The Janssen Family – September

To Sarah, John, Johnny and Charlotte,

Thank you so much for welcoming me into your family. I think I knew we were going to get along just fine after our first chat on the phone a year ago. You are all such fun and have made me feel so comfortable living with you, that I definitely feel part of the Janssen family. You have constantly supported me; whether it was a job interview and the prospect of me living due to a minor panic over jobs, or me sinking your car into wet concrete in the second week, thank you for being the calm and collected presence that I needed during those moments!

I have had so much fun over the last 8 months and I am so looking forward to the next 3 (although I really don’t want them to end).

Johnny you have only a few months left in year 2 and then the real work begins! You have matured so much over the last 8 months and it has been a real pleasure watching you grow. I am really looking forward to the longer days so we can spend more time playing outside after school; hide and seek, tag, trampoline, cricket, football, there’s so much for us to do.

Charlotte, I cannot believe you are starting school so soon, I am thrilled that I am here to watch you make this transition and I know you’re going to love it! You love learning new things. Whether it’s words, facts, songs or dances, your memory never ceases to amaze me. Your teachers are going to be so lucky to have such a thoughtful addition to their class.

Sarah and John, thank you for choosing me! You have been such incredible host parents and I hope that no matter how long it takes for us to meet up again (whether in England or NZ), we will keep in touch! I want to know all about the Mustang and its many trips through NZ (as long as it stays healthy…). I also want to hear as many ‘fundementally boring’ stories as possible, as well as updates on brownies and almond croissants! Thank you so much for welcoming me in and for welcoming Matt. It has been so nice being able to see Matt and have him over (I know the children have thoroughly enjoyed it- favourite Au Pair…) thank you for being so awesome about it. I am so relieved and happy that I chose you.

It’s been a blast and we still have 3 months!