“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you this year, but our offices are now closed!”
That message has been playing in my head for the past two weeks as I waited patiently to officially record it on our business answering service!!!!! Tonight, I was able to do just that…announcing the closing of FarMor Group Inc. until January 5th!!!
WOW! This year has been filled with many ups and downs, BUT in the words of one of my favorite songs, “I Won’t Complain!” I’ve learned many lessons in 2021, and one was to “Grow in Grace!” AMEN!
A few weeks ago, I was seeking the LORD about this upcoming sabbatical and wondering why my body felt like it needed rest (more than ever). Then the Holy Spirit said to reflect over the year…so I did!
In 2021, my publishing company released four books:
- The hardcover of In Light of the Cross by William H. Gottfried in March
- Two novels, Dreams and Visions 2 by Lynn Gayle in May and InHERitance by Sherilee Mandi in August
- A memoir, Live…But LIVE! by Cynthia Hughes, in October
In addition, we edited manuscripts for other clients, including a 330-page autobiography.
On the recording side, we took two songwriters into the studio and finalized one Single, which will be released (God willing) on 2.11.2022!
The for-profit partnered with the nonprofit, FarMor Entertainment, to host seven “Heart of Worship” dinner shows this year, incorporating the literary arts with the performing arts in the beautiful CB Bistro (a fairly new establishment located in the heart of Orlando). The LAST dinner show takes place this Sunday–a Christmas gala with the theme, “I Will Not Be Silent.”
But that’s not all!! FarMor Entertainment also partnered with Talking with ShaniqueTM to host a 2-day “RISE UP: Crown of Beauty” conference in the Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown in June!!!
On a personal note, we lost several loved ones this year, more than any other year! Starting in July with the homegoing of a partner and friend, Kevin Young, who supported FarMor two weeks earlier at the conference.
Then my stepdad, Lascelles Shand (who I called Uncle Shand) died August 1st, and the next day, I learned that Rev. Kenneth T. Glover had passed away. “Rev.” served as FGI’s vice president for several years as well as a mentor and the sound engineer of the nonprofit events for over 10 years!
A month later, while visiting author Cynthia Hughes in South Carolina, her mom (Leila Mae Hughes), passed away that same weekend, and four of us drove the following weekend from Orlando to SC for her homegoing service. A month later, Ms. Cynthia’s first son, Albert (who had helped my family at the beginning of the year deal with a mold issue at home), passed away a few days shy of his 40th birthday.
During the time of his funeral, I flew to Colorado to help my firstborn pack up and move six states away, which was a two-day adventure in itself. I returned a week later, only to host a dinner show that Sunday! Then two days ago, my sister, Ollie Jones (a.k.a. Sis. Ann) transitioned on to glory!! A prayer warrior who was part of the “Glory Carriers” Prayer Team (see below) was a faithful supporter of FarMor Entertainment, for which she sowed money, time and talent–video recording several of our events.
WOW! There was so much more in-between, including a six-episode taping of “Zoom for Improvement series” (written by Bryan Cobaris of Faithful FEW Inc.) in which I played the “peacekeeper” role of Mother Taffy!!
Truly I understand why I’m tired!
During a recent taping of the “Glory Carriers” Bible Study & Prayer that I took part in mostly every Tuesday of this year on Arise to Glow TV, I received an acronym during the show for R.E.S.T. (Releasing Everything at the Savior’s Throne)!! AMEN!
For the next two weeks, that is exactly what I plan to do as I rest, recoup, regroup and prepare for a wonderful 2022!
On that note, I want to wish each of you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a healthy, happy, joyous and prosperous New Year!!
This is Suzette Farquharson-Morgan….author, editor, publisher, event planner, producer, manager, actor, TV host, minister…..signing off!!!