In honor of Mother's Day, "Fixer Upper" star Joanna Gaines has written an open letter to mothers encouraging them to remember they are "doing enough" and are loved and appreciated -- even when motherhood can seem like a thankless task.
In a recent blog post, Joanna reflects on how she, like all other mothers, often struggles with thinking she isn't doing enough for her children. However, she urges mothers to remember: "You are enough."
She writes, "As a working mom, it's the hardest when my kids grab onto me as I'm walking out the door and say, 'Mommy please stay home!' I don't want to ignore that, so I always explain to them that being with them is my favorite thing in the world. I explain that I have to work just like they have to go to school."
One way she combats feelings of guilt is to spend quality time with her children when she is able to be home.
"When I get home from work, I try and leave my phone in the car and make that intentional effort to play and connect face to face with them," the HGTV star writes. "Even when I'm tired at the end of a long day, it's fuel to see the look in their eyes when I ask them to cook with me or go play outside. As a mom, sometimes I have to change my mindset and remind myself what's important. I only have so many hours a day to spend with these sweet little people. And they won't be little forever. So I get up and keep moving."
She also encouraged mothers to cherish the little moments with their children: "The details have always mattered to me, especially when it comes to my kids. Whether I'm making cereal for breakfast or a big, fancy dinner, I want them to know that celebrating them in small ways in everyday life is a big deal to me," she writes.
Joanna acknowledges motherhood can be difficult and is not an "instant gratification thing all the time."
"When your kiddos are just babies and you're changing diapers or listening to whining constantly, it can feel overwhelming," she writes. "But I want to encourage you, because one day you'll be sitting around a table for your birthday breakfast and you'll realize that their little hearts are thankful for you. And they do notice things like mom's homemade meals."
She concludes: "I hope you feel so loved and celebrated this Mother's Day. And no matter what season you find yourself in, just know that you are doing enough, and you are loved and appreciated. Take a few moments today to look around and appreciate your children and the stage they're in."
"Fixer Upper," now in its third season, has garnered more than 8 million viewers, making it one of the highest-rated shows of its kind. Joanna and her husband, Chip, are sometimes shown praying on the show along with their four children.
"Our family has made a commitment to put Christ first, a lifestyle our parents modeled for us very well. They showed us how to keep our marriage and family centered around God," Chip said.
He added,"As for 'Fixer Upper', we have been surprised at the impact of our faith through the show. We haven't been overtly evangelical, but the rich feedback we have received on family and love all source from our faith. Jesus said the world would know His disciples by their love for one another, and we've glimpsed this in practice and strive for it every day."