Parents, both current and previous clients, offered these gracious letters of recommendation to us. We wish to share them with you here.

Hi Bell,

Before and after our daughter Olivia was born, we visited multiple daycares in the Portland area. Each facility left us uneasy about returning to work. Bell set the stage for our positive first impression of Bundle of Joy as she was very responsive, professional, organized and friendly. During our first visit to Bundle of Joy, Monet and all of the Ladies greeted us with warm smiles and open arms. This was the first daycare that offered to hold Olivia during our visit. I knew then that this was the daycare for us. The entire home was clean, bright, full of many fun toys and calm despite the 15 children in the home. We did not hesitate to confirm Olivia’s enrollment at Bundle of Joy. We smiled and breathed a huge sigh of relief.

In the mornings, Miss Kari or Miss Vanessa kindly greets us at the door and inquires about Olivia’s evening. Olivia never hesitates, but eagerly leans to them, ready for breakfast and to play with her friends. Each evening, Miss Kari or Miss Vanessa reviews in detail Olivia’s day, answers our questions, and offers funny or monumental events from the day that they know we would not want to miss.

After one year, we are still thrilled to have Olivia at Bundle of Joy. All of the Ladies are warm, gentle, fun, smart and loving. There is no doubt in our minds about the love that they have for each child. We see it everyday when we drop off and pick up Olivia. Bundle of Joy offers Olivia a fun, structured, educational and loving environment where she progresses at her own pace. We recommend Bundle of Joy to everyone. Sincerely, Angie and Joe Rock

Olivia's Story

Dear Bell and Monet,

It is hard to know where to begin and explain how impressed Todd and I am with the Bundle of Joy Infant/Toddler home. We write this letter to express our highest recommendation for the Bundle of Joy Infant/Toddler home. Also, we write this letter to express our appreciation for all the time and effort, above and beyond your formal hours of operation, you spend supporting Bundle of Joy.

We made the decision to enroll Kate, in the Bundle of Joy Infant/Toddler program beginning the fall. After having an in-home care experience with our now four year old daughter, Taylor and five friend’s / co-worker’s infants enrolled at Bundle of Joy, the decision to enroll Kate at Bundle of Joy was easy! Especially given the fact that two of the five parents had two children each enrolled at Bundle of Joy from the start. We only wished that we had met you when Taylor was a baby!

The warm, caring environment that you provide is wonderful. Your attention to cleanliness, nutrition and safety leaves us without a worry when we drop Kate off. It is clear by the smile that lights up Kate’s face each morning when she is greeted, that she is loved and well cared for. Bundle of Joy provides a tremendous focus on positive emotional development. Your commitment to develop independent, positive, respectful, creative, curious, individual, fun-loving, well-mannered children is outstanding.

Each day Taylor and I drop off Kate at the Bundle of Joy Infant/Toddler home and each day Taylor is greeted as warmly as her baby sister. We always enjoy starting our day with the warm, cheery welcome your staff give! Sincerely, Suzanne & Todd Gorham

Kate's Story

Dear Bell & Bundle of Joy Family,

On behalf of my family, we would like to express our dearest thanks to you for taking such excellent care of our son, Aiden.

As you know, Aiden attended another in-home daycare before coming to Bundle of Joy. While the other owner was extremely caring and attentive, she was alone with six and sometimes seven children and just could not give them the individual attention I felt they needed. After seeking out daycares in the area surrounding my work, I happened upon Bundle of Joy through the Lewis & Clark website. I knew immediately you were different from the rest; none of the other daycares took such care in providing me with information both over the phone and through mailed materials, complete with over 30 letters of reference from the parents that I could contact if I so desired!

But, it was the visit to Bundle of Joy that really impressed me most. There was a world of difference between Bundle of Joy and the other daycares I saw; the others consisted mostly of one-room infant/toddler areas where the babies slept on mats on the floor, were changed, ate and played all in the same, cramped area! At Bundle of Joy, I was relieved to see three separate, beautifully designed play areas, and separate changing and sleeping rooms complete with real cribs. It had the charm and warmth of a home, but the professionalism and organization of a business. But, most importantly, the girls are all amazing! They treat my child with respect and love, and yet provide the guidance and discipline I so craved at the other daycare Aiden attended. I no longer walked into a room full of screaming and unruly children, but rather happy, playful and well disciplined children. Best of all, I learned invaluable techniques from the providers … to help me become a better mom! Just watching them and asking questions has helped me to better guide Aiden to becoming a respectful and well-adjusted child. I can see the difference between his behavior and other children his age already because he knows that “using his manners” is important, thanks to you!

I cannot say enough about Bundle of Joy, except that I feel very privileged to have Aiden there and that we will miss you during the year we will be gone in France. However, we will be reenrolling him upon on return to the states, as I cannot imagine having Aiden go anywhere else for preschool!

If you are a parent who is looking for exceptional childcare for your little one, look no further! Bundle of Joy is the BEST place you will find! And if you aren’t sure, just visit some of the others first and then you will most definitely see the difference!

Thanks again to all of you at Bundle of Joy for all that you do every single day to make my child feel special and loved. We will miss you very much while we’re gone, but we will see you soon!

With love, The Bradley’s (Stephanie, David & Aiden)

Aiden's Story


Leaving our son in the care of others was much harder than we could have ever imagined. But we are thrilled that we found Bundle of Joy! Before stumbling upon Bundle of Joy, we had visited at least fifteen different daycare homes and centers. After each visit we left with the feeling “we can’t leave our baby here”. And then friends told us about Bundle of Joy. After our visit with Monet, we left feeling like finally we had found a good fit for us and our son. What a HUGE relief! Unfortunately though, the opening they had fell through and we were put on a waiting list. We went through two different and unsatisfactory daycare placements before we got the call from Bell. They had an opening in their NE Portland center and it was ours if we wanted it. We were thrilled to say the least!

Our son, Marcus, has been with Bundle of Joy now for eight months and he is happy and thriving! He walks in every morning excited for the day and enters like it’s his own home. We love the home setting and the staff are wonderful – experienced, caring, nurturing, communicative and clearly love what they do. The center is clean, bright and engaging. And Marcus loves all of the friends he’s made there. Bundle of Joy staff have helped us through sleeping challenges and have been great at answering all of our “new parent” questions, giving us suggestions for things to try at home when we have been at a loss. When we have experienced challenges, they have worked through them with professionalism and open communication.

We are so thrilled to have found such a wonderful daycare setting for our son! It is hard being a two-working parent family, but knowing that our son is in such good hands when we leave him every day makes a world of difference. Thank you Bundle of Joy!

Karin & Rick Torregroza

Marcus' Story

Dear Bell,

Chris and I would like to thank you and all of the wonderful staff at Bundle of Joy for being the ideal “home away from home” for our daughter. It is so hard to believe that Harper is two years old and ready to move on to the preschool.

I will never forget the day I came in for my appointment and the relief I felt the minute I walked in the door and met you and Monet. Having a premature baby is difficult enough, finding an environment that you feel secure leaving your tiny baby in is an even tougher task. The bright, happy faces of the children and genuine interest in Harper from the staff were wonderful. The confusion of being a new mom faded as we talked and my ambivalence toward returning to work moved to the back of my head for the first time since giving birth.

Leaving Harper in your care was one of the best decisions we have ever made. She has thrived both physically and emotionally since her tiny start and much of that is owed to Bundle of Joy. She has loved all of her time here and we have never once worried about her well being. I can honestly say that occasionally some things are too good to be true! The ability to have a loving and secure home and maintain the professionalism and high standards that you have is something to be admired and celebrated. I wish all working parents could feel as positive about their child’s care giver as we have about Bundle of Joy.

Thanks again for everything. Love, Andrea and Chris Lombard

Harper's Story