Jana Kramer Marks First Thanksgiving Without Her Kids After Divorce: ‘My Heart Hurts’

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Jana Kramer is marking her first Thanksgiving with out her youngsters. 

The nation singer, 37, shared an emotional Instagram publish on Thursday morning, talking concerning the struggles she’s going through on the vacation as a single mother after submitting for divorce from retired NFL participant Mike Caussin, 34, in April. The pair share daughter Jolie Rae, 5, and son Jace Joseph, 2, who seem like spending Thanksgiving with their father.

“Happy thanksgiving 🖤. I’m beyond thankful for my beautiful babies,” Kramer started the publish, sharing a photograph of herself holding fingers with Jolie and Jace, all three smiling on the digital camera. “My heart hurts not being with them today and I have a feeling whether it’s the first holiday apart or the 30th there will always be an ache in the heart… BUT How grateful and thankful I am that I’m their momma.”

She then added a message of solidarity for these going by way of an analogous state of affairs: “Thinkin of all the others that are having a ‘first’ holiday of loss or missing or just a difficult time,” she wrote. “Let it out and then let’s eat and drink our feelings 😂😂.”

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Earlier within the day, the One Tree Hill alum shared a uncooked video of herself on her Instagram Stories crying on the sofa at her Nashville home. 

“Happy Thanksgiving,” she mentioned to the digital camera by way of tears. “First one without the kiddos. I knew it was going to be tough but the rainy weather outside is not helping.” 

She then pointed to the tears rolling down her cheeks and mentioned, “I’m going to finish this, go for a run and count my blessings, because there’s a lot to be thankful for. But I also think it’s okay to feel the feels … The holidays aren’t always easy for everyone, especially if you’re having a first.”

Kramer has been open with followers on social media concerning the emotional toll of being a single mother, and navigating life after her break up from Caussin after six years of marriage. 

In September, the star mentioned the toll the divorce has taken on her in an episode of her podcast Whine Down, and mentioned she could not maintain again her tears after her surname was legally modified again to Kramer.

“I cried because my kids’ names… those are my kids. It felt so separated and that really sucked,” she mentioned. “Taking Caussin, we were like a family, even though I took Kramer on some things, and it was easier.”

(Photo: Jana Kramer/Instagram)

(Photo: Jana Kramer/Instagram)

She mentioned that formally having a final title totally different to that of her youngsters “broke [her] heart.”

“They’re my kids. They should have my last name, like I birthed them. They came out of my belly and I have them 70 percent of the time. How does he get the last name?” she mentioned. “I don’t know, that really hit me kind of hard. But after I cried, I said, ‘I’m Kramer, yeah! I’ve always been Kramer.’ Then I cried again. After that I was like, I’m never changing my last name again, I will never.”

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In an emotional Instagram publish saying their divorce in April, Kramer wrote that it was “time” for her and Caussin to go their separate methods after six years of marriage. A supply informed PEOPLE on the time the break up was as a result of Caussin’s infidelity.

“‘It’s time.’ As I try to make sense of a reality I never wanted to believe could be possible again, those words have now become a reality,” Kramer wrote in her publish. “I’ve fought y’all. I’ve loved hard. I’ve forgiven. I’ve put the work in. I’ve given everything I have, and now I have nothing else to give.”

An insider informed PEOPLE in early September that Kramer had begun courting once more, as she and Jay Cutler, a retired NFL star and Kristin Cavallari’s ex-husband, had been on one date collectively.

In early October, a supply shared with PEOPLE that that they had already referred to as it quits: “They went on a few dates but in the end Jana is still single. They realized they’re better off as friends than dating,” the supply mentioned.


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