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Monday, 6 April 2009

A sad day for us

As most of you will know I work as a childminder. Children come and go but some of them just get right into your heart and make themselves at home. One of these kids is Jay Jay, he came to us over two years ago when he was just 2 years old. He was taken into foster care and I looked after him during school hours as his foster carer is a school teacher. Jay Jay is one of the sweetest children I have come accross. When he first arrived he had a few problems, he would obsessively tidy away each toy before he got the next one out, he hardly spoke and was very shy. After 3 days of sitting on the floor with every toy from the toyboxes surrounding us he eventually opened up and is now a noisy, boisterous, happy and messy boy with so much love and laughter it makes me happy every day to see him.

However today was the last time I will see him as he is going to live with his grandparents tomorrow. I am happy for him that he is going to live with family but for myself I am just gutted! I am going to miss him so much, I feel like my heart is breaking. Lily is just as bad, there is only a year between them so they were like brother and sister. She has accepted it and is glad for him but the next few days will be hard for her as it sinks in that she won't see him again.
I made this photo frame for him to take with him. I am doing a scrapbook which will be sent on to him when it's finished. The picture was taken at Christmas 2007, Lily and Jay Jay were still in nursery and it was the day of their nursery Christmas party.


These photos were taken today :o)



















22 comments:

Sue said...

aww big hugs hun, sad but happy day, well im sure he wont forget you and all the love you & your daughter have show him. sue.x

Natalie said...

The picture frame is just perfect, I am sure he will treasure it for years to come. x

Kath said...

oh my heart is breaking for you...but hey you've done a wonderful job...what a change in a little boy........Big Hugs Kath xxxxx

Macpurp said...

the gift of love and joy and time you and Lily have given this wee lad with help him so much when he is older.
I am so proud of you both!
the picture frame is just perfect!
The scrap book is a great idea.
much love Tina xxx

loopylou said...

oh hunny, sending you big hugs, i was a nanny for a long time and you get soooo attached to those little people you look after. The frame is gorgeous though xxx

Bunny-Zoe's Blog said...

I am so sorry to hear this Amanda and sending your big hugs, The photo frame you have created for Jay Jay is beautiful and such gorgeous photo's, Big Hugs, Nikki x

Bev said...

Oh babes I just only imagine what you are going through, joy that he will be with family yet sorrow for the bond that you have that will be broken. Thinking of you xxx

Sammi said...

Such cute photos and what a lovely gift - I'm sure he will treasure it! The scrapbook will be awesome too I'm sure!
*hugs* for you and you've done really well caring for this little boy!
xxx

All Pink girl said...

Arr Babe xxxthats so sad xxx
he will always rember his time with you xxx he looks so happy in the potos and that counts for evry thing xxx
huge hugs to you all xxxx
love the frame you have made xxx
hugs Dawnxxx
p.s nealy done my lines lolxxxthanks babe xx

weewiccababe said...

awww it must be very hard to say goodbye, but I wish him lots of luck and happiness with his family
x

Kim Piggott said...

Oh I can understand how you would be feeling. Happy for him but sad for the hole he is going to leave.
He has been so lucky to have been cared for by you!
hugs
kim x

joey said...

Awww just reading that choked me,shows what a whole lot of love and kindness can do. the picture frame is gorgeous, and he will treasure that forever, as will he the scrapbook, what a fab and thoughtful idea.huge huggies to you. Joey.xxx

Theresa said...

Sending hugs your way Amanda. I am sure little Jay Jay will never forget you or Lily. Maybe some day you could visit him or he could come and visit you. I am glad that he is now going to live with family but I feel for you.

Simone P. said...

Aww..he is a cutie pie...all the best for this sweet little boy!

Lainy's Little Blog said...

What a gorgeous frame you've made as a keepsake for him. He will treasure it and the memories he has of his time spent with you for many years to come. Not sure if you know this or not but it might cheer you up ..... you're the winner of Elisabeth Bell's candy, you lucky thing! Hugs, Lainy xx

Lorraine Robertson said...

Oh honey what a sad day indeed... but at least you have given him a whole load of love over the past few years & hopefully memories that he will keep forever..

Hugs
Lorraine xxx

Tara said...

So sorry you're feeling so sad today Amanda - I hope you will always have your happy memories and know that you made a big difference to this little boy's life. Sending you big cyber hugs! xx

SemSee said...

What a heart-wrenching day for you. And big hugs to Lily too. I know this is in no way compensation, but it may make you smile ... I just popped by to tell you that you've won the Elisabeth Bell blog candy! Yep, that's right, you! Hop along to this post to read all about it! Congratulations, hunny! Hugs, Sem x

weewiccababe said...

OMG OMG - you've won the blog candy on Elisabeth Bell's blog - you lucky lucky so and so
xx

Debbie said...

Oh must be so hard for you to say goodbye...but I am sure that he will never forget the all the love and wonderful times he has spent with you and your daughter. Debbie x

Debs said...

Sending lots of hugs to you and Lily. I am sure he will treasure the scrapbook and picture frame for many years. You are doing a great job that only special people can do. Congratulations on winning the Elizabeth Bell candy, you deserve it. Debs xx

Tasha said...

Aww im thinking of you! That story bought a tear to my eye! So sad and yet happy at the same time
big hugs
love tasha xx