A solo momma always works hard but when the holidays roll around she somehow has to find the strength to do a little more. Picking up even more extra hours at work to help ease the tight budget so there will be gifts under the tree.
She makes time for the family traditions and looks for ways to start new ones. There is so much that she wants to do but time gets away from her. She feels like a failure for not keeping up with it all. She remembers Christmases from the past and feels a little sadness.
She wishes she could give her kids more of what's on their list. They have been such great kids. They have taken on extra responsibilities while she worked long hours. They have stayed strong through so much turmoil and loss. But the money is just not there. She takes what she has and spreads it as far as it will go. She looks for just the right gifts for each child.
She begins to feel the stress as the money runs out and she's only been able to get a few gifts. She knows that the kids will understand but it still pains her to not have enough.
She has always loved Christmas but this year her Christmas spirit has taken a beating. She keeps doing all of the traditions hoping that will help but she really just wants to stay in bed and sleep until January.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.