Tuesday, January 30, 2007

New Friends from around the world
Meet Virginia and Joey. These are our two Chinese exchange students.
We are hosting them in our home while they attend an English and music camp through our local university. We picked them up Saturday, and are just having so much fun! Maddy is attached at the hip already, and enjoying them constantly. They love her, and don't mind playing all of her games with her. They both speak great english and it has been fairly easy to communicate. We have learned a lot from them already, asked them many questions to understand the Chinese culture better. They also brought us some traditional Chinese souvenirs as gifts. They claim to teach us how to really use chopsticks before they leave!

It is truly wonderful to peek outside of America and learn about cultures and traditions from around the world. Listening to much of what they say really puts America to shame! We have wonderful freedoms here, that many countries do not have, and I am thankful. But, because of it we have really slid downwards as a society with our values. They do put us to shame with their respect for their parents and families, and how they honor their culture, and how education is so important. They also are a good reminder of our freedoms here in America. A good lesson for us all to learn. I just love having foreign students! What a fabulous opportunity- I recommend that everyone one should try at least once!


HollieHobbie said...

That is waaayyyyy COOL! Welcome to AMerica Virginia and Joey!
How did you go about "signing" up for this, Michelle?
Have fun while they are with you and enjoy learning from them.

Sonya said...

I agree wholeheartedly! I really miss interacting with my foreign students and friends on a daily basis!

Darlene said...

I hosted exchange students and it was such a blessing :)

love to you sweet pea,
xoxo Darlene

I said...

Remember...you are who you are, and I love you for it.


With love from another brown eyed girl...

Joey said...

Hi`I'm Joey~
Thank you for welcoming us.Every American we met is very friendly and we had a great time~
But now we are back in China.
How are you Michelle?
Virginir wants me to tell you that her computer broke down so she can't connect with you now and she wants to say hello to you by me.
Oh~~~~I miss the ice cream on photos.~`
And I have an Englshi blog in Google now.So you can go and have a see.~