A mother must keep going even when she’s been on the front lines for months as a health care worker and doesn’t know when relief will come.

Her patients depend on her, and her children can’t wait to see her when she is home.

A mother must keep going even when she’s been trying to homeschool three kids at once and struggling to make sure they all get the attention they need.

Without her help, the schoolwork won’t get done.

A mother must keep going even if she’s balancing working from home with children.

She needs to provide for her family and also make sure her children’s daily needs are met.

A mother must keep going even when she’s a stay-at-home mom and is balancing worry between protecting her children’s health while wondering if she’s keeping them too isolated.

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Without her, the children wouldn’t have anyone to play with all day.

A mother must keep going even if the only time she’s left the house by herself for months has been for grocery trips and doctor’s appointments.

She needs to make sure her family has the food they need, and that she keeps herself healthy.

A mother must keep going even if she sometimes cries to herself in the shower because she misses family and friends she has not been able to see in a long time.

She doesn’t want her children to see how upset she is. She knows their world has changed so much, too.

A mother must keep going even though she is tired of making hard decisions about if school should be done virtually or in person.

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If she doesn’t make the choices, the decisions won’t get made.

A mother must keep going even though she’s made hundreds of meals for her immediate family, but she sometimes gets sad while she’s cooking because she wonders when the day will come when she’ll be back to hosting big family gatherings again.

She needs to keep making healthy meals for her family.

A mother must keep going even though there are extra chores nowadays related to cleaning and sanitizing.

She has to do her best to keep her family safe.

A mother must keep going even if she is worried about so many people—family and friends who are immune-compromised or who live alone.

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She has to try to keep these things to herself so as not to worry her kids.

A mother must keep going even if she is not sure when life will be back to normal.

She has to keep fighting to keep her children’s lives as close to normal as possible.

Kimberly Keys

Kimberly is a stay-at-home Mom to her long-awaited precious son who joined our family through the miracle of adoption. She loves watching her toddler discover new things, especially when exploring the parks around her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.