Exchange student from Brazil and her Czech host brother with sea turtles at a beach in Hawaii
Paula and Petr with the sea turtles in Hawaii—one of their many adventures!

2 Better Than 1

As we wind down the year, we are well aware that the departure date for our students to begin their journeys back home is coming near. It has been a year of trials, learning, a few frustrations, but mostly a year jam packed full of experiences and memories. This past summer, we accepted a young man from Czech Republic named Petr as our student and also decided to serve as a short-term, welcome family to Paula from Brazil.

She was here just two weeks when we knew she would be staying. We didn’t want to let her go, and she wanted to stay—so stay she did! This year we traveled 12,264 round trip miles with Petr and Paula, visiting family in San Antonio and experiencing the Alamo and the River Walk, touring Fort Hood in Killeen, all in Texas. We also visited Mall of America and Wisconsin Dells twice, and spent a December weekend in Chicago. We traveled to the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. There we toured the Dole plantation, attended a luau, took in a whale watching tour, visited the famous North Shore Pipeline, and stopped to see sea turtles on the beach. Thank you PAX for giving us this opportunity! Our family has grown in ways we wouldn’t have expected.

—James and Cindy Crebo (TX), host parents of Petr (Czech Republic) and Paula (Brazil)