When I was in high school, we had a student from Nicaragua come and stay with us...and he became part of our family! Alan has been like a brother from the beginning and he lived with us for many months, went back to Nicaragua, then returned to live with us. He has since gotten married and now has a family and they all live in New Mexico. It happened that while I was in Oregon, he took is family for a visit for the weekend! It was awesome to get to spend time with his kids, I hadn't even met the littlest one.