Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Two Things...

So the title of my post yesterday was sneaky, I'll admit. Shame on me ;)

I think I could start a new blog series called "Why it's better to have a pretend teenage daughter than a real one" For example, yesterday was our first day we were able to communicate and one of the first things Julie wrote was, "You are so young." I'm pretty much positive this is not something a real teenage girl tells her mother.

It made me love her even more. Of course.

And I think when she gets here, we should all talk her into doing a regular guest post on Life in the Parsonage: The teenager from Norway version...good stuff.

Here's some stuff I learned about her already:
  • Her English vocabulary may be better than mine. She used the word flabbergasted. Which impresses me beyond belief. Nice that I need to have a foreign exchange student in order to expand my own English. By the time she lives with me for a year, she'll be using made up words and improper grammar like no one's business. :)

  • She is not a "pink person" which is good, because I'm not either. No pink bedroom walls in this house. But I've got a girlie plan that is cute as all get out, and I'll share it with you when it's complete in its perfection.

  • She is sweet. And charming. I can tell she's charming already...I just can. And witty! Go check out the comments on my post yesterday, she commented at the end.

I have one picture of her that I got from our exchange student coordinator...wanna see her?!?

Bloggy friends, meet Julie:

In other news: Remember that book The House That Cleans Itself that I went on and on about?!? Well, the lovely author of that book, Mindy Starns Clark sent me THREE autographed copies to give away to ya'll! Thanks Mindy!

Two things:

  1. The give away is not until TOMORROW! So you have time to tell your bloggy friends OR be selfish and keep the news to yourself in hopes of increasing your odds of winning. It's between you and the Lord ;)

  2. Comment on the post tomorrow and then on Thursday I will randomly choose THREE winners!

See ya tomorrow!


  1. Julie is gorgeous! How exciting for you all....oh the fun that will be had. :-)

  2. She's darling.

    And anyone who reads your blog should have known when they saw the title yesterday that you were referring to the exchange student. You are just that kind of conniving blogger. I wasn't fooled for one nanosecond.

  3. To Julie: Congratulations on joining this host family. I hope the next 6 months prepare you for a great time during your life here in the U.S.

  4. She will have so much fun with you! I can't wait to meet her at an Epley function - so much chaos! :) And she is very pretty!

  5. this is gonna be fun! Have you prepared her for..... the ENTIRE family? probably should get on that soon. *wink*
    That will be just one extra little culture shock all it's own! *smile*

  6. All I can say is WOW!!!! I can't wait to read all about the advertures Julie and your family will have over the course of the next school year!! Exciting!!


  7. You ARE young! :)

    And Julie, you're lovely. And you're going to have a great time.

  8. Julie.Is.Beautiful.

    I am still so thrilled for y'all!

    I think this is going to be an amazing journey for all of you.

  9. How exciting! Julie is lovely!
    I so was not into pink when I had Nina, but now we both have grown to like it. (No pink walls though)
    That was so nie of Mindy to send you those copies!

  10. Wow, she's cute and everything! Nice work, now stop using that made up word ginormous, it's gigantic or enormous...you can't put the two together! You don't want her thinking we all muddle words together! : )

  11. Michelle: I blame Will Ferrell...it's all his fault for that word...dang that Buddy the Elf ;)

  12. First of all congratulations this sounds so exciting. Julie is such a beautiful young lady. Cant wait to hear more about your journey with her.

  13. Thanks for posting her pic. It's good to put a face with a name. She's adorable! (although I doubt she likes to be looked at as adorable... sounds like I'm talking about a baby or something)
    As far as your book give away... i'll be back tomorrow to comment for sure!

  14. I just stopped by for a peek at your blog and saw this post. How exciting! I'll be stopping back in to check out more...thanks for the nice visit!

  15. what a doll.. she's a great fit for you two!

  16. what fun this will be! i will def. be back tomorrow for that book drawing...sounds great.

  17. Julie is going to love your family and she's going to learn a lot. You guys are going to do great together.

  18. What a doll! This is gonna be fun - I can't wait to follow along with your experiences when she comes to live with you. So...what are the boys saying about it?

  19. Julie is so cute!! How much fun this will be for you and your family. Can't wait for the blogging to begin.
    Lord's blessings as you begin the new adventure!!!

  20. Oh... She is adorable! HOW FUN!

    I have a sister who is a senior in high school. I'm 14 years older than her and it is a total BLAST to hang out with her.

    I'm so excited to read all about your new adventures with your fun new exchange student!

  21. Yea! You are going to have so much fun!! Love the idea of guest posting!

  22. Dear Julie,
    We can't wait to meet you! I am lucky enough to get to live close by!

  23. OH, girl, I could write you a book on what a real teenager tells her mom.

    page one: BLANK
    back cover

    Congratulations! I know you will both be a blessing to each other.


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