As part of our celebration of Mother's Day, we asked Desert News readers to share memories and expressions of gratitude for their moms. Here's what they had to say about the influential women in their lives:
What she means to me? Everything. I was adopted at four months. The two amazing people I call Mom and Dad chose me, with all my little issues and problems. My grandma died right before they adopted me, so my mom raised me without her mother's TLC and advice.
My husband and I recently adopted our two precious girls, and I have relied on Mom tremendously. I go to her for advice or just to cry. We've struggled financially, and she bought us groceries and brought us meals. I love my mom and hope she is around for a long time. - Christina Marie
My Mom has a rare neurodegenerative disease that has no real effective treatments, and even now toward the end she is an amazing example of strength, love and faith. She has always been an independent and strong role model, and she is an amazing mother that would do anything that truly helps her kids and grandkids. - Amy
The first Mothers Day that I recall is when I was 8. My mother had given birth to a new little sister that morning. I remember going to church and everyone telling me what a great Mothers Day gift for my mother. I was not sure what kind of a gift that was she was the sixth child in our family.
I have since realized that my mother was always giving me gifts. The gifts were given to me by her example. She taught me the gift of love as she gave birth to 10 children. She gave me the gift of faith and endurance when her husband died and she was left to raise the children on her own. As I sat with her in the hospital, leaving this life, she continued to give bless me with gifts. As the years pass, I continue to see gifts from my mother. - Kim Nelson
Even though it was 40 years go, I can still see her in my mind standing on the street corner. I was 9 years old, and I was walking to school. If I turned around after a block or two to see whether my mom was still there I would not be disappointed. I felt so safe and secure knowing she was there as I walked ahead, making sure nothing happened to me.
It was 1972 and my parents had divorced. We moved into a home behind my Aunt Syliva's house, and Mom went to work as a telephone operator. But I never knew that. I would go to school each day with my mother's eye on me, and I when I came home she was there.
Mom loved my brother and me. We always came first to her. Mom passed away in 2004, but her example of sacrifice and love live on within me. - Brenda Bennion
When I had my first baby in 1989, I was completely overwhelmed with trying to remember all of the instructions of how to take care of my beautiful daughter. I didn't want to do anything wrong!
A sweet lady that helped raise me, Elinor Cheever, told me the greatest advice anyone ever told me and brought everything into perspective in caring for our newborn. She told me to remember four things. It didn't matter how I did them, just that we do them: 1) Keep her loved. 2) Keep her fed. 3) Keep her warm. 4) Keep her clean.
Elinor meant the world to my family. We miss her greatly and are so grateful for her kind, positive and loving influence that have deeply touched our lives. Thank you Cheever family for letting her help us! - Sheron Izatt Drake
When I was small, each week my momma went to the local Ukrops Grocery Store and I tagged along with her.
She gathered a supply of canned beans, veggies, maybe a few pieces of fruit and a little of this and that.
Then checkout time came and I began to fidget, excitement swelling in my heart.
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