A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! #RRBC
The wait is over!
(Turn your speakers up!)
Well, the big day is upon us! Yes, it’s Christmas Eve and we’re all prepped for our presents, most of which are hidden in my garage even though my daughters are teen-aged and adult, the presence of family and friends, and let us not forget that wonderful, aromatic dinner that awaits us this Friday. If you all are anything like my family, Christmas dinner is had all day long: for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner and each snack in between. YES! We are so excited about our Christmas dinner, that we’re holding our breaths in great anticipation.
Since we’re in Louisiana, you can imagine what our BIG dinner is, right? Yep, a great big pot of cajun-style GUMBO! This pot will contain the following mouth-watering ingredients: chicken drumsticks, Alaskan snow crab legs, sausages, dried shrimp, fresh shrimp, crawfish, okra, tomato sauce, green onions and celery. Now, I won’t be sharing my recipe as it’s a family secret (my family secret), but, I will give you a few pointers on how I create this masterpiece, if you ask.
In the midst of all this excitement, my family and I are not at all forgetting the reason for this season. We are not forgetting that our Lord and Saviour died for our sins and this is the day we celebrate him, we are not forgetting that it always feels so much better to give than to receive, and we are not at all forgetting to give thanks for all that we have, with emphasis being put on the fact that we all have each other.
I am blogging today, as I’d like to publicly give thanks to all of you, especially those who support my work, my writing, my goals and my endeavors. To those of you who stand steadfastly in my corner constantly, I am so thankful for you; for those of you who are great members of the international literary success that is Rave Reviews Book Club and who make my work so easy, I AM SO THANKFUL FOR YOU; for my TEAM of Gladiators (JOHN FIORAVANTI, BEEM WEEKS, MARLENA HAND, JOHN HOWELL, JAN HAWKE, MICHELLE ABBOTT, REBECCA REILLY & MARC ESTES) who tirelessly work alongside me each day of the week as we struggle to meet deadlines and continually create the programs to make our club even greater, an even greater, awe-inspired THANK YOU! I couldn’t do all that I do if I didn’t have your awesome, uber-supportive hearts by my side, cheering me on and lifting me up…and for that I am forever GRATEFUL to have you as “gifts” under my “tree of hearts” this season.
I can’t leave this platform without naming some of those people who, had it not been for the world wide web (which I’m not too fond of) I would have never met. These people are so kind and generous, but most of all, supportive and extremely loving towards me. This Christmas, I am thankful for their presence in my life:
Shirley Harris-Slaughter, Gwen Plano, Rea Nolan Martin, Rhani D’Chae, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, just to name a few, and some very special shout-outs for the following awesomely special and supportive members of RRBC:
Gordon Bickerstaff, Robin Chambers, C.S. Boyack, Wendy Scott, Jenny Hinsman, Betty Stevens, Karen Ingalls, Jennie Sherwin, Natalie Ducey, Jennifer Stinger, Bill Ward, J.V. Carr, Peggy Hattendorf, Brian O’Hare, Harmony Kent, Adam Boustead, P.H. Solomon, Isabel Pietri, Michael Lynes, Joy York, Atoyia Pencil, Ernestine Rose, Lizzie Chantree, Maureen K. Howard, Renae Lucas-Hall, Linda Mims, Nicholas Rossis, Helen Treharne, Carol Marrs-Phipps, D. E. Howard, Sherilyn Powers, Kim Taylor, Janelle Jalbert, Loren Weaver, Maggie Thom, Peter Wendt, Regina Morris, Amy Reece, Margaret Daly, Michael P. King, Eileen Thornton, Yvette Calleiro, Mark Aberdeen, Anna Aizic, and Kim Cox, among many others who I’m sure I have missed here in writing, but you are in my heart.
To those “friends” on social media, whom I adore: Vicki Case, Lynette Creswell, Brianna Lee McKenzie, Julie Valerie, Jenny Burnley, Drina G., among so many others who are wonderful and supportive.
Lastly, for those who have asked what’s the #1 item on my GROWN-UP CHRISTMAS LIST this season? Well, my first book, THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS, 100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can’t Help But Love! is not getting as much attention as it did when it was initially released in 2013. It sounds like a serious read, but although it was intended to help parents raise better children who would eventually lead our society, it is also a truly entertaining “little” book. If you would all pick up a copy to read and review, or gift it to a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, god-mother, friend or any adult who draws breath around children, it would make me truly happy! This book really can change the world, but we must get it into the hands of the masses! The world isn’t getting any better as it stands right now, but if we all work together to ensure change, it can happen. (Thanking you in advance for your support in this endeavor). See the trailer here!
I would love to hear from all of you, some of your family Christmas traditions. Share them below in the comments section so that we can all “virtually” relish and enjoy the thought of them, just as you will, on this very special day!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!!!!
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