I’m a great believer that it really does take a village to raise a child, and I am so grateful for the many many many villagers that took part in raising me. So many of these villagers don’t know that they made such an impact on my life, but I appreciate everything they have done for me.

If you didn’t know my mom was a single parent and worked REALLY hard to keep it together. My mom wasn’t the type to separate her kids and she surely wasn’t about to send them with people she didn’t whole heartedly trust. I’m not going to name names but these people know who they are, and I hope they know how grateful I am that they were available and able to help my mommy out.

We don’t have a big family, and a few days ago I posted a quote that read,

“I got family who ain’t blood and I got blood who ain’t family; only the real will understand”

And I am proof that this holds true. My family for the longest wasn’t blood, but friends and their families, we had a bunch. I can remember back to a time when our thanksgiving table was beyond full of people in the same situation, without family nearby, who thought the same of us. Family isn’t just what your born into. It’s the people who are there in your time of need to support you and help you and listen to you when you need them most.

So to those people I say a great heartfelt Thank You. You were/are a great example of loyalty and showed true love when you didn’t have too, and I appreciate that.

I also want to say thank you to my longest and nearest and dearest of friends, past friends, lost friends, and friends on pause. The ones who I don’t talk to regularly but there’s still an underlying understanding that we ARE still friends, and even family. Once blood always blood. I Thank You for being my friend even when I’m difficult, annoying, and persnickety. I appreciate your presence in my life. You have each impacted my life in an amazing way.

Yesterday was my birthday, and I don’t always look back to realize what I have and appreciate my support system, but I chose to do so yesterday. I Thank You all so much for helping me to grow into the person I am today. I’m sure there were times you stopped too think if it was worth it, and I think hole heartedly that it was!

Thank you for the last 27 years of love and loyalty, here’s to 27+ more!