I am overwhelmed with emotion at just the thought of writing what Mom’s House means to me. My name is Kelly and I have an amazing 4-year-old daughter named Alivia. Alivia goes to Mom’s House while I am going through the nursing program at Delaware Tech. I graduate in May of this year!
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Which I can say, absolutely would not be possible if it weren’t for this amazing program and the even more amazing staff. A little about me and I promise there is a point. Alivia is my second child and to me the greatest gift I could have ever been blessed with. My first child, my son EJ, was stillborn at 36 weeks. This heartache is a pain that only a mother who has been through can under- stand. I think it's safe to say, that losing a child is any parent’s worst fear. It changed who I am and taught me more than I could’ve imagined. I learned to appreciate every single little smile, laugh, attitude, tantrum, cuddle, hug, kiss, and dance party. To cherish every moment. With this gratitude comes a new fear, that any mother who has buried a child could tell you about. This overwhelming fear was another battle in itself. Because of this, I couldn’t imagine leaving Alivia with anyone. I had finished all of my pre-requisites before I had Alivia but the thought of leaving her to finish school was out of the question.
Then my best friend told me about Mary Kay and Mom’s House. Her two oldest sons went there while she went through nursing school 8 years ago. Knowing how I was with Alivia, she assured me she would be in the best hands possible. My very first conversation with Mary Kay, I knew she was right. But what I didn’t know is just how much she would impact ME. There were so many times, I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Mentally, emotionally, physically. No matter what, Mary Kay has always been encouraging, supportive, motivating, understanding, and always just so genuinely self-less.
Anyone who knows Mary Kay knows that she does this because she loves us moms and our children and she truly wants better for us. To see her so willingly offer so much with no expectation except our own success, had an impact on me that I can’t even put into words. It made me want to do better. My friends would say I am far from an emotional person but I don’t think Mary Kay would ever believe them. I get emotional every time I think about all that Mary Kay, Shannon, and ALL of Mom’s House has done for myself and Alivia. I am so very thankful to all the amazing staff, volunteers, and donors that contribute to Mom’s House and allowed me to take such a huge step to better our lives. The nursing program rocked our lives. It has been the toughest, most rewarding thing I have ever done. Mom’s House made it possible. They changed mine and my daughters life and I will be forever grateful.