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Merry Happy Everything!

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2016 Wrap up:
Today, Elena celebrated the beginning of her fifth month in America. Her English is improving, and she has solidified her place in our family and our hearts. We look forward to having an enduring relationship with Elena and her family in Italy. In fact, we have enjoyed having Elena in our home so much, we are thinking of hosting again next year. The kids enjoy having a big sister, and I enjoy the teen energy in our home. We will always look forward to visiting Elena in Italy and having her return to the U.S. Elena’s friend Asya has been staying with us for a few days. They went shopping and snowshoeing. Asya just left with her host family, and Mason wants Asya to come back. Mason has always wanted a bigger family.

We’ve had a lot of fun and travel with Elena. For Thanksgiving, we went to Chicago for five days. I haven’t been to Chicago in a few years, and it was so beautiful. At times, I felt like a tourist seeing the city for the first time, and at times, so many good mem…