A couple years ago we interviewed and selected Miss Chelsey Hart to be an au pair with our small family in a country town in regional NSW. Little did we know at the time that this Minnesotan native from a small country town herself would become a close family member and life long friend.
Chelsey spent seven months with us and we treasured every minute of it. After a few weeks of settling in she proved to be invaluable and really became a perfect fit for our family and the hectic schedule we live day to day. Through the highs and lows of daily family life, she was in the thick of it from day one.
It was obvious that she had come from a great home with loving parents and nothing seemed too hard for her. Chelsey was mature, hard working, honest and loving and came with an unusually high amount of common sense. She was very practical and always managed to get the job done. It was just a pleasure to have her stay with us and when it came time to farewell her we all cried when she left us at Sydney airport to return home. We thank her parents, Debbie and Pete Hart, for loaningus their wonderful daughter for those seven months.
Since that time, our families have grown quite close and we have enjoyed family holidays together in Europe, Australia and more recently in America where we were invited to celebrate Chelsey’s older brother’s wedding and stay with the family for a couple weeks. We could not have been more warmly welcomed by the entire Hart family. We enjoyed 4th of July celebrations, large family dinners, BBQs and water skiing and so much more. The whole Hart family treated us like their own and our bond has grown even stronger. So much so, Chelsey and her family are planning another trip out to Australia again early next year. We cannot wait to see them all again.
When we engaged Chelsey through Smart Au Pairs we could not have expected to have enjoyed such a wonderful and ongoing relationship with an au pair. We also have a very similar relationship with another Smart Au Pair applicant, Hannah Pinnekamp from Germany. Her family visited us in Australia too and we are now lucky to have an extended family in Germany. Whilst these two girls are not our daughters, they became so close with us that how we effectively view them as extensions of our family. Not a week goes by where we don’t text or Facetime each other to catch up.
We could not have asked for a better experience with both these young ladies. We asked for an au pair for six months and received a wonderful new family member for life!