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2017 Au Pair in Excellence Winner: Valentine Morel

Valentine has touched our hearts forever and I honestly do not know how we could have gotten through these last few months without her in our lives. We want to nominate her for Au Pair of the Year!!!
I am a single, self-employed grandmother who has had custody of my two granddaughters- now 10 and 3 - for going on two years. I was almost forced to put them in foster care because I just did not think I could do it by myself anymore.

Then Valentine’s letter came-she was a 17 year old girl from France looking to become an Au pair in the US after she graduated and turned 18. We worked together with Go Au Pair, her parents and some of my supporting clients and were able to make it happen very quickly this past September. She has become our godsend.
 
My granddaughters love Valentine like a big sister. She is patient and kind and has taken on the role of big sister so well. She even helps do laundry, keeps me organized by putting together the outfits for a very opinionated 3 year old and is always doing fun things with the girls. Fun things like every Saturday taking a walk up to the local Farmers Market for home baked cookies and then to a friend’s restaurant for his natural juice concoctions.
 
Valentine helped me potty train the 3 year old and is my 10 year old’s best buddy who helps her with homework every night and is teaching her great study skills and organizational habits. She comes to the teacher conferences so she can be aware of what goes on in school. Sometimes she bakes goodies from France and shares the food from France that her parents send (we love the cheese and her grandmother’s home baked cookies)—her food always “tastes better” than what I prepare for the kids because it is Valentine’s special touch!
 
Valentine is my” fitbit” challenger—now that I can actually take time to exercise again---we have our little competition going---staying fit is important to both of us—ALL of us are constantly getting “our steps in”.
Valentine even came with us to Florida for her 1st US Thanksgiving and helped surprise my mom with a special 85th birthday party and keep the kids busy so we could make the surprise happen.
 
Valentine made Christmas very special. She came up with the brilliant idea to take the 10 year old to her first concert---something I would not do (too old here)---but now my 10 year old granddaughter will be seeing Ariana Grande soon and is SO EXCITED-we wrapped the ticket in a box! Valentine has fit right in with all our little Christmas traditions—like baking a gazillion cookies (eating a lot too)- decorating the house, the tree, wrapping the gifts-and she shared some of her traditions with us, too. We did LOTS of shopping together—her family even sent a care package here for all of us. My family and friends have taken on Valentine like part of my family-- BECAUSE SHE IS!


 
Valentine is also a very independent and an awesome role model— she started college courses a week after she arrived, she has gone to NY on her own, down to Philadelphia and soon her entire family will be here to visit us. They plan to see Washington DC together and they will experience their first American barbeque here with all “our” friends and family-2 families and countries bonding together!!

We feel like Valentine has always been in our lives and she will ALWAYS be a part of our family—she is “THE BEST” and is truly deserving of being awarded Au Pair of the Year—she is definitely our Au Pair of the year for our little family. Having an Au Pair has made a BIG, positive difference in our lives!!


Posted: 3/6/2017 1:00:04 PM by Michael Green
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