Today we sit to celebrate all that we’re thankful for. Our families will be milling around the house, and they dare not touch anything in the kitchen if they don’t have experience doing “real” cooking because such is the requirement for Thanksgiving. At any rate, I thought I would blog about my lifelines; translation my friends and family. I also want to make special mention of some new folk in VMJ land. Not that I don’t have several people I could name, I’m gonna be specific on a few.
My parents – I have the absolute BEST parents in the world! I’m thankful that God has preserved their health and they live active lives going on trips without telling their children and such (lol). I couldn’t ask for more supportive parents, and their only grandchild couldn’t have better grandparents. Who else goes to the grocery store in preparation for their grandson’s visit and asks him what he wants and GIVES him what he wants just to send him home to be reprogrammed. Thanks ma and da!
My brother and sister – For YEARS, we did nothing but argue and seemingly fight to the death, but what you won’t do is mess with my brother. We probably didn’t actually talk like we “have sense” until we were grown, and oddly enough we both share the same techyness! My sister and I are years apart in age and at different places in life, but I do love her and want nothing but the best for her, and if she doesn’t call me more, we’re going to have problems and situations. Just sayin…
My relatives – My side of the family can be nosy, pushy, a hair controlling, and nosy (yes, I said it twice), but when it comes to loving you, there’s nothing like them. I’m thankful for their support, advice (solicited or not) and humor.
My besties – They know who they are and they know I love them dearly. We may not call each other every day, but if one calls, the others are coming. We balance each other better than a seesaw.
My church – I’m a LIFER and proud of it! I’m thankful for Kingdom Life. I have grown so much in this ministry. My relationship with God has been strengthened and I’m forever grateful for the people who have entered my life as result of being a part of this body of believers.
I’m thankful for my business, VMJ Media Group, and the person responsible for branding it, Tamika L. Sims. I probably fought her more than followed her, but in the end, what I have is an amazing brand with room to be even greater as I continue to discover who VMJ is. I have something to offer that is useful and much needed. I have the ability to educate others on the importance of leveraging social media and helping them to get it done. I tell stories in my plays and novels that pull viewers and readers in to the lives of the characters. I never thought I had that or at least not what the masses would deem worth it. VMJ is no longer the girl who just wanted a new logo. She’s helping individuals and businesses tell their story via print and social media and that far outreaches a logo. She’s writing books, blog posts, social media posts and plays. That goes so much further than a pretty logo. I get it!
MY FELLAS! I can’t leave out my husband. We are complete opposites but I’m thankful we love each other through it. We have our ups and downs, and we aren’t perfect by any means, but there’s something to be said when you stick it out and watch how God works it out. I’ve gained a new appreciation for my husband, and for that alone, I’m thankful. Xavier, affectionately known as Sir in social media land, is our gift from God. Some choose various ways to grow their family, and after the loss of our precious daughter, we decided to grow ours through adoption. It was one of the single best decisions we have ever made! This child was MADE for us. He couldn’t have been anyone else’s child but ours.
The bible says in ALL things give thanks. That “all” includes the good, the bad and the ugly. My life is not all roses, but for every bit of it – every tear, every gut chuckle, every up and down – I thank God! Every day of is a day to be thankful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Be grateful!