Happy Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Mother's Day Giveaway - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHappy (early) Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms out there. Whether you are a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, or friend…we want to celebrate you. Thank you all for the love, care, support, kindness and all motherly attributes you share with others everyday. Because of the busy lives you all have and all that you give to those around you, we would love to give you something.

In celebration of all of you FABulous women, we are giving away a $30.00 gift certificate to The Ribbon Retreat. We want you to know that we think you are amazing and all you do is appreciated.

Here is what you need to do to be entered to win our $30.00 gift certificate.
Leave us a comment about an amazing woman you know
make sure you are a subscriber to our blog.

We will announce the lucky winner tomorrow morning in our TGIF! post, so don’t forget to leave us a comment before midnight tonight, for your chance to win. But whether you are the winner or not, please know how wonderful you are and that we appreciate you!

Happy Mother’s Day all of you FABulous women! Celebrate who you are and all the amazing women in your lives!

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  1. Leah
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:40 am | Permalink

    My grandmother was truly an amazing woman; she moved country when she was 81 years old so she could be with her family, including her 15 great-grandchildren, she managed to change her habits and nature even at her age to better herself and she was always looking to keep the peace and happiness amongst everyone. She passed away last October, but no one will forget how Grandma changed the world.

  2. Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    My maternal grandmother was an amazing woman. She had such a sweet, giving spirit. I have many handmade items in my home that were created by her hands. She didn’t like to be idle. Even though she had an extremely tough life, being orphaned as a teen, losing her first born and her youngest to tragic fire accidents, and each of her two husbands to lung cancer, she was strong in her weakness. Thanks for the chance to tell you about my grandmother.

  3. Deborah
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    So many friends of mine are amazing women, but I am thinking particularly of one friend today who keeps going through the most difficult of circumstances – she is amazing 🙂

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

      Hi Deborah. Thank you for sharing about your friend. I wish her the best!

  4. DawnG
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:10 am | Permalink

    I would say there are many women in my life. I think both of my grandmothers are/were amazing. Both in different ways.
    Raising a family is never easy and both ladies has struggles. I love that my grandma M was a gardener, a mom of 4, and worked full time. She even raised my cousin for several years. My grandma F was also a gardener, a mom of 3 and worked full time. Life has gotten easier over the years for us moms and I still struggle with being a mom of 2 and working out of the home.
    Not to mention they both suffered from cancer. It ultimatly took my grandma M’s life. My grandma F is still fighting.
    We are blessed to have these role models to help us in our daily life!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Dawn, for sharing about your amazing Grandma’s. Yes, they are true role models for sure. Grandma’s are the best and it sounds like both Grandma M and Grandma F were so loving, fun, and hard working. Thank you for your comments.

  5. Mandy
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:13 am | Permalink

    My mom is truely an amazing women. She is a super strong women having survived breast cancer and taking care of my father who was diagnosed with ALS, a terminal ilness, at the tender young age of 56. Sadly we lost him last year but my mom continues on, taking care of us, her children and grandchildren.

    She never stops once to think about just herself. Nothing gets her down and her passion, crocheting has allowed her a place of quiteness and relaxtion in her times of weakness. She has created some beautiful pieces for both my children as well as my nieces. I am so glad she is my MOM and my kids NANA and only hope that she is with us for another 50plus years.

    Thank you =-)

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      Hi Mandy! Thank you for sharing about your wonderful mom. What an amazing example of survival, love, tenderness, and heart. I am so glad you let us get to know her, and I too hope she is with you for another 50 plus years. 🙂

  6. Cheyeanne Pike
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    My amazing mother. She taught me to allow myself my emotions and taught me to speak my mind always encouraged. Creativity and a healthy quest for knowledge! Acceptance was
    the key to her life! I love and miss her more Than words can even hope to describe!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Cheyeanne, thank you for your comments. I am so glad you shared your thoughts on your mother with us and the love you have for her. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Audra Jensen
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    I know so many amazing mothers/women that it is so hard to pick just one – I am blessed with the worlds best mother AND mother-in-law who both are amazing people that I aspire to be like. Like previous posters I also had an amazing grandmother- Mother to 13 grandmother to 72 and great- grandmother to a couple hundred more she was the embodiment of love and knew everyone’s name and always had a hug and an applesauce cookie for you. She was also an incredibly strong woman through all her many trials in life and even into her 90’s she was doing her own yard work. I feel so blessed to have grown up next door to her and had her influence in my life – I miss you grandma!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

      Audra, thank you for sharing your Grandma with us. She sounds like the epitome of love, caring, and exactly what a grandma should be. With the gentle and loving words you used to describe her, you reminded me of all the reasons I love and miss my grandma! Thank you for your sweet sweet comments.

  8. Tricia
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    My friend Rachel is an amazing mother. She has 4 of her own children….all under 6 and she adopted a 3 year old girl from China with special needs in Feb.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Wow! Rachel truly is an amazing mother and person. Thank you for sharing Rachel with us and what a wonderful person she is.

  9. Tanya
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    My mom is the most amazing woman I know. She has raised 5 kids on her own, survived cancer twice, and has such a kind-hearted spirit. She has been sewing all of her life and I have some beautiful quilts that she has made for us. In her retirement, she has spent her time sewing, cross-stitching, bird-watching, and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren. I am truly a lucky person to be her daughter.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Tanya, your mother sounds amazing. I am so glad you shared these comments about what an amazing person she is. Thank you Tanya!

  10. Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    My mother in law is the best grandmother in the world. She has a quality about her with her children and grandchildren that I only hope I can measure up to. Her children, inlaws and grandchildren respect and love her like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. I have 4 children and 4 grand children and I am blessed to keep my 23 month old grandbaby Addison while my daughter teaches school. I am disabled and I jump on the trampoline with her ,which causes me physical pain but when her big blue eyes look up at me and she asks “jump grammy jump” I jump forgetting that I will be hurting like crazy later, the physical pain turns into joy. I love being a grandmother and all the jumping ,dancing, running is definitely worth the amazing joy that it brings to both me and my grandchildren.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

      Thank you, Toni, for your comment. You are truly inspiring and full of love. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Sonja Campbell
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    My mom was/is an amazing woman 🙂 As a single mom raising a daughter by herself and as a full-time nurse, she did her best to provide for the two of us with what money she made. I never really appreciated fully the sacrifices she had to make for me until I had children of my own. She loves to travel, and together we went to places as far west as Minnesota, and as far north as Canada:) Though most of the time that I was a teenager we didn’t get along, she and I are closer now than ever. The father that chose to abandon his wife and kids is forgiven because my mother taught me to love the unforgivable and broken. She is my rock and my heart. Always there to listen to me when my kids drive me nuts or my husband doesn’t agree with me. I will be lost when she leaves this earth, but I will always have the fond memories of a mother and daughter’s struggles and accomplishments in life to share with my daughter now.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

      Sonja, thank you for sharing the motivational story about your mom. She is a great example to us all of hard work and love. She sounds amazing! Thank you Sonja!

  12. Tina Laramie
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:01 am | Permalink

    My mom is the special woman in my life. She has taught me to become the strong woman I am today and has taught me by example how to be a good mom, wife, business woman etc. She does a thankless job that many of us women do without complaint or waiting for the pat on the back. She simply does the things she does for people because it comes from her heart and there is no better intention than that. I can only hope to keep growing in her reflection and continue to be strong just like her!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Hi Tina! What a wonderful and special woman your mom is. I love that you have such a deep respect and love for her. Thank you Tina!

  13. Nadeen
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    My sister is always crafting! She has something in her hands every evening after work as she relaxes and watches tv. We have done some craft fairs together and intend to do a lot more!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

      That sounds like a blast to have something so fun in common with such a wonderful woman. I love that you craft together and plan to do more and more. Thank you for sharing Nadeen!

  14. Emily
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    My mom is my hero. She has been such a great example of the person I want and try to be. She is very kind. She works hard. She was a great mom growing up. Now she is a wonderful mom to my 3 children. She helped so much this past December when I had miscarriage. I can’t say enough nice things about my mom!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comment Emily. You mom sounds like the perfect hero who is always there making everything right again! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Dana Buckley
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    My mom is the greatest! She has always been so selfless for her family. The most recent example occurred two weeks ago. I came down with a horrible stomach virus and was unable to care for my two small daughters. She took the day off from work (so that my husband wouldn’t have to miss work) and made the 2-hour drive to my house to take care of the girls for me. I don’t know what I would have done without her! My mom is the best!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow! Your mom really is the greatest! What a wonderful woman, mother, mother-in-law, and grandma! Thank you for sharing what a special lady she is. 🙂

  16. Jacquee Broaddus
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    My Mom is the most amazing mother you will ever meet. She managed to raise 5 kids who were all in the top 3 of their classes. We also all love and serve the Lord, and are all now mothers and fathers too. My mom was strict, but taught us to love an respect others. I’m very blessed to call her my mama.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      Jacquee, thank you so much for your comment. Your “mama” sounds so wonderful and such a great example, teacher, and friend. Thank you for sharing!

  17. Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    My MIL is one of the greatest women in the world! She’s taught her son to love and in doing so has taught me as we’ll. I am one lucky woman! God was smiling down on me when he brought them into my life!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Melissa! That is the sweetest thing! What a wonderful comment! Thank you!

  18. Kim H
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    My friend and look-alike “twin” from High School recently passed away this past weekend after a horrendous 18 month battle with a cancer mutation that normally takes just 2-3 months to take a life. She was a wife and new mother in her 30’s and was one of the most talented and energetic people I knew. She was an accomplished musician and cellist from a very young age and became a virtuoso player. She taught children music and brought music to New York public schools. She always had a smile and enough energy to brighten any room and make anyone else smile. She’ll be dearly missed.

  19. Laurie Scheller
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    My mom is amazing, she raised 3 children by her self and didn’t complain or bad talk our father for not being there. She did her best and always put her children above herself. Now I have two children of my own and really understand how big of a job parenting is and can’t even imagine doing it without my husband.

  20. Carla
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    My Mamaw was a big influence on my life. We lived just across a pasture and down the road from her my entire life. She worked tirelessly around her home, in her garden, and on the farm, but she was never too busy to make me spaghetti or tuna cassarole. She always made me feel like the most important person in the world to her.

  21. Melissa
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    My mom is one of my best friends. She has always been there for me and somehow always knows the right thing to say, and even when it’s best to let me figure things out on my own. She is a wonderful Grammie, always kind and goes above and beyond for everyone.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Melissa, thank you for your comment. I love that one of your best friends is your mom. What a wonderful blessing in both of your lives.

  22. Becky Greene
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    My sister, Mary, was the most inspirational woman I knew. She was always beloved by her students, co-workers, friends and family, but once she was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer at the age of fifty, she became a beacon of light and faith for her whole community. She spoke in various churches about the blessing that cancer had been in her life. Her faith helped strengthen the faith of so many others and it helped prepare us for her ultimate fate. Mary died February 1st of this year and I will miss her every day for the rest of my life. She still inspires and always will!

  23. Emiko
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    My mom was an amazing woman. She never let being a woman get in the way of achieving things. In Japan, she actively sought out a job that paid men and women the same. And then after she married my dad and moved to the US, she worked hard and became an amazing business woman in a field dominated by men (and often family breadwinner).

  24. Carolyn
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    My mother-in-law was an amazing woman. She raised 15 children and always had time for whoever needed her help. She used to make pies for any of her kids that requested them, right up until she died at 90 years old!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      Hi Carolyn! Thank you for your comments about your mother-in-law. What an amazing woman and mother. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  25. Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:03 am | Permalink

    My daughter is an amazing mother and woman. She works full time has a cute little 7 month old and a good marriage, all of which take lots of time to do and to do well. I love to be around her because she has become and is more than I hoped she would grow up to be. I love that she is finding her style and that she sees herself as creative. She is truly a woman who has her priorities in order and seeks for those things that are good! I’m proud to be her mom!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comments about your daughter. I loved reading about what a wonderful person she is and how much you love her. Thank you Annette.

  26. Amy
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    My mom is the most amazing woman I know. We’ve been dealing with a stressful situation for months on end, and her love and support throughout the entire time has been amazing! I couldn’t ask for a better role model in my life.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Amy! You mom sounds truly amazing and supportive. Thank you for sharing!

  27. Yeidie Enid
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    My mami! The most caring and dedicated and strong women. She is a pattern to follow. Her love for God and service to people are some of the reasons I admire her!

  28. Bonnie Stalbaum
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Both my GrandMother’s were amazing! Yet different in their own ways my maternal grandmother had 11 children 3 boys 8 girls my grandfather died in the steel mills when my mother (third in line) was only 16 the baby a boy 9 months, granny said she would have had more had grandpa been around although she was forced to raise her children alone and scared she did it she managed she made it trough trail and tribulations and survived the ruff times loosing my uncle (the baby at only 19) the rest minus another boy (a heart attack around 2002) the others amazing too! The end of this month May 30th she will be 96 still going strong and living on her own in a small home in Indiana My GrandMother is the most amazingly strongest yet gentle women I have ever know and loved…. I love You to the moon and back Granny!!!

  29. Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    My sister is about to embark on mission work with her family. She will be homeschooling her three boys, and taking on photography projects for missions, while her husband does IT work for them. Excited and nervous for them!

  30. Marion H
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    My Mama was the greatest influence in my life. She taught me to laugh, cry, love, and live everyday as if it were my last day. In 2011, 3 days before her 94th birthday, Angels carried her to heaven. Although for now we are apart, there will never be a distance between our hearts. I know someday, only God knows when, we shall be together again. Until then, I will miss her and love her. If I had one wish, it would be to become more like my Mama. As I remember her, this Mother’s Day, I will will not morn and not be sad but remember the happy times we had. Here’s wishing all Mothers a Happy Day…..everyday!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      Marion, thank you for your kind words. You are so right to remember the wonderful memories with your Mama and to celebrate her life instead of mourn your loss. Happy Mother’s Day to you as well. 🙂

  31. Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    The most inspirational woman I’ve ever known was named Diane. She was a client who worked for a mental hospital and discovered patients who had been languishing there for years without their mandatory review hearings. When she spoke up, she was fired, but she kept fighting, took it to court, withstood grilling from the opposing attorneys about her sexual orientation and the prior death of her lifelong partner, lost, kept fighting on appeal, and succumbed to ovarian cancer before finding out we’d won.the appeal. She was one of those people who is just really worth knowing. She inspired and touched so many people who loved her. I’m lucky we crossed paths.

  32. TerriSue
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:26 am | Permalink

    The amazing woman in my life is my daughter Emily. She has given us two beautiful grandchildren, a granddaughter who is 6, and a grandson who is not quite 2. They have moved a lot within the city due to bad landlords or needing more space. Emily always has the house unpacked and put to rights within a week. Her husband puts in long hours but when he’s off it is always family time. Emily works three days a week. She is a barista at a Target Starbuck’s. Recently she was given the chance to become a black apron. If you go into a Starbucks and are waited on or have your drinks made by a person in a black apron know that they took extra time on their own to learn coffee backwards and forwards. They then had to take a test before given the honor of a black apron. Emily was the first person in a satelite Starbucks allowed to take the course. They give you 3 months, Emily was done in two weeks. Her children adore her, her husband loves her. You hardly ever see her without a bright smile on her face. Last Christmas all of the presents coming from their family had been lovingly made by hand by Emily. She is my wonder woman, and I am proud to call her my daughter!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      TerriSue, you daughter sounds absolutely fantastic. Wow, what an honor to be a black apron in such a short amount of time. She sounds like so much fun and such a great woman! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  33. KathScraps
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    My grandmother was the most amazing woman I knew. She left us this year at the age of 106! She raised a family of 5 children on a small income, taking her husband’s children from the wife he lost to raise as her own. She never let any of us talk about ‘halves’ – we were all one family. Known as “Granny” by all, her passing leaves a pain in my soul relieved only by the memories of this amazing, loving, all-accepting woman.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      Wow! Your story about Granny brought tears to my eyes and a desire to have known such a spectacular woman. Thank you for sharing this amazing woman with us, who lived a long life full of love!

  34. Lucy
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    All mother’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s, sister’s in my book are all amazing….This includes mothers, grandmother’s, aunt’s, sister’s that live in another part of the world that have it so very hard, whether they are living where there is war or where they do not have all of the daily things that we have.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      Lucy, I could not agree with you more. Thank you for the reminder about all of the amazing women near and far. Your words are appreciated and inspiring.

  35. Kimberly
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    My mother is wonderful. She raised me as a single woman and showed me how to be dependent.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Kimberly for such a wonderful comment about your mom. 🙂

  36. Beth S
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I know so many amazing women, but the one I’ll choose for this is my mom. As a child and teenager, I never imagined how close my mom & I would become. I’m so grateful for her advice, generosity, and love, esepcially as she helps me be a better wife and mother.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

      I love that you have such an incredible relationship with your mother. I too am so grateful for all of the love, advice, etc that my mom always showed to me. Thank you for reminding me how lucky I am too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful mom with us!

  37. Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    My Mother IS an incredible woman!! She left a man she really loved, her second husband, to save ME from years of abuse that unfortunately she knew nothing about!! I continually Thank her EVERY day for this & know I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if she hadn’t left him when she did!!!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      Chelle, thank you for sharing this story with us. What an amazing and loving mother you have. Thank you for your comment about her. 🙂

  38. Ginger V
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    The most amazing woman I know is my sister. You see I am a disabled widow with 2 children and when my husband died she came to live with us and took over everything. I don’t know what we would have done without her all of these years. She has given up so much to be there for all of us and we love her for all she does. She never complains or asks for anything in return. I am not only proud to be her sister but honored as well.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

      Ginger, thank you so much for telling us about your sister. She is truly inspiring and sounds like such a fantastic support, caretaker, and friend. You are so lucky to have her, and we are so lucky to be able to have read about her. Thank you Ginger for sharing your wonderful story with us.

  39. Laura
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    My mom is amazing! In 1995 she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer that was found to be in 6 of the lymph nodes they removed in her mastectomy. She underwent an autologous bone marrow transplant in July 1996 in order to try and beat this horrible disease. I am so thankful she survived and has witnessed the birth of 3 more healthy grandchildren with another on the way. She is such a caring person-giving back to the community and her church with her time and talents.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Wow! Laura, thank you for sharing your story about your mom with us. You brought tears to my eyes as I read about the fight for her life. She sounds more than amazing. What a fighter and inspiration to us all. Thank you Laura!

    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:59 am | Permalink

    My Mom is amazing because she is sacrificial, humble, and kind.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comment and for saying such amazing things about your mom. 🙂

  41. Sandra
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    I know too many to narrow it down to one. I have an amazing mother and sister, and I am also an Army wife. I am surrounded by women who do are strong, compassionate, smart and have the biggest hearts.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Permalink

      Sandra…it sounds like you are one of those amazing mothers we are talking about today. We thank you for all you do as an Army wife and all your husband does for us! Thank you for your comment. 😉

  42. Sarah
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    My mom is the most amazing woman I know! She stands true to herself and her values and taught me how to be a respectful and considerate person..something I believe the world is lacking nowadays. She had the strength and guts to leave our father when I was 12 years old and I completely respect her for it. She never bad mouthed our father and tried to ensure we still had a good image of him, and if we ever said anything negative she would be sure to correct us. I don’t know what I would do without her! She loves her grandkids too and I am thankful for her every day!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sarah! Thank you for sharing your story about your mom. She sounds like such a wonderful, strong, and loving mother. Thank you Sarah!

  43. Barbara
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    My Grandmother Ima…what a phenomenal woman! She has the most nurturing heart…I have always said I want to be like her when I grow up! She has given me the gift of creativity and I will be forever thankful for that. I believe not everyone can be creative, it takes quite the imagination for one to create. I honor her not just on Mother’s Day but everyday! We are 600 miles apart, don’t talk as often as I’d like but she knows what having 3 young kids close in age encounters. Which brings me to my next story. I was pregnant 36 weeks with twins, and had an 18 month old when I got a call that my grandfather was not doing well and was hospitalized. Remember, I’m 10 hours away, almost full term with twins and I couldn’t get down there to see him…the guilt I carried on my shoulders was awful, still to this day it weighs heavy on my heart. But I HAD to stay strong for my toddler and for my twins that I needed to carry just a couple of more weeks. My grandmother not once made me feel guilty about not being able to go. She understood. I made it! 38 weeks and 1 day, C-Section Day has arrived! Brought a healthy 5lb, 140z Baby Girl and a 6lb Baby Boy into the world. As I was wheeled into recovery and family came in to mom and dad had a big, BIG smile one their faces, but I could tell something was hiding behind that smile. Then my mom began to tell me…that my grandfather had just passed away. I couldn’t shed a tear, how could I? I just brought beautiful babies into this world, not just one but TWO!! As I was bringing two new lives into the world, he left. He is their Guardian Angel and I believe he waited to make sure all 3 of us were safe until he went on. ::Wiping Tears:: Ok, lets get back to the root of this story, my Gramma. I honor her in this blog post because she is an amazingly strong woman. She stayed SOOO incredibly strong for me during this HUGE change in my life but yet she was going through a HUGE change in hers. I wasn’t able to make it to my grandfathers funeral, while family gathered to celebrate his life here on Earth…I was far away celebrating two new ones. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this story that is almost three years old but yet so vivid. My grandmother is my Idol, she is my Hero, I admire her strength, I admire her wisdom and the love she has for life itself.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

      Barbara…all I can say is WOW! Your story is truly inspiring and gave me chills while I was reading it. It sounds like you have a most wonderful grandma and grandpa who both love you and those little babies so much! Thank you for sharing your sweet sweet story with us!

  44. Chacoy
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    My mom is the most amazing person I know! She is not only very supporting, always there for the four of us but the greatest Nana ever to her three grandkids!
    I subscribe too!

  45. Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    My mom is a great mother. She was always doing things that showed her love for each of her six kids. She will sacrifice for her kids and now her grands and great grands. My mom is awesome. And she can sew anything.

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

      Hi Sherri! Thank you for your comment. I wish I knew your mom. She sounds amazing and very talented. 🙂

  46. lucy
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    I posted earlier today and I see that it is no longer there. did I do something wrong when I posted?

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lucy! I am sorry your earlier comment is no longer visible. I am sure you did nothing wrong but thank you for your comment anyway. 🙂

  47. Terry
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    My daughter is the most amazing mother that I know. She is a single mom, going to Nursing school (average B), helping take care of me, being a room mother for her daughters class and working a part-time job. She moved home to quite her job and start nursing school full-time and have us help her with her daughter. Just after she started, we had a terrible accident, and I was in the hospital for 3 months, and not able to move for another 3 months. She never stopped…She took care of me and my husband, and still maintained a B average, along with being a mother to her 7yr and being the only room mother there for 26 other 7 year olds. What a job she has done…She is just amazing to me!!!

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

      Terry, thank you so much for sharing what an amazing woman your daughter is. She sounds like a terrific daughter and person! Thank you! 🙂

  48. Amy
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    I’m always amazed when I think of Lily, a woman my mother first met in the 1970’s when my mom traveled to Benin in Africa to serve a summer as a nurse at a medical mission. Lily always longed to be a wife and mother, but she put her own desires aside to devote her life to nursing and caring for the sick and hurting in Benin. I have so much respect for her!

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

      Wow! What an amazing lady and example to us all. Thank you for sharing Lily with us!

  49. Kim
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    My mother is an amazing woman. Always there to help, lend and ear, or volunteer. She is a great role model for me, and any woman she meets.

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      Kim, what a wonderful thing to say about your mom. Thank you for your comment.

  50. Christina
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    The most inspirational woman I know is my mom, she raised us as a single mother and made so many sacrifices for her family! Thanks Mom!

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Christina! Your mom sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing with us your love for her. 🙂

  51. Carmen
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    My mother is a wonderful crafter and has inspired me to try many different things – quite a few she hasn’t done yet!

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      What a cool, crafty mom. 🙂
      Thank you Carmen!

  52. Libby Anderson
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    So many wonderful women in my life…. a few come to mind. I have been blessed to have a few “mentor moms” in my life. Ones who choose to teach share and love on me and my kids. My love of sewing and all things ribbon has come through a couple women who loved me enough to share their lives with me!!! I aspire to be the same to another mom….

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

      Libby you, yourself, sound like a wonderful woman. Though you aspire to be a “mentor mom” to another, I am sure you are already there. Thank you for being an inspiration to us and all those around you.

  53. Christina
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    My Mom is the most wonderful, giving, loving, supportive, hard working (I could go on and on, but I will stop there) woman in the world, everyone who knows her loves her.

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comment Christina! Your mom sounds simply fantastic! 🙂

  54. Posted May 9, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    My Mother is a strong southern woman. She’s 83 this year, and you wouldn’t know it to look at her. She was born during the depression in 1930 in TX., has survived 3 almost deadly wrecks and a very abusive marriage. She raised 4 kids, including me, and recently moved in with my sister who just lost her husband to cancer. She’s always positive, no matter the situation, and is there for all her children at the drop of a hat. She loves doing crafts, especially sewing and cooking. If not for her and her inspiring ways, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. In 2005, I had to face my disability and quit the work force. Suddenly I was home 24/7, bored and depressed. It was a huge and difficult transition for me. My Mother, being the sly woman that she is, gave me a big box of beads with beading tools and a basic instruction book on how to make jewelry. I thought, “what the heck am I going to do with all this?!” I didn’t have a talent for that! So, I ended up storing the box under my bed for almost a year. That is, until Christmas came around in 2006. Funds were tight with just my husband’s income and me no longer bringing in the big bucks. I didn’t know what I was going to do for Christmas gifts…then I thought about that box of beads. I dug it out, set up a table, pulled out the book and went at it. Of course, I went with the easiest project in the book….earrings. I was surprised at how easy it was and that I was actually making jewelry….and I liked it, A LOT! I made lots of earrings and even a necklace and earring set for Christmas gifts, and was surprised at the great compliments on them. Was told I had great talent too! Well…that started my jewelry making adventure, and now it’s been 7 years. I have an etsy shop, and some of my jewelry has been published…even made the cover of Bead Trends magazine! I know none of this would be happening to me if my Mother wouldn’t have given me that box of beads. I like to think I did it all on my own, but my Mother knew what she was doing all along. She gave me the tools and it was up to me to start using them. She’s such a beautiful inspiration to me, and not just because of the whole jewelry thing, but just in general as a Mother…especially MY Mother. I’m a lucky girl and a very blessed one at that to have her for my amazing Mother. 🙂

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

      Brenda…what an inspirational story. I am so glad your wonderful mom gave you that box of beads and though it took a year, I am so glad you took out that box. Congrats on such an amazing jewelry career and for having such an amazing mother! 🙂

  55. Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    My Mom! We have always been close but now that I am a Mom, we are even closer! I can tell her anything and she is always there for me!
    For years, I dodged her attempts to get me into crafts. Then I moved across the country and became crafty! Now we are living closer again and we craft together as much as we can! It’s wonderful!
    I’ve missed having her so close and I am so thankful to be back close to her so my twin boys can see her an my Dad alot more!
    I am so very thankful for them both! And I am so thankful that I can call my Mom my absolute BEST Friend!

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

      Thank you Jennifer for your words about your mom. I love that you craft together and that you are living closer again to create more memorable moments together with your “BEST” friend. 🙂

  56. Bev Weis
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    That amazing woman is my mother Mary Alice. She raised & taught lots to four children, for some of those years on her own. I can’t tell you how much I’ve learned from watching her live her life, always caring & compassionate. Many thanks to my mother who is a senior role model.

  57. Laurel McCreary
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    I have enjoyed reading through everyone’s wonderful women & I agree I am who I am because of my mom, sisters, grandmothers… but the woman I most admire is a newly minted “woman.” I call her newly minted because it is my baby girl (she’s 19 so that’s NOT a baby!) as she has grown into her role as mom to her almost 2-year-old daughter (my grandbaby, Juliet!). She and I have had a very, very (did I say VERY?) rocky relationship as she has constantly tugged on my motherly reigns and tested every single strand of patience I ever had. But now, this amazing woman goes to college full-time, works 20-30 hours a week, raises her daughter, and grows into her womanhood with almost no sweat. She and I have been making hairbows for Juliet since Em found out she was having a girl. Now, my most treasured memories are looking across our dining room table-through the ribbon, hot-glue threads, and puffs of fluffy maraboo scraps and seeing my little girl deep in thought as she tries to make this or that detail just right. I am blessed with the chance to watch her become all I ever hoped she be (and more) while doing something I love dearly–creating “pretties” for my sweet little Nugget.

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      Laurel, thank you for sharing Em and “your sweet little Nugget” with us today. I loved your story of working together to create “pretties” and life long memories. Your daughter does sound amazing and such a good mom to cute little Juliet. Thank you for your comments.

  58. Janice Palmer
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    My mother endured about 25 years of chronic pain from interstitial cystitis, during which she still managed to love and support 5 children and 24 grandchildren. Now that I suffer from chronic pain, I have much greater empathy for her and wish I would have tried to be there for her more. She’s been gone for almost 10 years, and how I wish she were here with me to get me through this. I will always love and respect her.

  59. MaryJo Frechette
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    My mother is a wonderful mom. This winter she had to nurse my dad through a few health issues. My parents live in Florida during the winter, and we live in Massachusetts. Mom took on dad’s care with strength and grace. She kept us (my sisters and I) in the loop over what was going on. Mom has many friends that pitched in to help, so she was never alone for long. Even when driving all of us nuts on occasion, I love her to pieces and she is my hero.

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments about your mother. I love that she is your hero! Thank you so much for sharing!

  60. Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I wanted to talk about my sister. Our mother passed away when I was 6 years old (she was 10) and she had to do a lot to help raise us. Here we are in our 40s and she never got married or had children but she has embraced my children as if they were hers. She may not be a natural mother, but she loves my children as if she was and she has helped me become a better mother.

  61. Posted May 9, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    It’s hard to pick just one woman. My mom however, is a cut above the rest. We grew up on a dairy & crop farm, so there was never a sick day, a day off, no vacations, and certainly no maternity leave. I am the 5th of 6 kids. She worked every day until we were born, and was right back out in the barn when we came home from the hospital. She helped teach us about work ethic, honesty, and the importance of family. She is an amazing woman and my love and respect for her grows stronger each day. <3

  62. Mindy Webb
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

    All of us should think that our Mother is the best, despite the roller coaster ride of a daughter-mother relationship. My mother is too kind; she often helps people who are unappreciative and in turn, take advantage of her kind heart. My father became incarcerated in 1996 and is still in a federal penitentiary. I will not get into the gritty details, but it was a first offense and a non-violent crime he was charged with and is serving a life sentence. She had to take over the family business which is over 60 rental properties. She only has 3 employees and does most of the work herself. She can now do some plumbing, fix appliances, and collect rent from all of this inherited properties. Some would say that she is lucky, but she is far from that. She is on call 24 hours a day as she doesn’t have a maintenance man on call. She works about 18 hours a day, every day of the week. She hasn’t taken a vacation since this turn of events so many years ago. She can’t even enjoy a glass of wine or a beer with dinner, as she is called all hours because of her sole role in the running of this business. My mother didn’t go to college to learn marketing or business administration. She was always a factory worker until my Dad became a building contractor and she helped with his books. She loves the beach and has been once since ’96 and that was to see my little sister graduate from college. It is obvious that she is a workaholic, but she also remains calm, cool, and collected. This applies to situations in which people are cursing in her face. She doesn’t let her temper get the best of her and this is the trait I admire most. I should mention that she is a petite but mighty being. She seems fearless in situations where others would buckle. If I could give her one gift to show my love and admiration, I would take her to the beach with my little girls, three and five. My mom is the perfect example of someone taking what life throws at you and fighting back with tenacity and humor. If I could give her one gift to show my love and admiration, I would take her to the beach with my little girls, three and five.

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

      Mindy, thank you for your story. Amazing does not seem enough to explain your mother. Wow! Thank you again for sharing this story about a magnificent woman!

  63. Heidi J.
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    My grandma who at 70 years old quite smoking after 50 + years. Then was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and told she had a year to live. Well 9 years later she is here and cancer free. She told me she wanted to see my kids grow up and she has!!

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      Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

      Wow, what a marvelous accomplishment and so glad she has been able to watch your kids grow up. Thank you for sharing your grandma’s journey with us.

  64. Kim Lawrence
    Posted May 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    As strange as it may sound, my husband told me that the most amazing woman I know would be the image I see in the mirror every morning. So, here it is…I am a mother of almost 15 year-old triplets, of which two are severely disabled. My husband and I relocated from my home town only three years ago, however, not a single family member was involved with us, nor my children, since their birth, including my mother. And, now that we’ve relocated to my husband’s hometown, his family has scattered, as well. I never had grandparents to look up to…not maternal, nor paternal and my children do not, either. Neither of us ever experienced that great pleasure. Regardless, I wake up every morning with a song in my heart and the wind beneath my wings and go about my day as any other mother would, caring for her children and loving them with all of her heart…doing for them all that she can and doing whatever it takes…and praying for miracles. Yes, I do have a husband. He’s as supportive as he can be, but he’ll never quite understand it all, as men never do. As he is 17 years older than I am, he tends to be quite a bit grumpy these days, making it a tiny bit more stressful for me, but after 26 years of marriage, you tend to try and overlook that sort of thing. All of this, plus a small home-based business and a son with Autism, who refuses to return to school until his horrible teacher gets the boot, which makes it pretty difficult to get any work accomplished, lays on some pretty wide shoulders. But, at the end of the day, I don’t even notice it all. We’re just your typical family. I tuck each one of my babies in, kiss them with an, “I Love You,” and a goodnight prayer. Then, it starts all over, again. A new day. A new beginning. A new chance for miracles.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted May 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      Kim, thank you so very much for sharing your story with us. You are truly inspiring and an amazing woman. Thank you for being such an example of hope and faith. Thank you again for your comment.