- My mom is 93. She volunteered for 30 years at a crisis pregnancy center. She instilled in me a deep respect for life at a young age, especially the unborn. I was 12 when Roe vs Wade occurred. My mother rarely cried, so the tears streaming down her face is forever imbedded in my memory. She not only cried, but counseled. Every mother that changed her mind will bring forth generations. I am thankful for her.
- "My mom is one of the most amazing people I know! I may be a bit biased, but I do know that I am very blessed to have her as my mother. I'm so grateful for the gift of life she gave me and my eleven siblings, and for her constant example of patience, hospitality, empathy, and virtue. Although there were some rough patches in our relationship a couple years ago, God certainly knew what He was doing when he put me in this family! My mom amazes me every day, and I couldn't imagine life without her!" - Adelaide
- "I'm not sure that I can capture just how beautiful of a soul my mom is but I will try! My mom is my best friend, she inspires me more than she even knows. She is selfless, genuine, devoted, graceful, lovely, and just basically everything I could ever hope to be. She has taught me about the most important things in life, not simply by her words but by her actions. It was through the example and encouragement of my mom that I became involved in the pro-life movement and walked in the March for Life this year. I love that her boldness spurs on my faith and challenges me in my own walk. Her heart inspires me to be a better person every day, this is why I love my mom!" - Natalie
- "My mom was pregnant with me when she was 19 years old. When my biological father found out, he said to get an abortion so she wouldn't have to worry about having to take care of a child at such a young age. My mother stood up for her morals (and for me!) and said no way. Even though when I was little we didn't have much, I didn't care. She has always provided the best love and care I could ever ask for and raised me in a good home where I found God as the Father that would love me forever. I am alive, when my father didn't want me, and mother saved my life, literally. For this, I am forever grateful." - Emma
- "My parents welcomed three children into the world, the third of which was my brother, who has Down Syndrome. Against doctor's advice, he wasn't "put away." He didn't, as my mother was told "ruin your other children's lives." Quite the contrary, my brother's presence helped form all of us into the people God wanted us to be. ⠀
It's 59 years later. Both of my parents have moved on to heaven. Nine years ago, when my three children were 7 &; 8, we moved my brother into our home. People asked me "how will your children handle that?" I thought about my Mom. I loved that she believed in us as little children, in our ability to make up for the shortcomings of each other and to move forward in love. Children do that so naturally. And so did my children. Now, my sweet brother's health is slowly declining. He remains an integral part of our family, and is treasured by his nieces. His presence in our family and faith community has been a blessing. I look back to the example of my mother who showed me as a child, that everyone has a place at the table. She has enabled me to model that truth for my own children, and watch that develop in them. Thanks be to God for strong and faithful mothers." - Anne (this is a throwback picture when my mother was still alive. The baby is my first child, adopted three weeks prior...she just went to senior prom last week!) - Anne
- My mother has been gone for quite a few years; Great Christian Mother, raised 10 children, raised them in church and even raised or helped raise 2 grandchildren. Always helped neighbors and worked very hard. Wonderful example for all. Never complained about any of that. Need more mothers just like mine,
- "I was born full term on August 14, 1981, by all accounts it was a normal birth. I was born healthy. When I was 5 weeks old, I was diagnosed with acquired Hydrocephalus, due to being delivered via suction. When I was 6 weeks old I would have the first of many brain surgeries to have a shunt placed to drain fluid. Long story short, my mom stuck with me through it all. She loved me unconditionally, she could have given me up because of all the medical problems I had but she didn't. To this day she is still there for me, she truly understands and shows unconditional love!" -Toni
- "Mom had a stroke 5 years ago and has been paralyzed on one side and at 98 isn't able to do much for herself. My brother lives nearby and is her main advocate and visitor to the nursing home. The oldest and only daughter, I have been able to fly across the country every 3 months and spend a week or two helping; however, I can. Although limited physically and mentally, what has still remained and has been evident to all who come in contact is her love and sweet spirit. "I love everybody" she would say, thanking everyone for their help and waving goodbye as we left her room. I think about how she felt she wasn't very smart in school and how I valued education so much getting a college degree. There was a time when I thought my education put me a little above her but not now. In my own struggles, I have found that love is the main thing and it will remain when all else fails if we know Jesus and belong to Him as my mom does." - Candy
- Mom's father died when she was 15, leaving her depressed mother, older sister and herself. She married my dad 4 years later. She had 11 children and 4 miscarriages. As inexperienced as she was at child caring, my mom stepped up to the plate and belted a grand slam! She ran the house, teaching us manners, responsibility, Faith, conscience, self-sacrifice through our daily chores, and conduct. This was not easy, but she sang, listened and laughed, even through tears and troubles. She supported dad, who worked two jobs to make ends meet, and was beautiful to me, in every way. Her name was Vera Leona, "True Lion". She used to say it fit her especially when her cubs were in danger! Bless you in Heaven, Mom!
- My story begins many years ago in the early '30's when my mom and dad met, fell in love, and married. They had a son right away, but to their dismay, at birth the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he died immediately. For years my mom tried to get pregnant having various surgeries along the way. Finally she did become pregnant, but had many complications. The doctors wanted her to end the pregnancy, but she was confident that she could carry her baby to term. In 1948 I was born, perfectly healthy! My mom and dad finally had their child that they so desired. During the same period of time my husband, Ted's, parents were married. Ted's mom, Meta, was found to have tuberculosis during her pregnancy and was advised to abort her baby. She chose to give her baby, Ted, life. In the meantime Meta's husband decided to leave her and Meta had Ted with the support of her dad, her sister, and her mom, who had Parkinson's Disease. Ted was given life, as was I, we grew up and in the 60's met and were married in 1970. Ted and I had 2 wonderful daughters in the mid 70's and in 1985 I got pregnant again. I was somewhat older during this pregnancy and had some difficulties in the early months with bleeding, severe bleeding at times. In a visit to my doctor one time I was told that he no longer heard my baby's heartbeat. The doctor at that time shared that once a heartbeat had been heard, then no longer could be found it was quite certain I had lost the baby. I was devastated...This was a Friday when I visited the doctor. He told me to go on Monday morning for an ultrasound and then to make an appointment so he could "CLEAN ME UP!" Although these words were said to me over 30 years ago they sound as if they were said yesterday. On Monday I went for the ultrasound and very nonchalantly the technician that was doing it said, "ah...hear the heartbeat...see the little heart beating?!" I began to cry tears of joy, as those words of life came out of her mouth. I shared what I had been told by my doctor that previous Friday, and she reassured me that my baby was very much alive. Today we have a 31 year old son along with our 2 daughters. So I can say to my mom, who past away in the 90's,
"Thank you, Mom, for giving me life!"
( Fast forward to 2017...Ted and I are blessed with 3children, 2 !son-in-laws, and 1 daughter-in-law, plus 5 glorious grandchildren.)" - Roberta