After arriving in Brazil and taking a very peaceful bus ride to the university, we finally had the moment we had been anticipating for a long time… we got to meet our host families. At first, I was a bit nervous, not knowing what to expect. When I got off the bus, my host father and three younger host brothers were waiting for me there, ready to welcome me with smiles and hugs. It didn’t take long before I felt completely comfortable.
When I got home, I saw a note on my bed from the boys saying, “Welcome to the Kelly’s family, sister Camryn!” along with a box of candies. So sweet! Then later that night, I was welcomed to join them in their family devotions they do each night. We all went into the boys’ room, and we shared a really special time reading the Bible which ended with a prayer from my host dad over me and my family back home. I felt like I was being let in on a sacred moment. It was beautiful being able to take part in such a precious time.
Through my experiences of being welcomed by my host family and getting to know them better, I’ve been learning a lot about the meaning of family and home. It’s hard to really describe, but I think this quote does a really good job summing it up:
Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go. - Sarah Dessen
I’ve only had one full day in Brazil, yet I already know I’m home. I’m home, not in the sense of a place I stay permanently, but rather where I know my heart will stay even when I leave. Moment by moment my heart is growing closer to my host family, and these moments are becoming unforgettable memories that I’ll take with me forever.
Amy Kovach · May 16, 2019 at 6:45 pm
This almost made me teary! How completely and absolutely sweet. This is the PERFECT host family for you! I cannot wait to hear more about your experiences with them.
<3 Dr. Kovach
DDomina · May 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Well, I AM tearing up. I love the fact that you have such a big heart! So thankful for your host family that adopted you for 2 weeks. It makes this mom’s heart so happy! Can’t wait to hear all the stories!
Terrina LaTourette · May 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm
I LOVE that your host family prayed for your family back home. While we, of course want our children to have amazing opportunities and experiences, it sure does drive a Momma to her knees often when our kiddos are off experiencing life. I just know the Lord has given you each the host family that was truly meant for you, just as He’s done with your families back at home. Keep enjoying your trip!!
❤ Bailey’s Momma
Israel · May 30, 2019 at 1:35 pm
Dear Cam, our family has loved you since the first contact we had! The boys had no idea how wonderful it would be to have a sister. Thanks again for trusting us to take care of you for two weeks. We will carry you in our hearts as you’re already part of our family! Enjoy the remaining days in Brazil and have a safe trip back home!