The Givens Family — All 9 of us!

First, a happy mother’s day to all.  I am the baby in my mother’s lap in this picture of my family — she was an extraordinary women, who I am really only coming to appreciate as I get older.  She lived through some of the most difficult times in our country’s history, born during the depression, and managed to raise 7 children starting in the post-war era, up through the turbulent 60s and 70s.  I feel blessed to be the strong and successful woman that I am today, thanks to being raised by one of the strongest women I will ever know.
I also want to give credit on this day to my sisters — from oldest to youngest, Brenda, Rhonda, Sharon and Marsha.  They all had a major hand in my upbringing as well, and have a huge impact on my life today.  They are all phenomenal women, and I honestly don’t know what I would do without them. As we all reflect on our upbringings, I will quote Michelle Norris “There are the Mothers that gave you life, then there are the “mothers” you find along the way that give you life lessons. Cherish both”