I grew up with lots of Love, nurturing, support, and encouragement.

My mother has always taken pride in being a mother. Her maternal instincts are on point. My mother didn’t have it easy raising me or my sister, but she certainly made it seem easy.

My mother stepped up to the motherhood plate and a lot of the time she carried the fatherhood plate too.

You know that saying “when life throws you lemons make lemonade?”

My mom can turn lemons into the best lemonade you’ve ever had in your life!

My mother definitely got that parenting thing down to a science.

We never wanted for anything, we never got into any trouble, we did well in school, and neither of us ever gave my mother any problems.

When you have a mother like mine, every day is Mother’s Day.

My mother has a smile that lights up any room.

My mother is patient.

My mother is kind.

My mother is understanding.

My mother is compassionate.

My mother listens.

My mother does not judge.

My mother cooks our favorite foods and still makes us home made soup when we get sick. My mother loves and accepts me for who I am. My mother is a giver and a helper by nature. I have seen my mother graciously provide food, shelter, love, support, and encouragement to others on numerous occasions throughout my entire life. I admire my mother and the example that she has set. I’ve learned so much from my mother over the years and I’m still learning.

Thus far, one of the most valuable lessons my mother has taught me is:

The ABC’s

A ll things work to the greater good

B e Yourself

C hoose your friends wisely

D on’t worry

E verything happens for a reason

F orgive and don’t hold grudges

G ive graciously

H appiness is priceless

I nvest quality time

J ust do your best

K eep God 1st

L ove unconditionally

M ake time for fun

N ever give up

O bserve your surroundings

P atience is a virtue

Q uality over quantity

R espect is earned

S ay what you mean and mean what you say

T reat people the way you want to be treated.

U nderstanding (having the right understanding is important)

V alues

W hat is done in the dark, always comes to light.

X oxo (lots of hugs and kisses)

Y ou reap what you sow.

Z eal for life equals living life abundantly

~Marilyn~

I Love you mom.

I am thankful and proud to have such a phenomenal woman as my mother.

Originally Published on: May 11, 2008

Two people from my neighborhood were killed last night while watching a ball game at Custom City Auto Sales and Accessories in Compton. Our families have close ties. I’m at a loss for words… I didn’t know all of the victims, but one in particular I have many memories of… most of us around here called him by his nick name, Bird. The house where I live…many years ago (when I was a kid) was like the neighborhood hang out and he was one of the many people that would be here. To hear that he was killed is just heart breaking and sad. My deepest condolences and prayers.

It is my hope and prayer that the violence in Compton will cease. It is my hope and prayer that the entire Compton community will heal, rise above, and show LOVE for one another. STOP THE VIOLENCE!

R.I.P. Bird

Having an attitude of gratitude means showering your spouse with appreciation!


Need some suggestions on how you can show gratitude to your spouse?

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been together every day is filled with plenty of opportunities for you to show the love of your life how much you appreciate them.

One of the powerful things about this as you begin showing your appreciation to your spouse, they will respond by showing even more gratitude to you! Wow! Everyone loves to be appreciated! Especially your partner.

Here are some every day situations that are perfect for using to show your gratitude:

When your spouse helps with the household chores, don’t take it for granted simply because you do your share of chores also. Show your appreciation: “Thank you for doing the dishes. I really appreciate it! It gave me some time to relax.”

Even when your spouse messes up something they’re trying to do for you, remember it’s the thought that counts. For example, if the food is a little overcooked, be sure to thank them anyway. If it’s still edible, here’s a good one: “That’s okay, honey, I like it like that.”

If they call to say they’ll be late, rather than getting upset, be thankful that they let you know about it: “Thanks for calling to let me know.”

When you see that your spouse is really beat, offer to do the chores rather than waiting to be asked. Offer a massage. Set up a relaxing bubble bath. BE THOUGHTFUL!

Leave Thank You notes where your spouse will find them during the day. Thank them for anything and everything.

LOVE, So many people use your name in vain
LOVE, Those who have faith in you sometimes go astray
LOVE, Through all the ups and downs the joy and hurt
LOVE, For better or worse I still will choose you first

Hoping your day and every day is filled with Love. Let every day be Valentine’s Day