A Christmas First for Kristin

December 09, 2015

A Christmas First for Kristin

This holiday season is so special to me. I have a wonderful full-time job, my own home, my own car, and my children. They are 9 years old, 7 years old, and 9 months old—all girls!

This year, for the very first time since my children were born, I can provide a Christmas for them with my own money. In the past, my parents provided what I could not provide—emotionally and materially—for my kids. This year, I have been able to buy Christmas presents without any assistance from anyone. My family has warm beds, Christmas lights, clothes, and new toys & gifts to complete this wonderful season.

It is a feeling of such accomplishment that words cannot even do it justice.

I do not give myself enough credit at times and start to doubt myself. It is so hard to go from spending most of my life in a ditch—surrounded by self-pity—to becoming a fully employed, cookie-baking, basketball-practice-taking, homework-helping, house-cleaning mother of three beautiful children; and to do all of this with confidence in myself.

This holiday season, I am remembering my blessings, and I am so grateful for my life today. I am a woman of purpose.

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