My Moment Of Joy: Sharing The Love Plus Enter To Win $200 Gift Certificate To Shutterfly

You always wonder if you’ve done right by your children. Whether or not you are a good parent, listener, friend. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

However, then you capture these moments in time where you see that all is right in the world and you learn the answer. You see that your kids are happy. You see that your kids are save. You know that your kids are loved – and those moments are the ones I want to remember for the rest of my life.

I live in a great town that is FILLED with children. When I was house hunting, I would search for something I liked to call the “Halloween Effect”. My husband and I would reference the “Halloween Effect” as we drove around from one area to another. I wanted to make sure that my kids would always be surrounded by other children – which in turn meant the town we chose would have to be fun, active, and young.

Every single day, my children and I head to the park after school. And every single day, so do 15 other kids with their families. We can literally see friendships forming that I am sure will last a lifetime.

When this particular day was over, my friend and I were walking back to our cars and as our children ran in front of us, they decided to hold hands. It just happened – instantaneously. My friend and I almost started to cry right then and there BECAUSE THAT WAS IT – the moment every parent hopes to see. Our kids happy – safe – loved.

I will never forget that moment because in that moment I felt that my children were exactly where they needed to be.

I’d like to hear about your moment of joy! Share your story and upload a photo (optional), and in return Shutterfly will gift you $5 off your next photo book to commemorate life’s joyous moments, and you”ll be entered for a chance to win a $200 Shutterfly Gift card.

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.