The countdown is on! Thursday we are driving to the San Diego airport to pick up the teen girl from Eastern Europe who we are hosting for the holidays. What? How did this happen you ask? I am asking myself the same thing! 🙂

Long story short, a few months ago a friend of mine posted information on Facebook about hosting an orphan for Christmas through an international hosting program, New Horizons For Children. Jessica and her family previously hosted through the same program and she is now volunteering as our area coordinator. Our Christmas travel plans fell through so I messaged Jessica and said “Hey…about hosting a child at Christmas. Looks like we’ll be home for Christmas so….”

Dave agreed, the girls loved the idea, we looked through the photo listing and stories and chose “T”. We have to be very careful about putting personal information on the world wide web so online I’ll refer to “T” as “Sweet Tea”. I’m from the South and sweet tea is my very, very favorite drink.

We submitted all of our paperwork, attended an all-day host training seminar, asked our ever-patient coordinator a million questions and purchased the things we think Sweet Tea will need when she arrives. From what we have been told the kids arrive with just the clothing on their backs so we anticipate some shopping in our near future!

We’ve talked to many families who have hosted in the past–heard the good, the bad and the ugly–but every family and host child is different so we really don’t know what to expect. Exciting and a bit nerve-wracking at the same time! We would certainly appreciate all of your prayers this Christmas season. We are planning fun activities and hope all of us have a grand time but our biggest prayer is that we will be able to make a difference in Sweet Tea’s life. That’s the whole point of this program after all, to give these kids hope.

I’m going to do my best to blog through the month Sweet Tea is with us. We won’t be sharing personal details of Sweet Tea’s life but we can share photos and our experience during this holiday season.

The girls, working on a welcome poster for the airport for Sweet Tea.

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