"Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's a great balancing act" - Dr. Seuss
In the case of "opening a new doughnut shop two months ago, continuing with other careers, projects and school work and baseball season starting for 5 of our 6 children" we are going to simply say that the term "balancing" has been completely thrown out the window and in some moments we are working with "SURVIVAL".
Needless to say, the past two months have been quite a blur of glaze, boxes of cereal, maple and more.
I know, I know, I am preaching to the parent choir. Just another day in the life of trying to do everything we can as parents to provide for our children, teach them all they need to know, get them to here, there and everywhere, achieve our own goals set far before they were here, and not lose our mind in the process.
FACT: these 6 faces are EXHAUSTING and having children is EXHAUSTING.
I think perhaps many of you may feel the same.
But through the exhaustion, there are incredible moments of peace, smiles, contentment and utter joy that comes along with being a parent.
These are the moments we cherish and capture into our memory for those days when they are grown up and no longer asking us where their homework is or what is for dinner (with an eye roll of course).
One of the greatest gifts the doughnut shop has given us is seeing so many of you create these moments with your children. We have watched the farm table fill up with high school students and their parents, all in the shop on a holiday weekend, talking and catching up on life. We have seen little kids grab the board games and ask their dad if they can play. We have seen moms walk in with their strollers for a morning coffee for them and a sprinkle doughnut for their toddler. We have decorated doughnuts for 5th birthdays and 18th birthdays and so many in-between.
We are grateful for you including us in these moments and allowing us to be a part of so many simple memories and celebrations in just the few short months we have been open.
We remember going to the doughnut shop every weekend with our parents. At 40 years old, it is still a memory that we go back to all the time. It is one of the reasons opening this shop was so important to us.
It is incredible to think that we get to be a part of those memories your children will have years from now, when your exhaustion is gone but instead the thought of "that just went too fast" lingers.
We opened this shop for you and your family and the joy it could bring. Thank you for letting us know, we are on the right track.
Two months in with many more memories to be made.