The plan was simple. After many years of trying to have a child, Sam and I were blessed with beautiful, healthy, bouncing baby boy named Archer. Since I am advanced in age and realistically this may be our last child, we decided that my husband would work and I would be a stay-at-home mother and a very part-time marketing executive. We both knew how hard it was to find good people to care for our other children and we didn’t want just anyone watching our long awaited baby. I had no plan to ever return back to work full-time. Sales is a tough job that involved being out on the road every day and I didn’t want that kind of stress in my life with an infant. Plus, with the staff we currently had, there was zero chance for me to ever advance or find myself in a position where I could at the very least be in office every day in case of an emergency with Archer. (This should have been the last of this story but God had another plan!)
An employee at my job, who none of us ever envisioned leaving was offered a position at a new place that he could not refuse, and an office position opened at my job. I was offered the open position and I accepted as it could lead to bigger, better things in the future for my family. Now the challenge presented itself as to who would be the perfect person or where would be the perfect place to take our infant. We called place after place and none of them were taking infants and the waiting lists were outrageous! Six months waiting list in some cases….six months! In six months our son wouldn’t be an infant anymore and most certainly my job wouldn’t wait that long for me to find suitable daycare. We interviewed a young lady that seemed very nice and was very kind and loving to Archer but both my husband and myself felt she still didn’t seem to be the one. We still had apprehensions. I visited a daycare in the Johnstown area that reeked of cigarette smoke and the children looked miserable and the employees during my visit there were on their cell phones in a huddle while the children there walked around like little zombies. A child around 2 or 3 was tilting a sleeping infant’s bassinet and not a single employee was paying attention. I left there more terrified than ever about my decision to return to work.
I had posted on Facebook asking what were some of the best places for care of an infant in the Johnstown area and response after response was Mom’s House in Johnstown. When I had called about Mom’s House, I told them that I heard wonderful things and I would like to find out more if there is availability. The woman had said she would leave my information with Allegra. Time was ticking away and my start date was coming close and Sam and I had decided despite our apprehensions about the young woman we would give her a chance and even give her a trial run before my official start date. Then we got the call.
Allegra called us and said that there was availability for Archer if he seemed like a good fit for them and we set up a time to come and see Mom’s House. Sam and I were extremely excited because of all the wonderful things we had heard about Mom’s House. The day we came we were greeted and welcomed by everyone as soon as we entered. We were shown the facility that was extremely clean and organized and the children looked joyful. It was an extra special day because the children were going to listen to themselves on the radio recite the Pledge of Allegiance. (Which is still amazing that we would be there that day as I work in radio. God’s work? I think so.) Sam and I the whole time were just so happy to be there and the more Allegra told us about Mom’s House and what they do for the children, the more we were both silently praying that Archer would be accepted. We left and we both started tearing up over how amazing Mom’s House was and that this WAS the place meant for our child to attend. We were getting so excited and the anticipation waiting for that call from Allegra inviting Archer to be part of the Mom’s House family felt like years! It was like being a child waiting for Christmas day. We got the acceptance call and we were beyond excited!
Since Archer has been a part of Mom’s House, something new has happened to me that has never happened before. I go to work and never worry about the care my child is receiving. Archer is always happy to see everyone there in the morning and as parents, that means the world to Sam and me. We have even seen outside of Mom’s House an employee and Archer smiled from ear to ear when he saw her. That lets you know that his experience at Mom’s House is exceptional and he feels loved. Mom’s House is always active, having celebrations and incorporating the community into their world. I love that parents are welcome to come see their child at any time throughout the day as they are confident in their love and care.
Allegra is a very special woman. She has a way about her that makes even Sam and I feel like her family. She is genuine and truly engaged in everyone in our family and each and every parent and child that is part of the Mom’s House family. Sam and I both believe that this is more than a job for her, it is more like her ministry from God and we are blessed to have her as part of our child’s life. Michelle always is a joy to see in the morning and her way with Archer is amazing!
Sam and I could not be happier with Archer’s home away from us at Mom’s House. Sam and I personally thank the entire staff for everything they do!
Mom's House Daycare is simply AMAZING!!
After spending the first two years of my son's life at home with him, I was terrified to send him to a daycare. I met with Allegra (director) to tell her a bit about my son. I told her, my son is extremely shy, and does not do well with strangers. Allegra settled my feelings by telling me she understands, and there is nothing the staff had not seen. Although it took a few months for my son to open up, he soon began to flourish.
My son returned home many times telling me how much he loves the other children, and his favorite staff members. Let's not forget the great educational side. My son has amazed me with new knowledge he has learned.
I have recommended many moms out there to Mom's House, and I can not thank them enough for helping my son in so many ways.
Thank you, all!