The summer of 2000 we had the honor of hosting an exchange student from Albania. Julian was the sweet exchange student we could have ever hosted. All of us have such found memories of him staying with our family his junior year. The one thing I remember laughing about a lot was when he would say “no” but shake his head “yes”. I would just look at him so confused and ask him what his answer was… then tell him here when you shake your head like that it means yes not no… we would just laugh. The entire family adored him… grandparents, brothers, sisters, my niece’s and nephew etc. You cannot help but love him when you meet him.
These photos still hang on our wall.
Ansley never let him out of her site. You can see in this photo how loved he was by her. He and Terri had fun together too but Ansley my goodness she always wanted an older brother and Juli stepped right up to the plate on that task.
Juli would do anything Ansley asked, it did not matter… playing in the snow, watching a kids movie… anything. He taught her how to ride a bike which has fun memories and includes her slugging him with all her might and a cross armed pout in the house for a few minutes because he let go of the bike even though she was riding it on her own. We still laugh about that one. She did finally forgive him for breaking his promise that he would not let go of the bike and back out they went to show of her riding skills.
This day was bitter sweet. Juli was going back home, but back home meant Boston, MA. His mom and dad were able to get visas to come and live in the US and we were so thrilled.
I got to go and meet The Guri’s in person one summer while they were still in MA. It was so great to see Juli again and meet his wonderful parents.
So now to the really proud part… Juli just received his Masters Degree! We are so very proud of him. The photo above is of his sister-in-law, brother, Juli, nephew Oliver and Julian’s mom. I’m assuming Dad is taking the photo. They now own a home and live in Florida away from the MA winters and are spoiling little Oliver, who just so happens to be the first American born Guri in their family. They are so proud of this little boy. He is just the cutest.
Congratulations, Julian. It was such an honor to have a little part in helping you achieve your dream. You will always be a part of our family.