As shared by a Host Mom
Ms. April is our fifth aupair, and third angel. I liked the experiences that were listed on her application and called her. We had a good conversation, but she didn’t think she could travel as quickly as we needed. When she had a chance to learn more about our family, talk with our first Chinese aupair, and talk with her own family, she was willing to change her plans about a very important test, so that she could join our family as soon as possible. The flexibility that she showed in that decision meant a lot to me, as flexibility is what keeps our boat afloat at home.
Ms. April has a very positive spirit, and has told me that she doesn’t expect life to just be “sweet” and that she learns good things from the sweet and not so sweet aspects of life. For example, our poor aupair stood for 12 hours on a train ride from her home to Beijing, to obtain a visa to join our family. I told her I hope we’re worth it, and we try to be worth it, everyday. Ms. April is always helping us, always offering to assist.
Once, April had a horrible day where she was locked out of our house without a phone, for the entire cold and rainy day. I could have cried when I understood what happened. I sent her upstairs for a warm bath, made her tea, and ordered Chinese food for her. After her bath, when all I wanted was for her to eat and relax, April was trying to dish up food for me.
Ms. April spends a lot of time with my daughters, when she isn’t working. She understands how to relate to both of my daughters, who are very different in their temperament. She often joins us when we gather with family, or do special activities on the weekend, and really likes talking to “Grandma”, my mom.
April is teaching me how to make dumplings, and as her mom tells her how to make something over the phone, we’ll tackle it! April has the most wonderful laugh, and is just a joy to our family! We’re so glad she chose us!
Jeana writes the lovely blog Twice Blessed China Mom , where she shares lovely insights about being a mom and enjoying the treasures life brings us.