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Globe readers and staff give a shout-out to Mom

Mother's Day is Sunday. Established in 1914, it was declared as a holiday to celebrate Mothers across the nation. Today, 110 years later, we celebrate Moms of all kinds—mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, foster mothers and mother figures.  


Several Branson Globe readers shared thoughts on their own mothers on this Mother's Day weekend.


"My mom is steadfast and is the best support I have. She is my best friend and I love her and am grateful to her, more than I can say," said Corinne.


Heather added, "My mom means the world to me. She has always been there for me. I am truly blessed with the best."


Sarah shared, "My mom means everything to me. She is my person and I love her the most!"


Anna noted, "I am so thankful God has blessed me with my mother. I have so many great memories of my childhood. I remember not wanting to leave her to go to kindergarten, and she promised me she would have anything I wanted for dinner when I got home from school. My favorite was fried potatoes and I could smell them cooking when I opened the door. There's nothing like a Christian Mama that always stands beside you, no matter what you are going through. To a real Mom, time just isn't important when it comes to doing things for her family. If it's midnight and I can't sleep, I know Mom will be praying for me. I could go on and on and never touch the surface of how much I love and adore my mama. She is definitely my angel on earth. I always told her when I was a little girl that when I grew up, I wanted to be just like her. Her reply was always, 'No, you want to be better than me.' Always putting her family before herself. She is the absolutely the best and perfect Mom. So, this Mother's Day, it's an honor to spend time with my mom. I cherish every minute God gives us. I am blessed."


Kandis shared a powerful story, "I grew up an only child of an alcoholic mother. I learned at an all-too-early age to care for myself (two years old putting together a meal, eight years old driving so she didn't drink and drive). One could feel sorry for themselves, or bitter.  But she also got me into Alateen at 13 years of age—a support group for people who have alcoholics in their life. Alcoholism is a family illness and the friends and family need just as much support as the people who drink. It has taken years of self-work and understanding to get to the healthy relationship I have with my mom. I still go to Alanon meetings 24 years later to spread the message of hope. Today, I trust my nine year old with my mom. Today, if there is an issue between us, we can have a healthy dialogue instead of being passive-aggressive. Being in a support program like Alanon taught me how to mother my own kiddo in healthy ways and not pass on what happened to me. Today, what does my mom mean to me? She is a friend and a support. Someone who has my back. All because of 12-Step programs."


Chris noted, "I didn't really know my mother, but my grandmother was the most amazing mother-figure. Loving, supportive, proud of me, strong in her faith, and a wonderful cook! I often wonder how my life would have turned out if she hadn't been there. I am forever grateful that she opened up her heart and her home for me!"


Cammie, who very recently lost her precious mother said, " My Mom was everything to me. She raised me in the early years as a single Mom, and she didn't miss a beat. If she did, she did a good job of hiding it. In adult life, she was my best friend. She just graduated to heaven a little over a month ago and my heart is breaking loudly. I know she is in a place of no more suffering or sorrow. However, that isn't enough to ease my pain. The community knew her as the First Lady and Administrator of the Country Gospel Music Association. She lived her life for the Lord and to greaten his Kingdom."


Branson Globe staff members also chimed in with thoughts about Mom. Said Karen, the Globe's Digital and Production Pro, "After living with my husband and I for about six years, my mama passed away in June 2021. She was always my rock, and I loved being able to be with her every day toward the end of her earthly journey. Dementia robbed us of time, but it felt good to be able to serve her after she served me for so long. Can’t wait to be with you again in paradise, Mom!"


Staff Writer Cindy shared, "My Mother's Day reflections are a little different than some people's because my mother passed away shortly after my fourth birthday and was in failing health from the time I was two. I was raised by a stepmother who was actually my biological aunt, who lost her own significant other in World War II. She took great care of me and was a wonderful grandma to my kids until her death in 2010. I know they are both waiting for me in heaven, and I think my story illustrates that sometimes there are other "mom figures" in people's lives who impact us tremendously!" 


Branson Globe Staff Writer Tiffany noted, "My mom is the epitome of Proverbs 31:25, 'She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.' She taught me to have compassion for others, to love Jesus, to work with all my heart as for the Lord, and not to take myself too seriously!"


Branson Globe Publisher Rob Doherty said of his mother, "My mom is the pillar of our family, always encouraging me to grow spiritually and to continue to be a good person with morals. Any chance she gets she tells me how proud she is of me and how much she loves me! To the world she is a mother, but to our family she is the world!"


The staff of the Branson Globe wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all!

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