I remember the most exciting thing to do each morning in December was to leap out of bed and check the advent calender my mom had made each of us. The presents were always tiny, a pencil, a chocolate, a coin etc but knowing she went to the effort to make them and buy all the little gifts to count down the days to Christmas with us in this special way is a memory that I will remember for ever.
It is a tradition that I now do with my kids, first Rachel and now this year Caleb is old enough to have his own advent calender which I made for him yesterday all ready for 1 December. I had fun shopping for the tiny gifts that will fill each tiny sock as we count down to Christmas together. This has been a big year of change for the 3 of us and while being a single mom is not easy and I know there are things they need in the future I might not be able to provide, for now we have survived and we are stronger and we are happy.