2015 was an exciting year for us. During June and July of 2015 we took a trip to Europe to visit our two former exchange students – Jonathan, in Sweden, and Luca, in Germany. (See those pages HERE).
During Spring of 2015 we decided that we would host another exchange student, Henry, who was also from Germany, and we got to visit with him and his family for a few short days during this time as well.
The next set of pages that you will see over the next few posts are from the 4 scrapbooks that I made for Henry while he was visiting with us. The picture to the left (Click on it if you want to see more detail) is of the cover pages for the first 3 albums. I made a 4th album after he left and mailed it to him. I had to do this because we had too many adventures right at the end of his time with us, and I did not have enough time to get them done to send them home with him.
I should point out that I actually made these pages last, after the first three albums were created. I like to do this so that they can all have the same theme to tie the albums together.
I chose American patriotic themes for the cover pages because after all he did spend his exchange year in the USA! The letters and numbers were all cut on my Cricut machine and carefully glued to the page.
For the first album I used Henry’s school picture to be part of the cover page. When I am making albums for my son, the cover page is usually the school photo, and I decided to continue this tradition on the first album cover page. All of the embellishments came from a 4th of July scrapbook pack.
Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student
I just want to put a little plug here for serving as a host family for a Foreign Exchange student. We had a wonderful time doing it – this was our third year – and we have had a great experience every time. My son loved having a brother and learning about new places, and it makes our home a little more active🙂
We used International Student Exchange for our agency and we had a great experience. I encourage you to go to their website (http://www.iseusa.com/) and consider serving in this way.