To all the mamas and the daddies…

I see you.

I know it’s been hard lately. I know you feel like your best is never good enough. I know you struggle with the idea of never being enough and always being too much. I know you think you are a terrible parent sometimes. I know money is tight, bills are behind and you don’t know where to turn. I know you feel hopeless and invisible.

But I see you.

I see you, friend. I look at you and I see an incredible person. I see a person that tries their very hardest. I see a person that has failed so many times, and yet, you continue to rise, each time to new heights.

I see that you are so much more than enough, never too much, and you are exactly  perfect just as you are.

You, my dear friend, you will never be too much for me. I will love all of you and then some and no matter how much you become, I will still love it all.

See, I know firsthand that parenting is hard. And I know that you are doing the best you can.

That’s all any of us ever do, you know?

None of us have a freaking clue what we are doing.

Parenting is a game of guesses and hopes and dreams and crashing and burning and starting all over again.

But I just want you to know that I look at you and think you are doing an absolutely amazing job.

Yeah, money might be tight right now, but it wont be forever. And you are such an inspiration in your frugality, such an encouragement and teacher with your coupons and money-saving apps. Bills wont always be behind, my dear.

You have what it takes to make life work. Right now is just a season.

Sometimes your kids misbehave. Guess what? So do mine. More often than not, in fact. So does every kid on this planet. It’s their job to test the boundaries. But I see the way you talk to them, reason with them, discipline them. And they are going to be alright. They know how much you love them. They want to be the best they can and earn your pride above anything else. You are raising GREAT kids, my friend.

You are not invisible by any means. We may not have the time to talk like we used to, but I see you. I love you. And I am here if ever you need anything.

Keep on keeping on, and your ripple will impact people you don’t even know. You are a trooper, and I am so incredibly proud of you.





About Shannon Joy

I am a single mama with two incredible munchkins. I confuse most people and the deeper you delve into the rabbit hole, the more lost you will become. I play a lot, work a lot, learn a lot, volunteer a lot and tend to do a lot... I love my life. The past few years have been an incredible journey, full of ups and downs. Thankfully, I have made the choice to see challenges as opportunities and it makes me so much stronger than I ever thought possible. I love to write and paint and feel that being creative is my God-given talent. I am so excited to share my life and experiences with you. Although I am a diamond in the rough, I known that I am being chiseled and hewn by experiences and grace and perseverance. I love comments and feedback, so please send a little love when you can. I will always try to respond personally and in a timely fashion.
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1 Response to To all the mamas and the daddies…

  1. Tikeetha T says:

    Love this. So true that none of us have a clue.

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