Through the past 18+ months, I had the most amazing experience being a Nanny for a precious family. I started with a energetic, 3 year old boy and his baby 3 month twin sisters. (Talk about double trouble, haha)
Through the months, I saw the changes of my bud. He learned numbers and letters. He learned how to play Uno (and was really good) and went from a small bike to a large one. Through him, I learned how to play Superheroes (non-stop). I heard some of the craziest sayings, and I found I could laugh with him while rolling in the grass and snow.
Through the months I saw lots of change with my twin girls. From laying on the ground, to rolling over, to sitting up, to scooting, to crawling, to standing, to walking and finally running. These two daredevils learned to climb up the swing-set and loved to slide. They could say single words, loved to laugh and giggle. One was extremely affectionate while the other was compassionate.
My stories could go on for pages. But through it all, I learned a lot. I learned I could feed two girls at the same time while trying to entertain a 3 year old with stories. I learned patience. LOTS and LOTS of patience. I learned that some 4 (soon to be 5) year old children have trouble with their words and emotions. I learned that some 1 (nearly 2) year old children can’t express their emotions and that may lead to hitting. Or biting. And slowly I learned to take a deep breath and once again explain in simple words why we don’t hit. Or bite. Or kick. Or run over our sister with the toy lawnmower.
I’m not perfect. I did get upset a lot of times. Some days I couldn’t figure out what to do because it was too cold to go outside and they were bouncing off the walls with energy. I yelled when I shouldn’t have and was silent when I should have spoken up. I was tired some days and had no energy and yes, I admit there were some days were I was so glad to leave for the day. Or thankful that it was the weekend.
But through it all, God stayed with me. He was my rock that I went to when I wanted to cry or pull all my hair out. I had many days where the only thing I could pray was that I would get the sleep I needed and if I didn’t get it, that he would give me the strength for the next day. And he was faithful. I put my trust in him and never once did he fail me. He was always with me and always kept me from going insane, or running away.
I would never change anything I went through. I know this has prepared me so much for the far future, should God bless me one day with my own family. He had taught me a lot. And I believe that this job has prepared me for the next: Belize.
I know that through all that I’ve learned, I can be more confident about going to a place I’ve never dreamed I would travel to. I’m excited to be able to use the skills and talents that Christ has blessed me with. And I’m thankful that God has called me to a new chapter of life.
Leaving my current family is hard. I’m going to miss the laughter, stories, giggles, talks, walks, basketballs, biking, running, exploring, and adventures. These children will always hold a piece of my heart. This family will never leave my memory. I’ll think of them often and miss them much.
To the family I have been with: Thank you for the lifetime of memories and experience. I will come visit soon. I pray you will never forget me during the short time I was with you. May God bless you as you go through your own season of change. ♥
Until I see you again…