Tuesday, September 21, 2010

She Was Our Babysitter

I remember the day I realized I needed to find a babysitter.
We had an event we needed to attend, and Grandma and Grandpa would be out of town.
Ten years had passed and only family had looked after my girls.
But who?
Who could I trust my children with?

It kept me up at night.
I might have even shed a few tears over it, while eating a pan of brownies.
It's all a blur.
Tums were involved.

And then it came to me.
We watched the family at our piano recitals.
She was the eldest of four.
She went to our daughter's school.
But was she old enough?
Did she babysit?
Would she like my children?
I saw them across the gym floor during a school Halloween party.
Would their daughter be interested in babysitting?
She looked so responsible.
Oh look how she is helping her little brother.
I'll pay her anything.... anything.
She would love too?
She loves children?
It was too good to be true.
The answer was...

She was the only babysitter my children ever had.
After two years, my eldest took over.

They remember the leaves she collected with them and made into cards.
They remember the craft bag with something new inside each time she came.
They especially liked the old christmas lights she helped make into little Rudolphs.

For a few years there...
Requests for mom and dad to go for a date became more frequent.
It was becoming a bit of a problem.
They started referring to her as mom.
They often asked me where my craft bag was?

And now?
They will always have the memories of their amazing babysitter.
She has finished high school and is now attending college.
In January she is off to do some mission work, and will make more children very happy.

It was a time I felt my prayers had been given special priority.
Thank you for always taking such great care of our girls K.
My daughter now babysits for others and has her own craft/book bag.
She learned from the best!

Good Luck and God Bless you on your journey.

and The Bungalow'56 Clan xoxo
I will be sharing these wonderfully sweet shots she allowed me to take,
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  1. This is such a sweet post - what a gem you found!

  2. Oh what a great post! You truely were blessed with a great babysitter when you needed her most! Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Love this story!
    She looks like a Disney know the ones that walk through the park and attract all the children with their sweet smiles!
    Neat that your daughter has a craft bag now!

  4. What sweet memories! I laugh when I think of how different our babysitting stories are! :) Our babysitter gave piggy back rides, destroyed Lego castles, and made chocolate chip cookies but then she had 3 little ragamuffin boys to entertain! And entertain she did! Now she has 4 children of her own with a 5th on the way. She is a young mother, just barely 19 when she got married and her 1st at 20. (our "babysitter" sometimes wears a beard!! yes it is our eldest son!!)

    I am so glad you have such fond memories of your babysitter! I love it when they become part of the family!!

  5. Is she wearing galoshes?! Too cute.

    Vick's VapoRub Jar

  6. She sounds just as beautiful inside as she is outside! What a blessing to have found her!

  7. what a pretty girl ... she just looks sweet

  8. You are so sweet Dana.
    Selina~via Facebook

  9. G must have learned from the best because my children try to kick me out the house all the time : )
    Leanne~via Facebook

  10. I can attest that "YES INDEED!!!" she is the BEST babysitter EVER!!! We love her too!
    Alison~via Facebook

  11. She is beautiful....I'm so glad you had her for your children.

  12. Beautiful! Just absolutely beautiful! My fav pic is 4th one down:) What a wonderful blog tribute to an amazing girl who took on the most important job in the world~babysitting life's most precious treasures! Love it!

  13. Hi Miss Dana! You will love using a macro lens. It's a whole new world. I didn't use it on the feet shot though - that was my trusty 50mm f/1.4D for Nikon. Love that little bugger and shoot about 90% of normal portrait shots with it.

  14. Awwwww! That was so nice!
    Have a pretty day!

  15. Ahhh. I need one of those. With 5 kids it is usually easier and cheaper to just trade with a friend.

  16. THAT'S where the beautiful dress came from!

    I cannot tell you how much I love it with the yellow wellies.


  17. She is beautiful.

    Okay, good to know I am not alone. My oldest is almost 8 and we have NEVER had a babysitter. Seriously, I CANNOT imagine it. Really.

    Now I am stressed thinking about it. Send brownies. And wine.

  18. What beautiful photos of her!!! We're in the process of finding a babysitter.....for when my Mom isn't available.

  19. This is so sweet! She is so beautiful!

  20. Good babysitters are worth their weight in gold! She is beautiful, love those pics!

  21. Wow - what a beautiful young woman. And it sounds like your kids were so lucky with their babysitter! I never had a regular babysitter, but if I had I wish she would have been just like that!

  22. Oh, you and your sweet photography.

    So very sweet, you captured her.

  23. Awwww! This post gave me major goosebumps! You were so lucky to have her babysit your kids - obviously she adored them and they her.

    WW: Goofy Contortionist

  24. Oh what a wonderful tribute to a great babysitter. I'd say you truly lucked out on this one and she's absolutely beautiful to boot. Her inner beauty shines in that beautiful smile of hers and don't get me started on that dress...fabulous as are your stunning pictures.

    God bless ya and have a wonderful day!!!

  25. She is absolutely lovely, in so many ways. Beautiful pictures!

  26. That is a beautiful post and what a tribute to your fantastic sitter. She's a beauty too and love the yellow boots with the dress :)

  27. Beautiful photos Dana - she will treasure them forever, I'm sure.


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