Nom the Mom 2015: Meet the Finalists

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Nom the Mom 2015 VOTE (Promo)

Every family has traditions that they hold dear. One of ours at Linn Area Credit Union is our contest that seeks out truly spectacular moms. And – hold your hats – this is our FIFTH year! The task of sorting through all the stories of the 43 nominated moms was nearly impossible! (To see ALL of the nominees, just click here!)

If you nominated someone in this contest, I beg of you to TELL HER! Moms need to hear how loved they are! I can personally guarantee that any mom nominated would be floored that you took the time and care to think of them. She might even bake you an Italian cream cake. (Just a friendly suggestion if you’re reading this, Mom!)

Whittling down to 3 deserving moms was tougher than an arm wrestling with Chuck Norris. However, a trusty group of  fellow Linn Areainites carried the weight on their shoulders. Each separately reviewed each entry and then submit their top 10 moms to me. I complied their votes, weighted them, and the top 3 moms emerged to become your finalists in the Nom the Mom contest!

Now YOU have the toughest job of them all – CHOOSING the deserving mom who will win the Elevate Salon & Spa Pampering Prize Package worth $250 (info on HOW to vote is right after the three stories).

Here they are, in alphabetical order:


The Mom: Colleen

Nominated by: Kris (her daughter)

Mom has been there for her family always. As a mother of 11 children she took care of us like a champ! Since she was homemaker and dad supported us financially, mom didn’t have a break and never complained. For 20+ years she was busy changing diapers, going to parent/teacher conferences, fixing our bumps and scrapes and being our biggest supporter. I think of the many sleepless nights and long days she had as several of us would have the stomach flu and mom would be washing out our “sick buckets” and aiding us back to health.

Having to care for so many and delivering child #7 only 2 weeks after the tragic death of our 6 year old brother. Tending to my little sister who had severe and profound special needs and frequent seizures, getting her to every doctor appointment dragging several kids with her to each visit. Coping with the loss of her second child (our sister) while still being the strong stoic mother for all of us. At the end of the day a hot meal on the table by 5:30 p.m. each night.

As a mother myself, I have grown in admiration, appreciation and respect for my mom. I only raised two and know how challenging parenting can be! I cannot fully understand how mom managed raising all of us so successfully. She is the most selfless person I know and continues to put her children’s needs before herself.

In 2009 we lost our dad to a terminal illness just 3 months after he was diagnosed. Mom was an outstanding caregiver to him through it all. Respecting his wishes to pass away at home required care around the clock and mom was strong and amazing through it all and he died a very peaceful death. She lost her husband and best friend of 53 years and continued with her life determined to focus on her blessings.

Mom has always been loving and supportive of all of us through our lives and is still our “go to” when we need support or have excitement to share. I look back on my childhood with fond memories. We didn’t go out to dinner, have a fancy house, take vacations or have the nicest cars, we had a childhood of laughter, backyard games and car rides on warm summer nights. I am blessed to have been born to such an amazing mother and I love her so incredibly much. Thank you mom for all you have given me and our family! (Click here to vote now for Colleen!)


The Mom: Gloria

Nominated by: Stanley (her son)

My Mom is my sunshine. I am her 45 year old disabled son, Stanley, and the things she does for me and helps me with is endless. I’m kind of thinking this contest is for younger people writing about their Moms, but I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to share my Mom with you and the rest of the Linn Area family.

When it’s time for groceries, I send her a list and she does the shopping and delivers them to my home since I am unable. When hard financial times hit, she’s always there to “bail me out” of the situation and help me get back on my feet, all with Motherly love and patience. When I’m having a bad day I call her to help brighten my day with assurance that this day will soon pass and not to sweat the small things. When she goes to the pet store, she always thinks about my cat, Cairo, and picks him up a toy or some catnip, all without me asking. She regularly invites me over for breakfast, lunch or dinner and fixes some of the best food I’ve had.

My Mom is also one of the hardest workers you’ll meet (which I hope you have the chance to do so). She holds down a full-time job, Nannies and babysits on the nights and weekends, keeps her two cats in the best possible living conditions (oh how she spoils them!) and yet has the time to do the numerous things that I need for me to get by, all without a single complaint. She is so dedicated to make my life better as time goes by and never, ever gives up even though I may falter from time to time.

As things may have it, I may very well leave this Earth before her, but I look forward to every minute I can be with, talk with and enjoy my Mother’s wonderful and beautiful presence. She is so selfless, I think her picture should be in the dictionary for that word. My Mom’s name is Gloria. In Latin, that means “Glory”. There couldn’t be a more appropriate word for her. Thank you for taking the time to read my entry. It may be short on words, but sometimes words can’t describe the power of a Mom. I think that is the case here. Words just can’t say enough. (To cast your vote for Gloria, click here now!)


The Mom: Rachel

Nominated by: Chad (her husband)

I nominate my wonderful wife of 4 beautiful children who works extremely hard at everything she does. We have a 17 year old son, 6 year old son, 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son. My wife works about 65-75 hours a week and still finds time for her family.

About 6.5 years ago her grandmother had a stroke and Rachel stepped up to the plate and took care of her. She needed 24 hour care and so grandma moved in with us. Grandma required 24 hours a day care and was not able to afford anything else. Rachel made a vow that nobody in her family would see a nursing home and as long as she could she would take care of her family. Grandma passed about July 2014, which was very hard on Rachel. Six years of taking care of her grandma and revolving her world around it she was at a loss. Besides working, taking care of children and grandma she went back to school to better herself.

Rachel doesn’t have a lot of alone time for just her and of course our financial situation doesn’t allow much time to play as well. Rachel is the most passionate person with a heart of gold that you will meet. She takes pride in her job and what she does to help others. She takes pride in her family and how she tries to keep them organized, involved and well respected children. She works two jobs as a Certified Medical Assistant and trains a lot of the new employees at both jobs. She is well respected at her jobs and enjoys her work.

Rachel is caring and loving. She helps are elderly neighbors next door. She will take over meals, clear the driveway, teach the kids to help out as well especially with the trash cans on trash day. She will take the kids over to visit and even take the one neighbor’s dog, Neffy for a walk with the kids. She tries to teach our kids the value of a person and what you can do to make them happy and feel good at a good well respected cost.

Rachel is always around with a smile on her face even on a bad day. I feel she deserves this and much more for all she does. She deserves it for all the hours she works away from home or at home. She deserves this for all the hard work she has done and the values she tries to teach. Rachel deserves this because she is Rachel and if you ever meet her you would know. She has a glow all the time. (Ready to vote for Rachel? Click here now!)

How to vote!

To vote, click here! Anyone at all can vote – whether you have Facebook or not (we made sure of it!). Only one vote per person! We will be watching IP addresses and reserve the right to remove any votes we believe are not in compliance with our rules, so please play fair!

The knock-your-socks-off mom that gets the most votes by midnight on May 9th will win a Pampering Prize Package worth $250! So please go vote and help one deserving mom have the best Mother’s Day ever!