Our home is filled with love, laughter and lots of kisses, and we would like welcome you in it for a while! Our family consists of husband (Jos), wife (Elisabeth), toddler (Isaiah, 3 years old), toddler (Azarja, 1 year old) and two outdoor cats (Clara and Fransiscus). Jos works as a judge and loves running, playing silly games with the kids, lighting a big fire in the stove, BBQs with friends and taking long hot baths (we have a big bathtub, feel free to use it!). Elisabeth is a psychologist but nowadays mostly a stay-at-home mom. Elisabeth loves her family, reading, the beautiful flowers and trees in our garden, hosting dinner parties, dancing, singing and doing outdoor gymnastics with other women in the beautiful nature surrounding our small village. Isaiah is a very smart and sensitive chatterbox who is at the moment is especially fond of firetrucks. He also loves books, Duplo, tractors and playing outside. Azarja is a very cheerful happy-go-lucky one year old that seems to love everything and everyone. Although he is slowly approaching his 'terrible two' fase so the frequency of totally unreasonable toddler tantrums will definitely go up in the coming months. Azarja loves cuddling and cats. And the whole family loves God.
Babysitting / child care
Help in the house
We love telling you about how things work in the Netherlands. Jos knows a lot about law, Christian theology, the army and politics. And I, Elisabeth, can tell you about social relationships and the way people function psychologically in the Netherlands. And we’re very curious about your country of origin! And of course you’ll be able so see a Dutch family from the inside.
Surely we can manage but as a family with small children, it is always busy. I, Elisabeth, enjoy being a mom and housewife, but I haven’t slept enough for quite some years now and it feels like I’m always running from chore to chore when Jos is off to work. So we would be very happy with someone caring and gentle who entertains the children while I can finish some overdue chores, take a nap or just have some me time. And who does some light tasks in the house or in the garden while I spend some more time with the kids without having to tell them: ‘mommy is busy now’. Also the world can sometimes feel a bit small as a stay-at-home mom, so I enjoy meeting other people from a different culture, learning from them, being inspired by stories and maybe exchanging local recipes :-).
We live in an old but thoroughly renovated vicars home in Asperen, a rural village surrounded by rivers (in which you can swim or go canoeing) apple trees and forts (the Hollandic Water Line touches our village). Our church dates from 1460, so there’s quite a lot of history here. We have a small spare room on the ground floor for you, with a big window, underfloor heating and a toilet nearby, and where you probably won’t be disturbed by our night owl children because we sleep on the first floor. You can join every family meal, but if our eating hours don’t suit your plans, you can also take something to eat at another time, no problem, we’re flexible. We eat lots of vegetables (in the summer mostly from our own garden) and we do eat meat (preferably organic), but if you like to eat vegetarian, that can easily be arranged.
We like to talk, but that doesn’t mean we have to talk all day long. I’m quite introverted and really enjoy some quiet time, so you can feel free not to socialize all the time and spend time reading, walking (by yourself or together with our family), bicycling, sitting in the garden or anything you like. There is a small city on walking distance (about 30 minutes, or you can go by bus), called Leerdam. Leerdam has a train station. We live in the centre of the Netherlands so you can make day trips to Utrecht, ‘s Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam or Rotterdam if you like.
We promise we’ll do our best to make sure you will feel welcome and have a good time in the Netherlands!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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