Tuesday, March 16, 2010, Josh and I welcomed Miss Callie Lynae into our beautiful world! She was such a wonderful surprise! That following Monday, March 22nd, Josh and I received an incredible email that opened our hearts to the idea of a lifetime!
Miss Jessica Crews opened the idea to Josh and I not "settling" on a daycare that we weren't fond of, rather allowing Jessica and her family to take on this vivacious, sassy little Miss Callie while mom and dad went back to work! The thought of leaving my daughter scared me, but after meeting with Jessica, there was no doubt in my mind that Callie would be well taken care of! I knew Jessica was the very next best thing to watch Callie than Josh and I being home with her.
Jessica calmed my fears that first time leaving Callie - with texts, videos, updates! You name it, we got it! Callie was 100% loved and snuggled, everything we had hoped for! From that point on, we knew Jessica was family! We knew God placed her in our lives, our hearts and made her apart of our family - not for these last 5 years, but forever! You will forever be our "CaCa"!!
Two wonderful years later, Josh and I received some pretty exciting news, and the first people to find out...Oh yes, Jessica and Derrick! To this day, Derrick's reaction to our wonderful pregnancy news is by far my favorite!
Thank you so much for allowing our entire family into your home! Without hesitation you welcomed our twins! You were excited for us and said, "We will do this, I'm ready!" You were more calm than I was - or at least you let on to be that way! I was freaking out inside, you were calm - Derrick, well, he was hysterical :)
On Sunday evening, May 20, 2012, Josh and I delivered happy, healthy twin boys! Mr. Collin Donald and Mr. Carter Lowell! You were there Monday morning to meet them and love them like your own! They fit so perfectly into your arms! Again, seeing this, I knew we were going to be okay! You don't realize this Jessica, but my heart felt a sense of calmness the moment I saw the love pouring out of your heart towards my handsome little boys! Little did we know they'd be so rambunctious and crazy!
And then there was the first day of school when I had to leave all three of my babies in your care! This time around, I wasn't as sad....I felt confident and I knew they'd be okay! I actually worried more about you and your sanity! I knew I was ready to lose my cool, so the break of working was welcomed! You poor girl, taking on all three! Somehow you STILL loved them more than life itself! You still cared for your own children, kept them busy, occupied, loved and cared for! You still ran your home the way God intended you to! I can't express to you how fortunate we are to have you in our lives! We all are, all five of us, your husband and your two beautiful children...seriously - you are a walking Angel here on earth! You have more love and patience than anyone I have ever met. You are more kind than anyone and you have a generous heart.
Somehow, on Wednesday, June 3, 2015, our family had to say goodbye to you. It wasn't a goodbye like we were moving or we would never see you again, but it was a goodbye knowing our daycare days are complete and my children will not have your presence in their everyday lives.
A few "then" and "now" photos - I love this woman!
This is a great photo - not only is Jessica amazing, her family is top notch! My kids absolutely adore your children and look to them like an older brother and sister! They are there to help calm them, rowdy them up, play with them, imagine and explore! We are beyond blessed!
Thank you, Jessica Crews, for five incredible years! Thank you for loving my children as your own and for caring for them better than we could have ever imagined! The love and care they received far exceeds anything they could have received anywhere else!
Somehow, we are going to begin a new chapter in our lives. You will always be apart of our family and our story, but knowing my children will not have your daily love, your daily care, your daily positive influence does break my heart. We are eternally grateful for everything you did for our family! Jessica Crews, you are apart of our family! I mean, heck, we're the McCrews Family :)