Yes. Yes, it did.
This past Saturday I had contact with my first host family. Honestly I was just so happy. Who knew an email can make me so happy? They look like a very happy family. I responded back to their email. I am currently waiting on a response from them. They are a family of four: my mother Kanako, my father Takashi, my sister Risa, and my older brother Ryosuke. My sister is the same age as I am. I will only be with her for a couple days though. She will be leaving to Michigan in August. Hopefully within the short time we will become well friends. My brother Ryosuke has the same birthday as I do! I thought that was really neat. My host family lives in Nagoya. We are sorta close to the ocean. I am really excited to meet them and the rest of my host families, and of course Japan. In the meantime, I'll wait patiently. Thank you.
Sayonara! Elizabeth out ٩(˃̶͈̀௰˂̶͈́)و
So many things. So many words. So many updates that I have to tell y'all. Well, I guess I can do it like a list? First, my friend Tata has left back to Thailand. I was really sad that it was time for him to leave back home but I was also happy. I was glad that he enjoyed America and that he will be going back to his family. It was hard to say goodbye. Time really does go by fast huh? Second, school has ended. I had said goodbye to my friends. I was told good luck by many, even those who I don't know but that's cool. I was told that I was changing and they were happy that I was coming out more of my shell. I was so happy when they told me that. I want to change. I want to be more out there. So, thank you for telling me that I am doing a good job. I really do want to be more of me and show others who I am. Third, I had this thought of getting a gift from my high school to the highschool in Japan. I thought that since they were both a part of me they are also a part of each other. I am thankful that my school agreed with the whole idea. I did promise to bring something back so hopefully I do not forgot. Haha.... Thanks to my school I had received a stuffed Felix along with two shirts to give. Speaking of Japan here is the fourth announcement. I have received information from the people (Tzell) as to what is next for my exchange. We are currently working on my visa for Japan. Fifth! While working with Tzell I was also able to find out my arrival date for Japan!!! So exciting! I will be arriving 22nd of August. Well, my departure dates are between 18-22 of August, but I am still very excited that it is almost time. Of course, I am still very frightened. Sixth announcement. We are still working on my exchange pins. I had said that I will post an image of my pins but there was a stop. We are doing the pins different and I am receiving help from somebody at my church. She is amazing at making little designs so we trust her. I had thought I would be able to do it on my own but I was wrong. I will need help from others. Seven.... We are having a meeting in July. This is a really big one!!! Here we will say goodbye to those who have come from a different country. We will say hello to those who are coming back home to America. Then we will say goodbye to those who will be leaving America. That's me! There will be about five different states and even some from Canada! It sounds so exciting and fun! I still have to sign up for it but I keep procrastinating. I really gotta get rid of that. Anyways, when the meeting is here I promise to write all about it. I also promise to write more. For all future exchange students who read this I will say good luck. In the beginning this is all a lot of work but it is worth it in the end. Keep it up! Keep working hard! Until next time y'all! Goodbye. Sayonara! (That's goodbye in Japanese). Still working on the language...