Winner: Joyce Fay T. from New Caney, TX
Joyce is really my stepmother but you would never know that. My real mother died when I was in my early 30s. After that I just naturally started to turn to Joyce for advice and to open up to her during the good and bad times in my life. Joyce never turned me away. I have always been able to go to her with my problems and concerns and share the "adventures" of my life with her. I have to say that she usually gave me some pretty good advice as well, even if sometimes it wasn't what I wanted to hear. When my father died, Joyce and I decided that we were family and we would stay that way. We didn't want to lose the relationship that had been built over the years. She has always been there for me, my children and my grandchildren when she didn't have to be and we love her for it. I couldn't imagine not having her in my life. That is why I think she is the best "Mom" in Texas...or anywhere else for that matter.
Nominated By: Debra M.
Winner: Alma L. from Laredo, TX
My mother is the wind beneath my wings! She deserves this token of appreciation for...taking care of me, my young daughter and my husband for months at a time while I have had 8 operations in the past 10 years. Several of them kept me in bed for months. She took time off of work and left my dad hundreds of miles away (always leaving him homemade meals in the freezer). She literally fed me, dressed me, helped me get around, took me to doctor appointments, six hour long infusions, medical appointments, etc...she never wavered. She always was positive, standing firm in faith...even when my life was threatened. She has always been generous with her time, support and love to all. Over 10 different relatives have lived at their home when they were in a time of need, including me and my family. Twice my husband lost his job when I was ill and our daughter was a baby. She even helped us move cross country and allowed us to live in her home until we could move forward. Her kindness is not only for her family but for her co-workers, friends, fellow church congregation and community. She recently met a man who was disabled and would roll himself in a broken wheelchair. So, she spoke to a local medical supply company and got him a new wheelchair! Mom has even sponsored several friends of the family with scholarship money for college. She's a loving and amazing mother & friend!
Nominated By: Alma L.
Winner: Kristian J. from Kingsland, TX
My wife is the most beautiful person I know and the most amazing mother and wife. We have six children (my 3 daughters + her 2 daughters and son) and when we first met three years ago, the way she was with my children was one of the main reasons why I fell in love with her. Neither of our ex spouses are in our kids? lives. When we are out with our kids, people often ask her if they are all hers and she usually says something like "only three of them came from my body but they are all mine." And she manages to give them all equal amounts of love, affection and attention, not to mention the other things, getting them all prettied up for school in the mornings, making sure they have read for 20 minutes at night, homework and baths, taking the time to tuck each and every one of them in bed after bedtime prayers and making sure they all know how much she loves them. Between caring for the kids and me, she gets virtually no time to herself though you'd never hear her complain about it. She is beautiful inside and out and it would take far more than 250 words to detail everything she does and what her life is like but she is truly a blessing to me and our kids. She truly makes our lives perfect and I don't know where we would be without her.
Nominated By: Thomas J.
Winner: Rebecca A. from San Antonio, TX
We're all born of our mothers but some of us aren't lucky enough to have them around very long. I lost my mom on Thanksgiving Day 1984 at the age of 54 from a massive heart attack. The loss was sudden, heartbreaking. I'm now 57. But I've been lucky enough to call Mrs. Rebecca A. my neighbor & friend for the last 12 years. I was only 29 when I lost my mother.I grieve for her & for all the lost years. But Mrs. Adcock has been my great blessing. She?s 90 years old, a true Texas lady. She?s tough as the cactus that grow in Big Bend & as sweet as the South Texas bluebonnets. She mows her own grass, paints her own kitchen, and I can't keep up with her energy even at my age! She has laughed with me, cried with me, and signs all the birthday cards & letters with "Mom Reba." She and her family have embraced my husband and me as their own. Everyone with my DNA is gone. I have no family left. But I've learned that "family" can mean many things...the love & acceptance of a fine neighbor & friend is priceless when one feels lost, alone, and disconnected from those who've gone before. There's nothing I can do in my life to thank this fine lady for everything she's given me & the love she continues to share. Please let me give something back to my "mom," Mrs. Adcock. God bless.
Nominated By: Marie M.
Winner: Miriam M. from Del Rio, TX
My Mamma, is not only my mom but my biggest hero as well. She is an educational professor at Sul Ross State University in Del Rio, Texas and she teaches people to become educators in schools all over Texas. She has earned her doctorate in three years at New Mexico State University along with my dad when my brother and I were just kids back in the 90s. While being an educator and a mom to kids in middle school, she also had to take care of my father after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and had a brain clot as a result of his medication. We almost lost him. She had helped him get his strength back after he was in a brief coma in a hospital for almost three months. Having a father with brain trauma has not been easy, but my mom did everything she could to make the best out of life. She and my father supported my brother and me going to college at Texas State University, where I am close to being a graduate. On January 28 of this year, my little brother passed away at the young age of 21. My mom is trying to manage the biggest loss in her life which is why I think she deserves a big break. After all the heartbreak, she has not once given up and I love her so much.
Nominated By: Alyssa Q.
Winner: Sherri E. from Austin, TX
My mom was a teenage parent who sacrificed so very much to give my sister and me a beautiful life. She worked days and my dad worked nights so they could be with us at all times and still make ends meet. They saved for an entire year to take us to Disneyworld when we were young and devoted their entire lives to us and our little family. Five years ago she suffered a mild stroke which has left her with a neurological impairment. Every day since has been a struggle for her, but never once does she complain. If she has $5 in her wallet, she will offer it to you. She is an inspiration in the way she lives her life. She has endured so much throughout her life, including surviving melanoma skin cancer when she was 30. She is a fighter and has dedicated her life to loving others and being a support system. She is kind, giving, loving, supportive, and the most selfless woman I have ever met and I am so honored to be her daughter. She is on a fixed income due to her disability, so she never gets the chance to pamper herself, so winning this would be an amazing gift for her. She is the true definition of what a mom should be.
Nominated By: Amber B.
Winner: Jessica B. from Georgetown, TX
My friend, Jessica is an awesome mom! Like a true Texas mama should be, she's tougher than nails! She does an amazing job raising her four beautiful children. She always has fun activities lined up for her kids, is constantly involved in their classrooms at school, serves as a Girl Scout troop leader, and never fails to have a smile on her face and encouraging words for her children. Last year, her family experienced an extremely challenging time as her husband got sick and was in need of a kidney transplant. Through his sickness, dialysis and transplant surgery, she bore the weight of much of the family responsibilities, all while reassuring her children and keeping a positive attitude for her husband. Now, her husband is healthy, her children are thriving and they have really turned a corner. She is so strong! And this year, Jessica is tackling her next challenge--she will be competing in her first ever triathlon! She is a warrior! I hope you will consider her for this giveaway. She truly deserves a "Spa Day Break," and it would be the perfect opportunity for her to relax and take care of herself, as she gives so much to so many. Thank you.
Nominated By: Julie H.
Winner: Tracy B. from Dallas, TX
I am nominating my friend who is a mom. She deserves a much needed praise for being a mom who is fighting for her life to get better for her 4 children. She found out she has cervical cancer in March 2012 and is going through radiation and chemo treatments. I have known her for years and she truly loves and adores her 4 young children. She is very protective (not letting her kids know that she has cancer) and very nurturing. She left her full-time job for a part-time work so she can see her kids when they leave for school and be there for them when they come home from school. She is the best and the strongest mom in Texas who deserve a break (from this "stinking? cancer). Words to describe her as a mom and a friend: outgoing, funny, strong, loving, nurturing, full of life, and a fighter. I believe in my heart and yours too that she truly "deserves a break!" She deserves a break for a shopping spree at an H-E-B grocer, a store that is very close to where she lives and loves to eat at the food bar. With your help, she will have a peace of mind that her kids will have good, nutritious meals every day from H-E-B while she is receiving treatments and all the white bread she can eat (her doc recommend her eating white and she LOVES white bread). Beat cancer free at H-E-B is my motto.
Nominated By: Lien V.
Winner: Charlene S. from Elgin, TX
I know it says "your mom" but my submission is for my mother-in-law. It is a clich?d joke to not get along well with your mother-in-law, but I have to say I have the most fabulous one ever. She has always been exceptionally kind and made me feel like one of the family. Additionally, she functions as a one-stop self-esteem booster and cheerleader when your confidence falters. She is just good to the bone and has always been very active in her community. Her bluff exterior hides a heart of gold, and everyone that has ever had to work with her (either in a job or in the community) knows she feels strongly on many things but is a softy on the inside. Her personal integrity really shines through. I would love for her to receive the recognition she deserves. She recently had her truck stolen and it was such a terrible thing to happen to such a wonderful person. It was a "working" truck since she used it on her small ranch. However, worse than the loss was just the fact that she had to have her faith in the goodness of mankind questioned. My mother-in-law leads a simple, uncluttered life with very little materialistic needs and is probably the last person that would normally have a "spa" day. Maybe though if she were to receive this it would help her realize again how much she is loved and appreciated; because she certainly is.
Nominated By: Dana S. Cinella R. from Donna, TX
Sweepstakes winner of $1,000 H-E-B Gift Card