Naia (left) and her teammate show off some early season hardware

Sweet 16 for Volleyball Queen

Naia has been a great addition to our family—she is great fit! She loves our kids and our kids love their big sister. She loves learning new things and being part of our family life.

It has been only seven weeks, but Naia has already made an impact not just on our family but at school as well. She has been a great player on her volleyball team and has been "player of the week." They have won a few championship tournaments. She plays both JV and varsity. 

We were blessed to celebrate her birthday here. Sweet 16!! Her celebration started with a surprise sleepover party.

She’s done new things that she normally doesn’t do at home. On her actual birthday, the whole day was about her. She woke up to her first gift of six, her classmates sang to her, we decorated her locker, we had dinner at her favorite restaurant, and we ended with a happy birthday cake.

Naia has so many more memories to make while she is here. We can’t wait to be part of those wonderful experiences. Naia, we love you to the moon and back!

—Sandibel Hillenbrand (IN), host mom to Naia (Spain)