Mother’s Day is great time to celebrate the ordinary women that do extraordinary things. We asked for the best for our "My Mom Rocks" Mother's Day contest, and we got them as dozens of essay entries and photos came in to tell us why their moms rock. Now we unveil the winner.
All entries are appreciated, but just one winner was selected to win the grand prize package, which includes a $35 gift certificate for a pedicure from Shear Magic in Crown Point, $25 gift certificate from Jelly's Pancake House, an $85 gift certificate from Tina's Day Spa located in Shear Magic and a floral arrangement (valued at $100) from Bryan Florist.
The Diane Karp Story
"I had to have some unexpected surgery last week. It wasn’t life threatening, but serious enough. My parents were in Michigan for the week. I dialed their number from my hospital room and gave my mom the news. I knew she wouldn’t sleep that night and would be on her way back to be by my side early in the morning.
I cannot remember a time that my mom has not been there for me. She has given me so many gifts. Gifts I can never repay and gifts that I did not know were gifts until much later. From her I learned to persevere and never quit. She taught me to have faith in myself. She exudes selflessness and I admire how she’s lived her life.
My surgery was pushed back to late in the evening. My husband did not want to leave but I sent him home to tend to our 11 year old son and his homework. So there we were, just mom and I, holding hands in the surgery prep room. And at 45 years old I finally realized what I had known all along. You’re never too old to need your mother."
Submitted by Elizabeth Lidster, Highland
Excerpts from runner-up contestants
"As Nana to my children, she was the best. She loved to babysit and make them laugh. As a Great-Nana, she doesn't do much babysitting but she still makes the children laugh."
Cindy Keslin, Dyer celebrates her mother Dolores Gill
"I have the coolest, prettiest, and funniest mom on earth. The crazy part is that she can deal with us three kids Brooke (me) 11, Taylor 8, and Luke 3."
Brooke Czaja, Schererville celebrates her mother Kristy Lane Czaja