Joy in my own holiday schedule December 21, 2015 by Amy I’m a divorced mom of two girls. They are blessed to have two good parents, so we share custody. Every other year they are with their Dad for the week of Christmas, and this is one of those years. Most people will feel sad when they hear that I will be alone for Christmas. I am thankful for their compassion and their open invitations to go have family dinner with them. This year I am sharing my joy with all the single parents out there who are sharing their children for the holidays. I am more than happy to spend this week alone. I am so full of JOY! Why am I so full of JOY? I get an entire extra week to go shopping before my girls are back. I can take my time and I’m in no rush. We get to have our own holiday next week! #blessed! Because I’m a school teacher, and last week was so chaotic and busy, that I am happy to have some time to relax and sleep before spending every waking moment with my sweet girls. Because this year I get to attend as many Christmas Eve services as I want, and I can sing along without embarrassing my kids. Because I honestly do NOT have a talent for holiday decorating, nor do I have much money this year, and their dad and stepmom do, so this year I know they’re in good hands having a fabulous time for the holidays. Because I love reading and hiking, and I get a few days to do that before the kiddos get back. Because next week I get to hear all their stories. They tell me everything, and they love that I listen! So I get to hear story after story of their fun week. Their happiness brings me joy. (...so does the fact that the younger one will exaggerate her stories and the older one will insist on correcting her every time… cracks me up…) Because earlier this year I came to know Jesus, and I have been more at peace this year than any other year, and I thank Him for the gifts of Love and Peace He brings. To all the single parents out there who do not have their kiddos on Christmas this year: My prayer is that you will enjoy this week and I hope you get to have your own fabulous holiday when your kids get back. If you’re an extrovert, I pray you have family and friends with whom you can share this time. If you’re an introvert (like me), I pray you enjoy the quiet time with a fabulous book and hot chocolate. And I pray you will all feel God’s peace and love in your hearts.