Our story is important because the stories ofWe are thrilled and honored to share stories of single parents connected with Single Parent Provision. This is the first "Featured Family" of many to come. Enjoy meeting Kate and hearing a little of her story.
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Tell us a little about your story...
My oldest daughter's father and I split not long before she was born. When she was born, she was put in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and almost died. It was extremely hard on me. We were able to live with my parents, which was a blessing, but I was clueless about how to be a single parent. My parents were still married and didn't know what to do. No one in my family was a single parent. I didn't know any one else who was a single mom or a single dad. Single parenting was not my normal. I felt alone and scared.
My relationship with my youngest daughter's dad ended just before she was born. She was two months early and was also in the NICU. I met Teahl (with Single Parent Provision) not long after that, and we became friends; our girls went to preschool together. I hadn't really met any other single moms until then.
It took her about six months of asking, before I went to my first group. I had no idea what to expect. It took a lot of courage on my end, but I finally went. As I listened to the women sharing their "pits and peaks" for the week, I got emotional and teary-eyed. I felt instantly close to them. I thought, "Oh my goodness! I'm really not alone!" I know I'm not the only single mom out there, but you feel that way when you're going through things in your life.
What impact has Single Parent Provision (SPP) made in your family's life?
SPP saved my life. If it wasn't for SPP, I don't know where I would be in my life spiritually or as a parent. There are so many struggles and every day is new for me, something I haven't ever dealt with yet. And they help take a lot of stress off. SPP will always be close to my heart.
What would you tell other single parents?
You are not alone. Know and feel loved and you're not alone. There are a ton of people who are there for you. There are people who truly care about you and have gone through similar things.
What would you tell those who volunteer or give to SPP?
Just thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without SPP, there is not a good support system for single parents. For as common as it is to be a single parent, there just isn't support. The generosity and the hearts involved in SPP are so touching. So many parents have felt the love and relief.
Thank you for sharing, Kate. We love you!