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Update: Tell Everyone About Your Amazing Mom

We want to highlight some of the awesome Mom's in our community.

Editor's note: Thank you all for taking the time to share such incredible stories about the amazing women in your lives. You made us laugh, cry and cheer right along with you!

We have selected the winners, but are in the process of contacting each one so we can share more about them and their special Moms with you. Check back with Patch in a few days for a listing of who's who. Just to be clear: You're all winners in our book!

Earlier:

Your mom was there to kiss your boo-boos when you were little and to help you wrestle with life’s tough questions as you grew older. She’s special and you want her to know it.

Affording a gift worthy of Mom’s awesomeness can be tough in this economy though.

Don’t worry; Patch has got your back!

Just tell us in the comments section why your mom rocks and you just might win one of five $500 gift cards we’re giving away to special moms who touch the lives of the readers in our 19 Florida Patch towns.

You have until noon Tuesday, May 1, to share her story on Patch. You can also upload your favorite photographs of Mom in action right to this story (but only the comments count for the contest).

Five winners will be selected at random from all of those who enter by commenting about their moms. We’ll announce the winners Wednesday morning and follow later with a story that shares their comments and highlights a few of our other favorite stories, too. Winners will get their gift cards in plenty of time for Mother's Day, May 13.

Since we know that the special mom in your life just might be your guardian, grandmother, wife or even yourself, don’t be shy about entering. We love all moms!

So get ready to show Mom why she’s so awesome - share her (or your) story on Patch!

* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. * To enter, post a comment on this story.* All entries must be received by May 1, 2012, 12:00pm Eastern Time.* You may enter once.* 5 winners will be selected in a random drawing.* Five (5) Grand Prize Winner will receive $500 gift cards.* Click

Yvonne April 30, 2012 at 01:38 PM
NOOO.....MY MOMS THE BEST!!!...LOL....But really, I do have a great Mom who at 81 is always there for us 3 kids and 3 Grandkids. I am so grateful for her and for all the rest of you who can say the same thing. With all the turmoil and strife in life some people are just not as lucky as us. Make sure you hug your Mom and tell her you love her every chance you get.
Laurie Suarez April 30, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I have the most precious of Moms. Although she has too many medical ills to list, and all the pills to go along with them, she greets each day with a smile, and a sense of adventure. For the past few years, dementia has begun to rob her of her short term memory, and although she is aware of it, she addresses this affliction with grace, and a fabulous sense of humor. I visit Mom as often as I can, and the last thing she says as I'm leaving is "When will you be back?" My Mom is so precious.
Valarie Cobb April 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
She gives you the gift of life and she's the guardian angel to guide you through it. She makes you the center of her world and does her best to prepare you for it. Someone to comfort you through bumps and bruises, hurt feelings and broken hearts.Someone who always has your best interest at heart....believe it or not. Eventhough the job is one of the hardest in the world, she welcomes the oppuritunity to help when it is your turn to take on the role. That's what I've learned from my mom and who I'm trying to be for my children.
Missy April 30, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I'm so lucky to have, not one, but two awesome moms! After my parents divorced, my mom and three kids moved in with my Aunt. Since then, my Aunt has been my "other mom". She never got married or had kids of her own, but to her, we are her kids. She is truly an amazing woman. Both of them are!
Toni Benton April 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I grew up in a very small town in Washington State. My mom raised three children on her own and her strength is what held us all together. She used to wear this sweater and, over time, it started to look really worn. I remember as a child staring at that sweater and being embarrassed by it. Now that I have three children of my own I understand why she never replaced that sweater; she made sure we never did without. She continues to be strong, supportive, and always giving of her time and love to our family, including to my grandmother who has advanced Alzheimer's and is an hour away. My siblings and I all live in Florida now, only 30 minutes apart, and we look forward to getting together for family dinner every Sunday with all the cousins, nieces, and nephews. My mom actually lives down the street from me to help me with my 7 year old and 5 year old twins. One day, as my children get older, I'm sure they will be embarrassed by something I do or wear but I hope they too will reflect back and understand why I had "my sweater." My mom is now 70 but strives to fool you by looking not a day over 60! With much love and strength to you, mom, on this very special holiday. Hugs...
Sergio April 30, 2012 at 06:03 PM
My mother is truly AWESOME!!! We just came back from a weekend in Atlanta for my niece's 1st Communion. I was so proud to be her son as I watched what a great grandmother she is. Two adoring little children (my sister's) made me realize how lucky I am to have such a wonderful mother. I LOVE YOU MOM!!!!!!
Linda Nowicki April 30, 2012 at 07:57 PM
My mom has always been my hero and still is. After a failed marriage, my mom had to raise five of us on her own. Without work experience or college education, she started her own medical billing company from the dining room table in our home. We were quite poor; yet, I never felt that way. I guess because she always made sure our home was full of love and that we each felt special. She found beauty in the simplest things and could make sitting in the backyard telling stories under the stars a real adventure. I love you mom - now and forever.
Joy Todd Coykendall April 30, 2012 at 08:20 PM
My mom always was and still is my best friend. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us, but she was the greatest mom ever! She had me when she was 36 years old and she devoted all of her time and attention to being a stay at home mom and wife. She took me to school every morning and she picked me up every afternoon. I could always count on her being there no matter what. There was nothing that my mom could not do, I thought she was Superwoman. She would have been 68 years old May 9th..she will always be my best friend...love you and miss you mom!
D. Maxemow April 30, 2012 at 09:18 PM
My Mom, I LOVE HER! My mom is a GIVER! of her time, her talents and her love. She raised a large family, five girls and one boy, without the help of our father...I don't know how she manage, to always put food on the table, have time to do housework, taking alot of pride in our home, giving us fantastics birthdays parties, giving us support, comfort and love. Our house was where all the kids hung out, and she welcomed them as her own,,,She helped us thru our problems, supported us in our endeavors, praise us and celebrate our achievements...Although she is in poor health now (82) she still gives each and every day! Her time, her talents and most important her LOVE! How she did it and still continues to share all that she has....do know how I could every repay her, except Love her each and every day God allows us to have her here with us....From all of us.....
Kathy Lane April 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM
I had a favorite doll, my Raggedy Anne, who went everywhere with me. She would ride in the basket of my bike as we rode all over the neighborhood, I would play with her for hours, she never left my side. Because of this, my constant companion looked a little rough around the edges. My precious Mother would meticulously mend my doll, her face, hair and even her little body complete with embroidering a red heart. The care that should took with my darling doll is the same care she took with me. I still have my darling doll and she sits in a place of honor on a little shelf in my bedroom and every time I see her, I can feel the love of my Mother shining through her little black button eyes!
SHARON ALVAREZ April 30, 2012 at 11:45 PM
My Mom rocks because she raised 4 children by herself. She worked hard and long hours to provide a roof over our heads with clothing and food. We always had what we needed. We may not have had the fanciest clothes or shoes but they were nice and clean. She came from a broken home and at times herself; had to go without food. I think that's why she always made sure we had a well balanced dinner on the table. She couldn't afford college for us but we all became strong, independent, and successful adults with children of our own. She retired from her job after 28 yrs and began caring for my grandchildren when they were born. This was a way to supplement her income and so they didnt have to go into daycare. She struggles everyday to make ends meet as social security doesnt go around far. I cannot remember when my mother has had a vacation or new clothes except when we were able to buy her a few. She taught us to never steal, cheat, or lie and to always respect our elders. She use to say "If you've done something wrong to tell the truth because you will be in less trouble than if you lie about it." I always instilled that in my children as well. They have taught it to their growing children. I think My Mom "ROCKS" for having such great values in teaching her children these four main qualities in life. I love you Mom...Sharon Alvarez
Michael Josey May 01, 2012 at 02:43 AM
My mom 75 years young, and hasn't had cancer, or any crazy illness. But what she does have is trully the gift of total selflesness. She always thinks of others before herself. Has always given in ways that by true carmic laws will see worldly returns by not of her own expectations, but simply because it is time for the give, give, give, to come back, back, back. Her mission has been undervalued, and is due, for those special returns. Trust me, and thank you, for your generosities, from someone who is certain, as the day.
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Ariana May 01, 2012 at 03:38 AM
You know that question you see on surveys, who would you most like to meet or talk to? Only one answer to that: my mom. Just ask her students, many of who are friends of hers. She not only showed us how to love through her actions, she showed thousands of students who have come through her class in the last 32 years. She has been invited to special occasions from weddings to inductions into Eagle scouts to college signings. She would give you the shirt off her back or her last dollar if it made your day. My sister and I had everything we needed and wanted when we were growing up even if it meant she did without. This is while she worked her fingers to the bone as a single mother teaching low-income students and fighting cancer for over 10 years. Luckily, is fine today, but I can remember days when she tried to hide how sick she was so we wouldn't worry or be scared. She would bravely put on her wig, false eyelashes and paint on eyebrows and go to school after making our lunches, checking homework, doing all the cleaning, everything a mom should do. It's not that we didn't want to help she wouldn't let us. Her philosophy was that you're a kid once and adult responsibilities come soon enough. Like the song says, she is more than a lady.
Zachary Belyea May 01, 2012 at 06:34 AM
My Mom Kathy is the best mother ever. She has raised 6 beautiful children myself being number 5 of 6. Despite the difficulties of life she has managed to stay afloat in her home in Hudson. In November she was diagnosed with breast cancer and has been battling ever since. My mother is such a strong woman still managing to support my brother and I and maintain a home. My mother moved here from Michigan in 1971 Where she met her first Husband, She then had her three girls and then she Met my dad her second Husband and had three boys. My mothers love for her children is unconditional the best love one could ask for. She always knows what to say and how to say it. You really don't know how much someone means to you until they are diagnosed with cancer. You realize then how fragile life can be. On top of all this my father had a heart attack in December. and another in January. My mother's love has not changed she has continued to be a strong person despite all these hardships. She is the best mother in the world. I would love to take her to dinner on Mother's day. She deserves so much more but that would be a start.
annie May 01, 2012 at 09:33 AM
I know everybody thinks their Mom is is the best but what's special about my Mom is the number of people who think MY Mom is amazing. She raised three separate families and they all felt as close to her as I did. After my Dad left it was just her and I. We had nothing but she gave me everything. She went on to marry two more times and welcomed her step children as her own. Even after thier own parents were gone, they all continue to love my Mom. It's funny the things that used to embarass me as a teenager - how she started conversations with complete strangers, dressed in her own style, and shopped at estate sales - I now not only appreciate but I do it too! She had a gift of making who ever she was talking to feel like the most important person in the world. She was my cheerleader - celebrating even the smallest of accomplishments, my rock, my laugh out loud till we cry friend, and my heart. My Mom died this week at 85.
Cindy Ewell May 01, 2012 at 09:44 AM
My daughter rocks. Last year she married a man who has custody of 3 boys age 7,8 and 9. Now she is exspecting a baby girl in September. I dont know two many young women who would take on three very active children after having none of her own. All three boys are doing great and adore their new "Mom " Diaper donation are welcome
Lisa Ledwith May 01, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Dearest Mom, You earned your wings 37 yrs ago in 1975 I was just 15. But I hope you can feel my love for you. I only had you a short 15 years, not nearly long enough. Cancer stole you from our lives & hearts. But in those short 15 years you taught me SO MUCH! To always be a kind, loving & giving human being. To treat other's as I would want them to treat me & to love unconditionally. To be honest, never to lie, steal or cheat. You raised me to be strong with morals Mom. I am 7 yrs older than you were when you were taken from us & it bother's me that I will never know what you would have looked like with gray hair & wrinkles. Silly, I know. I miss you something awful and I always will. I did my very best to raise my 2 children, the same way you raised me. You always taught me, to be grateful for what I have, even if it is not enough, because some people have nothing. You taught me If I had nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all! Everything I am today is because of you! I was so very blessed to have had YOU FOR MY MOTHER, even if just for 15 years. This upcoming Mother's Day, I send all of my love & hugs to you Mom. I pray you know that I WILL ALWAYS CHERISH YOU AND LOVE YOU! My Precious Mom, YOU WILL AWAYS BE THE BEST IN US AND YOU ROCK!
Angela Steusloff May 01, 2012 at 12:42 PM
All of us have a Mom, that much is true. My Mom is not your typical senior citizen. It is an anomaly of sorts, the God given health and wellness that she has had for over 40 years. True, after birthing four children, for some reason she had many health issues. My Dad, who passed 12 years ago, says he almost lost her a few times. Somehow her health came back and she has had vibrant health ever since. I believe her zest for life and her positive attitude has been the biggest contributor. She is coming up in May on 93 years old and she is living life to her fullest. Playing nine holes of golf twice a week with women 20 and 30 years younger, she is an inspiration to her family and those around her. My Mom is truly amazing, and she has left an indelible, positive mark on all of those who know her.
Meagan May 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
My mom is one incredible woman. As a single mother, she worked unbelievably hard to make a great life for us while always instilling in me priceless values that I continue to live out each day. Because of my mom, I have proudly become a strong and independent woman for which I am so grateful. She has always been my number one fan and biggest supporter no matter what endeavor I set my mind to. All moms are amazing but I was lucky to get an extra amazing one!
Matthew Mistretta May 01, 2012 at 01:44 PM
My mom has been through some extremely tough times as of late, but she continues to persevere. She is the rock of our family and the one I go to for advice and support. I love you mom! Don't take your moms for granted! Go give them a hug today!
Lynn Berry May 01, 2012 at 02:04 PM
In this day and age, I actually have two moms at the same time. They are both wonderful, intelligent, loving, unique individuals in their own ways. Each grew up with only one parent, thus parenting us to prepare us for our lives with tough love. Now we have our own children and they are grandmas with children and grandchildren that truly love them because of all the love and energy we receive from them. Its like a two-in-one special! Love you both. Like Matthew just said, give them a hug!
Josie Silva May 01, 2012 at 02:22 PM
My mom is the best mom in the world and I love her!!
Amanda May 01, 2012 at 02:36 PM
My mom is amazing. She has been and will always be my role model. I look to her for advice, strength, and often, just to laugh. From our shopping missions (never just trips; always missions) to our nights watching reality television shows, I enjoy each moment that I get to spend with my mom. I find that all of the small moments add up to something great. Happy Mother's Day!
Charlotte J. Lambert May 01, 2012 at 03:16 PM
My Mom is the strongest, most selfless woman I have ever known. I'm the oldest of three, and at 28, I still talk to my Mom everyday. My little brother was diagnosed at the age 3 with Leukemia, and after relapsing 3 times and extensive treatment went into remission at age 9. My dad was diagnosed with Leukemia later that year, and passed away. I was 12, my brother was 9, and my baby sister was 4. My mom never broke.  Her relentless smile and positive smile, positive attitude and constant reminder of how special life is kept us all in a bright place. Today my mom runs a small non-profit organization, where she helps families financially while they battle cancer. My Mom also volunteers for DART (disaster animal rescue team) where she continues to help the lives of animals across the US. Her compassion and love has changed and saved lives- and as for us, her kids, we are so blessed and so thankful to have a Mom who has given us the truest and sweetest love a Mom can give. Thank you to our mom for teaching us compassion, love and strength. Happy Mothers Day Love CJ, Michael and Maxi
jaimie davis May 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
My mom is the best, She has been raising me by herself since I was born and I am 12 years old. She is the coolest mom, she s fun, she takes me camping and tells me and shows me why it is important to enjoy what God has given us. She got us a wave runner so we could be out on the water together. She has taught me how to be a good student, to study and focus which has made me a straight A student and even skipped a grade...She has also taught me how to cook and she is a great cook too! She is kind but she also disciplines me so I know right ways..She warns me about dangers now and in my futre. She is involved with animal rescue and me too and we kept our dog that we were fostering. Most of all she loves me soooooooooo much. Jaimie Davis
La Vern August 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
There are not many words to describe my mother, some might say other wordly lol. I am actually looking on line now for contest and other sites that allow stories of amazing moms. I am soon to be 49yo. My mother, Gladys, adopted me when I was 5, almost ready to age out and become part of the system until 18. God himself only knows the kind of hell I may have gone through had she not wanted me. I was overly talkative, loud, hyper, and an all around spaz. The first thing she said I asked her on one of her visits to see me before the adoption was, "Why did they crucify Jesus?" To this day I dont know where I got that one from, as I said, I was an overly saturated sponge. My moms moms mom was a slave so education was everything in her family, 9 children. My mother being the baby. Her mother wanted grandchildren, but seeing as how everyone ran out to get an education, NO ONE had any children. strange I know, but Ms. Gladys took herself out there, not only to became the first Black woman to do several honorable things, including cook for Langston Hughes, have a library named after her, and become the first Black woman to receive a Masters from Washington State University, she also adopted me as a single woman. My mother handled situations with grace, poise, and class. BELIEVE me it was NOT easy growing up in Eastern WA., not a lot of color, but a lot of racism. needless to say, I did ok being a girl and an only child, growing up in that environment. MY mom is the greatest mom ever.
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rose May 06, 2013 at 08:38 AM
All of you are soo lucky to have an amazing mum :) Some people like-me-dont have a mum who appreciates their daughter but all she does is find the negatives and get rid of me.I would love to have a mum who was loving,caring and understanding and forgiving :(

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