S: August 2010 - June 2011 with Lena
BC: I was just young when I first came here I close my eyes, and the flashback starts, I'm standing there, on an airport in summer air. I see the school, see the church and the ball game. See you sitting there watching me serve and say, "let's got", Little did I know. That I was here with you you were really crazy And my diary says "stay here this home will be great" and I was dancing on the staircase thanking you for this time. And I said, All of you took me somewhere we could have some fun I've been dreaming, when this year was soon to come. You were the host and I was the student It's a great story, to you, I say "thanks" So we go out to the mountains to see them It was nice, 'cause we loved what we saw there, open you eyes. Enjoy this place for a little while. | Cause you were wonderful I am so glad I came here and my diary says "Stay here this is so much fun" and I was laughing on the staircase thanking you for this time. All of you help me, I try to tell you how I feel. This time was wonderful and it was real. Don't be afraid i will be back another time It's a great story, to you I say "thanks"! Well I got crazy singing wondering if this is how it just comes around my faith in god war rising when you took me to the classes in church And I said, family, thank you, I've been feeling so lucky I keep thinking of you, but I will be back. Is this in my dreams I don't know what to say, You gave me your home and I pull out this book and say, "Thank you, family, I never had to be alone. I love you and that's what I really know. I talk to you later, go pick up your presents, it's a great story, to you I say "thanks". i | Great story | Cause I was just young when I first came here...
FC: Lena's wonderful year in the USA with the wonderful family Stubbs
1: I dreamed of a High School year in America for more than 5 years and then it became true. When I finally arrived at the airport I only knew your names and age but as soon as I saw the posters you made and the balloons you were holding I knew that I was going to stay with one of the most amazing families in America! Soon I found out that I was also living in one of the craziest, sweetest, most loving and fun family! I can not tell you how thankful I am that you decided to spent one year with me and host me but I just loved every single day of it and I would always do this again! I am thankful for all the nice things we did, for all the places we visited, and just the time that I was spending in this house! I can not imagine how different this year would have been for me without you and I really don't want to either! I know this time with you changed me in a great way and helped me getting to know myself better! It is going to be hard for me to leave this wonderful place that became a home for me and all of you, who became a family to me! I will never forget everything that you have done for me in Thank you so much! Lena | this one year! I hope that this book will help you to remember the wonderful times we had and remind you of the year that we shared!! | My dream
2: Chimney Rock
3: This was just a wonderful day with a beautiful landscape and fun times! It was the day when I realized how lucky I am to be able to be here in the USA and not only live with a wonderful family but travel and have so much fun with them!! | The the snake was the scariest thing that happened to me since I came ;)
4: Carley and I
6: I know for sure that you are the best memory-play-partner ever and I enjoyed seeing you getting better and better and finally beating me! | It was always fun to go to the mall with you - Oh, no food or drink :D
7: I think we really did a good job checking the mail so many times! | P.S. Make sure no one except you picks the lion king! :)
8: The beach | Look what a pretty sandcastle we did...
9: ...and how we even made whole bodies disappear! :) | ... how I learned "bodysurfing"... | When we went to the beach, I had so much fun that I forgot for the first time that I am in the USA and not at home -It was an amazing weekend! -
10: Alexander and I
12: Don't we look alike? ;) | I think we really seem to be great shoppers!
13: Did anyone ever tell you that you give really good hugs and write the sweetest notes? Well I did! P.S. I am not kidding!!
14: The Zoo | The day that I found my dreamhouse, touched a snake (!!), wondered why crocodiles are outside and penguins inside, got peed on by a bird and just had a lot of fun!
16: Angelina and I
18: We milked a cow together... | ...and we even drove in my future car!
19: I need to say: You painted my 9 nails really beautiful!! | You are just my small sister that I can swing around and give great "High Fives" with!
20: Halloween | At my first real Halloween I was so excited to be Minni Mouse... | ....got sooo much candy...
21: ... and of course, loved going trick or treating!! | ...had fun making pumpkin faces... | (and even Bogey dressed up! :) )
22: Kaitlin and I
24: Our pyramid of plastic cups was not only big and colorful but also really loud, when the door was opened! I loved doing all those crazy things with you! :)
25: Do you remember when we had a teddy bear party in my room? :) | We were just so fascinated by the zebra at the zoo... | Together we were able to hang the ornaments really high up!
26: Christmastime | ...put the prettiest angel on top of the Christmas tree (in November).... | I saw the prettiest lights at the zoo...
27: ...had my own stocking... | ... sat on Santas Lap... | This Christmas time was very special to me and I enjoyed it a lot! It was a great American experience and I am very thankful for that! | and even decorated the top of the house! :)
28: Christmas | I even put the carrots for the reindeers out!
29: This Christmas I got wonderful presents from Santa on Christmas morning, made amazing cookies and had an unforgettable birthday party for Jesus! Thank you!
30: Bogey | It took me some time to realize that Bogey really is the cutest puppy... Finally we became friends and now it just makes me so happy when his tail is wagging and I know how excited he is to see me!!
31: From my first "proud" bogey picture to even giving him a kiss!
32: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! | We really built a perfect snowwomen!
33: We finally got to use the sleigh and have sooo much fun!!
34: All this food... | I ate the best cake ever.... | ...drank sweet tea and ate biscuits... | ... found out about the best chicken sandwich... | ...imagined to eat the pumpkin...
35: ... decorated a dora cake... | ...loved Mini Masterpieces and Queso... | ... and enjoyed the fish at Calabash!
36: Las Vegas and | I enjoyed the time in this crazy city a lot and i could have just sat in our beautiful hotel for a long time watching people and feeling this special atmosphere. - I am so thankful that I was able to experience this!
37: the Grand Canyon | I still can not believe that the small Lena from this small village in Germany stood at the edge of the Grand Canyon . Thank you so much for making this dream come true!!
38: My life in this family | Going to a real football game... | ...listening to country music... | ...finishing the biggest puzzles....
39: ...being really cool.... | This really was a "Party in the USA"! | .... and really crazy