I called home today to check in with Mike and see how things were going at home and my blood literally ran cold when he said, “Susan, I have some news”. I really didn’t think I could take a whole lot more. So I steeled myself and said, “Ok, what’s the news?” and he said, “Kristin moved out this afternoon.”
I’m not sure of the whole story, but Kristin has been staying with her liaison and it seems they jelled as a family together. They are also hosting a student from Italy this year and the girls got along great, and so it was decided to make a go of it with both girls living together. April brought Kristin by the house today and picked up the rest of her things and she has moved!
I am happy for her finding her new family and I think they will be a good match for her. I hope she’s going to be very happy there. I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to her and I haven’t heard from her since she left for school Wednesday morning, but hopefully I’ll get to see her in the coming months, as I am the Italian girl’s liaison and perhaps will be Kristin’s liaison as well.
With that, we end our stint as a welcome family. I am very proud of what we accomplished. Our goal was to allow a kid to get to the US and start their exchange program, and we did that. We never intended to host for a full year and while we were willing to do so upon meeting Kristin, there is a sense of relief that we won’t have to, mainly because after this latest blow, I am totally and completely mentally and emotionally worn out. I learned a lot from Kristin in just a couple of short months, and I really am grateful for the experience of hosting her.
I am looking forward to getting home in a week or two and getting back to our old routine, which we were just getting used to when I decided to be a welcome family! This is the last picture I took of Kristin at our house—she and Leah were finally getting to be pals!
Good luck, Kristin, we really hope you have a fantastic year!