[twitter]Justin Connors was 22 yrs old when he found out he was going to be a dad. It wasn’t the way he wanted to find out. He was a student at a bible college, the kind that has policies about pre-marital sex amongst students. His fiancée was 18 and neither had a job.
“I wanted to throw up,” Justin writes in an extremely moving post about that day. When he got the call from his fiancée and was told “you’re going to be a daddy,” Justin didn’t cheer. He panicked. He suggested adoption. 9 years later, Justin is still embarrassed by that day and wishes he could take it all back.
Justin and his wife now have two children. Justin is a SAHD, his wife is back in school. To say their budget is tight would be putting it nicely. He wrote a post in January about dropping his daughter off at a birthday party and the struggle he faces to climb out of poverty and build a life for his kids.
I don’t have things, but I get to take my son to the library on Monday mornings.
I don’t have a cell phone, but I get to drive my daughter to school and pick her up every single day. I treasure those mornings in the car. There is an unbreakable relationship forming in that car. Every. Single. Morning.
I’m telling you Justin’s story because I want to tell Justin he’s #doingood and I want you to find a parent friend of yours and tell them they’re #doingood too. The best Father’s Day gift a dad can get is to know he’s doin’ good. The knowledge that, despite all the failures, he’s succeeding is the best gift dad can get.
Share it with the friends and family in your life who could use a reminder that they, too, are doing a great job as a parent.
Post a shout out/short story about him in the comment section below to let them know he’s doing a better job as a parent than he might think. With the comment you’ll have a chance to win a Minute Maid prize pack, which includes a $250 Visa gift card to help him to continue #DoinGood work for his family.
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