Saturday, December 11, 2010

Obrigado. Domo arigato. Thank you.

One year ago today we welcomed a feisty young girl from Brazil into our home, who had exactly what it took to fit in seamlessly with our family. She has been a trusting caregiver for the Deuce, always dependable and consistent. She's brought joy to the boys with laughter and song, hilarious games and a seemingly endless amount of creativity. Her energy perfectly matched that of the twins, yet she remained their source of calm when things needed to slow down. She was always available for a beijo (kiss) on a fresh wound, or a abra├žo (hug) before bed. She brought her own unique blended culture to our home, insisting the boys say por favor, onegai shimasu and please (Portuguese, Japanese and English) before receiving anything.

She has offered so much more to our family then just childcare. Today her room is empty and I'm guessing that we are going to see small changes in the boys, as they struggle to deal with the loss of their dear friend.

Before leaving she played this sweet movie for us, which beautifully captures their adventures this past year.

Thank you for everything Lily. You will always be a part of our family.

Posted by Walker Lockhart @ 4:53 PM

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That was a very touching video...I love seeing how people put videos together so well, because I am terrible at it! Dana, it looks like your boys lead a marvelous life, and Seattle seems to have amazing things to do!

Best to you all during this time of transition!

Posted by Blogger Krissy @ Saturday, December 11, 2010 8:21:00 PM #

Arigato, you guys rock. I love the words in japanese posted! I should had teach them more of portuguese and japanese. Thank you so much for everything, you guys did more than I did, for sure.
It was an amazing year, and I couldn't ask a better host family than you guys were.
I already miss F&O so badly...

Posted by Anonymous Lily @ Monday, December 13, 2010 1:58:00 PM #

so very touching! you all will miss her dearly but will always have these wonderfully documented memories to make you smile, life and cry. will you get a new au pair or will the boys go to school full time?

Posted by Blogger t + j @ Tuesday, December 14, 2010 12:57:00 PM #
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