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Nom the Mom Finalists!  by Tara

April27

Wow, wow and WOW! That’s what I have to say about all the entries we received for our first ever Nom the Mom contest. So many deserving moms – I’m certainly glad that I don’t have to be the one to pick the winner! Nope, that’s up to YOU! :o) Before I reveal your top 3 finalists, let me share with you how they were selected. 

First, I asked for a volunteer committee of five Linn Area employees to each separately review each entry and then submit their top 3 moms to me. A BIG thank you goes out to Jessica (Finance), Stacey (Member Services Representative), April (Account Rep at our Marion office), Amy (Collections) and Matt (Mortgage)! I complied their votes and the top 3 moms emerged to become your finalists in the Nom the Mom contest! I do want to share with you that this was a mighty tough decision and, in the words of our male committee member, “I think they are all quite deserving!  Now I’m going to go find some Kleenex.  Darn allergies!” 

And here they are… *Drum roll, please!!!!!!*

 

The Mom: Wendi Otte

Nominated by: Laurie (co-worker & friend)

I am not a person of many words and I am not good at fluff filled amazing stories,  so please bear with me as I nominate a very deserving candidate for your nom the mom promotion. 

My nominee is Wendi Otte, no she hasn’t discovered the cure for cancer, although I believe she is quite capable of doing so, but she is the most thoughtful selfless person I know.  She has had a very trying year and is still smiling!!!  

She is a mother of two beautiful girls ages 6 and 4 and she works full time. Despite her busy work schedule she always finds time to volunteer at their school events and outings in order to spend more time with them.  Many evenings after a drama filled day she manages to go home and snuggle, the girls love curling up with their mom.  It is a joy every morning to listen to the Wendi talk about what the girls did the night before, good or bad, she always has a sparkle in her eyes when she is talking about them. 

 This past year Wendi suffered two great losses, her step father passed away and shortly thereafter she experienced the loss of an unborn child.   As one would suspect the girls were her prime concern and she did a wonderful job of helping the girls understand that their baby was now an angel sent to heaven to keep grandpa and others company.   The girls have quite an imagination and Wendi is a wonderful mom who encourages that imagination by listening to their thoughts and feeling about their little angel.  

Wendi is a giver to all who cross her path, she was a great leader of a team that helped clean up after the 2008 floods, if you need an ear she listens without judging, she is the first in line to offer support when life throws you a curve ball and she does all of this unconditionally.  

I am nominating her because she thinks about everyone but herself and she deserves a little pampering (ok a lot of pampering). 

 

The Mom: Amber Nietert

Nominated by: Kori (friend)

Amber is an amazing wife, mother, friend and teacher.  Amber teaches 1st grade at Springville Elementary.  She has been a teacher since 2004.  I met Amber when my son was in her Kindergarten class at Springville.  We immediately fell in love with her.  She has the ability to make everyone in the room feel important.  Amber is patient and kind.  You do not have to know her well to see that she is genuine and has a passion for life and children. 

Amber has a wonderful husband Joe, and together they are proud parents of Payson, 4 and Brekin, 2.  At 20 weeks pregnant with Brekin, Amber and Joe were told that their unborn baby had multiple heart defects.   The first is Double Outlet Right Ventricle. This means the 2 main arteries (Pulmonary and Aorta) both go to the right, instead of one going right and one going left. The next thing is Transposition of the Ventricles. This means that the right and left ventricles developed opposite. The left ventricle is on the right side, and the right ventricle is on the left side. The “right” ventricle is also smaller than it should be. The last defect is a large VSD, or hole in Brekin’s heart.  On May 22, 2008 Brekin Joseph was born via scheduled C-section.  Brekin has had 1 open heart surgery so far along with grueling heart checks about every 6 months.  He has amazed family and friends with his strength.  This journey is far from over for this little boy and his family as he will continue to have surgeries throughout his life.  I believe that the reason Brekin is so strong is because he has a mother who is positive and strong! 

 Throughout Amber is a pillar of strength for her family.  She provides updates on care pages and is involved in heart walks and other activities with other heart families.  Amber would do anything for anyone who needed anything at all.  She goes above and beyond everyday in her love for her boys.                                                                                                           

I have the pleasure of being Amber’s friend and have seen how the events in her life have shaped her faith and hope.  She has so much love her family and the people around her.  Amber is so appreciative of all the support she has, she exudes gratitude.   She is truly amazing and so deserving.  Obviously her life events leave little time for pampering for herself.  Amber is a most deserving winner of a day of pampering.

 

 

The Mom: Dawn McDaniel

Nominated by: Chandler (son, age 12)

My mom is wonderful. We moved to iowa from florida when my grampa died to live with my gramma to help her out on her farm. She has had a very hard time this year. In March she had back surgery because she had a disc in her back that was hurting the nerve down her leg really bad – so bad she could hardly walk. She still went to work everyday even though she hurt so bad. After her surgery she was still very sore but made sure that she made us supper every night and then when she went back to work she was still hurting really bad. but she still gets up,makes my dads lunch, goes to work, comes home and makes supper.

Then my gramma had a surgery on her foot and can’t get up to do anything and my mom makes sure she has a cooler and food by the couch every day before she leaves for work and also does all the chores on the farm for gramma. She also now has another surgery coming up to find out if she may have cancer. I’m really worried that all of this is too much for her. But she is strong and sometimes she can hardly get up in the morning but she knows she has to make sure everyone has everything they need. Even though she is in so much pain she makes sure we all get everything we need. 

I feel bad because there isn’t anything I can do for her pain and I try to help her as much as possible. i feel she needs a day to herself where someone else takes care of her for a change. She needs a break. She used to go get her nails done all the time but now she feels she doesnt have the time for it, andi know she liked it, because it was something nice for her. If she wins this contest i think it will make her so happy.

 

Now it’s YOUR turn! We need you to VOTE for the mom you think is the most deserving of the  City Looks Day of Beauty prize. 

3 Ways to Vote:

  1. Blog: Leave a comment on this blog post telling us the name of the mom you are voting for and why. (Psst… to vote this way, you have to give us your name and an email addy – but no worries! Your email address will not be displayed on the comment and we won’t email you!)
  2. Facebook Page: Leave a comment on our Facebook page (here) – you guessed it! – telling us the name of the mom you are voting for and why!
  3. Twitter: Tweet the name of mom you want to win – but sure to use @LinnAreaCU in your tweet so we can record your vote!

Only one vote, per day, per person, per social media method, please! (So you can vote once a day on EACH the blog, Facebook AND Twitter, if you’d like!) 

Voting goes until 5:00pm CST on Thursday, May 5th. The Nom the Mom winner will be announced right here on our blog on Friday, May 6th – just in time for Mother’s Day! 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at tbross@linnareacu.org!

Let the voting begin!!! 

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  • Keagen Brown

    Amber Nietert was my teacher in Kindergarten. She is my favorite teacher. She is so fun. I think she should win because she is so cool and fun.
    Love, Keagen

  • Kate O’Brien-May

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is the most amazing mom! She not only is a pillar of strength for her family she also is constantly thinking about others. Amber is a “role model” mother and just an all around wonderful person. She is so deserving of this! :)

  • Mandy Merritt

    My vote is for Amber Nietert! Amber is an awesome mom and does so much for everyone else. If I ever have a parenting question Amber is the first person I turn to and she knows exactly what to say!

  • Chris Gilroy

    My vote: Wendi Otte. To put it simply, she rocks and is MOST deserving. Best of luck.

  • Sue Pehkonen

    Great stories – and all deserving. My vote is for Wendi Otte.

  • Teri Craven

    My vote is for Wendi Otte because she is very deserving!

  • Alice Hagerman

    These stories all brought a tear to my eye. They are all great Moms! My vote is for Dawn McDaniel. She’s one tough cookie to work through the pain and take such great care of everyone around her!

  • Linda Leaven

    My vote: Wendi Otte. She’s the best mom and well deserving!

  • Theresa Zeller

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. I’ve seen first hand the positive attitude, the great Mom-skills, the fun friend, the patience, the putting everyone else before herself, and the thankfulness she has of her family, friends, and community.

  • http://aegonins.com Trisha Tlamka

    All 3 stories are very touching and all 3 moms are very deserving. My vote is for Wendi Otte. She is a wonderful mom and one of the best people I know.

  • Amy Haag

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. I have met Amber through mutual friends and Wow! what a strong person to have gone through what she has gone through!

  • Alicia Hines

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is wonderful mom, fantastic and caring friend is very deserving of this award!

  • Karla Blakely

    Amber Nietert is my vote – hands down! She is an amazing person who devotes so much of her time to helping others.

  • Chris Galligan

    What amazing women/moms! But my vote is for Wendi Otte who has maintained such a great attitude despite her personal losses and for being such a great Mom.

  • Margaret

    My vote is for Amber Nietert!! What a wonderful family & wonderful Mom & teacher she is!!! She was my daughter’s teacher when she was pregnant with Brekin & I recall how strong and positive she was even though so much was unknown. Brekin is a little miracle! : )

  • Dorthy Hackett

    My vote is for Dawn McDaniel. Without her, my life would be dramactically different and difficult, she is a wonderful part of my life and give praise to have her here. She deserves this award so much so.

  • dawn fish

    i would love nothing more than for Dawn mcdaniel to win she has been threw sooooo much within the last year betwen back surgery and possible cancer but not once has she gave up on her family or friends and shes alway been there for her son she is so amazing and so deserves this more than anyone i know shes a awesome mom and a great person good luck dawn

  • Krista Even

    My vote is for Wendi Otte! Her strength just amazes me!

  • Mary Green

    Dawn McDaniel is simply one of the greatest moms. Not only is she a single mom, but she is also a hard worker that has always put her sons needs first. She would do anything for her son. Despite all the pain she is dealing with her back and now just recently the possibility she might have cancer, she has always put her son on first priority in her life. I am so proud of her for raising such an incredible kid! She really does deserve to win this award and I’m honored that she is my friend!!!

  • Lauren Christensen

    Amber Nietert! She is an amazing person and wonderful momma! Her boys are amazing kids and a huge part of that is due to such great parents :)

  • karen hackett

    i would like to vote for dawn mcdaniel. she has had a hard yr, and is still a great mom

  • http://schoenbeck.blogspot.com Andrea Schoenbeck

    I’m casting my vote for my amazing friend, Amber Nietert! She is such a good mother to her two precious boys. Amber does a fantastic job raising them. She also never hesitates to help me out with my children. I know I can always count on her for a helping hand or just a friend to lean on.

  • kay hackett

    i want to vote for dawn mcdaniel. she has been very strong, though all her trials this yr, and she still getting things that need to done done. taking care of everyone

  • Bill Nietert

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. Amber always has a smile and a kind word for everyone. She has a positive attitude and sets a good example for all around her.

  • Joe Nietert

    I vote for Amber. She is one of the strongest persons that I have ever met and an amazing mother who would do anything for her family! I feel blessed to have her in my life.

  • Deb Pauly

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is an amazing mother to my two precious grandson’s and a wonderful daughter-in-law!

  • Greg Pauly

    My vote is for Amber Nietert, she is a great mother!!!

  • Dale Fish

    I vote for Dawn McDaniel. she really deserves to get something back for everything she does for everyone. She is an amazing woman being able to do everything she does with all the things she is going through right now. Im so lucky to have her in my life.

  • http://www.facebook.com Sherry Ireland

    I vote for Wendi Otte, she is a fantastic Mom to her girls and has had a very rough and trying time, yet it doesn’t stop her from giving even more. She has my vote!

  • http://Www.bloggityblog.com Ferra

    Wendi Otte that’s all I have to say. She’s the best. I love you!

  • Angela Ceynar

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is an awesome mother and a fantastic teacher. I love working with Amber and think that she is very deserving of this honor. Love ya Amber!

  • http://www.a-fleeting-moment.com Alissa

    Wendi is amazing! I was privileged enough to see this wonderful family in action and photograph them together. She is patient, and kind and just absolutely loving. My vote goes for Wendi Otte

  • Rhonda

    Wendi Otte #1- too many reasons to list!

  • Matt Miller

    All wonderful heartfelt stories, but my vote is for Dawn McDaniel.

  • Cynthia

    My vote is for Wendi Otte, my daughter-in-law. If you all could know her, I’m confident she would be your #1 vote too. She is like the energizer bunny in everything she does. She just keeps going. She is a great mom and a very hard worker. To add to her story which I hope she doen’t mind. She is adopted, found her bio father who adored her, about 6 yrs. ago and 3 yrs after she found him, he was killed in a mountain climbing accident. Her bio father had one sister and two years ago she lost her to cancer. Then she found her bio mom and loved both her and her husband, Steve. Then this year she loses him to cancer. This girl is more than deserving!

  • Vicki Rickels

    What great Moms! I vote for Wendi Otte, she is amazing and deserving!

  • Darrell Knecht

    My vote: AMBER NIETERT!!!!! Amazing mother…..Wonderful daughter!!!!

  • Calvin Hackett

    I vote for Dawn McDaniel. I’m her father.

  • Theresa Zeller

    I vote for Amber Nietert who one amongst two other amazing women.

  • Wayne Otte

    My vote is for Wendi Otte. She is a great mom, she just recently graduated with a bachlor degree in busness taking classes at night while working full time and raising two little girls. She always strives to do better. Which is why she deserves your vote.

  • Mary Green

    My vote is for Dawn McDaniel she is the best mom and she deserves to win this contest more than anymone else!!!!! Go Dawn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Samira Deahr

    My vote is for Wendi Otte, not only am I blessed to have her for my sister in law but she is a great person. She has gone through a lot of losses in the last couple of years and still keeps her head up high. She is always willing to help out and everything she does is from her heart. Everyone please vote for Wendi Otte.

  • Callie Weigel

    Amber Nietert babysat for my children in her Junior High/High School years and I could tell even then what a wonderful mother she would one day become. It’s such a joy to see my thoughts confirmed! Hands down deserving of this award!

  • Leah Coffin

    Wendi Otte is truely an amazing Mom and deserves some time for herself!

  • Chris Gilroy

    Amazing stories. Wendi Otte.

  • Kristin Watson

    All amazing women but my vote is for WENDI OTTE!!! She is truly deserving!

  • Abby Backes

    My vote is for Amber Nietert! She is an amazing mother, friend, and teacher! I am blessed to work with her everyday! I go to her for advice on everything and she is always willing to listen! She also would go out of her way to help in anyway that she can. She is truly a strong and courageous individual! Even though she has been through a ton with Brekin she still comes to school with a great attitude and a smile on her face! Amber definitely deserves this award!

  • Amy Thorson

    I vote for Wendi Otte

  • Joannie

    I vote for Dawn McDaniel. Anytime a son writes in and nominates a mom, she must be doing a great job in raising her son!

  • April Stellrecht

    I vote for Amber. I have been blessed to know your mother-in-law and I know your story, you are truly an amazing women and you deserve this!!! Good Luck!!!

  • Anne Wernett

    My vote is for Amber Nietert!!

  • http://www.linnareacu.org Pat

    I vote for Dawn McDaniel….what incredible courage and determination to be in so much pain and still so concerned about others. I also think it is very commendable for her 12 year old son to nominate her. Great young man!

  • Shawn Port

    My vote is for Amber Nietert!

  • Tara Sneed

    My vote is for Dawn McDaniel , she is simply an amazing woman and it would be well deserved!!!!!!

  • http://www.linnareacu.org Val K.

    Great stories! My vote is for Dawn McDaniel. Good luck!

  • Bonnie

    My vote is for Dawn, they are all wonderful MOM’s.

  • Amy Guetzko

    My vote is for Amber Nietert!!

  • Jenny Wood

    I vote for Dawn McDaniel. It was very moving that her son wrote it and he realized she needs some pampering!

  • Krista Even

    My vote is for Wendi Otte!

  • Shannon

    My vote is for Wendi Otte

  • karen hackett

    i vote for dawn mcdaniel

  • Mandy

    My vote is for Amber Nietert! She is a great mother and aunt to my daughter!!

  • Amy Schmidt

    I vote for Amber! She’s a very loving mom and keeps on fighting!

  • http://www.kenziphotography.com Makenzie Schultz

    Amber is definitely deserving of this award! She is so thoughtful, giving, generous, and most importantly, a great mom and wife! Love you Amber!

  • liz

    Amber is such a sweet person! My vote is for amber neidert!

  • Brad Schwartz

    I vote for Amber Nietert. She is a tremendous asset to her family, friends and community. The example that she sets is an inspiration to everyone that knows her. Love ya Amber

  • Julie

    My vote is for Dawn McDaniel! She’s a loving mom and a fantastic friend!!

  • Trevor

    My vote is for Amber :). She is a great person, and i know how hard she works to make everyone feel good. She is the best possible mother out there for Brekin. She is one of those people that you just like when you meet her.

  • http://www.kargfamilyupdates.blogspot.com Ani Karg

    I am voting for Amber Nietert! She is such an amazing Mom, wife, friend, and would do anything to put her needs or wants last. Even when she heard some new scary news (more than she had already gone through), about her son with multiple heart defects, she rose above the feelings of fear and put them aside to make her sisters wedding weekend all about her sister. That can be a very hard thing to do when us heart moms hear or know what will be happening with our babies in the next few days or weeks to come. She deserves a break for sure, and she deserves to be recognized as a Mom who goes above and beyond any other Moms duties. Go Amber!!

  • Lindsey Stumma

    My vote is for Amber!

  • Devin Sheetz

    Amber is my vote! She has and always will be an amazing woman! I have never seen her treat anyone with anything less than 100% kindness.

  • Vicki Rickels

    Wendi always puts others first and leads by example. She has my vote!

  • Anne Seidl

    I vote for Wendi Otte. She is very deserving of this award!

  • Teresa

    I vote for Dawn.

  • Samira Deahr

    I vote Wendi Otte!

  • Jared Deahr

    My vote is for Wendi Otte, she is an amazing mom.

  • Susan Deahr

    My vote is for Wendi Otte. Her strength and courage in times of stress are amazing. She is well deserving of this award.

  • Tiffani C

    My Vote is for Dawn McDaniel

  • Rick

    Read all the bios. All great women. My pick is WENDI OTTE.

  • Pam

    Wendi Otte is my pick, great person. She certainly is deserving……

  • Kim

    I vote for Wendi Otte! She is very deserving!

  • Michelle Nachazel

    My vote is for Amber Nietert!! What a wonderful mother & teacher!! She is strong, positive and caring person who would do anything to help anyone. As my 1st grader would say “Mrs.Nietert ROCKS, she is the best ever, she is so pretty & always smells so good. I am so glad she is my teacher!”

  • Tracy Novak

    My vote is for Dawn McDaniel.

  • Steph Schlotterebck

    A great mom, a great teacher and a great friend, I can think of no one more deserving than Amber Nietert!

  • Dee Wagaman

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. My son is in her class and she has been awesome! She has a lot on her personal plate, but never shows it at school. She is so positive and has made my son feel special every day! She is the most deserving of this award!!

  • Jacqueline Lumsden

    My vote is for Wendi Otte. I have known her for years…What a wonderful person! Inside and out!! Plus She LOVES SUBS!!!!

  • kay hackett

    i vote for dawn mcdaniel

  • karen hackett

    i would like to vote for dawn mcdaniel

  • Greg Pauly

    Amber gets my vote.

  • Deb Pauly

    Amber so deserves this! She always puts her husband and two sons first. She deserves to be pampered!

  • Nick

    My vote is Wendi Otte. She is a fabulous person.

  • Cynthia

    Wendi Otte, she has been through so much and yet does so much to help others.

  • Jen Fuller

    I vote for Amber Nietert. She is one of the most positive, selfless people I have ever met. She is a great person that would do anything for anyone. I got to know her when she was my son’s teacher and am very grateful for all she has done and continues to do for the kids. Not only are her two boys lucky to have her as a mom, but her students are lucky to have had her as a teacher!

  • http://www.myquest.com Pat Plueger

    I vote for Amber Nietert. She is loving, thoughtful and has a caring heart.

  • Lisa

    My vote is for Amber Nietert – a wonderful mom!

  • Jim

    I vote Wendi Otte. What a great pmom and person.

  • Heather

    I would like to vote Wendi Otte.

  • karen hackett

    i vote for dawn mcdaniel, she is very deserving

  • kay hackett

    i think dawn mcdaniel should get my vote

  • Mary Green

    I am voting for my friend Dawn McDaniel Because she is a great mom going through a really hard time right now, and she deserves to be pampered for a day!!

  • Darrell Knecht

    I vote for Amber Nietert. She is an awesome Mother, Wife and Daughter.

  • Karla

    Amber Nietert – no doubt on this one!

  • Rich Blakely

    Amber Nietert – a great mom and wonderful teacher for our daughter!

  • Bryce R Paulson

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. A great example of strength.

  • Jim

    My vote is for Wendi Otte.

  • Sadie

    Wendi Otte is my vote!

  • Dustin

    My vote is for Wendi. For the short time I have known Wendi, it is easy to see how fantastic a person she is! Much deserving

  • Nichole

    I vote Wendi Otte. She is an amazing, mother, wife and person.

  • Jo

    Wendi Otte, thanks to her for the flood cleanup….

  • Michael Vance

    My vote is Dawn…she is such an awesome mother and person…no matter what the situation, she always keeps her head up…good luck girl!!

  • Saida Otte

    I vote Wendi ! Best sister-in-law ever! Love you Wend

  • Wayne

    I vote Wendi !

  • Beth

    I vote for Wendi Otte, because she’s awesome and kind.

  • Nichole

    I vote Wendi ~!

  • Jared Deahr

    I vote Wendi Otte!

  • Samira Deahr

    I vote Wendi!

  • Danielle W.

    I vote Dawn.

  • Isabelle Wilcox

    Dawn.

  • Mary Green

    My vote is for Dawn McDaniel because she is a wonderful person and an amazing mom. She deserves to be pampered and feel special !!

  • Carole miller

    All sound very deserving. My vote goes to Dawn McDaniel. It seems that she is the one who has the the most demands on her and is the least likely to be able to make this “me time” happen for herself. She has a lot going on – and the fact that her son nominated her is very touching.

  • Lori Nietert

    My vote is for Amber Nietert! It is a joy to watch her with our grandsons as she cares, teaches, encourages and loves them!

  • Earle Dickinson

    I vote for Dawn McDaniel. She attends my church and I admire the way she is raising her son and caring for her grandmother

  • Danielle W

    Vote for Dawn

  • Isabelle Wilcox

    I want to vote for Dawn

  • Anne Seidl

    My vote goes to Wendi Otte!

  • Chloe

    I vote for Wendi Otte, my Aunt. She is the BOMB!

  • Samira Deahr

    I vote Wendi

  • Jared Deahr

    I vote Wendi Otte

  • eric jungling

    i vote for dawn

  • Lauren C

    Amber Nietert – very deserving mom!!!

  • Becky Back

    My vote is for my cousin, Amber Nietert, she is an amazing woman and I am glad to have her as part of my extended family!

  • Darrell Knecht

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is a wonderful mother and teacher.

  • Nick Hach

    Amber Nietert gets my vote!

  • Callie Weigel

    My vote is for Amber Nietert-very desrving!

  • Teresa

    Another vote for Dawn, her son is so proud of her.

  • Gabe

    Wendi Otte is very deserving. To think that a co-worker would take the time to nominate her. How nice….

  • Kristy Clore

    Wendi is my sister so I am biased, but she is a great mom to my beautiful nieces. She always has her priorities straight and helps anyone in her path that she might be able to!

  • Ron

    My vote, Wendi Otte.

  • kay hackett

    dawn mcdaniel gets my vote

  • Matt

    Wendi Otte, my cousin’s wife. Great mom!

  • Kori Avis

    My vote goes to Amber Nietert. Not only is she a great mom, she is an amazing sister and friend!

  • Lori Nietert

    Amber Nietert get my vote – a great mom, wife and daughter!

  • Lori

    Dawn wins my vote!

  • karen hackett

    dawn mcdaniel gets my vote

  • Vicky Smoltz

    Amber Nietert has my vote. I used to be Amber’s neighbor from the time she was about 13 or 14. Even then she was a great young person who has blossomed into an even greater one. She is always kind, caring and fun loving. She is a very selfless person and NEEDS a day to be pampered.

  • Greg

    Amber Nietert gets my vote!

  • Ann W

    I vote Dawn

  • Kyle

    I vote Wendi Otte.

  • Diane

    Wendi, a great person, mother and wife.

  • Michael Vance

    dawn, dawn, dawn!!!!

  • Doug Nietert

    I vote for Amber Nietert. I love how she is always guiding our grandsons and uses everything to be a teachable moment for them.

  • Nicole

    Wendi of course! Great MOM, great PERSON.

  • Mike

    Wendi!!!!

  • Julie

    my vote is still for Dawn McDaniel. She works hard and is dealing with a lot medically. STill she gets up does the farm chores and takes care of the family despite the pain she is.

  • Dawn

    Dawn

  • Mandy Merritt

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She will do anything for anyone and always willing to help anyone out!!

  • Vicki Rickels

    Wendi!!

  • Samira

    Wendi Otte!

  • Jessica Fritz

    I would have to vote for Dawn McDaniel, for she has been through a lot in the past year. She is way over due and is well deserved a day to pamper herself instead of everyone else. Even through all her pain and health issues, she puts everyone else and animals first. She is a strong and wonderful women, mother, daughter, grand-daughter, and long time best friend.

  • Becky Back

    My vote is for my cousin, Amber Nietert, I’ve watched her grow from a little girl into a beautiful, amazing and strong woman, wife and mother.

  • Mary Green

    My vote is for my friend Dawn McDaniel.

  • Payson Nietert

    I vote for my mommy, Amber Nietert! She is the best Mom in the whole world!!!

  • Brekin Nietert

    I also vote for my mommy, Amber Nietert! Love you Mom! sdfajkhajsfkllafhj

  • Vicki Rickels

    Wendi has my vote!

  • James

    Wendi is my vote.

  • Stephen

    Wendi has my vote!

  • Lauire

    My vote is for Wendi!

  • Mandy Merritt

    I vote for Amber Nietert. She is an awesome mother Payson and Brekin and wonderful wife to Joe.

  • Isabelle Wilcox

    Dawn

  • danielle w

    I vote dawn

  • Paul

    Wendi deserves this award!!!!!!!!!!

  • Leah Coffin

    Wendi Otte has my vote for a variety of reasons!

  • Samira

    Wendi!

  • Darrell Knecht

    I vote for Amber Nietert….FANTASTIC, Mother, Wife, Teacher, Daughter.

  • Jon

    Wendi, please!

  • Kristina Merritt

    Amber Nietert is a loving and caring mother that will do anything for her family, especially her boys. She is a very strong person who has been through a lot, but doesn’t let her get her down. She always stays positive around her boys. I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this award for Nom the Mom!

  • chandler mcdaniel

    i vote for my mom, dawn because she is a loving mother and has helped me out through thick and thin.

  • dorthy hackett

    I vote for my grand daughter dawn, she has helped me and gone way beyond what any one person could sometimes. she is a wonderful gift to everyone around her, she deserves to be given a chance to relax for a change

  • dale fish

    My vote goes to Dawn, she is a remarkable woman, she takes everything handed to her in stride and never once gives in. she takes care of everything needing done without even thinking of herself. i love her more than words and wish she could get a chance to take a day off.

  • Chandler

    Wendi is a wonderful person, she has been through so much and still continues to strive. A fulltime job & mother and obtaining a college degree all the while. Sure more than I could do.

  • Mike

    Wendi is my vote…

  • kay hackett

    i vote for dawn mcdaniel!

  • Kristy Clore

    Wendi, Wendi, Wendi!

  • Deb H

    Wow….I vote for Wendi Otte cuz she is super spectacular person. T

  • Rich

    Amber Nietert – a great mother, teacher, and selfless person!

  • Karla

    Amber Nietert all the way!

  • Nick

    My vote is for wendi. She is a very caring mother dedicated to her family/friends. She’s very generous and is always there when you need her. She has been through many hard times recently and deserves a day of relaxation and time to herself.

  • Lori

    My vote is for Wendi cause I know her and I know so is not only a wonderful mother, but a wonderful person too.

  • Cynthia

    Wendi – A beautiful person inside & out!

  • Wayne

    My daughter in law, Wendi Otte.

  • Rhonda

    Wendi Otte…………………

  • Ron

    Wendi!

  • Pam

    Wendi, too.

  • Jo

    Wendi Otte.

  • Nichole

    Wendi is the best.

  • Kyle

    Wendi, a very deserving mom.

  • Chloe

    Wendi, my aunt.

  • Nicole

    My vote, Wendi.

  • Saida Otte

    Wendi!

  • Becky Back

    My vote is for my cousin, Amber Nietert, she is an amazing mom and deserves this day of pampering!

  • Gracie

    Wendi, who I would love to see get a day just for herself.

  • Diane

    Wendi Otte, they are sound like wonderful moms.

  • Dustin

    Wendi could sure use a great day of pampering. She definitely is deserving.

  • mike

    Would love to see Wendi have a day to relax. Great person.

  • Greg

    Amber

  • Deb

    Amber!

  • Vicki Rickels

    I know the voting is nearing a close and I just want to say all three of these women are to be marveled at. What wondeful role models for all the children in their lives they touch every day. Thank you Moms! My vote is for Wendi, I am honored to know her and grateful God has graced my life with her presence in it.

  • Kori Avis

    My vote is for Amber Nietert-she has handled all of the trials she has gone through with a strength that is to be admired.

  • Mary Green

    I am voting for my friend Dawn McDaniel. She is an amazing person!! she really deserves a day of feeling special, because she is special!!! She has gone through a tremendous amount of pain and stress this year with all of her medical issues. Through it all, she has remained strong and has always put her son first. I am so proud of her and I would love to see her win this contest!

  • Jared Deahr

    Wendi Otte!

  • mike

    All sound wonderful. Wendi Otte

  • Cynthia

    Wendi Otte. I wish them all well, they are all winners. What great MOMS! My daughter in law is a hard working, loving mom that certainly deserves a day for relaxation. Even though we have three girls of our own, we love her like a daughter.

  • Samira

    My sister in law Wendi!

  • Kim

    Wendi Otte, please!

  • Wayne

    Wendi Otte!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Matt

    Congrads. to all. Wendi Otte

  • Pam

    Wendi.

  • Darrell Knecht

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is a very caring, Mother, Wife, Teacher, and Daughter.

  • Ron

    Wendi, truely wonderful.

  • Nick

    Wendi, a special person & mom.

  • Leah Coffin

    Wendi Otte, for sure!

  • Sue Pehkonen

    A vote for Wendi Otte

  • Krista

    Wendi, Wendi, Wendi, Wendi!!!

  • Jeff

    Wendi Otte

  • Lauire

    Wendi is a great mom and a wonderful person to be around!

  • Diane

    Wendi is my pick.

  • Saida

    My choice, Wendi.

  • Mandy Merritt

    I vote for Amber Nietert! She is a very patient and loving mother, wife and teacher!

  • Chris Gilroy

    If we type Wendi Otte five times, do they all count? Wendi Otte! Wendi Otte! Wendi Otte! Wendi Otte! Wendi Otte!

  • Joe

    I vote for Amber Nietert. She is sitting next to Brekin holding his hand in the hospital room in Iowa City as I type this right now and has no clue that this voting contest is even happening.

  • Dustin

    Wendi!

  • Chandler

    Wendi, good luck!

  • danielle w

    Dawn

  • isabelle Wilcox

    I vote dawn

  • Ann Wilcox

    Voting for Dawn

  • Kristi Shaffer

    My vote is for Amber, she has the most amazing heart you will ever know.

  • kay hackett

    i vote for dawn mcdaniel she needs aday of pampering, she works so hard

  • Becky Back

    I vote for my cousin, Amber Nietert, right now she is at the hospital with her Rockstar for a procedure. What a strong woman!

  • Addison Merritt

    I vote for my Aunt Amber! She is always there for me. Love you Amber!

  • Craig Avis

    My vote goes to my sister in law Amber Nietert

  • Lauren C

    Amber Nietert! She is such an amazing mom :)

  • Kim Starry

    My vote is for Amber Nietert. She is an amazing Mom who always puts others before herself.

  • Margaret

    Amber Nietert is an awesome mama!!! Go Amber!

  • Elizabeth

    Mrs. Nietert is my vote!! <3 you Mrs. Nieters!!! I miss you!!
    Elizabeth

  • Matt

    Wendi get my vote.

  • Chloe

    My Aunt Wendi.

  • Gracie

    Wendi, too.

  • Ann

    Wendi gets my vote. Good luck.

  • Steve

    Wendi!

  • Gabe

    My vote, Wendi.

  • Nichole

    Hard to choose, all contestants are worthy.
    Wendi.

  • April

    All sound like wonderful deserving moms. However, I personally know and adore Wendi Otte. I’d like to pamper her silly!

  • crystal Mackey

    My vote is for my friend Amber Nietert. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Amber for many years now an am blessed to have her as my friend
    She is an inspiration an a very strong person that brightens up every room she walks in. I am honored to cast my vote for her.

  • Doug Nietert

    I vote for Amber! She is so caring and supportive of other families in need!

  • Brad Avis

    My vote goes to Amber Nietert!

  • Kristina Merritt

    Amber Neitert – She is an awesome mom and does so much for everyone else. She always puts everyone before her!

  • karen hackett

    vote for dawn mcdaniel

  • Dee Wagaman

    Definitely Amber! She is such a strong mom! All I can say is wow!

  • Kyle

    I vote for Wendi Otte.

  • Samira

    Who’s the Winner!

  • Cynthia

    Just counted, looks like Wendi.

  • Sheri Thomas

    My vote is for Helen Girard. I met Helen through her daughter Shirley. Helen is an amazing woman and has a heart of gold. Shirley is very lucky to have such an amazing person in her life!