Just a few months after coming to live with us in Fall 2005, Laura, our German exchange student – we like to call her our “third daughter” -- celebrated her 17th birthday with us (here with Aleks and Kat).
Today Laura turns 21! Has it really been five years? My current home office is in the room Laura lived in, which we still call “Laura’s room" and probably always will, even though it’s also been Kat’s room and Elisabeth’s room.
We just called Laura who was busy celebrating with friends in Freiburg, Germany where she’s currently in medical school. When we talk with her, it’s as if no time has passed, but I’m sure the day will come when Laura calls to tell us that she’s getting married… or having babies… or that her kids are going off to college. I just hope we’ll stay as close through all those years.
Some of my Facebook friends have been asking what we use to make the spaeztle that we cooked last night and that I mentioned on my status update. Slight coincidence here: we use (and love!) the spaeztle maker given to us by Laura’s family for Christmas, 2005.
Happy birthday, Laura! Come back soon! We love you and miss you!