“Ellen came into our lives when my Charlie was 2 and Teddy was just a baby. I found her on Care.com, which to be honest, scared me to death (my nannies had all been people I knew and trusted). Ellen and I exchanged emails a few times before meeting, and just before we were about to have our “first date”, an issue came up where Ellen was not going to be able to be our nanny after all…dog issues…long story. I remember having this pit in my stomach. There was something about her and our exchanges, and I just knew I needed to do whatever to at least meet her. Ellen brought little Belle with her to the interview, and we fell in love that day.
Ellen began watching Charlie and Teddy every day from 8-5 in 2012. There is a feeling you get when you leave your kids with someone you trust with your whole heart. It’s a feeling that you just know your children are safe and being loved, and it feels so incredibly reassuring and calming. I felt that immediately.
My boys grew to love Ellen very quickly. They went on outings, to lunches, to parks all over the city. They went to museums, the zoo, for walks and the aquarium. They did all kinds of projects (both fun and academic), faith based thematic lessons, art work and puzzles. They cooked and they baked. And everyday, I just handed her my keys and my kids knowing 100% that they were as safe as they would be with me.
Ellen became like a member of our family…my mom here in MN, and like a grandma to my kids. When we welcomed our precious Gus at just 32 weeks, and under very serious and fairly life threatening conditions, Ellen was there.
She was at our house at 12:30 a.m. to watch the boys while I was rushed to the hospital by ambulance, she was there that morning to make they were not scared, and when I came home without my premature little guy, she took care of me too.
So when we were finally able to bring Gus home 21 days later, I never had a doubt about leaving that little guy with her.
Ellen has loved my three boys as though they were her own. She was my angel on a very scary night, my sanity 5 days a week, my piece of mind every single day as I left the 3 most important things I have ever known to head off to teach, and a true gift to our family. My heart broke into a million pieces when her daughter (very selfishly I might add) got pregnant. I knew my days were numbered.
Ellen still watches my boys now when our current nanny is sick, or needs a day off. She still picks the boys up when there are emergencies. She still stops by for hugs and kisses. I hope that never changes.
I know this was lengthy, but if you are like me, you won’t leave your child with just anyone. Your baby will be so loved in Ellen’s care. You are the lucky ones if Ellen Roeser is in your home. She is and will forever be a part of our family!
We love Ellen!”
– Kacky and Tony K.
We absolutely love Ellen. I needed child care for a full week and then certain days during the month. Finding quality child care is hard enough but combine that with such a varied schedule and it felt almost impossible. Plus I really hadn’t left my baby with anyone and I was apprehensive to have someone care for her. I was so fortunate to find Ellen. We spoke on the phone and I felt a tinge of optimism because Ellen’s experience was great and she seemed more than qualified to care for our baby. We met Ellen in person and by the time she left our house I knew I found the person I wanted to take care of my baby. Ellen watched my daughter for the full week and has come for part of the other scheduled days we need her for. The first day I left my baby with Ellen was tough for me but I was also felt a sense of relief. I knew Ellen would be able to handle anything my baby needed. My infant doesn’t always take a bottle reliably and Ellen worked through some hiccups with that. And since I hadn’t left my baby often I knew she might be a little apprehensive around someone new. Ellen probably has to use every trick in the book that first day but she kept my baby happy and comfortable. When Ellen comes into our house we can hand over our baby and know Ellen will read to her, cuddle and play with her, and handle anything else she needs. We can’t say enough great things about Ellen…she’s been amazing!