We are a
family that truly enjoys being together.
More than anything, we love having fun
together. We have four wonderful, happy
children. Jonathan is twelve years old and
in seventh grade.
He loves to read, play soccer and spend time
with his friends. Michael is eleven
years old and in sixth grade. He loves to draw,
create guys out of modeling clay and play
with his Star Wars Galactic Heroes. Patrick
is eight years old and in second
grade. He likes to play, bake, draw and is
looking forward to harvesting cantaloupes,
watermelons and potatoes from his garden
plots. Elizabeth is
five years old and is in kindergarten
full-time. She loves to read books, help
in the kitchen and do anything her brothers
are doing. We also have a 7 yr. old Border
Collie, and two cats,
which live mostly outside.
I am originally from this area and have
a lot of family nearby. In addition to
running our business, I am a writer and I
love to read, cook, bake and garden. My
husband was born and raised in Yorkshire,
England. He moved to the United States to be
with me. He loves music and movies, especially Star
Wars and Lord of the Rings. Our business provides
construction project management and
estimating services (www.mosscost.com).
As a family
we enjoy spending time outside, swimming,
boating, sailing, camping, going on
outings, playing games and visiting new places.
The lake house on
weather is nice we often spend the weekend at
lake house on
Lake. It's right on the lake with a
great beach for the kids and a sandy,
shallow bottom for swimming. We have a pontoon boat
and use of a ski boat and two sailboats. Jonathan and Michael love to
water-ski, tube, kneeboard and wakeboard, and Patrick and Elizabeth
We live out in the country, but Auburn is only four miles away. We have about seven acres, half of which is woods. We have a play set in the yard, a vegetable garden and a
for swimming and fishing.
We have a one story house with a walk-out
basement and four bathrooms.
We have wireless internet through the house.
Auburn is the quintessential American small town, with a courthouse and a town
square. With a population of about 12,000, most everything we need is right here
Auburn is located about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne, Indiana
population 250,000. Fort Wayne has a large shopping mall, a zoo, and several museums. We are about equal
distance from Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis, which can be reached by train, bus
|Megan, Kim (a
past au pair) and Jon
We have had
several au pairs in the past and enjoy
sharing our culture, our community and our
(Read letters from previous au pairs).
We are looking for someone to work part-time
starting immediately and
staying at least 6 months, though we are
somewhat flexible on this.
you would get up in the morning and help get
the children off to school, then you would
be available to help in the evenings,
normally between 4pm and 7:30pm when the
kids go to bed. I go to work after the kids
leave for school, and normally come home
before the youngest two get off the bus. During the summer you would watch
all of the children while I am at work.
While you are watching the kids you may also
be responsible for taking them to swim
lessons, soccer practice or other
evening per week we need babysitting as Jon and I like to go out
in the evening. A couple of times a month, Jon
travels for work.
Jon is traveling, I need a little more help,
but when he is around, there are evenings
when we don't need help, so it balances out.
We are very flexible with hours, and would
be happy to work with you if you wanted to
attend classes at a local college or
participate in some other organized
responsibility would be to
supervise the children in whatever they are
doing. This would include things like
supervising chores, helping them with their
them get their teeth brushed and ready for
bed in the evening, and of
course, simply playing with them. In
addition you might take them to the library,
the park, the swimming pool, the zoo or a
We would also like you to do some general
cleaning and assist with the laundry.
As a member
of the household, you would take part in day
to day tidying, meal preparation and
clean-up. All of our kids have chores they
do every day, including after dinner
chores. Some cooking is required, such as cutting and chopping
food in preparation for the evening meal and preparing simple meals for the children.
Generally, I plan the meals and discuss what
I need you to do. Of course, you are more
than welcome to use the kitchen or prepare
meals for us if
offering $100 per week pocket money for this
part-time position requiring 20 hours of work per week. Although we
appreciate the security working with an
agency gives a foreign au pair, the $6,000
fee the agency charges the family makes this
option impossible. In order to avoid
misunderstandings, we have a written
non-binding agreement which we will send you
once we offer you the position.
We are happy to have you contact previous au pairs.
They are like extended members of our
family. We believe open, honest
communication is the key to a successful
experience for all of us, and we will take
time every week to discuss any problems or
questions you might have. We also have
regular family meetings, which we encourage you
to participate in.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family.
We hope to hear from you
soon. If you are interested in the position,
please reply to
firstname.lastname@example.org with answers to the
1) What date are you available to start?
2) What date would you like to leave?
3) How many years have you been driving?
Have you had any accidents?
4) Are you a good swimmer, comfortable
enough to take all the kids swimming at the
5) What child care experiences have you
had with children ages 5-12?
6) Why do you think you would fit in well
with our family?
look forward to finding out more about you.
Megan and Jon Moss and family