High 5 for Orem day care owner

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OREM — A couple in Orem knows the meaning of a full house.

Blair and Maren Cecil run an in-home day care called "Maren's House." Miss Maren, as the kids call her, has been doing this for more than 20 years, and her husband recently joined her.

She's the recipient of this week's High 5.

"I love children," Maren said, "I really do. And I have always felt that children have the right to feel safe and loved wherever they are. And I can offer that."

The Cecils have seven children of their own, including two with disabilities. Their day care is an extension of what their home represents - everyone is welcome!

Children have the right to feel safe and loved wherever they are. And I can offer that.

–Maren Cecil

"One of the moms I talked to was trying to find someone close to their home. They interviewed person after person and nobody wanted to touch it, but I don't see a problem," Maren said.

Jeanette Ralls, the mother of a child who attends Maren's day care, said, "They love my daughter like their own. There is no question about it. Maren is the best. You can call her at 2 o'clock in the morning, ask her questions and she doesn't care."

Another mother, Mauri Jensen, said, "If Bridget is not feeling well, what do I do? Do I take her to the doctor or do I wait? It's really nice to be able to have someone to talk to about it."

"I love it," Maren said. "I love, love, love it, and I never get tired of it - opening the door and seeing their cute little faces and their cute little fingers, cute voices. I really love it and wouldn't pick any other job."

Maren also keeps a blog. You can read it at sahmsisters.com.

She received a gift basket and $100 for her next set of tires thanks to our High 5 partner Les Schwab.

If you want to nominate someone for a High 5, click here.


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