So, I realize there is a lot you do not know about me. That said, this is the first in what will become a series of scattered posts with tidbits about me and my life.
I have 4 brother and 2 sisters. My brother and one sister are all from my dad, and my other sister is from my mom. I am #3, with two older brothers and everyone else after me. Confused yet? I hope not, because there is more. My mother has 5 sisters and 4 brothers. That’s a lot of aunts and uncles. All of the girls are from her mother-my maternal grandmother. The boys are from her dad-my maternal grandfather. Now, my dad only has 2 sisters. Thank goodness! Anymore and I’m afraid I’d be stretched way too thin.
My maternal grandmother was an identical twin. They were the only twins in our family until I gave birth to my twins. My babies are 17 and not really babies anymore, but they will always be MY babies. I have a boy and girl and the only set of twins in our family now that my grandmother and great aunt are no longer with us. What are the odds of that happening? I’ll tell you. My grandmother had six girls, all single births. My mom and my aunts all had single births. Of all my many cousins, none of us are twins. Out of all my cousins, not a single one of them had twins. All of their children were single births. I am the only one with twins. Lucky me!
Where is all this family? Well, my mom is from Chicago. Her mom was born in Mississippi. My dad was born in Mississippi and so was his father before him. You may noticed that I do not mention my maternal grandfather. He died long before I was born. My grandmother did remarry but I’ll save that story for another post. My paternal grandmother is also left out. I do not know much about her other than who she was and she lived in Detroit. My grandfather remarried as well. The story of the woman who became my grandmother is so beautiful that I will not minimize it. That story will come later, I promise. I digress. I have family in Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, Georgia, and I believe a few relatives lingering in Mississippi. I have one aunt who moved from Chicago and now lives in Arizona. My dad and one brother are in Oregon. The rest of us are in California. Pretty scattered, right? But I get to visit all these places and stay for free. Bonus!!
I have been blessed with an extremely large family. I have nieces, a nephew, a god-sister, several god-brothers, and even more extended family. Keeping in touch can be difficult at times, especially because I’ve often gets in the way. What I love and appreciate about my family is that neither time nor distance will get in the way of us showing up or being there for each other. Time and distance do not prevent us from encouraging each other and being supportive. I am so proud of the accomplishments of my generation in our family. We are all gainfully employed and doing well. Some have degrees, a few have advanced degrees, and some are entrepreneurs. We are all hardworking. Education is important in our family, whether you finish college or not. Learning is a lifestyle for us and I love it!
We are able to come together, be there for each other, and show love toward one another because we all value family. Most of us also love God and the rest at least acknowledge and respect Him and His presence. We are far from perfect, but we do love each other and take care of each other. The Bible tells us to love God first. Then comes your spouse, parents, children, and the rest of your family. After family, is everyone else. God prioritizes family. So should we. I love being there for my family. It is one of the many ways I am Expertly Me. Be Expertly You.
“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 NLT
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 NLT
“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.” 1 Timothy 5:8 NLT