As shared by a Host Mom
Johanna was our first aupair, and set a really high standard for what we would hope for from the aupairs that would follow. She showed incredible judgment in choosing which aupairs to spend time with, and often chose to stick close to our family. Johanna attended birthday parties, holiday celebrations, and held my youngest niece, two hours after her birth. She embraced my mom, brothers, sister, and their families. Everyone in our family came to love her, and we all plan to visit her in Germany, in the future.
Johanna was flexible when we were dealing with medical issues in our family, and kept my daughter’s routine consistent when I was helping other family members.
From the moment Johanna met my daughter, she was a devoted “big sister” to her. Johanna often took my daughter to church when she returned home from school. My daughter has had a strong faith since she was very young, and her faith grew through her time with Johanna. She delighted in my daughter, encouraged her when she was fearful, redirected her when it was appropriate, and showered her with love, affection, and attention.
Johanna read faithfully with my daughter, each day, during the year that I was teaching her to read. We had a little celebration after each 100 books; we celebrated seven times, as Johanna helped my daughter with more than 700 books during her time with us.
Johanna’s family visited for two weeks, and they poured love into my daughter, and I feared she’d be spoiled by the time they left. Johanna’s dad carried Hannah to the park, about a mile away. He stood, rocking her in a hammock for an hour and a half, not wanting to stop, fearing she’d awake. Johanna’s brother was 14 when he first visited, and if I could have arranged a marriage for my daughter, I’d pick Benjamin.
Our relationship continues today, six years later, and we’re so proud that Ms. Johanna is graduating with her Masters Degree in International Business!
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.