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    Mother’s Day Contest

    Mother’s Day – the one day each year set aside to celebrate our dear moms. It seems like so little for what we get in return. I don’t know about you, but I often feel like I should thank my mom for everything she’s done for me. She is always been so generous of herself.

    For example, when my son was born, I was terrified to cut his tiny finger and toe nails. He was a wiggler and those baby nails are really small. I just couldn’t bring myself to give it a try. Instead, I had my mom cut his nails for his entire first year. She didn’t give me a hard time about helping me or make me feel like it was something I should be doing. She just stepped in and helped because I asked her to. I can think of a hundred other times she been there for me too.

    GiftTree would like to hear how your mom has been there for you or why she’s the best, most deserving mom of all. Share something special about your mom and you’ll both be entered to win. The Gift Exchange authors will choose our favorite. The winning entrant will receive a $50 gift certificate for GiftTree.com and we’ll send our Loving Mother’s Day Gift Basket to your deserving mother.

    Deadline is Midnight (PST), Tuesday, May 5th. Not the winner this time? Check out GiftTree’s Mother’s Day Gifts.

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    89 Responses to “Mother’s Day Contest”

    1. I’ve been disabled for 9 years, getting worse and worse. My husband and I live in the UK and my parents still live in the US. Every year for the last 5 years she has paid for me to come visit her so that she could look after me for a while and give my husband a break from carer duties. But as things have gotten worse for me, she has done the ultimate: she has offered to let us move in with them. She’s going to share carer duties with my husband permanently. What an amazing gift to take one’s child back in after decades of an empty nest!

    2. My mom showed me everything when my first son was born. How to diaper, how to burp, how to feed him. I watched her holding my son and thought “I love them both so much”. Mothers are miracles, and she deserves this so much.

    3. susan varney Says:

      my mother always saved all her spare monies so we could go to the fair once a year in the summer.mverno@roadrunner.com

    4. Karen Gonyea Says:

      Being a mom would of been much more difficult without my mother’s guidance :)

    5. Kimberly Stafford Says:

      My mother is so amazing, even though she has not for years been in good health she has been the most encourging person I know, she always has a smile on her face and a good word to speak whenever Im down. She has a heart to bless everyone she comes in contact with, thinking of how she can bless them even though she really doesnt have much to give at this time. She inspires me to be the best wife, mother and friend that I can be. She always points me back to my faith when all I see is dark clouds. I love you MOM…………

    6. MRS.MOMMYY Says:

      my mum and I always talk although we do not always agree we love oneanother and support eachother…she has been thru hell and back in here life and deserves the world..she has taught me there is plenty of room for one more in my heart but not alot of room in my head for hate

    7. My Mom has always been there for me. Even when I was a stupid teenager and pushed her to the edge she still tried to save me rather than give up. I’m so glad she did. I finished college because of her. I am who I am because of her. She is my role model. My hero. And I’m proud to call her Mom.

    8. Ken Robinson Says:

      My sister would love this. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

    9. My mom is a two time cancer survivor. She buried her mother, grandmother and husband (my dad) within three months of each other! If that wasn’t enough, one year after burying them, she had an accident at work and was told by doctor’s she would never walk again,
      after two years of grueling physical therapy she proved them wrong and was back on her feet. She made sure her only daughter (me!) was the first in our family to graduate College despite the fact that life got in the way of her opportunity to do so. (I think she would have
      made a fantastic Pediatrician, which was her aspiration.) She is strength and grace personified.

      Another reason I feel she should receive a mothers day gift basket this year, is because she gave me life TWICE. She saved my life when I was younger. I was choking,
      and my uncle saw me and hit me on my back, while he hit me hard, he managed to lodge the food further down my throat
      and cut off my oxygen completely, I was starting to turn blue and he panicked and yelled for help, my mother performed the heimlich manuever and saved my life. She is an amazing person, mom and friend.

    10. My mom will literally do anything for us. If we need money, food, clothes, anything!! She will find a way to make sure that we have what we need. She has always been there for me, she was in the delivery room when I gave birth to my son who was 9 weeks early, stayed in the NICU with him while I HAD to go home to get rest. There is just so much she does for me, there aren’t even enough words to express how much I appreciate her.

    11. My mom is now helping to raise a third generation. She is simply amazing. Thanks for the chance.

    12. galena penrod Says:

      i would love this and i would’nt have the fighting spirit i have to work thru things with out my mothers influnce

    13. Karen Gonyea Says:

      Count me in :)

    14. She always remembers the littlest things : )

    15. beth shepherd Says:

      Thank you for a great giveaway! My mom is amazing. She was a single parent and worked many late nights and odd jobs to raise me. She has always been there for me. And now as a mother myself I realize just how difficult it could have been for her to always put me first. I also admire her as she adopted a baby 7 years ago at the age of 48. As this child had no family and no where to go. She is now 7 and its amazing that she can do all that again. I truly admire her and love her dearly. Thank you!

    16. My mother is gone, but looking back, I know she always had our best interests at heart, although at the time I thought she was super strict.

    17. My mom has always been there for me and always made sure us kids had stuff even if she was going without. She allowed my siblings and I to do any after school activities we wanted and made it to all our concerts and plays. She has even kept art work we did back in school and still helps me out with what ever she can. My mom even watched my son for a week which he was in the hospital for part of that for being sick with pneumonia.

    18. Vicky Boackle Says:

      all through school my mother worked and then sat up all night sewing clothes for me amd my sister.

    19. Beverley Justice Says:

      My mom has loved me every day of my life, no matter what…

    20. The better question is not why my mom deserves to spend a weekend at The Fairmont Banff Springs, but rather why she does not deserve it. She has devoted her life to her children and family, and done it all with pure selflessness. She quit her job while we were young, and spent everyday driving us to and from school and our extra curricular activities. Her success in raising her children can easily be seen with one of them being accepted to medical school and the other to dental school this year. She has recently been diagnosed with clinical depression, but does not let it get in the way of her providing for her family. We are her world, and if I could see her smile again it would mean more to me than you could ever know.

    21. The past three months have been the absolute worst months of my mom’s life. Her life turned upside down in February of this year when I (her twenty-seven year old daughter) went to Florida for a school conference. On the second day, I awoke to find myself very ill and my eyesight severely distorted. My friends rushed me to the emergency room and then called my mom back in Illinois, who immediately jumped on a plane. I ended up spending ten days in the hospital, during which my mom never left my side. As I was too ill to take care of myself, she had to feed me, comb my hair, and essentially take care of me twenty-four hours a day. The months following my release were spent at countless appointments with doctors and eye specialists. My mom was there to hold my hand when I was finally diagnosed with a rare condition that has affected only a few people in the country—essentially, a virus had permanently destroyed pieces of my vision. My mom has experienced more stress in the past months than I can describe, yet she still managed to be strong for me during this difficult time. I would love nothing more than for her to receive this wonderful gift basket for Mother’s Day.

    22. James Jenkins Says:

      wow, great contest

    23. sandi smith Says:

      My Mother taught me not to be a “slacker” and as far as I am concerned there is no more important gift a parent can teach a child.

    24. Ken Robinson Says:

      My sister would love this. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

    25. Monique Rizzo Says:

      My Aunt would really love this. She taught me to treat everyone equally! Thanks for the chance.

    26. Gary Osborn Says:

      Wooo Hooo Make me a winner!

    27. Last year I was diagnosed with motor tics, and depression. At the same time my brother had substance abuse problems. My mom never stopped helping us get better mentally, emotionally, and physically. She taught me the best lesson any mother could teach her daughter, never give up on the ones you love, and brush your teeth before you go to bed. I love my mom, she’s my hero, she saved my life.

    28. Karen Gonyea Says:

      Count me in please :)

    29. my mother was there the whole time I prematurely gave birth to a son with gastroschisis. She never suggested that we stop fighting for the child even though there was a very great risk at him expiring. And that is even though she knew that paying for hospitalization of the child as well as other needs would be very tough here in the Philippines. Our resources lessened every day but we were still family. When the good Lord welcomed my son to heaven, mom was still there to support me. My second child who is a girl was lactose intolerant and before I knew it, she was crying all day and night. That time, I was still recovering from my c-section and was very tired taking care of a perpetually crying baby. My mother would just take her from me and I’d tell her I’d get the baby back after sleeping a good 30 minutes only to wake up a whole 8-10 hours after finding my mom and my daughter sound asleep.

    30. My mother drove over 300 miles to come stay with my two youngest children when my husband had to have surgery and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. She did everything for me, cooked and cleaned etc. It was such a relief to come home to her every night after the hospital. It is because of her I was able to keep it together for my kids, and I was pregant at the time.

    31. To Whom It May Concern:
      Thank you for the opportunity to share about the wonderful woman that is our mother. She has been an inspiration to our family and many others and are thankful for the opportunity to publicly acknowledge her sacrifices and contributions to our community.

      Mum was a stay at home mother when it was not a popular thing to do. Though many sacrifices were made to live on one income, this allowed her to always be available to us 3 kids when we were sick, needed a ride or to chaperone field trips or to home school one of us when it was necessary. She became the founding coordinator of the Nottingham Food Pantry in the 1980s and helped many families that were in need. This ministry is still functioning strongly in our former community decades later!

      In the late 1990s she contracted Lyme Disease. After struggling for years for proper diagnosis and treatment, she used her experience to help MANY others in NH and beyond as they fight to locate resources and cope with their troubling symptoms and frustration with the conflicting views of treatment. She (along with other NH residents) founded NHLyme in October 2005 with the mission to promote understanding about prevention, early detection and treatment for Lyme Disease and other tick-borne illnesses (NHLyme received NH nonprofit status in 2006 – http://www.nhlyme.org). She has shared her story in several venues, including UNH Manchester, Town of Strafford, Town of Nottingham and at many churches in the NH Seacoast and beyond, promoting awareness about this growing public health hazard in NH, focusing specifically on the importance of prevention techniques and strategies.

      Mum also has ministered to her aging parents during their cancer treatments and to our dad who recently sustained two heart surgeries and various procedures, all the while continuing as a Lyme resource to the community, leading bible study in her community, attending NANC Conferences and helping my younger sister with her wedding in early April. She truly is a remarkable woman!

      I know that you’ll receive lots of entries to your contest but hope that you’ll consider Mary F. of NH among those deserving special recognition.

      We love you Mom! – 3 C’s (Candy, Chris & Carol)

      Thank you for your consideration,
      Candice Brown
      Deerfield, NH

    32. Susan Dearmon Says:

      My mom & I weren’t very closed!
      But when I became a mother!
      My daugther who is 28 now & I are very close now!
      We always emailed each other every single day!

    33. We’ve had a really hard time of it financially this past year. My mother has been wonderful through it, always giving me a shoulder to cry on, offering any help she could and even giving us money a few times to buy groceries. She always makes me feel much better.

    34. My mom and grandma are inseparable. Without one, could either survive? A mother’s day without the two together is not likely in my lifetime. When pregnant, mom asked grandma and grandpa to help her with her first child. Grandma was once a mid-wife, foster parent, and mother herself! She knew how to care for little ones.
      They built a new home and a room for my mom and me. They prepared a place of quiet comfort for us individually.
      After my birth, grandma showed my mom how to hold a baby, make a bottle, give an infant a bath, and how to clean spotlessly. She got me so clean that the doctor had to give me drops of bacteria so I would develop antibodies!
      From teething to toilet training, toddling to talking, teaching and caring were my grandma’s middle names!
      Mom had to work, so grandma would with me play. And at all the stores the workers knew us by name, because she would show me off every day!
      As I got older I noticed that not all moms are quite like mine. They give birth, they pay the rent, but not all paint or clean grime! Some parents give their girls anything they desire. But in the end that kind of thing can cause them to expire. Many things I wanted my mom and grandma refused to give. Nevertheless, just because we were not rich did not mean I could not live. They gave me all sorts of things to help me to become a good lady.
      Now that they are growing old, you can clearly see the gifts they gave me. I can create the finest tasting cakes for grandma’s birthday parties. I can figure out how much to spend when tax time come again. I can sing hymns to those trapped in the nursing home down the road. But never ever will they be sent there, as I will now carry the load.
      We may not always get along. Life is too short to whine.
      I just want to tell the whole world… “LOOK! THESE MOMS ARE ALL MINE!”

    35. I know that I’m an employee here at GiftTree and will probably more then likely not get the gift but I still want to take some time to brag about my mom. I’ll start off with just saying that she raised 14 children and two of them are disabled. I don’t know what you think, but to me that is hard work. I often remember being asked to help with the laundry (in Ukraine back at that time, laundry machines were only a dream. We had to do everything with our hands) and mom would always reward me. It might not be a $5 bill, but still I got something for my labor. My mom is always considerate of others and will help you with ANYTHING. I still remember her slipping a $100 bill in my hand when I was “broke” or low on cash. Not only does my mom find time for her 14 kids but also for her 11 grandchildren and her friends. Her new interest is what makes me brag about her the most. She raised 2 Down’s Syndrome kids and now takes her time to comfort new moms who seek comfort and guidance with raising their new born with Down’s Syndrome. This is only a few amazing things that I’ve witnessed my mother do and I am very much glad she is my mother. To me she deserves more then any gift I can give her.

    36. Stepping In Today with Thanks

      May is a very special month because it is the month we celebrate Mothers Day. This is the month to recognize and pay tribute to all of the woman that enhance our lives just by being in it. I would like to take this months column and thank all of the moms that impact my life so greatly, and in essence help me do all that I do, just by being who they are;

      My Mom. This is the greatest woman on earth- to me, of course. She paved the road for me to be the strong independent single mom that I was when I had to endure that period of my life. Now that I’m re-married with seven kids total she is the one who runs for me whenever I need her. She adores all of her grandchildren, and treats them equally as her own. This is priceless in a blended family. Every year I celebrate the beauty of her, for all she is and all she gave and continues to give each day. For this, I thank her.

      My Childrens Stepmom – Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our moments, but one thing remains, and that is that she genuinely loves my daughters. To share your children is one of the hardest tasks I’ve been dealt. There isn’t anything more important in a mothers life than her children, and to know that while they are not with you they are still being loved and cared for in another home. This is a gift in and of itself. For this, I thank her.

      My Stepchildrens Mom – I have three of the most wonderful stepchildren. That didn’t come from their dad alone. We are a family that enjoys one another, we all get along, and undoubtedly really love one another. This couldn’t happen if relationships were strained between families. For sharing your children and allowing them to love me, for being secure enough to allow them to form a bond with another woman and know it will never replace her . For this, I thank her.

      My Stepmom – My father is my dear friend. We have a relationship built over time. It isn’t easy having grown children that still need and want their dad. It isn’t easy sharing the love and attention of the man you’ve married with these

      grown children throughout your lives, but you do it, and you make room, because we matter. For this, I thank her.

      My Super Mom Helpers – In this category are my dear friends and family lend a hand. When days meet night and I’m still running the real estate office, at a fundraising event, a charity outing, late with grocery shopping, meeting a deadline, or getting to the bus, you are there for me. In this category are my dear neighbors Felicia and Christine, who give rides to school and cover in time lapse. My PTA pals who call to remind me when there is a function I should attend at school and my team at the office who keep me on my toes, on time for appointments and is an all around great support system of professionals and parents all in one.

      Now, a special thank you to my children. I could not be all that I am without the cooperation that I get from them. We live as a team, and in that , they all pitch in and make my job as Mom more rewarding. Tinamarie, Amanda, Marisa and Joey, for watching your little brother on a whims notice and enjoying it all the while. Matthew and Madison for playing endless hours of superhero guys, coloring, and wrestling matches on the den floor. Lastly, for my wonderful husband who’s Dad efforts are endless, and make my Mom efforts that much easier.

      To all of you…be it Mom, Grandma, Stepmom, Sister, Aunt, Neighbor, Childcare Provider, Teacher or Friend, a very special thank you for all you do to make our job of Mom all the better.

    37. Nancy Bahamondes Says:

      The best gift my mother gave me is to become a good mother for my children. I followed her lead and learned so much along the way- she stood there for me every step of the way. All I can wish for is to be as good of a mother as she has been to me and for me to be able to pass this along to my children.

    38. My mom is a breast cancer survivor of eleven years. She is strong and caring and always willing to sacrifice for her children. I just wanted a chance to tell her how much I love and appreciate her.

    39. My Mom pushed me through college. Stood by me in my “crazy” year. She helped me plan my wedding. But most of all she has been my confidant. If I had a problem or a fear or wanted to share an achievement she was there. She is my best friend and I’m honored to have her as a Mother.

    40. Angela C Says:

      My mom is wonderful, aren’t all moms? hee hee! My mom always puts everyone else before herself. She will run herself ragged pleasing everyone else. We are always telling her to take some time for herself, but she never does!

    41. Christie Says:

      My mother taught me courage, perserverance, dignity and integrity. She taught by example. Whatever I see good in myself, I know that it came from my mother. She has always been the strong tree in every storm, sheltering me, her budding tree, But now, with age encroaching, she is bending in the wind. It is time for me to be the strong tree she taught me to be and shelter her. I cannot give her enough.

    42. Christina Says:

      My Mom is the kind of mom who would stand by you no matter WHAT you did (not that I ever did anything terribly bad)! She’s the kind that would sit up with you for days and nights if you were ill (I had infant eczema and she was always there helping me, and when I was asthmatic too), and she would sacrifice ANYTHING for her children!

    43. courtney Says:

      my mom is the best mom. Having no father, she has always been there for me. I love her more then anything in the whole world!!

    44. This would be for my mother in law. My mom has never really ever been there for me. When I was 21 I met my now husband and he lived in another state. I was coming to see him and I broke down I was in IL I have half way home and half way to where I was going. My mom refused to even care. However my now mother in law made my father in law leave work and come get me over 6 hour drive. She stayed on the phone with me collect the whole time. She really does deserve something special she is always there when her kids need her and she treats there spouses just like her own. She is the best.

    45. my mom deserves this because she completely gave up her life for me as a child. She never asked for or did anything for herself, everything was focused on my life and nothing else. she has helped me so much in everyway and i will be forever grateful

    46. My mother has always been there for me.
      We fought all the time when I was a teenager, but she was always there when I needed her. Always. She stuck by me through a drug addiction, something no mother wants to see her 17 year old daughter, have. But here we are 3 years later, and Im in college, and we are the best of friends. I wouldn’t have made it without her.

    47. galena penrod Says:

      i am entering to win this for my self since all my older female relatives have left the earth

    48. Kristi Starr Says:

      My mom is the best because of all she does and has done. She is currently disabled and lives with my family. She is ALWAYS there for the grandkids and they are her greatest joy in life.

    49. My mom has been there for me through several brain surgeries and two strokes. She still helps me every day.

    50. My mother has served her country, her community and her family. My mom is a veteran from the Navy. She was in the Navy over 50 years ago when it was not the norm. After leaving the military she then taught in the public school system for over 30 years. Because my father was in the military she often led a single parent life raising three girls ( one special needs ) in a strange town or city. But through it all we knew we were always loved, we were always happy, and we were always a family. After taking care of my invalid dad for the past 10 years ( he died in Feb.) my mother is now ready to live her life. She is and she deserves the best!

    51. Geraldine Durant Says:

      Mom is a real life Wonder Woman! Her cape is hidden and those bullet stopping bracelets only come out occasionally but she has many super powers! She can completes a day’s work before breakfast, repair a car, bandage a knee, and mend a teenager’s broken heart.

      When I was a little girl I was convinced my mom could do anything. It amazes me that in her 40’s she was raising 3 children, taking care of a very sick husband, looking after 2 elderly boarders, managing a farm with over 200 animals often by herself, and did a day’s work that would exhaust any 3 men combined.

      She kept a spotless house, and still found time to contribute to her church and her community. It makes me tired just to think about it.

      Now lest it seem like I am portraying the woman as a saint let me just correct that notion for you right now. I’ve seen her angry a few times. Five years ago at the Yonge Bloor subway station in rush hour I was pushed from behind by a man who just came barrelling out of nowhere, knocked me to the floor, hurried onto a subway train, and didn’t even stop to help me up.

      I can only hope that his desperate hurry was due to a dire medical emergency because he caused one. I ended up with a torn rotator cuff, months of physiotherapy, and a year of pain. Well when my mother found out she said she wanted to “hunt the guy down and wring his neck”, and there was real fire in her eyes! Then my sister reminded me how mom used to take an axe and chop the heads off chickens on the farm. Oh that guy is lucky he made a clean getaway! Like most moms the instinct to protect her kids is very strong.

      There is an item in mom’s kitchen that has a place of honour in our family. It is a single large yellow mixing bowl the kind that’s early Corningware and very breakable. Mom got it when she was first married in 1954 and she always told us as kids, “If that yellow bowl ever breaks I am giving up baking forever!” No crown jewels, no expensive piece of the finest china has ever been washed and dried as carefully as my sister Beverley and I washed that yellow mixing bowl. The bowl is still around and Mom is still baking.

      She loves her cat Harley, playing Parcheesi, adores the colour red, and watching Dr. Phil. A few years ago when Dr. Phil’s favourite saying was, “What the hell were you thinking?” and he was letting the occasional other swear word on television out Mom had had enough. She decided tough love was in order and she would send Dr. Phil “an internet” her words for email, saying how much she loved his show, and that he gave a lot of wise advice, but it was important not to swear as he was setting an example for others and young people might be watching.”

      Mom will soon be 83. She’s faced injury and illness and the inevitable slowing down with time. Now she may only have the stamina of any 2 men combined. She has days where back pain forces her to lie down most of the day and others where she will climb up a ladder and clean out an eaves trough or repair a clothes line.

      Her two favourite sayings are, “A thing worth doing is worth doing well” and, “Patience is a virtue” which her two grandsons had fun in rewriting as “Patience will hurt you.” I’m sure we tested that patience a million times over the years.

      She has faced the death of a daughter and a husband and her faith in God remains strong as a rock. There are 6 words that I have heard her say so many times that to me defines who she is. She says these 6 words to friends, family, in prayer to God, and to strangers. Those 6 words are what can I do for you?

      Mom is a woman who lives her faith. Someday she will be in heaven and the world will be a much lesser place. When she was asked `”What’s the first thing she would do when she’s in heaven was, my nephew piped up with, “Oh she’s going to clean it.” But I think she’s going to be kneeling at the feet of God and saying, “What can I do for you?”

    52. My mother was always there for me whenever I needed her. She never once said I told you so when I did something wrong that she gave advice on beforehand. She was the best and even though she’s not with me anymore I still use the advice she had given me through the years and I never go wrong with it.

    53. Mom, you made me the woman I am today. Happy, loving, independent! Thank You for being there for me. We have been living far apart for years and I miss you dearly every day.
      Love, Your Daughter

    54. My mom is the most selfless person I know. She is always there for all of us kids. Mostly importantly she has been an excellent role-model as a wife for as long as I can remember. Even more so now as she takes care of my dad who is battling colon cancer.

    55. My Mom has had it tough the last few years…Between illness and personal woes, I have no idea how she keeps it together but she does. Though I may not have always agreed with her in the past, I’ve found an amazing confidant and friend in my Mother…She’s given me so much and never asked for anything in return besides my happiness

    56. This is very revealing and exposing for me, but I must express what an extremely kind, courageous, and extraordinarily strong person my mother is. I am a recovering alcoholic addict, and through it all my mother has always been my one true champion. She is the one person in my life who never gave up on me, the one person who didn’t write me off or loose faith that I would one day find sobriety. And for an addict this is the kindest and most compassionate act. She did her best never to enable but the bottom line was, she never gave up. Without her I honestly don’t know if I would have ever gotten sober. It was her unconditional love, strength, courage and belief in me that fueled my recovery. She is still a great source of strength and courage for me, and always will be. I only hope that one day I can be her strength, but there is not a gift I could ever give that would show my true appreciation for what my mother has done for me. XOXOXO MOM I LOVE YOU & THANK YOU!

    57. Michelle Says:

      Dear God,
      You could have chosen any woman to be the one I’d call my mother,
      But you decided to give me the best, with qualities unlike no other.

      While you formed me inside her womb, I could already sense her spirit,
      My feet that you formed, kicking her belly, was a signal, her angelic voice, I could hear it.

      Finally, the day arrived for me to meet this queen,
      What beauty divine, both inside and out, the most glorious sight ever seen.

      She raised me, she praised me, she taught me how to live,
      She strengthened me, empowered me, and her last, for me, she’d give.

      She held me, cried with me, she taught me how to survive,
      She struggled for me, she tugged with me, she proved to be the greatest woman alive.

      She gave up her dreams, she lost some things, yet her love was always strong,
      When I wanted to give up, when I didn’t even care, she supported me through right and through wrong.

      Her hands, though soft, were strong enough to touch even the weakest with might,
      Her heart, though tender, was big enough to treat the most undeserving right.

      Her lips, though softly spoken, could utter the most powerful and encouraging word,
      Her voice, though smooth like honey, was the most beautiful music I ever heard.

      They’ve asked me to tell them why I consider my mother to be the best,
      It reminds me of a first day at school and the professor giving his students a test.

      The students don’t feel prepared for what they are about to face,
      But sometimes it’s not about how prepared you are, but it’s enduring to finish the race.

      Thank you for my mother Lord, you truly gave me the best,
      She’s endured tremendous things, thus perfecting all her test.

      As I close my letter, I send this prayer your way,
      Thank you Lord for the “perfect reason” I celebrate this Mother’s Day.

    58. Sheila R Says:

      My mom is the most wonderful person in the world. She has always been there for me. She has always set a wonderful example and she was there with me during my entire pregnancy and my c-section even though she really didn’t like the sight of blood. She has held my hand thru everything including a miscarriage and my divorce and she has rejoyced in the birth of my son and watching him grow up. I know my mom will always cheer me up. She is amazing and I love her with all my heart.

    59. I am the oldest of 7 children. My mom is a wonderful person. She gave birth to her seventh child 10 months ago. She is a full-time college instructor and director. My father lost his job last year, and now stays home to care for my 2 baby sisters. My mom also takes online classes to complete her master’s degree. I will graduate and go to college this summer and I’ll miss the way my mother teaches us about: cooking, making friends, getting good grades, and loving others unconditionally. My and my brothers and sisters tell her how much we love here every day.

    60. The day after my mother gave birth to her second child, her husband left her, at 27 her mother died of a brain aneurysm leaving her to raise her young siblings along with her own children. My mother went on to have two more children, while working full time most of her life. She owned a dress shop, was a nighttime bookkeeper, Activities Director for the YMCA, and a Reserve Police Officer, but most of all she was a loving wife and mother. For the past few years my mother was a full time caregiver to my father who has Alzheimer’s. Recently my father had to be moved to a full care facility, and for the first time in her life my mother is learning to live on her own–and the transition has been very difficult. My mother is a strong and loving women going through the hardest part of her life she deserves a wonderful Mother’s Day.

    61. Jennifer gersch Says:

      My mom is quiet and unnassuming. Most people think this is a weakness, but through this, she has taught me to be nonjudgemental and humble. I would love to let her know that I am proud of the way she raised me.

    62. L. ROBERTS Says:


    63. I would love the chance to win, thanks.

    64. A Casson Says:

      My mom has done so much for me. She’s lent me countless monies and then doesnt even want the money back.She’s very kind to everyone she meets.

    65. My mother would love this. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

    66. My mom is the strongest most faith-filled person I’ve met. She lost her husband a year ago and she is held up by her faith and a positive attitude that I’ve never seen in anybody before. I don’t know how she forges ahead and maintains her spirit. She has so much love to give and loves each of her children with all she has. Her lovely soul and spirit is something I aspire to.

    67. Patti Sherman Says:

      Great gift for my wonderful daughter in law!

    68. Leigh Nichols Says:

      My mother has the patience of a saint. She recently took her mother to live with her and care for her, her youngest son moved back home, she adopted her other son’s daughter to raise, and my own grown daughter moved in with her.
      I’d be pulling my hair out…I do not know HOW she manages!

    69. my mom had 4 children yet went above and beyond for all of us somehow mastering what our needs where an instinct only a mother could have

    70. My Mother was there with me from the moment the doctors admitted me to the hospital to give birth to my son to the day I came home. I had a difficult labor and was hospitalized for 7 days. This was probably the most difficult time in my life, and I don’t think I could have handled it without her.

    71. Karen Gonyea Says:

      My mother taught me that life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

    72. My mom has always done everything to help us out and continues now that we are married and have kids.

    73. Barbara Rawe Says:

      My first Mother’s Day in 71 years without a gift to buy! I know Mom would want me to celebrate since she gave me life! So, please give me something to smile about!

    74. Jill Myrick Says:

      God truly blessed me when he gave me to my mother.
      She has always been there for me in so many ways and has never let me down.
      As a child she instilled in me wonderful morals. And worked steady to teach me right from wrong. She raised me to be independent and to always stand for what I believe in. But most of all not to compromise my values.
      As I got older and left home she has always and always will be my best friend. She has stood beside me in all of my rough times and has always been there to celebrate with me in my happy times.
      From the birth of my children to numerous surgeries for cancer she has been by my side.
      We have cried happy tears together and tears of anguish together.
      But most of all we have laughed together and celebrated the love that we share as Mother and Daughter.
      She tells me often how blessed that she was to be gifted with me as her child.
      But I am the one who has been truly blessed.
      And I thank God for her everyday.

    75. kathy pease Says:

      my mom always believed in me no matter what and when i went in the wrong direction she was there to steer me in the right direction.i love her so very much

    76. My mom should definitely win the “best mom of the years award…specifically the past 2 1/2 years.

      You see, on Dec 2nd, 2006, shortly after I got married and moved out of the house, I got diagnosed out of the blue with epilepsy~ a seizure disorder. I ended up in the Emergency room, unconsious with a bunch of tests being done. We praised the Lord that everything came back normal but were still very frustrated when seizures were still occuring for the next 2 years~ even with meds. That’s when the doctors suggested I get brain surgery to help control my uncontrollable seizures that were affecting my daily life. My husband, Ryan, and I spent a lot of time in prayer and felt a peace with moving forward with this BIG decision. One year ago (May 2008), I spent a month at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital I underwent brain surgery (a right fronal craniotomy) to remove the affected brain tissue that was causing the seizures. My husband and family were there to support me and pray me through my entire time there. The part of the brain they removed controlled my motor and speech skills and there was a possibilty that I may never walk or talk again…but praise be to our awesome God…I came out of surgery walking and talking!! Since Dec 2nd, 2006, I have NOT been able to drive. My mom has been my cheauffer- taking me to work everyday (I was able to return back 3 mos after my surgery). She selflessly gives of her time every day helping me run my errands, taking me to appointments, and being there for me. She is an amazing woman of God and has faith that God is going to get me through this trial stronger than ever. She has prayed me through one of the hardest times of my life. I’ll never forget her just crying with me with with every seizure I’ve had…feeling so helpless. She would just lift up prayers up to Jesus, pleading on his behalf to heal me. I know God has heard her prayers, because on June 11th, Lord willing, I will be able to drive again, after 2 1/2 years of not driving! God has heard our cries. On this mother’s day, I would like my mom to be awarded the “Best Mom Award” for sacrifically laying down her life day by day for me as I was in the most dependent and helpless state of my life. Thanks for standing with me these past 2 years as I went through brain surgery, mom. I could have NEVER gone through it without you. I love you so much and I pray that one day I will be able to be a mom…and an amazing one like you.~ Jen

    77. Louis Willhauck Says:

      I believe Mother Like Medicine. they heal us ,thanks Mom.

      ( my mom pass a way)/

    78. Samantha Diring Says:

      My name is Samantha, and I am 11 years old. My mom is the greatest mom in the world. She is the mother of 15 Children. Of us 15 children, 8 of us still live at home. The rest have grown and gone and are married with families of their own. Of the 15 kids in our family, 8 of us are adopted. Of us kids who still live at home, our ages are 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 11, and 15, and my brother who is 23 years old. My mom just found out that she has Myasthenia Gravis, and even though she is in pain a lot of times, and has to use a wheelchair, she still does many things for us kids. She sews clothes for us, and cooks for us, and crochets slippers for us, and bakes cookies and brownies and other yummy snacks for us. She takes the time to teach us how to sew and cook and crochet too. When one of us is feeling sad or gets hurt, mom always has something nice to say and gives us a hug and a kiss to make it better. My mom and dad do not have a lot of money, but they do have lots of love. They show us they love us, even when we misbehave. She does many other things for us too, but they are too many to write. This is what makes my mom the best mom in the whole world.

    79. Donna Hoadley Says:

      In lean times when we were little, she turned her growing concern for her children into positive community action. She organized the Kai Kalihi Co-Op to bring bread, milk, eggs, and vienna sausage to the people in Kalihi Valley. When we moved to Waianae, she became so alarmed about the schools that she organized the Waianae Coast School Concerns Coalition in an effort to bring the community, school administrators and the state together. When she became aware of growing child abuse, she organized the Waianae Coast Time-Out Nurseries to give stressed out parents respite from parenting. She organized the Na Wahine Makalapua program, giving newly released female prisoners the skills to become nurturing mothers, 4 years later their success rate was 99%. She organized Na Keiki Mohala, a three pronged approach (hula, ocean canoe paddling, and family education groups) involving young people, nurturing them to become confident, self aware and less likely to fall into drugs and abuse. Her latest effort, Tutu’s In Control supports grandparents who are caring for their grandchildren which affects approx. 10% of the population in Waianae. She is a former VISTA volunteer and a Weinberg fellow. She organized conferences, coalitions and committees and put the word “roots” into grassroots. Her successes are numerous. In the last 40+ years, my mother not only raised us and the community, she raised our collective consciousness and brought us all to a higher level. Google Dixie Padello to see what wonderful things come of it.

    80. Despite having a terminally ill disease called Chagas, my mom doesn’t complain and is always looking for ways she can to make others happy. My mom has a jtube in her intestines because she can’t eat, has a catheder in her heart for her medications, is in constant pain, and uses a wheelchair because she is so weak. Instead of being depressed, my mom has always looked at the glass half full, not half empty. She is an amazing woman and is not only my mom, but my very best friend.
      Even though she has physical limitations, she is constantly doing what she can to think of others whether it be a phone call letting someone know she is thinking of them of sending them a letter of encouragement. My mom is the proud mother of 4 children and she has ALWAYS been there for all of us. No matter what we’ve been through in life, we’ve always had the love and support of my mom. I used to be a competitive figure skater and she was always sitting there in her wheelchair, cheering the loudest, and waiting to give me flowers when I was done. When I’ve been sad, my mom has been there to give me a big hug and helped to dry my tears. When I’ve had accomplishments, she’s been there to celebrate with me and has told me how proud she is of me. I am so very honored to have the incredible mom that I do and I want the whole world to know how proud I am to be her daughter. Life has not been easy for my mom with frequent hospital stays, but her attitude is something we should all strive to attain. If anyone deserves to win a Mother’s Day contest it is my very precious mom. I don’t know how much longer I have with her since her disease is progressing, but I cherish every moment with her. I LOVE YOU MOM and thank you for being the best role model I could ever ask for!!!! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! YOU ARE AN ANGEL AND MY HERO!

    81. Kyndra Sherman Says:

      If it weren’t for my mom I wouldn’t be here, and she almost wasn’t here either. She had a lung defect and was born premature. They read her last rites several times, always sure she wouldn’t make it through the next few hours, but she pulled through and here I am. And also my little one. That’s what is so special about my mom.

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    83. She taught me how to cook :)

    84. Marcy Strahan Says:

      I was a troubled teen & put my parents through alot of heartache!
      Now, I am in my 40’s & suffer from Bi-polar & I am disabled.
      I call her everyday. Sometimes, I feel like my burdens are just to much to handle~yet she does so with a smile.
      They help us out all the time. When she comes to town she brings care packages…like the Bulk toliet paper(72 rolls) from Sams Club).
      I would love to send her this for Mother’s day!
      She deserves it!

    85. My mom has always been there for me. She took care of me when I broke my ankle. She has had some health problems recently, and I want to give her a great Mother’s Day.

    86. May Dizon Says:

      Guidance from a distance…
      When my mom left to work abroad, what she instilled with us is to really pray about everything. To fervently pray for each other every moment of the day. Though we’re young, that really marked our minds and our hearts. And I wanted to share this to all… I was organizing all of the stuff in our house and other old things from Italy that were sent back to Manila. So I went checking all of the old pictures, snail mail back in 1999 and then I found a little notebook that looks so old. I didn’t realize it was my mom’s journal. It was a touching moment when I saw her prayerbook. The pages were a little torn and old. I browsed through it and I was just so moved and cried while reading it… My mom has always been praying for every little thing about us. Whenever we sleep, when we ride a bus, when we go to school, me and my siblings future partners, schooling, future jobs and all. I was in awe… Now I know why God has blessed us so much in our life — our dearest mom has been praying for us all along…She knows that she can’t take care of us physically. But she knows that God sees us every day… It is great to have her as our mother and I won’t trade my mom to anyone… It is such a magnificent blessing to have a prayerful mom… So putting this story over the web is one way of telling the whole wide world how grateful I am to have you Mom in our lives. You are a magnificent mother. I will forever say to everyone that mother will always be God’s given source of wisdom… To all the mothers out there. Happy mothers Day!

    87. I have to say what would we all do with out our mothers in our lives, i would be completely devastated if I didn’t have my mom. Even to this day and the age that I am, all grown up and living on my own I can still phone my mum and ask her for help be it with some groceries or even some cash, or even to look after my cat, she means the world to me and always will.
      We should forever celebrate our mothers and not on this one day of the year, but every day.

    88. I have just come across this site, and have found it interesting and informative.

      I love the idea of having a special day for mom’s but for me every day is special to me and I appreciate her everyday not just once a year and to be honest Mother’s Day is just not the same any more now its all about the bigger the present, and that makes me so sad.

    89. I have seen many visual conditions. Amazing to see this article.

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