Pat, We are so grateful for the time we've had with you and feel blessed that Tryg was able to experience your loving care. We will miss you tremendously and know you will be an important part of Tryg's upbringing and his memories. We hope he will always be considered one of your "precious people" and we consider you and your family friends for life. We sure hope our paths bring us together again. All our love,
The Nypen's and mostly...Trygve
Dearest Pat, I can't believe how fast these years have gone. Words can't describe how God has truly Blessed us when he led us to you. First with our little toddler, Ryan and again when Katelyn came along. There's no better place that our kids could have been. The care, love, support, and never ending patience you have given our precious little ones is like no other. We just love you so much!!! There are so many memories we will all take and keep close to our hearts...all the time and energy, home cooked meals, parties, field trips, hugs, diaper changes, good advice, smiles, hugs, wonderful friends and SO MUCH more. Pat, your kindness has touched us in so many ways. We will pray for and think of you every day. From one mom to another - you have taught me so much. I look up to you in so many ways and believe you have helped mold Ryan and Katelyn into who they are. We are all better people because of you. Pat - we love you more than words can say.
Todd, Kristin, Ryan and Katelyn......Lakeville
Dear Pat, I am at a loss for words...I can't thank you enough for all your love and care, friendship, support and teaching...there is no one else that can work the magic that you can. You have been fabulous with the kids, impacted their lives so much, and the same goes for your influence on me and Jeremy. You are forever in our life and in our hearts! We love you! Thank you so much!
Jocelyn, Jeremy, Payton and Kelsey.....Lakeville
Dear Pat, We could go on and on about the quality of your care that you have given our kids but the biggest praise and most important gift you have given our kids is your love. There was no better gift you gave them then the feeling of being wholly loved. There is nothing more important in raising little ones than giving them the feeling of self-worth, respect, and being valued. I know you agree because you do it and show it in a myriad of ways every minute of every day. We can't imagine raising our kids without you, Pat. We love you!
Cherise, Bill, Rachel, Claire and Nate.....Lakeville
Pat, You were an answer to prayer and we will forever be grateful for your thoughtfulness, generosity, and love that you have shown our children. We truly feel Blessed beyond words. Thank you so much for everything. Love,
Pat, Thank you for everything you have done for our boys and for our family. You are a wonderful provider. It meant alot to us knowing we could go to work and know our boys were happy and well cared for. They have learned so much and you have offered them such an assortment of fun activities. We will all miss you so very much. We will keep in touch and stop by for many visits. Love,
Amy, Steve, Colin, Caden, and Cooper.....Farmington.
Pat, Thank you for taking care of our most precious gift. Look at the wonderful little person she has become. God gave you a special gift in caring for children and we're so very thankful for it. We promise to keep in touch and to always let Chessa know about the special person you were in her life. Thank you and God Bless you!!!
Jenny and Chessa.....Elko
Dear Pat, Of course no words that I write would be enough to show our appreciation and thankfulness for the love and care you've given our children over the past five years. You've been a significant part of our lives and it's hard to believe that we will no longer see you on a daily basis. We will all (Jamie and I included) miss our regular interactions with you. That said, I know that you will always be a part of our lives - we'll find ways to ensure we stay in contact. Thank you for being such an important influence on our family. Love,
Jamie, Connor, Caitlin & Aubrey
Happy Mother's Day Pat! We just want to thank you for the fantastic care and abundant love you give Abby and Alex (and us too!) You are TREMENDOUS and we greatly appreciate you and all you do for all of us. We are all a little better because of you...our Precious Pat! We are so amazed at everything Abby has learned while in your care. Not only has she mastered the learning basics but she has learned to love and care for others. You are definitely her favorite person and ours too! We wish you a fabulous Mother's Day because you certainly deserve it! Enjoy your day! Love,
Tanya, Tim, Alex, and Abby.....Lakeville
Pat, We want to thank you so much for the wonderful care you've given Kelsey and Reese this year. Kelsey tells everyone about "Pat - my daycare Mom," and that is TRULY what you are to them.....we couldn't ask for anything more. We will all miss you during the summer months but will look forward to meeting up with you and the kids on one of your field trips. Take care.
Amy and Bruce.....Lakeville
Pat, We want to thank you so much for such a great summer for the girls. They have had so much fun with you, Karly, and all the other great kids that you care for. Our family is so blessed to have you in our lives helping us raise our kids. They have learned such wonderful things from you - things they will keep in their hearts for all the days to come. We look forward to several more beautiful years with you. Thanks again...you are so dear to us.
Jocelyn, Jeremy, Payton, and Kelsey.....Lakeville
Dear Pat, I still can't believe how lucky we are to have Rachel and Claire with you. We all adore you and I have total peace of mind when I am at work which is invaluable. I wish for the sake of other children that all child care environments could be as loving, happy, and safe as yours. I'm glad you are a part of our lives!
Cherise and Bill.....Lakeville
Pat, "Some people come into our lives, touch our hearts, and we are never the same!" You have touched our lives in countless ways, Pat. We are truly better for having known you. Ending this chapter in our lives breaks my heart just a little bit so I have to promise myself that our friendship will follow into the next chapter! We want to express our deepest appreciation for the love and care you gave to our Logan. Thank you, thank you, for the positive influence you've been for him. We know God had a hand in our paths crossing. God Bless You! Let's for sure keep in touch!
Janelle, Brian, Connor, and Logan.....Lakeville
Dearest Pat, Thank you so much for all you do for us - individually and as a family. I am so grateful for your partnership in parenting and for all of the extra special things you do. Thank you for keeping the kids last night, for doing Kalley's hair, and for your patience with my hectic schedule. You are such a tremendous Blessing - thank you for sharing your gifts and for being such an important person in my life! "I always thank God for you because of His Grace given you in Christ Jesus." I Corinthians 1:4. Love,
Pat, I don't know where to start! What do I say to someone who has meant so much to us? Jayden has loved every second of her time with you. There has not been one single moment where she hasn't felt loved and cared for. You don't know how much that means to me. You have a true gift and you share it so willingly with others. You are a special person who gives and gives. Thank you for that. We feel truly Blessed to have you in our lives. Please know how much you are appreciated. God Bless Always...
Jonelle and Joel.....Lakeville
Pat, Thank you for being such a big part of our lives for the past few years. We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate the care and love you've given our kids! Thank you for letting them be a part of your family. Thank you for teaching them manners, love, and respect. We are going to miss you guys so much!! We love you!
Bruce, Gail, Mandi and Jesse.....Shakopee
Dear Pat, Once again, we find ourselves so very grateful for your presence in our lives. You are one of God's greatest blessings to our family. Our little "dolly" continues to blossom under your care, guidance and nurturing. We love all that you provide for her, both by way of activities (Miss "Kaffy", Miss Laura, and field trips) and by way of YOU just being your wonderful, loving self.
Jenna loves looking through the photo album(s) that you have given us and "remembering" things from the past. Even pictures from when she was a baby, she "remembers" as if they were yesterday. Thank you for giving her that history - how wonderful for her to KNOW, in her heart, she has a history with you and her friends. I can't help but think it gives all your kids a deep sense of belonging and a deep sense of being loved. The gift of documenting those memories is "above and beyond" and so appreciated.
We are so thankful for your diligence in instilling good manners and kindness and concern for others in her. She is quick to say "thank you", "excuse me", and "I'm sorry", without prompting (unless, she's having a "stubborn moment" :) People have often commented on her good manners and loving heart and we are so proud of her and know you have played a huge role in her learning those qualities.
You are an amazing example of patience, kindness and love - not just to your kids but to us parents, as well. I have thoroughly enjoyed going on a few field trips with you and getting to experience YOU, myself - your warmth and fun-loving spirit. Those qualities are also so apparent in the personal choices you make - your beautiful family who possess the same lovely qualities you do, and your very obvious love and compassion for those in need, particularly the ones you recently met in Africa. You are such a beautiful soul, Pat - both inside and out. We are so grateful you are a part of our lives! With love and appreciation.
Jeff, Katie, Jacob, and Jenna.....Lakeville
Pat, We truly appreciate all that you do as a "daycare Mom." But, that is only where our appreciation begins. Your many wonderful qualities of love and kindness also gives us a beautiful example of parenting and friendship! We feel very fortunate to have you in our lives. We have been so blessed. Having you care for Ben these past few years has truly been a God send. It's sad to think about how fast time goes, but it warms my heart to know that Ben has been, and Luke continues to be, cared for by you. The work that you do is so appreciated. You do so much for the future of so many. "Hope...the future and what it holds starts with the dream and dreamers, today." Pat, you have such a gift and we are so grateful that you share it in such a grace-filled way. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Lot's of Love,
Jim and Katherine.....Lakeville
Dear Pat, They say the best thing a child can receive from another is LOVE. In you, Brandt has experienced that and so much more! You have had such an amazing effect on him. We are truly grateful and feel Blessed to have had the opportunity, if only for a short while, for Brandt to be under your care. We feel it was a "God-incidence" when you called last fall. We knew you were the right person the moment we met you and you scooped Brandt up in your arms. You were an answer to so many prayers! Thank you so much for your care, concern, support, advice, flexibility, patience, and the list could go on....we also want to thank you for all your help with transitioning to another day care provider. We really appreciate it! But, nothing will be quite the same as Pat's. You and your precious little ones will always hold a special place in our hearts! So, we hope this is only good-bye for a little while and that it won't be long until Brandt can join you and his friends once again. Have a wonderful summer and please keep in touch! Thanks again for everything from the bottom of our hearts!
C.A. and P.A.......Lakeville
Dear Pat, What an incredible Blessing you have been in our lives. Your gift with families and children is unmatched. We are so sad to be leaving your nest but want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your loving care. Matt will continue to bless you in his prayers and may you feel that warmth when you remember us. We will stop again and send you pictures and emails. Be good to yourself and know that you are very loved - God's speed to you. With love,
Suzanne, Dennis, and Matt.....Florida
Pat, Making the decision to move back to Minnesota last fall was difficult. Finding good daycare for Kyle was worse than difficult. The old saying, "third times a charm" holds true for us. You were Kyle's third daycare provider in three weeks. Thank God for YOU! You don't know how much I appreciate you opening your home to Kyle and me. We will miss seeing your bright smiling face at the door each morning and afternoon. With that in mind, I want to say....THANKS!.....for treating my little Kyle like one of your own children, for stimulating his world and helping him grow, for always influencing him in a positive way, for all the special little things you do that go unnoticed, for being an excellent role model, and for contributing to his good self-esteem...THANKS!...We love you!
Jane and Kyle.....Burnsville
Pat, Thank you for taking such great care of Brittyn this past year. We appreciate all of your patience, guidance, and nurturing you give to Brittyn each day. She loves you and can't wait to see you and her friends each day. It is very comforting to know she is in such a loving and caring environment. Thanks again!
Kris and Aaron.....Lakeville
Dear Pat, Just wanted to say thank you for the amazing job you're doing! My boys (and us) are so lucky we found you. Your gentle spirit and loving ways are what the boys are accustomed to, so they were able to adjust so easily to your care. Plus, although your facilities really impressed us, that was just the icing on the cake! In the short time they have been with you, they have already made wonderful new friends, enjoyed pre-school, a storyteller, and even went to the zoo! Thanks for all you do - we really appreciate you!
Janelle, Brian, Connor and Logan.....Lakeville
Gail Birch, CEO, Providers Choice
Dear Parent: Your child care provider, Pat Gentz, has been selected to exemplify the quality of care being provided in family day care homes and to showcase the benefits of the Child & Adult Care Food Program to children and their families. Your provider will be visited by representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Child Nutrition office, and by members of the Minnesota Department of Education, Food and Nutrition division on June 17, 2010. You should feel proud that your child care provider was selected to represent family child care in this manner. We had to choose just six out of the approximately 5000 providers that we sponsor in Minnesota to demonstrate the quality of family child care in Minnesota and the benefits that the CACFP brings to family child care. Sincerely.....Gail Birch, CEO, Providers Choice
Holly Dahl, Mayor - City of Lakeville
Dear Ms. Gentz: Congratulations on being the recipient of the Dakota County Family Child Care Association's 2008 Outstanding Child Care Provider award. This recognition reflects your hard work and dedication to caring for children in our community. Child care providers are among the unsung heroes who help to make our community stronger by offering a cheerful and loving environment in which our youngest residents can grow and thrive. Along with the DCFCCA, we wish to acknowledge your efforts and commitment to the health and welfare of our children. It takes a very special person to fill the role of child care provider and you have obviously been very successful in this profession. Sincerely, Holly Dahl, Mayor - City of Lakeville, 3/4/2008.
Mary Liz Holberg - Minnesota House of Representatives
Dear Pat, Congratulations on being named Child Care Provider of the Year by the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. You have accomplished so much over the past 25 years and the community is proud of you. I know that "Pat's Precious People" is a very significant name in the Lakeville area. Pat, I want to thank you for all that you do for the kids in the community. If I can ever be of assistance to you with a state agency issue or with a legislative issue, please contact me. Warm regards, Mary Liz Holberg, State Representative (District 36A) Minnesota House of Representatives, 5/27/2008
Student Intern from Dakota County Technical College
Pat, Thank you first of all for letting me intern at your home. It wasn't long before I became attached to you and all of the children. You have such a fun group of children and they are all special in their own way. I believe that part of the reason they are that way is because of you. You are truly an inspiration to me and I hope that more students have the chance to meet you, work alongside you, and get inspired just as I did. You are a wonderful person and I really can't thank you enough for all you have done for me. You have taught me so much about children, life, and so much more. Thank you for the chance to work with you and especially thank you most of all for becoming a friend that I will never forget. Always, Nicky.....Rosemount
Family Child Care Provider
Pat, Congratulations on your 25th Anniversary in Child Care! I hope you will take this time to reflect on all you have achieved, the lives you have touched, the families you have worked with, the providers you have taught, and the children who have benefited from your teaching. I feel so fortunate to have met you! I think it is awesome that you have been in this field for so many years and that you still actually take the time to listen to, and help people like myself. I have a role model in you as to how I hope my business will be some day. When you met with me last summer, what I remember the most, is how "soft and gentle" you were...I am conscious of this when I'm caring for my own children and daycare children. Congratulations and thank you! Nicole.....Burnsville