We have an Abbie. She is a cross between an Au Pair and a personal assistant. She has lived with us for a year and a half. I figured I should tell you about her since I reference her all the time.
Actually - first - let me address two responces I get when people find out about Abbie.
1. "Well, it must be nice." The answer to that is - "Yes. Yes it is."
2. "You must be rich." Not really. It costs less than sending our kids to private school to have Abbie live with us.
(Remember - we took them out of that private school and I teach them at home. Now - about Abbie:)
She is 20. We found her...on line (thru an Au Pair service). Sounds sleazy to say that - doesn't it? She is our third Au Pair. She is the ONE that worked out. Super duper sweet. She is very mature in her faith and amazingly responsible. Sometimes I think she is more prepared than I am for this crazy life that I have homeschooling my 3 boys.
Interestingly, she was homeschooled all 12 years. She is my evidence to people that you can turn out totally normal after homeschooling. She is so grounded in scripture, domestic and practical skills. Yeah - I am working on all those.
One of the greatest serendipities of having her live with us is that I have someone to talk to during the day. That is something I couldn't have planned. She is working for us thru June. I am starting to get sad already. She will most likely live with us when she starts working at a "real" job. But she won't be here during the day to hear whatever random thing that just crossed my mind. Or to help me brainstorm what would taste good for dinner. Or to drive with me into the very scary city.
We just adore her whole family. Yes - we know them well. When you invite somone to come and live with you - they bring some luggage in the form of the way they were raised and their family. That would be our biggest learning moment with the other Au Pairs....we didn't check out the luggage.
Anyway, she is a huge blessing to our family. John David says I am a ton nicer since she came to live with us. I am trying not to read too much into that comment and just be thankful that he orchestrated the whole Au Pair idea. So. We have an Abbie. And now you know.
Happy Sunday. kellicrowe
PS - OH - AND I GOT HER SCRAPBOOKING!! Oh yeah. Here is a lo she did about a week ago. (She has been published in Scrapbook Trends too:) This one looks so great in real life - not sure you get the full effect. It reminds me of a white cotton summer dress.