I've had the opportunity to be a part of a group -- one that "adopts" international students who come to the US to study at a local university. The girl in the background, Annie - as we call her, is my "match". We've gotten together about 4 or 5 times since last fall. We've gone to a church musical, been to eat authentic Chinese cuisine, visited Nanny Carol to "ooooh and aaaaah" over her Christmas tree, emailed, sent text messages, wished holiday greetings, and just gotten to know each other better and better. I always encouraged her to bring a friend with her. The sweet co-ed to the far right is one friend who joined us for our last get together. Jane and Anna came by and joined us for dinner.
It's been a JOY to connect with students from college and hopefully allow them to get a small feel of family life in America. Both have returned to China, but we all plan to stay in touch. They're soooo very precious!