When dreams collide, love explodes: Our Hosting Experience

by Brandi Lytle
Photo of a heart with a world map on it featured on "When dreams collide" Host Mom Blog on Not So Mommy

The thing about hosting a foreign exchange student is that your day-to-day time with them is limited.  For Dane and me, that meant doing as many spectacular things as we could while Bruna lived with us.  And in May, when I knew our time living together was nearing an end, I wrote this for our exchange program so that they could share our story with future host families.  Plus, I wanted to remember the absolutely amazing kid that Bruna is.

When dreams collide…

You had the dream of coming to the United States.  We had the dream of having a daughter.  And God had a plan.

We finally met face-to-face on December 28, 2014.  Dane and I knew immediately that you were special by the sweet way that you greeted Maddie, your new puppy “sister.”  Bruna, it is difficult to describe how incredible you are….

Love explodes!

Bruna is one of the most amazing young ladies we have ever met.  Although she is gorgeous, super smart, and extremely talented, she is also humble and kind and considerate.

She does not realize how graceful she is at aerial silk nor does she know that she plays the guitar well and sings beautifully.

We love listening to her giggle with her friends.  And the deep emotions that she feels… Well, it is hard to explain the joy that it brings to our hearts.  Bruna gets excited about little things like squirrels or a Selena song or fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle.  Watching her stare at Van Gogh’s painting for the first time is a memory that will forever be burned in our minds.

She has made us look at life through new eyes and see the magnificent wonders around us.  We are so grateful that God placed Bruna, the perfect daughter for us, into our lives.  We are forever family.

We love you, Bruna.

You.  Are.  Amazing!

Hugs and Kisses from Your Host Parents,

Brandi and Dane

Want to find out how Bruna came into our lives?  Here is the beginning of our story…..

Photo Credit:  Stuart Miles of Freerange

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1 comment

Sherry Stout September 20, 2017 - 8:49 pm

Perfect plan arranged by God himself. You could never convince me differently. ❤


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