great way for young people to learn. Blessings to all, xoxo,Susie

NanaDiana said...

You are lucky to have gotten a good kid. We had a foreign exchange student that came back for a second summer all on her own because she loved our family so much. lol And we didn't do anything special. lol

We had one friend that had a horror story of a brat that thought everyone was their servant...lol Glad someone else got that one- xo Diana

ps. you are so right about the friendship thing.

angryparsnip said...

So happy you got a great kid.
What a great time will be had.
One summer many years ago we had 4 Japanese boys hanging out in our family room for a week. They were a dream.
It was lots of fun and like you said I just had to deliver them to classes and take them all out sight seeing and shopping. We lived by the ocean then and they loved it.

cheers, parsnip

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

That is great that your new kid is the best! Perk that you are meeting some new friends. It isn't an exchange, you've got both of your kids plus this newly adopted one? Then you send yours away later, is it to this kids home or more of a study abroad as a group thing?

Kathy said...

I've always wanted to have an exchange student stay with me. It sounds like so much fun even if you do have to drive him around.

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