Happy Show & Tell Tuesday!
I’m linking up with Andrea today and sharing mine and Andrew’s first jobs.
Well, technically my very first job also happened to be my very favorite job. I was a babysitter :).
Y’all…I loved babysitting! I’ve been a little mama since birth, so taking care of kiddos was always my favorite way to spend my time (and make some money too).
When I was fourteen, I officially babysat for the first time. One of my mom’s clients had a six month old little boy who I watched. His name was Ethan and it was love at first sight :).
After I had been watching Ethan for several months, his mom made a comment to my mom about how she used to teach swim lessons when she was a teenager and one of her favorite babies to teach was a little baby named Shay…and my mom kind of freaked out and grabbed my baby book and low and behold…there was a picture of one year old me at swim lessons with this cute teenage girl…who was Lori (the mama!). What are the odds?!?! So, that kind of cemented in our minds that this relationship was meant to last.
This is me with Ellie Kate and Ethan on his first day of pre-school.
I attended family weddings with them. Their family became my family too.
No matter how many classes I took or other jobs I had, I always spent time with them.
I mean…who could blame me? Look how cute they are!
I even went to Disney World with them :).
I took care of these two kiddos until I was 22 and got married. And of course, they were my flower girl and ring bearer :).
And then when I became a mama myself, sweet Lori helped teach Kensington how to swim. It was the circle of life :).
Six days before I had Smith, we went to a Cowboys game with them. I’m not pictured here because I was 9 months pregnant and smart enough not to take pics of myself :).
And here we are at the zoo with Smith and Kensington. Look how big Ethan and Ellie are!
And this is Lori. She is more than someone who used to pay me to babysit. She’s my dearest, sweetest, closest friend…she’s family (her and her husband too).
Today, Ethan is 19 and away at college and Ellie is 16. It’s hard to believe my babies have grown up!
Several random facts about this “job”…
1. When I went to college, my university was actually only 15 minutes from their house…so, I basically semi moved in with them because I enjoyed their company (and I’m pretty sure they enjoyed mine too). It was really convenient to watch the kids, pick them up from school, stop by for a good meal and often a really good chat…usually about boys.
2. Tom and Lori both have radio/journalism backgrounds, so when I told them I wanted to major in journalism, they were my biggest cheerleaders. They even taught me how to do the best “walk and talk” for one of my classes. You know…when you are moving but reading a news story at the same time. We laugh about this a lot now! I’m a walk and talk pro thanks to them :).
3. Ethan and Ellie are both adopted. Spending the past 19 years watching this family has been one of the biggest inspirations and preparations for me as a future adoptive mama. At a very young age, this family taught me what “family” means.
I could go on and on and on about how valuable and special my time with this family was. Outside of my own two parents, no other people made a bigger impact on my young life than them.
So…that was my first “job”…and my favorite too :).
I asked Andrew what his first job was and he kind of rolled his eyes…he grew up on a farm (where his parents still live today)…so he said it was working in the hay fields. I’m sure he was like four ;). When Andrew talks about growing up on a farm, it sounds like a lot of manual labor at a very young age :).
Next time on Show & Tell Tuesdays, we’re sharing Halloween costumes from years past.
And to see posts from the past…
(I was in China for the first two, so I wasn’t able to participate.)
And for dinner tonight…
It’s a bowl of soup that tastes like a chicken and spinach enchilada with sour cream sauce. And it’s oh so simple too! To see the recipe, click here.