When people ask me what it’s like to work for the Trufant family, I never know where to begin…
Often times I think they expect me to rave about people I’ve met, places I’ve gone and conversations I’ve had with Marcus. The truth is, the biggest thing I have learned from this family is how dedicated they are to one another. I have grown to appreciate how family oriented the family is, how involved and supportive the extended family is in their life and vice versa.
Of course I have many “cool” stories about people I have met and places I have gone, that would have never been possible without my connection to the Trufants. But, none of that is why I took this job. I hope from this blog you can learn a little more about me and see why we call each other family.
As for me, I was born in the Okanogan Highlands and raised in Yakima, Washington. I studied English Language and Literature at Central Washington University and made my way to Bellevue, by 2013. I was very fortunate to teach Preschool at a private school in Bellevue for just short of three years, before I made the decision to move back home to Yakima. After I announced my resignation, I received multiple offers to work privately for different families. However, as Jessica has mentioned in her blog, the Trufant family offered me a deal I could not turn down. I told myself to take the job when I did, because I was single and had no kids of my own. I knew I could be flexible, which they required in an employee and I knew I would have the opportunity to travel more. At the time, Marcus and Jessica had four children.
I knew Kimora very well, because I was her preschool teacher. I had a great relationship with Kimora that has only grown stronger with time and she has always been my little helper. She has a nurturing side to her that I adore and she loves to be involved with her younger siblings.
Then there is Kennedi. I was also Kennedi’s preschool teacher, but I had a slightly stronger relationship with her. I am not sure what was different. Perhaps it was the fact that she constantly needed attention, (sound familiar)? Yes, I was always there to hug her, hold her, put a bandaid on it… whatever she needed. Kennedi has such a huge personality but such a tender heart. She will remind me every once in a while, that I haven’t taken the time to just sit down, not “work,” have a good hug and just talk. She is so lovable.
Kassidy. On my very first day of working for the Trufants, Kassidy and I flew to Las Vegas with Marcus and Jessica. Jessica told me that it would be the perfect time for Kassidy and I to get to know each other, because the other girls weren’t around. Little did I know, that this tiny little girl would become my best little friend. Throughout the years, we have travelled together, gone to art classes, Little Gym, indoor play arenas, Starbucks, we love to sing and go to the movies… heck, taking this girl to Petco is like taking her to Disneyland!
Karmyn and I did not get along when I first started working. It was very hard for me to get to know her, simply because I didn’t already know her and I knew everyone else. At the same time, she didn’t want to get to know me. We were both new in each other’s life, and neither of us were comfortable. She would storm off every single time that I tried to tell her to do or not to do something. This was so frustrating for me! I could always relate with kids and for some reason, I just couldn’t with her. This lasted at least six to eight months, and I remember praying so often, asking that Karmyn and I find a commonality that would bring us together. I am not kidding, I would just pray and pray and pray… until the skies opened up.
Karmyn and I found our similarity and we have never been the same since. It happens quite frequently, that Kimora and Kennedi fall asleep on the way home from school and Karmyn will ask me questions about the Bible, or questions she has about religion. I don’t remember what the very first question she asked me was, but I remember the feeling that came over me when we finished that conversation. I was in awe and I was so proud of her.
When Marcus and Jessica hired me, I did not know the job would have any effect on me emotionally and spiritually, but I have grown closer to God and matured as a human being. The most amazing thing about my job, is not how cool it is to meet a football player, to ride in a limo or to be on a big boat. The most amazing thing about my job, is that I have been lucky enough to be placed with a family that loves Jesus. Think about this: for me to even be able to answer Karmyn’s questions, with only answers based on what the Bible tells us, is SO RARE. In most jobs, there is no way that it would be appropriate for me to tell her what the Bible says.
With five kids running around, every day comes with different schedules and new challenges. Not to mention surprises! Oh, did I say, “surprise?” That’s right, there is no other way to end this, than with my current partner-in-crime, Kashius. The only person that drops the “Ms.” from my name, haha! This boy has brought me so much laughter and fun. He continues to surprise me every day with his new words and phrases; his manners are impressive and his attitude is much like his closest sister’s. I think the sweetest and most gentlemanly thing about him is that he walks me to the front door every single time I leave.
Looking back, I can definitely tell you that my time with the Trufant clan has been nothing short of crazy, but I wouldn’t trade the hectic, five-child-chaos for anything. When I was invited into this home to take care of the pride and joy of Marcus and Jessica, I was being given the biggest responsibility I have ever had in my life. It has meant the world to me, to know that they trust me to protect, love and teach their babies. Not only was I given their trust, but I was given the welcoming to their family and for that, I am very thankful.