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How A Couple of 30 Year Olds Hosted an Exchange Student for a School Year

Kenna O’Brien and her family had mixed feelings about hosting a high school student for 10 months.  Welcoming a foreign exchange student from China into their home was certainly an adjustment.  However, before long Mo became a loved member of the family.  Take a moment to read Kenna’s fun account of her family’s homestay experience.

Photos and captions of their time with Mo provided by the O’Brien family.

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A week after we met him…
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The poor boys didn’t quite know what their first Halloween would involve…
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But they agreed to be a part of our Circus!

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Homecoming… looked like a fun group to me?!

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Mo’s first Miss Party Mom party- December 2012
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I tried to warn him often that normal Americans do not care as much about holiday outfits as I do…
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Showing him how to chop down the ol’ Christmas tree…
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Re-purposing Birdie’s “Baby’s 1st Christmas” stocking…
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Christmas Morning… Mo’s first ever Christmas
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And his first Easter…
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Prom….
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I think he made some friends?

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and some more friends…

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Oh and his Going Away Party with all of his different groups of friends… here he is with one group.

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Getting our CHI completion certificate… (One of our kids always has to be picking their nose…)

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Graduation Day: he made it, literally- in the nick of time… Senioritis at it’s best…. (and thank you Cormac, for always proving my point…)

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Of course he made the paper… us O’Briens are kind of known for doing that…

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We’ll miss you like crazy Mozy Baby, it’s been a joy.

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