As most of you know, if you have been a follower of my blog, I am a self-employed childcare provider. Over the years, as children I have cared for have grown up and gone on to preschool or kindergarten or moved away due to their parents having to relocate, I have received some lovely parting gifts as an expression of their appreciation. Today,I would like to share one of the most touching gifts I have ever been given by a child and his parents.

Little A J came to me when he was a little past one year old. He is now five and ready for kindergarten. A J is a very loving, lively, energetic and imaginative young man! Although I will miss seeing his sweet smile and hearing of his many childhood adventures, I am grateful for the opportunity to get to know him and watch him grow and develop. Oh, did I mention that he is extremely smart too? But then I could be just a little bit prejudiced in that area!!

  • Here is a picture of A J taken recently when he and his family were on vacation at the beach! Isn’t he quite the little man?


A J’s mom, Alisia, wrote this lovely poem, designed the background and put it in this lovely frame. I will always cherish this gift, not just for the beautiful words, but because it was a gift of love that came from the heart.


Thank you for the last 5 years
for always being there
Thru the joy and the tears.

Someone we could trust with our little bundles of joy
Without a worry
Someone who would care for our little girls and boys.

Early in the morning we would arrive
Day after day we would go to work
Knowing that you would love and protect our
precious prides.

Feeding them, cleaning them, teaching them too
Correcting them, loving them and kissing their booboos.
Getting them through those terrible twos.

Helping through the hard times
always supporting through the good
no matter what came up
you always understood.

Today we want to Thank You more than ever before
and let you know we really appreciate
all your hard work, love, support and oh so much more!

You have been there through the thick and the thin
Someone we could trust with our children
a part of our family until the end.

You will always have a special place in our hearts
Our children love you and will never forget
in their lives, you have played an important part.


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