The week has gone by quickly and my children are with their Daddy, as they are just about every Friday night. The house feels extra quiet and it can be lonely to think of hours without activity. I learned early in my single mom life that I didn't enjoy being home alone for long.
Initially, I would spend hours walking the mall, but not having funds to actually purchase something made that get tiring quickly. In decent weather, I have spent hours walking our local trails. Then I got smart and began making plans with friends. Sometimes we walk trails, sometimes we go out to eat, sometimes we just hang out. This has been another gift of these single years...investing in friendships.
So, if you find you dread that time when the children are elsewhere - plan ahead to fill the void. Take care of yourself and enjoy others!