After a much needed vacation with 18 people in a beach house as the nanny, I got some “adult time” that I have needed since I have moved back home. During this time, I became much closer with the family I nanny for and their couple friends who live in the neighborhood and go to school with “my kids”. Since this trip, with the time spent at the beach and the time spent together afterward, I have truly realized how blessed I am to be part of such a great community and group of loving and caring women, men, and children. In everything I do, the Michael family has offered to help me in any way they can along the way. With my decision and half-attempt to try out for American Idol, the family and neighborhood has supported me full fledged throughout the entire process. From “Bailey concerts” in support and for practice, to offering furniture to me as I move into my new house next week, it has become very apparent that this family truly cares for me and has my best interest in mind. I haven’t realized how lucky I am until the summer has began coming to a close and I will soon have to leave the kids. Maggie will be at camp next week, my last week, so I am done keeping her. And after that, I only have 3 or 4 more days with the boys. Time has passed all too quickly this summer and I am thankful that God has placed me in the environment that He has this summer. Although I haven’t been able to see my friends that much this summer, I am still thankful for the lessons and practices He has taught me in regards to true friendship and family. I know these experiences now will only strengthen me in the future in these same areas.

Thank you God for everything you have surrounded me with this summer. I pray that I can only grow closer to You and build a stronger relationship with You as time goes on. Please forgive me of my sins and bring me back to you when I stray. Be my Shepherd and keep me under your close and careful watch.