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 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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. She taught me how to cook :)


  9. 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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  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

    ( my mom pass a way)/

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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!

  23. Great gift for my wonderful daughter in law!

  24. 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.

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

  26. 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.

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


  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. 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

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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.

  39. 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?”

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