charliebrowntreeHey Friends –

Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you!

Although the song tells us “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” the reality is the holidays can be an extremely painful, stressful and lonely time.

I know this all too well.

As you know, it was during the Christmas season that my fiance David was killed.

While everyone was singing Christmas carols, baking goodies, and wrapping their presents — I was a heartbroken single mom left with a pile of broken dreams.

It was painful and suffocating and raw beyond by wildest imagination.

Thankfully the homeless teen moms I worked with at The Salvation Army made my little family a Christmas dinner that heart-breaking holiday season I’ll never forget.

Do you know someone who is having a difficult time this Thanksgiving/Christmas season?

  • A single mom?
  • A woman experiencing a season filled with change and transition?
  • Someone who is facing a “first Thanksgiving and/or Christmas”?

I try every holiday to think of anyone who will be going through this holiday for the first time without their husband, dad, mom, grandparent, etc.. Even though the death may have been months ago, “first’s” are extremely difficult. Trust me.)

  • A family with a recent job loss? Health crisis? Family estrangement?

Obviously I’m not a trained therapist (just learned stuff the hard way), but I’ll be back tomorrow to share my Top 10 ways to come alongside of others when the holidays are hard….

Have you been through a difficult holiday season?

What was helpful to you (or not helpful). I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and stories!

Thanks for stopping by *She Sparkles*. I thank God for YOU!


P.S. See you tomorrow for Part 2! 🙂

…repost from the archives

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