From left, Lucas, Gavin and Keycia Dahlvig smile as they visit the beaches of Normandy. This excursion was one of the more unbelievable moments the family experienced on the trip. “I was just speechless,” Keycia said.
From left, Lucas, Gavin and Keycia Dahlvig smile as they visit the beaches of Normandy. This excursion was one of the more unbelievable moments the family experienced on the trip. “I was just speechless,” Keycia said.

   Sienna Dahlvig and Julia Amram were a perfect pair of girls.

   The two were introduced last year through the French Adventure program at Murray Park/Quest Elementary School, and though their home countries were thousands of miles apart, they drew close to each other through their shared interests.

   “They couldn’t have paired a more perfect pair of girls together,” said Sienna’s mom, Keycia, of Ripon. “They both love dance. They both love arts and crafts. If we weren’t outside and we weren’t traveling somewhere, they were coloring and making things.”

   Amram of Paris, France, was soon viewed as another member of the family.

   “She just fit in so well with our family that she wasn’t really homesick, which surprised me for a 9-year-old,” Keycia said. “... When we had to drop her off, there was lots of tears on both of our ends ... I was telling her mom ‘It’s like my own kid;’ I kept following her flight the whole time until I went to bed and when I woke up in the morning to make sure she landed and her dad contacted me.”

   Little did Keycia know, the strong friendship between Sienna and Julia would lead to an unexpected journey.

   “I don’t even know if she was home 48 hours [before Julia’s separated parents each] invited us over and said, ‘If you would like to come over, you’re more than welcome to stay with us. We would love to meet you since you took such good care of our daughter,’” Keycia said.

   Read the full story, including their experiences in France and they sites they visited, in the Aug. 8, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.