Wedded Bliss: Lekia & Maurice

BY: - 11 Aug '11 | Home

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A destination wedding is out of reach for many couples, but Lekia and Maurice Ross made it happen for their special day.

When the couple started their relationship, they were going to have to make the long-distance thing work: she lived in Michigan and he lived in Georgia. They flew to see each other once a month and pledged to make the most of their time together.

Maurice said he knew Lekia was someone special when he got sick and lost his phone at the same time. After not hearing from him, Lekia, worried about him, booked a flight to see him and make sure he was okay.

While initially I thought she was crazy, it also made me recognize how important I was to her and how much she valued me,” Maurice reflects. He also shares that witnessing how Lekia got along with his now 7 year-old daughter, Aniya, was priceless.

“Usually Aniya is shy and non-inviting to strangers but she was very warm and talkative to Lekia the first time they met,” Maurice remembers. “Although she had not met many of Daddy’s ‘friends’ at that point, I recognized that she bonded with Lekia in an unusual manner.”

Check out the rest of their love story here and find out how they managed to throw a destination wedding to remember on a budget.

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2 WordPress comments on “Wedded Bliss: Lekia & Maurice

  1. Hoosier Newman

    I truly understand the long distance relationship. Many are successful  despite  the high number reported or experienced as failures. Mine just happily ended IN>NC the distance will make you appreciate the time you have together, but can also make you miss flights.


  2. Robert London

    Being in the business I have written that a destination wedding can be cheaper than a local wedding! That is for the bride and Groom, the travel can be prohibitive for some guests but with good planning well in advance many of those issues can be overcome

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I have been shopping, packing, and organizing for weeks now, as I prepare to send my oldest son off to college to start his freshman year.

  • Toiletries – check,
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Yes, I have to make sure he has an inhaler as he as asthma.   For the most part, he does not need it anymore.   But he is going to a new city in a different part of the country and I don’t know how he will react to allergens or environmental pollutants in that city. And I am not taking any chances.

According to studies, asthma strikes 1 out 10 school aged children in the US and it is the cause for more hospitalizations for children than any other illness!!   It accounts for countless missed work and school days, trips to the clinic and trips to the doctor.

Unfortunately, my son is part of this statistic. I know first hand about the terror of seeing my child gasping for air because he is unable to breath.   It’s a scenario that all too many parents in the US are all too familiar with.

Although the tendency to develop asthma may be inherited (i.e. some families are more likely to have it than others) the onset of asthma may be brought on by environmental pollutants. And this certainly is something that we can change”’s not out of our control.

So when the Moms Clean Air Force approached Lamar and me about joining their cause, we were 100% all in!!

Politicians in Congress, encouraged by irresponsible corporations and lobbyists, are trying to gut the Clean Air Act and dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency.

When you get right down to it, they’re fighting for the right to pollute our air.

Lined up against them to strengthen clean air regulations are some of the most respected medical organizations in the world: the American Lung Association; the American Medical Association; the American Heart Association; the American Academy of Pediatricians; the American Nurses Association.

One group is missing on this front: Mothers.

We want to change that. Moms have passion and power “” an unbeatable combination “” as we’ve seen in all the mom blogs. Now we have to harness that strength to fight back against polluters.

So we’ve launched a website and a movement: Moms Clean Air Force.

We’re asking Moms (and Dads) to join together, to come out in strength for our kids’ right to clean air “” just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, when the Clean Air Act was first passed. ”

Wow -that’s a cause that we can really get behind.   But I am not going to mislead you; I was kind of intimidated by this charge.   I mean….we are sort of environmentally conscious.   We have been aggressively recycling for a year now at our home (Yes.   I know; what took us so long?)   We own a hybrid.   We don’t litter.   We ask the kids to conserve energy around the house, by turning off lights and running water. And Lamar and I both work from home now”...that’s big because it reduces the amount of emissions that we were producing.   I think we are on the right path. But we have more work to do towards reducing our impact on the environment and reducing our carbon footprint.

So BMWK family, we are hoping that you will join us on this journey to educate and inspire others (moms, dads, folks with no kids, kids…) to actively engage in activities to protect clean air and the EPA.   This can be done by joining our cause and by sharing our posts.

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Ronnie Tyler is the co-creator of and co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing. The proud mom of 4 has been selected by Parenting Magazine as a Must-Read Mom and is one of Babble's Top 100 Mom Bloggers.


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