By: Attorney Michael T. Gibson
“Thank You and Happy Holidays from
the Gibson Family”
The holidays are always a wonderful and magical
time of the year. They are also one of the busiest
seasons for me personally. Our firm’s business
year always coincides with the close of the calendar
year. So, during this time, in addition to
working on all the cases in our firm, it is a time
where I plan and a time where I do a lot of reflection
and analysis on the year that it was for us as
a firm. As I go through this process this year, I
am left with one single thought, and two simple
words: Thank you!
It is a thank you to the countless clients, friends,
doctors, and other professionals who have trusted
us this year with the referral of a friend, patient, or
loved one. It is a thank you to our clients for their
trust, faith, and belief in us. It is a thank you to all
the pastors, and community leaders, who time and
time again, recommend us to someone in need of
our help. It is a thank you to all the vendors behind
the scenes who work on and assist us in our marketing
efforts that allow us to get our message out
to the public daily. It is a thank you to our staff,
current and past. This firm is our vision, and our
systems, but we could not execute the same on a
daily basis without the hard work and dedication
of our staff. And most importantly, thank you to
God for the blessing of being able to every single
day have the opportunity to help others, and to
have the opportunity to improve the lives of others.
As I go through this reflection of thanks, I am
reminded that we have been truly blessed and fortunate.
So, I also look at and ask myself if I have
paid those blessings forward. I am proud of the
fact that our firm has donated over $50,000.00 this
year to various charities and causes. Again, it has
always been important to Jen and I to give back to
a community that has given us so much. We hope
the money donated has helped to improve the
lives of others, and to give others a chance to live
out their dreams as well. We also awarded two
scholarships through our scholar athlete program.
This was the fifth consecutive year that we were
able to do the same. I get letters now from past
recipients, and it is wonderful to see them doing
well in their college careers and living out their
So, as we march onward into a new year, my
goals become very well-defined. I want nothing
more than to continue to live my mission and to
help those injured or wronged find justice and
peace. I know I am not going to be perfect in this
endeavor. And I know there will be challenges and
obstacles to the same. But as a firm and a family,
it is always during this season that we renew our faith and commitment to what we hope this firm can do, which is
to make a difference in the lives of our clients and our community.
It is a lofty goal, and one that puts pressure on us daily. But
we welcome and embrace it. And I promise you this – no one will
work harder than us to try to succeed in the same.
If I had one more wish, it would be for peace and love in your
life, and for the best to come your way this next year. Again, life
is short, and all too often, we get distracted by things that keep us
from finding peace in the same. If or when that happens, I pray
that you will find solace in your loved ones. I know that when I
go home at night, no matter what that day has brought me, I am
reminded by the hugs of my kids what really matters. As Eme
and I say to each other every night – The only thing that matters
is I love you. We consider each and every one of you a member
of our family as well. So again – thank you for your support – it
means the world to us.
On behalf of our entire firm and family, we wish you the Happiest
of Holidays, and for a joyous, healthy, and prosperous New Year.
keeping toys fun
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
in 2014 there were over 250,000 toy-related injuries to children that
required a trip to the hospital emergency room. Eleven deaths were
recorded as well.
The CPSC closely regulates all toys manufactured in the United
States and those that are imported, but defects and carelessness are
bound to occur. Parental vigilance is a child’s best defense.
Always read the labels and consider your child’s temperament,
habits, and behavior before purchasing a new toy. Age levels for
toys are determined by safety factors, not intelligence or maturity
For infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, toys should be large enough
that they can’t be swallowed or get stuck in a young one’s windpipe
(at least 1¼ inches in diameter and 2¼ inches in length). Avoid
marbles, latex balloons, and games with balls that are 1¾ inches or
less in diameter. Battery compartments should be secure. Batteries
can cause chemical
burns, internal bleeding if
swallowed, and choking.
Toys should be unbreakable and able to safely withstand chewing.
Check for sharp ends, loose parts, strings longer than 7 inches, and
parts that could pinch fingers.
For grade-schoolers who ride bicycles, scooters, hoverboards,
skateboards, and similar modes of transportation, an approved
helmet and possibly other protective gear are vital. Electric
toys should be labeled UL, meeting the standards set by the
Underwriters Laboratories. Purchase toy darts and arrows with soft
tips or suction cups, not hard points. Nets on adjustable basketball
rims should be well constructed and firmly attached to avoid
The CPSC website, www.cpsc.gov, can keep you apprised of
recalls. You can report unsafe toys by calling their hotline: (800)
dashing through with
the Gibson family
By Attorney Michael T. Gibson
Time sure is flying, and we are just trying to keep up with all the school and extracurricular activities that our family enjoys. With a new
NHL hockey season now in full swing, we have taken a few trips to Tampa to enjoy our favorite sport’s team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jen has become a passionate fan, and she really enjoys going to the games. We also got the chance to take Brady to see his favorite team
for the first time. He had an absolute blast, and even wrote me a thank you card at school. Brady has also been busy learning to play the
game. Below are some pics of him in action. He is really improving with every lesson, and most importantly, he is having a lot of fun.
Eme is doing just fine as well. Her new hobby is treating Jen to a day at her own personal toy spa. Below are some pics of Jen getting
the works at Eme’s salon. Finally, Halloween meant “Costume Parades” for the kids. Brady had to dress as a pirate, while Eme had to
wear a car. Jen went a little overboard on the size of Eme’s car, and as a result, both Jen and I got to be in the parade as well, to help
Eme carry her costume. And now, it’s time for the holidays. We are looking forward to spending some quality time together. We hope
you get to do the same with your family.
HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPE:
We hope you enjoy this tasty holiday treat. Prep time is 5 minutes and baking time is just 10. Recipe yields 30-48 cookies.
- 1 (18 1/4 ounce) box devil’s food cake mix (Betty Crocker Super Moist suggested)
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- confectioners’ sugar or granulated sugar, for rolling
Preheat oven to 350°.
- Stir (by hand) dry cake mix, oil and eggs in a large bowl until dough forms.
- Dust hands with confectioners’ sugar and shape dough into 1” balls.
- Roll balls in confectioners’ sugar and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes or until center is JUST SET.
- Remove from pans after a minute or so and cool on wire racks
Michael T. Gibson , P. A.
2420 South Lakemont Avenue,
Orlando, FL 32814
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