Awe yuletide, I am so sorry that this happened to you! What a blow to the face! But as many others have said, your Dad IS
proud of you...you don't need a license for that! If only more people took the time off needed to raise kids right, the world would be a much, much better place! (and I don't mean that as a slam to working parents...many of us have no choice but to work, or go to the poor house) I'm just sorry that something you worked so hard for was pulled out from underneath you like that! Enjoy the time you have with your kids...they grow up so fast!
Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace & goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.