One of the weird, but yet amazing, things about exchange is getting a new home; To have lived in the same house, with the same people, for you whole life, and then move into a new house, with new people, and still feel the same feeling. To meet strangers, get to know them, and become a part of their family.
One year ago, I didn't know anything about the Nelson's, and now they're my second family, a family I'll never let go. They really took me in as one of their own, and have made this whole thing worth it. I've always put family first, and having a good relationship with my host family has therefore always been important for me. I really feel like one of the Nelson's, just with another last name, and that I can only thank them (and Staphanie, my IEC, for finding, and giving them my application!!) for. It's strange to say, but sometimes it feels like I've lived in Southside forever, just 'cause it feels like home.
I'm forever thankful for what my host family has done for me, as well as my real family. They've not only made this whole thing possible, but made my life great overall. I don't think I've ever been this happy in my life, or in myself, and a big part of that is thanks to them. I don't think I'll ever be able to give back for all they've done for me, but I hope I can someday, somehow.
The weirdest thing of all about this though, is that my families don't know each other, they've never even met. They have no clue how the others are, how our life looks like or what we do, more than I've told them, which feels kind of odd. The most important people in my life... And they haven't even met? The thought never really leaves my mind and I can't put it into words, but it's just... Weird.
I love y'all, and thank you for everything. I'm sorry if this was a bit emotional, but that's just how I'm sometimes. I've had a lot of thoughts going through my mind lately and just felt like writing about them. I'll write about something less deep next time, haha, but until then; Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Goodnight!