beth sorry to hear about you and your mom. I haven't spoken to my mother in over 4 years, it will be 5 years this coming june.She is not allowed to see her grandchildren so I know how you feel. Christmas was dismal , no money for gifts for the kids. Fortunatley, I raised my kids to appreciate anything and everything. My eight year old got my keyboard, which my oldest bought me a month before. he loved it. He has music in his blood, so even though it was a hand me down, he appreciated it and it will let him explore his talents. It took him less than an hour to learn Amazing Grace, and tell you every note. (thats how I knew he music in his soul). My oldest got my computer. He appreciated it too, even though it was 5 years old. So I guess I was blessed at Christmas because I realized God gave me two wonderful kids. Understanding that money was tight, it didnt matter, they knew the gifts they had came from moms heart.
For New years I got freedom from my husband. I have been in a verbally and emotionally abusive relationship, craziness, more like a Dictatorship than a marriage for 2 years. And finally got my freedom. I prayed alot for God to either fix it or end it because I couldnt take it anymore. Well he listened and ended it. I know he doesnt favor divorce but he doesnt let us endure more than we can handle either. So he set me free. I am thankful for that. Now we are sleeping peacefully at night and my kids and i dont feel like doormats.
Even though for the holidays we were financially distressed, and my marriage ended, and it sounds bad, it was actually a blessing. We will be moving to Arkansas soon, living off the land in about a year or so, on 36 beautiful acres. I am so excited. God is walking beside me helping me through it all.
God bless all of you