12/05/2013

God, love and family are the real reason for the season!

Happy holidays Divas and Divos! We are at the beginning of my favorite time of year and I’m feeling very nostalgic right now after spending time with my family. Time filled with love, good times, great food and drama of course.

 Truth be told, we all have some kind of family drama that makes you say, you can’t live with or without them! And even when you are avoiding some of them like the plague, you know you’d never replace even one, (well maybe one or two) but you get my point!  I’ve shared my history often with you about growing up in foster homes, not to get sympathy, but to encourage you all to embrace and value your family. I didn’t always have one, but I’m thankful for my grandma, mom, sisters and brothers, both biological and foster because at the end of the day, we’re family and that means the world to me.

 First I went to Memphis to see my sister, nieces and nephews. You should have seen their faces when I walked in the door unannounced and surprised them. My sister couldn’t even pronounce my name and the kids were soooo happy to see me. We had a great time.

  Sisters and kids

Sleepover

Then I hopped a flight to St. Petersburg, Fla to see my Grandma Holmes. She has been one of the greatest blessings in my life and I can’t love her more for being there for me. She didn’t just give me a roof over my head and food to eat, she gave me the one thing I needed most, she loved me, protected me and I will never be able to thank her enough. I can’t believe she’s going to be 97 in February! She’s still taking care of her house. You can’t tell her what to do and she always tells it like it is. Grandma Holmes is a strong, genuine woman who sacrificed everything for her family and refuses to have a TV in the house because she says the bible is her TV. I love having long talks with her while she advises me not to interfere with what God has planned for me. “Have faith Baby,” are her words that I live by. Oh and she still makes the best cornbread I’ve ever tasted!

  Marlo and Gram

While I was there I spent time with some of my closest friends and my two beautiful goddaughters. We played cards, did the soul train line and just cut up! Honestly, I do love meeting new friends, but there is nothing like spending time with real people who knew me from day one and love all my extra-ness…. I ate too much, went to the movies with my sisters and girlfriends to see The Best Man Holiday, again and just had an amazing time! And, the cherry on top was reconnecting with my brother and meeting his wife and kids.

 I realize it’s all about the simple things ya’ll. Life is short, so we need to cherish the moments that turn into memories. The ones that make us smile, or cry tears of joys, or reminisce. When God gave us the gift of memory, He showed us all just how great He is!

 So now, I’m home and getting ready for Christmas! Time to put up the tree, decorate the house (pics coming soon!), send out the cards and shop of course! Like the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

 I’ve got a nice long Christmas list because you all know that this girl loves things that sparkle. I can’t wait to find out if Santa thinks I’ve been naughty or nice. Hmmmmm…. I guess we’ll have to stay tuned!

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Today having faith in God's plan for me are the exact words that I needed to hear (even if they were from your grandmother to you ; )

So nice....Very Authentic!

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