Friday, April 1, 2011

On a roll....

Look at me.....second blog in a week. At this rate, I could get carpel tunnel any day:) This has been a good week. I have had a lot of stress surrounding our current daycare situation. Callum goes to a preschool close by and Claire stays at home. I am very fortunate to have such a flexible job. I work from home on Monday and Friday and then I am able to bring her in to the office on Wednesday if need be. My mom comes up on Monday nights and stays until Thursday after I get off work. I am very thankful for her help but this whole thing is a bit stressful. So I went to pick Callum up yesterday and the closing staff told me tomorrow would be her last day. I was shocked. I mean, I wasn't really close to her. She is a nice girl and I liked her but I was surprised at the turnover the preschool is having. So I took the opportunity to ask her about her true feelings about the daycare. I seriously feel like I am selling my soul to keep Callum in this daycare because I want him to have consistency and socialization. Well she basically told me she wouldn't recommend it to others. Ok, so I go home, pretty down wondering what I am going to do. Daycare is expensive and it makes me sick to move Callum again. I decide to look at craigslist and see if their is anything in my area for two kids that could work with our budget. Well I am reading and I come across the following add:


In-home Childcare ~ 15 years Experience (156th & Fort)

Date: 2011-03-29, 2:58PM CDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Hi!! My name is Jennifer and my family & I moved to Omaha 6 months ago from outside the Grand Island area. I have worked with children for 15 plus years. I have previously taught 4-5-year-old preschool for 3 years before being blessed with the opportunity to run my own in-home center for the last 8 years in our previous community. I believe that God has blessed me with a kind, loving, caring, compassionate and patient personality to make my passion of working with children a wonderful success! I have had the privilege to work with many families over the years that have led to lasting bonds & relationships. I strongly believe in the statement "It takes a village to raise a child"! It surely does! We all have strengths that contribute to raising strong, independent, helpful, compassionate human beings.

I am a mother of two wonderful daughters, ages 7 & 11. I am looking to do full time Mon-Fri care (part time considered if hours fit our school schedule) for 1-3 children within my home. I will provide a safe & loving learning environment that keeps your precious ones challenged & active! We are blessed to live one block from a park as well as one block from Saddlebrook school/community center & library that offers excellent opportunites to participate in. Also, during the summer, I would plan on taking them on fun-filled trips to the Children's museum, the Zoo, Fontanelle Forest and to various swimming & park activities along with my girls.

I can provide you with superb references from previous families I've cared for in my home daycare previously, as well as references from previous employers and a perfect driving record as well. I also am First Aide/CPR certified . Please send me a message if you feel this is something that may be a fit for your family and I will contact you to set up a time to meet. Serious inquiries only please. Thanks so much!!

Location: 156th & Fort
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Well, this woman just so happens to be one of Callum's first preschool teachers and she is amazing!! So I emailed her and she called me last night. We laughed, we dried and above all we will be a new team from here on out!! She said she would take my kids and quit looking and she is giving us an amazing deal. I am truly thankful and feel like God had his hand in this completely. What a huge relief!

It is obviously a big deal.....I blogged about it, we all know that takes an act of God...and it did!;)

I know everyone is chomping at the bit and when I say everyone, I mean Cari and Jenny my 2 blog readers. I still love the iPad! I have to work late on Tuesday and will not be home in time to do Callum's night time routine. So the iPad has an app with children's story books that you can video record yourself reading to the child while the book is also on the screen. So I just got done reading/recording two books for Callum for Tuesday night. I am excited to see how he handles it.
The way I am going , I may just update you about that too!

Seeing things with less stress,

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