"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Friday, April 17, 2015

not good at goodbye

The next to the last day of our spring break vacation, the big kids hauled to the airport to pick up a German exchange student to stay with us for two and a half weeks.

We were super excited to meet Benedikt.

I'm not sure he knew what he was getting into and suddenly being thrown into the chaos of a family our size was probably quite a shock. 

But Ben sure did jump right in with us, feet first.

(I never did get a picture of those boys skiing together but they were go go go from the very start)

We loved everything about him. At first, mostly that he was taller than Christian which is hard to do.

He made us look at the world like everything was new again.

That little girl at his elbow fell right in love.

He and Christian were so competitively alike, it was too funny. 

He just fit right in.

Even indulged in our Easter traditions like one of our own.

See that girl's face? It lit up just like that every time Ben was around.

More on Easter later, but I couldn't help smile at the sneaky impromptu hard boiled egg lobbing going on when they thought parents weren't paying attention.

Seriously, he'll always be our eighth child.

They packed in all the adventure they could regardless of school nights. 

Denver Nuggets and LA Lakers game:

Target shooting with hand guns. My apologies to his mom for such a dangerous activity. It was a boy's world.

"Sting Pong". Disclaimer: No permanent damage done.

Christian got so attached to Ben's friends also visiting with other families.

Seemed like we were never all in the same space at the same time with all of the comings and goings. This is the only picture we pulled off together at the going away party and the end of a very long day.

It nearly broke our hearts to say goodbye. Today has been so quiet without him.

And these sweet little girls have asked about a million times today, "When is Ben coming home?"

Our eyes have forever been open by looking at the world just a little bit differently through yours. You are in our hears and will always be one of ours where ever you may go.


  1. Aww this text is so cute. The first I read this, tears ran down my face. I had such a great time with you all. All the activities we've done were so exciting. Every day was a new adventure. I enjoyed every second. Thanks for this incredible time. I fell like a part of this amazing great family. Thank you for everything my family from the other side of the planet. I hope I see you all again soon

  2. We had a good time, didn't we? We've missed you every minute! We keep looking around to count children and feeling like there aren't enough around. Christian just isn't the same without a twin brother but we sure hope the time will go by quickly until we see you again! Love from all of us :)