or as you know it now, week -1!! SB has completed her penultimate week in france. In a weeks time she will be home having lived with a french family as one of their own for 25 weeks. It is the last phone call we shall have with her in France. It seems like things are suddenly ending, it has all come rather quickly in the end.
SB has had a
good week, she has been feted by her school friends, had 2 sleepovers, a
swimming trip, eaten cake and generally felt well loved. She has
remembered to take some photos of her friends and some video. She is
really REALLY going to miss them. She is also going to miss her french
family, in particular big sis C who she has got on well with. This week
she is going to ask for permission to take her camera into school. She
does have a school photo :) and will be asking all her friends to sign
on the back.
Really, en famille exchange for SB does seem to have
been exactly what she wanted. the initial worry as she settled into the
rhythm of life in france is long forgotten. She has had an adventure.
She has become french, speaking it with ease and being comfortable
there. She has been immersed in the culture. It hasn't all been plain
sailing or easy, but it has been wonderful. No doubt we will hear more
about everything when she comes home next week :)
So, am i glad we
did it, would I do it again? Yes, I would. It has been difficult at
times, and certainly harder for BB left behind, as well as us as
parents. Leaving SB and driving off was a real heartbreaker. but she has
gained something wonderful from this, and so an absolutely unqualified