To my mother, sister, mother-in-law, girlfriends and all the moms and Mr. moms around the world HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to you all.

I remember growing up, my mom was one tough cookie.  She didn't let me get away with anything.  Her big thing was school and behavior.  I better not cut-up or get sent to the office for anything.  Besides, my mom worked at my school and if I was being bad she knew about it and was on my me like white on rice. My mom didn't hesitate to whoop my butt or punish me.

It was a good thing though, discipline never hurt anyone.  Now that I'm a mom, school is and discipline are a major deal in my household. Because of my mom, I know education is the key to success and without it life can be very tough.  I also know, that it;s OK to teach my children right from wrong and that it may require some tough love or a spanking or two. My mom was and still is a hard worker.  She was always working, sometimes two and three jobs to provide for me and my two siblings.  I'm grateful that her work ethic rubbed off on me.  Working hard has propelled me to great heights in my career and business. Because of her I know that as long as I'm willing to work, I will always have what I need.

My mom is a strong, God fearing woman.  I am grateful that she introduced God and Jesus Christ to me at an early age.  Because of that, I am deeply connected to my faith and truly believe that all that I am and have is through their grace and blessings.  I in turn and have introduced my children to God and his son Jesus Christ in the early stages of their lives.  I constantly remind or have conversations with them about how important it is to them in our lives, to pray and be grateful.

I'm of African American, Caucasian (Irish) and Cherokee Indian decent.  Growing up some people had a problem with what I look like or the fact that my mother was white. However I never did.  My mom is very strong willed, hard-headed and courageous. She would always say, don't let their problem be your's.  You are perfect in every way, love yourself and know that God made you and he makes no mistakes. She never tried to make me be anything other than me, and for that I'm grateful.  It is because of her, that I have the strength and courage that I do.  So, my ethnic background has never been and issue for me.

When I think about my mother, I realized how blessed I am to have her in my life.  I'm thankful to have had her love, protection and guidance in my life.  Mom thank you for putting up with my smart mouth and hard hardheadedness too, however as we now say with my little girl, I didn't steal it.  LOL!  Thank you for playing the Isley Brothers, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan and Rufus, Teddy Pendergrass, The Manhattans, Earth, Wind and Fire and all the wonderful 70's soul music that constantly filled the air at our home.  Because of you, I have had a career in music for the past 25-years.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do.  Thank you for being a good mother, for molding me and nurturing me.  Thank you for being my mother and not my girlfriend. Thank you for the tough love and the life long lessons of having good character, being trust worthy and obedient.  Thank you for your many sacrifices, for always keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table.  Thank you for never giving up on my and most of all for loving me.  I love you!

Happy Mother's Day.

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