International Women’s Day

At Matilda Jane we have the distinct pleasure ofΒ  working with a whole lot of strong and talented women everyday. We get to hear stories almost daily of women beating the odds, fighting against terrible circumstances or just going out of their way to love on someone in need.

Our coworkers down the hall, our customers, the women we meet and work with at Habitat for Humanity (and various other charitable organizations), and most recently, the women we are collaborating with on our Matilda Jane for Noonday Collection; we are absolutely surrounded by hardworking, intelligent women!

So, to celebrate we are asking you to leave a comment and tell us about an inspiring women in your life (just be sure it’s something you don’t mind sharing publicly). Make sure to stop by again and check the comments as the day progresses to read others’ stories about the amazing women in their lives; we guarantee you’ll be inspired.

Tomorrow morning we’ll RANDOMLY draw one name from the lot and you’ll receive something lovely from our Platinum team.

Happy Women’s Day!

     
Cloth Diapers - March 11, 2012 - 9:07 pm

All ladies Look gorgeous and ravishing. I am very selected person to choose such kind of outfits. Nice thought of outfits.

Erika - March 9, 2012 - 2:01 pm

Wanted to add my mother to the list of great women. She was strong-willed and brilliant, someone I’ve missed every day since she passed in October 1995. I was only 14 then but she packed those few years full of love and wisdom. I wish she were here to see the woman I am today and to spoil her grand kids rotten! I hope my own daughter sees me so fondly one day. My daughter inspires me to be that great mother for her, to see the beauty in the little things, and to just plain slow down sometimes! My mother in law can’t go unmentioned either…she’s pretty awesome!! She totally inspires me in the kitchen, I call her the Betty Crocker next door. πŸ™‚

Caroline Terlaje - March 9, 2012 - 7:50 am

My MOM is who inspires me! She such the best mom and everyday I’m inspired by her to be the best mom I can be! She is caring, loving, and just everything a mom should be!

Brandi Parker - March 9, 2012 - 7:40 am

Recently Chick-fil-A has been putting Value Tales storybooks in their kid’s meals. My daughter loves them. Two of the stories that are in the 5 you can get are Helen Keller & Harriet Tubman. The other night I was reading the Helen Keller story to my daughter and I got emotional just thinking about what she had to go thru and it made me so grateful to have site, sound & speech in my life. Thru sheer determination this woman changed the lives of so many that are site or hearing impaired. She truely inspires me.
The other story Harriet Tubman.. Wow how could you not be inspired by her. She wanted a better life for herself and when she got it she selflessly gave of herself to help others have that life too.
And last but not least… My daughter Savannah.. She is only 2 1/2 but she inspires me everyday. She makes me want to be the best I can be so that she can grow to be the best she can be.

ana - March 9, 2012 - 7:36 am

There are so many inspiring women I have encountered. But i have to say growing up I had one teacher mrs. Quick. Who no matter what. No matter what you may needed. She always had a place for you in her heart. She didn’t judge, she never made you feel unwanted. I think because of her I strive in this way. Not just when I teach , but as a mothet, as a friend and a wife. She was an amazing women an a great inspiration as a young women growing up.

Carla Biddy - March 9, 2012 - 7:28 am

My amazing Super mom! She single handedly raised my brother and I (a year and nine days apart) from the time I was a year old. Working a third shift so she could be there when we came home from school, always preparing fabulous meals, shuffling the two of us around town to various events and making us feel like we were the most loved kiddos on the planet (when did she sleep?). I am humbled by the many sacrifices she made during those years and she inspires me to be the best mom I can be for my family.

Erica Poindexter - March 9, 2012 - 7:16 am

My mom is the most inspiring women I know. She wears a big beautiful smile at all times, and she has a heart of gold. She is always putting others first. What a blessing! I am so thankful to have her in my life and to call her my mom.

Addy Van Anne - March 9, 2012 - 7:10 am

My grandmother is one amazing women. She had five children and when my grandfather was sick and and couldn’t get out of bed the rest of his life she started a drapery business to support her family and raised all five children by herself well taking care of him until he passed away. She is amazing and a woman who is very inspiring to me.

linda patterson - March 9, 2012 - 6:59 am

My Aunt Cheryl is the strongest woman I know. She was a stay at home mom, but worked harder than I ever did in my 9 to 5. Three years ago my grandmother ( her mom) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was given 5 months to live. She had chemo treatments and surgery during this time. She lived exactly 5 months. During those short, hard months my Aunt drove her to every appointment, bathed her, fed her, bought her comfy clothes, rubbed lotion on her…she was amazing. My aunt was never the same after grandma died. The following year my great grandma became very ill, and again, Aunt Cheryl stepped up and became her caretaker. She passed last summer. This past year, my Aunt Cheryl’s brother, My father, who had suffered with depression and mental illness, killed himself on her property. She planned the funeral, and paid for everything. My aunt never went to college, or worked a full time “job”. But she has put more of herself than almost everyone I know..into her “work”. This is the strongest woman I know, and I strive every day to be a little more like her.

Katie R - March 9, 2012 - 5:48 am

I started in a group called *Mothers Fellowship* at church 12 1/2 years ago where a 76 year old lady named Esther Gene led us in study, prayer and fellowship as young Moms. That lady, who has been a part of this wonderful group for 28 years, is turning 89 on April 1st. She is currently on her 25th mission trip…she is utterly AMAZING! God has used her in mighty ways and I am SO GRATEFUL to have had the priceless gift of having her as a mentor in my life!

Christine B - March 9, 2012 - 4:18 am

A women who inspires me…my grandma. A couple of years ago I sent in a picture of her graduation. She has been through the loss of a son at a very young age. A car accident with a snowplow which threw her through the windshield….again 15+years later another accident with a snowplow. Years down the line a surgery to replace those both old hip replacements with new ones from the accidents. During the surgery found out she had stomach cancer and she is still going strong. My grandfather has passed about over 20 years but she has the strength to live on her own and be independent. Walk when she can and participate in as many activities as she can. She is here to see her children and grandchildren grow older and now her many great grandchildren. She has beaten some very tough odds and God has thrown her some curve balls. But she is tough and she is so deeply loved by so many πŸ™‚

In_Awe - March 8, 2012 - 11:58 pm

I’m sorry this is so long. I am in total awe of my mom. She has always been an anchor in my life; my best friend who I could always turn to in tough times. Six years ago, my dad had a massive heart attack. The doctors said they had never seen anyone survive one as massive as his; it was truly a miracle. The last six years have been very tough on my mom, as the heart attack left my dad with a myriad of health problems. She always stood by his side, always kept faith. A year and a half ago, my dad unexpectedly announced that he was leaving my mom. We were all stunned and my mom was devastated. But, still, she kept the faith. She fought and prayed to get him back into her life. There were times were she almost gave up, but something always pulled her back in. After a year, all of her efforts were rewarded and he came back. My mom taught me many lessons over my 38 years of life. She has helped to mold me into the woman I am today. But, up until the events of the last few years, I never really grasped the meaning of unconditional love. This “gift” from my mom is why I am inspired to be the best mother, wife, friend, and daughter, unconditionally.

Travis Lynch - March 8, 2012 - 11:48 pm

My wife adores your clothes, i see her on here all the time! I adore her just as much. She is an amazing mother to our three children and makes our house a home. When i’ve had a rough day she inspires me to be the best parent i can be. What can i say but i love my wife.

Christine - March 8, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Heather Von St James. Why does she come to mind? At 36, 3 1/2 months after giving birth to her first child, she was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer. She faught hard always with the eternal optimism she is known for. She beat it but lost a lung. I immediately thought of this incredible woman because of her strength and beautiful spirit.

Amy Ijames - March 8, 2012 - 11:21 pm

My inspiring woman would have to be my grandmother….she has passed away but I will never forget all the little things that she did that means so much…it didn’t matter how little she had their was never a complaint or longing for more …she was content always. She had the most beautiful eyes and you couldn’t help but smile when you were around her… She never gave up, even when everyone else would have…that why she inspires me everyday πŸ™‚ I miss her dearly …..

Brannon - March 8, 2012 - 10:57 pm

Of course I’d like to say my Mom and yes she is an amazing and strong woman, I’m very lucky to have her as my Mom. But the most couragous and strong woman I know is my Best friend Laura. She battles daily with severe food allergies (soy, dairy, most fruits and veggies and so many more!). When her daughter was born she found out that she had thyroid cancer and had to have it removed. She’s been trying to concieve for over 2 yeas and it has not been an easy road. God finally answered her prayers though and she just found out she’s expecting. She lives her life to help others and is always doing something for someone else. She started a program to help our local NICU and Moms on bedrest. She’s the president of our local MOMS Club and a youth pastor. So many times she has helped me out with a hug or encouragment. And through everything she ALWAYS has a smile and kind words to say. I’m really not sure how I’d get by without her!

Terese - March 8, 2012 - 10:47 pm

My mom is the first person that comes to mind. She is strong, funny, dynamic, generous and has twice the energy I do. She inspires me. I love you Mom! xo

brooke m. - March 8, 2012 - 10:18 pm

I have a group of “Mommy” friends that inspire me daily. Their dedication to being the best Moms they can be and the endless love they show to their children and all the Moms in our group is amazing. They make me feel loved, supported and inspired to become the best woman I can be.

Kealii - March 8, 2012 - 10:00 pm

One of the greatest inspirations in my life is my sister Heather. She battles with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Life for her can be unpredictable and the mind at times a prison..but she battles it and embraces life with such passion and love. She is one of the most beautiful giving and artistic women I know. She Has the ability to be true to herself and who she is and what she loves no matter what. She is my best friend and basically amazing.

Tiffany Stengell - March 8, 2012 - 9:53 pm

I would have to say that the one person who has made the biggest impact on my life would have to be my BFF, Heather. She is the most amazing person & I am so thankful God placed her in my life. She has had to face adversity throughout her whole life & always stands tall. She loves wholeheartedly and is never fake. She continues to give to her family, friends & those within her community even though she deals with ongoing physical pain. I can only hope to be half the person that she is…I love you Heather!

Melissa Demergis - March 8, 2012 - 9:51 pm

The most inspiring woman to me is my Grandma, who had inspired her children and grandchildren and even her great grand children to be loving and compassionate and fun individuals. I have so many great memories with her and plan on having so many more! One thing that myself and my older brother and all my cousins and all our children will have, is the joy of getting to spend quality time with “Granny” and china paint all the different statues and ornaments, and vases that she got for us to put our own creativity on. As she watched us older ones paint many years ago, her smile is even greater while she watches her great’s a.k.a great grandchildren paint until their hearts are content:) All my memories with her from my childhood ( as soon as I got off the school bus, my arms flew wide open as I sprinted towards my grandma who’s arm’s were wide open waiting for me to just fly into them….EVERYDAY…and until now)………those are the ones I will always cherish and pass on to my children and my grandchildren some day. I am truly blessed to have her in my life:) Thank you Granny, Xoxo ~ love always. Melissa Marie……..

Katie R. - March 8, 2012 - 9:35 pm

The inspirational woman in my life is my grandma. She is celebrating her 60-th wedding anniversary this year with my grandpa. She grew up on a farm, and helped my grandpa farm until they retired. She has tragically lost three of her five children, but is still a wonderful, kind, inspiring, holy woman. She is a forgive and forget, be happy with what you have kind of person, and she has taught me so much. I am so thrilled that my two children have been able to know their great-grandma.

Melanie R - March 8, 2012 - 9:31 pm

My mom! She (Laura) has always been such a great friend to me throughout the years. I don’t think I know a stronger woman. I honestly don’t know what I would do without her. I love that I can call her any time of day or night…and trust me….if I need her whether it is important or not…she picks up the phone. She lives so very far away and I wish I could see her more. I am blessed to have her for my mom and friend. I love her so very much!

Paula Creekmore - March 8, 2012 - 9:31 pm

My mother is amazing and truly inspires me to be the best Mother to my 3 year old…But I have a dear friend Angela who is truly an inspiration! Her and her husband were not able to have children of their own and had tried for years. Finally they decided to adopt locally. Shortly after finalizing their 1st adoption they were blessed with another child. They are now blessed with 2 precious babies in their lives. Both of her children have been sick and have had unexpected illnesses pop up…several trips to the ER between both of them…During all this her husband has recently become ill. He has been diagnosed with genetic heart problems..So to make a long story short…through all these trying times Angela has never once complained or even thought about giving up!! She just takes everyday as it comes! She is truly an inspiration to me and all of our friends.. It makes me stop and think how truly blessed I am!

Tammy Dalton - March 8, 2012 - 9:26 pm

My mom-always there when I need her and even when I don’t πŸ™‚

Melissa wood - March 8, 2012 - 9:17 pm

My uncle Dave found out that he has uncurable prostate cancer about a year ago. My aunt is, as expected, devastated. He is the love of her life and she is terrified and hopeless. I know that we as a family can get through this but I worry for my aunt daily. I just don’t know how to react or comfort her. A year later and it is no easier than when we found out. Her ability to function under these circumstances is so mind-boggling.

Kristi Green - March 8, 2012 - 9:16 pm

My amazing inspiration is my grandma, “Grandma Wood” who is 93 years old. She always is happy, has a song to share, a story to tell (even if it is always the same one!), and the same advice, “Are YOU happy? Be good to YOURSELF first, and then you can share your love and happiness to everyone all around you!” She just lost her husband of 73 years last month (he was 97), my wonderful grandpa. πŸ™ She has conquered breast cancer, Tuberculosis (3 times), loss of a child (my father) and now the loss of her husband. A dedicated couple and inspiration for many. I LOVE YOU GRAM! ox ox ox

Brandie C. - March 8, 2012 - 8:45 pm

My Grandma Esther!!! She was the glue that kept our entire family together. Her door was always open no matter what! She always said, ” Mija, no matter who comes to the door, you always feed them and give them drink.” She was the most giving woman I have ever known, the strongest and most faithful to her faith! She never complained and was always thankful for everything good and bad in her life. Two of my most cherished times with her was always cooking in the kitchen(she said from the time I was five, “To be a good wife you have to learn how to cook.”)my job was rolling out the tortillas, and sitting next to her as she taught me to hand stitch everything. I still will hand sew everything to this day.LOL She fought uterine cancer with pure grace for a while and would always smile, laugh, and give the biggest hugs and kisses. I hope to be half the woman she was.

iris n. - March 8, 2012 - 8:43 pm

Its hard to keep this short…but i am a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse. We are 58 RNs, and all but 3 are women. I am intensely proud of our unit. We care for the sickest of the sick, as well as their parents, grandparents, siblings…we do so many amazing things and we give everything we have to each and every kid that comes our way. Everyone is willing to go above and beyond what their duties entail, whether its bringing a baby some clothes/toys, buying somebody lunch, or donating money towards the funeral expenses. And, one of the great things to note is that we like each other, we work really well as a team…which is no small feat with all that estrogen on board.

Elle - March 8, 2012 - 8:42 pm

My inspiration is my grandmother. She adopted me when I was three and is the most amazing woman I have ever met. Through tough times she always remains positive. Even though she is now legally blind and widowed she still has a passion for life I can only begin to understand. She is everything I wish I could be!

Mary-Ellen - March 8, 2012 - 8:40 pm

I am a social worker so I see strong and inspirational women every day. The most memorable woman I have worked with came from horrific beginnings. She was unwanted as a baby and given to various family members. She was eventually adopted where she was abused. She got pregnant as a teen and had her own child removed from her custody. She worked very hard to get her child back and give her the kind of life that she didn’t have. She was a young single mom with no foundation. She built her own foundation and is now a wonderful loving mother. I really don’t know how she did it, but she did.

Jessica A - March 8, 2012 - 8:21 pm

My mother is one of the most inspiring women I know. She not only is the mother of five children and grandmother to six grandchildren, but she is also a cancer survivor. She has overcome numerous health obstacles throughout her life. Yet, she still finds time throughout the day to love on others. She is a gift to so many people as she continues to use her gifts to those in need.

Alison B. - March 8, 2012 - 8:18 pm

A woman that inspires me is Adrienne. She has been through so much over the past several years including grief and loss of miscarriage after miscarriage, failed adoptions, and also the joy of adding 3 children to her family through adoption and then birthing a biological child at 26 weeks and being with him in the NICU for 7 months. She keeps a smile on her sweet face despite LIFE swirling around her. She shows her children love intentionally spending TIME with them and being certain they know that she and her husband are now HOME. Adrienne has grown to love MJC – usually as a gift from her mama because those babies and her husband come first in her book. I would love nothing more than to see that she gets a surprise just for being the woman she is, the woman God created her to be!

Maranda B - March 8, 2012 - 8:16 pm

Wow- Awesome post- loved reading about all the amazing women people are inspired by! I would have to say I am inspired by my mom. Not because she has overcome crazy odds, or fought off a terminal disease, just because she is my mom. An amazing woman who is always there for me when I need her, even if it’s just to talk. My mom is my best friend, and I hope someday when she’s grown, my daughter can say that about me.

allie - March 8, 2012 - 8:05 pm

My grandmother Vivian is my role model. Her sweet spirit, encouraging manner, positive outlook and remarkable faith stir me to do my best as a mother, daughter, sister and friend every day. She is an amazing woman and I am so thankful for the close relationship we have.

Leigh Ann - March 8, 2012 - 7:53 pm

I am inspired by my sister-in-law. She goes all out everyday and just gets things done like no one else I know. Whether she is working full time or staying at home she accomplishes more each day than I get done in a week all while caring for her husband (my brother), her kids, her Dad and her sister. She is amazing and doesn’t even realize it!

Suzanne - March 8, 2012 - 7:53 pm

For years, my mom has had a small newspaper comic clipping on her fridge of two kids at the breakfast table, one holding what looked to be a burnt piece of food…the caption read, “Give it to mom…she likes the burnt ones”

I never really understood what was so funny about it until I got much older. I still laugh at it every time I open the fridge! But now I realize that it just jokingly sums up all of the sacrifices that moms everywhere make for their kids…so I’d like to nominate not only my mom (because of course she is the best!) but moms everywhere!!!!

Meg Catt - March 8, 2012 - 7:22 pm

I would have to say that my grandmother was the most inspiring woman in my life… although she is not here with me now she is enjoying the most perfect life in heaven! She was full of life and enjoyed every minute of it. She loved learning and never stopped! She enjoyed traveling and saw everything she wanted to see.. there wasn’t much that stopped her. I loved my grandmother & miss seeing her so much!

ashley harris - March 8, 2012 - 7:00 pm

My mom is my inspiration and strength. She has always been there for me through thick & thin. My dad passed away five years ago. The day my daughter was born my mom promised me she will love always have extra love for macie – to make up for him not being here. To this day she loves that little girl more than you could ever imagine. I love my mom.

ESH - March 8, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Hands down. My mom. Not enough words to describe how amazing she is!

Shellye Poole - March 8, 2012 - 6:50 pm

A woman who inspires me is my friend Melody. She is an amazing mother, hard worker, loves God with all her heart, such a servant to others, and a wonderful friend. I love her!!!!

Kayla - March 8, 2012 - 6:50 pm

The most inspirational woman I have ever known is my mother. She has worked her butt of being a single mother since I was a year old. When I was 8 she was diagnosed with cancer. That didn’t stop her from doing anything and everything I would ever need her to. Then when she had my brother and sister within a year of each other and went through chemo again, she was still such a strong woman. And this year going through radiation hasn’t stopped her being there for me, my brother, sister, or her grandchildren. I hope my children will love me some day as much as I love my mom. <3

Shawna Lucas - March 8, 2012 - 6:50 pm

My mother is a great inspiration in my life and I love her very much. But I have to say, my Grandmother has also be a big inspiration in my life. I wish I had her half her strength. My grandfather died in 1992 after a long battle with cancer. He had planned every last detail of his funeral. It was in our church, visitation and funeral in the same day, his grandchildren were to be his pallbearers, and he wanted the youth group to sing. It was hard to sing in the choir at your grandfather’s funeral but I sought the strength from our choir director, my grandmother. On a day that she was saying good-bye to her husband and best friend, she lead us singing my grandfather’s favorite song, Amazing Grace. What strength and courage that must have taken to stand in front of everyone and lead a song that meant so much to him. I guess it was his final way of telling her that she was his amazing, Grace. It’s hard for me to hear this song now without tearing up and I can still see her standing in front of the church singing this song. My grandmother, Grace McLemore is a great inspiration to me and I hope I’ve made her proud to be my grandmother.

Eda Lewis - March 8, 2012 - 6:44 pm

My sister is so inspirational to me. She taught me so much as my older sister. I feel so blessed to have had someone who had it so tough so many times, still teach me how to be a better person. She was bullied in school all the time, and ended up still sharing how to be the stronger person and do the right thing. She also encourages me every day to believe in myself.

Kara L. - March 8, 2012 - 6:42 pm

of course it’s my mom. never understood completely how much she sacrificed for me and my well being. and she did it all on her own. now with children of my own, i’m still in complete awe of the strong, wonderful, kind, smart, funny woman she is and i can only hope to be.

Lesli Mckinley - March 8, 2012 - 6:27 pm

My grandmother was the most inspirational woman I’d ever met. She had a stroke in her mid 30’s (mid 1950’s) and was paralyzed on one side of her body. She overcame MANY obstacles during the next forty years of her life. Despite her handicap she remained strong, independent, compassionate, and always placed the needs of others before her own. I strive to live my life as she did!

Ashleigh Boedeker - March 8, 2012 - 6:25 pm

My sister is truly my inspiration. I have even entered her in an MJC contest before and you gifted her with pretties for herself and newly adopted daughter. At that time, Allison had endured bypass surgery and a valve replacement while her husband was deployed to Iraq in order to be able to carry a pregnancy at the age of 28. After the risky and complicated birth of their son, they were told not to have more children. Several years later, the family traveled to Poland to adopt their 3 year old daughter. And that is where her story ended last time. But once back in the states, my sister had a routine meeting with a new cardiologist where she inexplicably flatlined in the stunned doctor’s office. She was revived with paddles and yet another open heart surgery followed. I have watched my sister recover from major surgery twice now, once to bear a child and then to recover for a newly adopted child who could not even speak english, grew up in an orphanage and could not possibly comprehend her new life or what was wrong with her new mommy. It’s now been one year since the incident, and my sister has conquered all. She continues to work, be an Army wife, love on her kindergarten son and continue to make her daughter feel loved while assuring her that her family is for real. She is such an inspiration to everyone who knows her and I am lucky enough to have her for a sister.

Lisa Beard - March 8, 2012 - 6:21 pm

One of many women I find inspiring is a woman named Alice. She should be a grandmother, but sadly lost both her boys too soon. one she took care of (including running his dialysis at home some 30 years ago!) until his last day and the other died of a rare blood disorder (he was a hemophiliac who raced motorcycles, no less!) while in Italy, so she never got to say goodbye. She inspires me to be a better mother, cherish every moment, to find joy daily and to love God more deeply.

Sandy - March 8, 2012 - 6:10 pm

i thank God for my Mom!! She is such a beautiful person who never thinks twice to help someone in need. She has done so much for our family and is the finest example of a loving and supportive wife, mother, and grandma!

carolyn b - March 8, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Of course it would be my mom!! she grew up during the war in england and had to deal with bomb shelters and air raids…then she left all her family and friends to come to america when she married my father…she’s a strong woman who got me to be a successful woman…

Echo Perlman - March 8, 2012 - 5:58 pm

My mother has inspired me to be the educated, loving mother that I am today just like she was! I can remember my mom putting herself through school and celebrating at her Master’s graduation. When I became a teen mom, my mom encouraged me to go on to college all while showing a little tough love by making me support myself, raising a young son while in nursing school. Fast forward 12 years and I have a wonderful husband, 2 great children, and a Master’s degree just like my mama! I only hope I can instill the value of education in my children, especially my daughter regardless of her life choices.

Carrie B - March 8, 2012 - 5:30 pm

My mom is inspirational. She was a single mom of twins. She did the very best she could, always. It’s definitely something you appreciate more once your have your own children.

StephanieDH - March 8, 2012 - 4:48 pm

I can think of many inspiring women but there is one that I can think of that touched the lives of many. I am talking about a woman that made teaching a priority and wanted to be at school rather than any other place. This woman always had a smile on her face and made learning fun. She was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. That did not make her any more likely to miss school. She fought every day to be there through the chemo and all other struggles she had. She lost the battle three years ago and left a lasting impression on all students and faculty in the building. She was an inspiration to me because I strive to be the person she was…she always was concerned of others and did not want any pity for herself.

Keri Grzych - March 8, 2012 - 4:36 pm

My Yiayia. I have never once heard her talk badly about anyone or be negative. She has been through some tough times but always has a smile on her face.

robin b - March 8, 2012 - 4:34 pm

My mom inspires me to be a better person. She is always there for everything and everyone. She loves being part of our lives and we enjoy being with her (and my dad, they are always together). I still look to her for advice and appreciate it now, too.

Paula T. - March 8, 2012 - 4:31 pm

My mom has been the most amazing woman in my life and the life of my children. She selflessly gave up her job and moved across the country to help me when I went on bed rest with my first child while my husband was serving over seas. Then when my husband passed away, she was the one praying, helping, and stepping in to parent. Her servant attitude always puts others needs before her own. I would not be where I am today without her prays, her support, her help and her encouragement to take small steps through the dark nights of my life.

Recie Sullivan - March 8, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Most women are inspired by their mothers and I am no exception to the rule. My mother was (Sadly, she passed away five years ago) the most humbled person I knew. You never heard her complain about anything. If something went wrong she would say there was a reason for everything and it was not for us to talk about. She ALWAYS put me and my siblings before herself. She was always there when someone needed a helping hand. I marveled at the way she handled things. Sadly, I think more about the sacrifices she made more now than before. You never left her house hungry even if you did not want to eat she would keep asking until you just couldn’t say no.I truly miss her but am thankful to have had a mother like her. I can only wish I could accomplish the things she did. Thank you Mom from the bottom of my heart.

Marina - March 8, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Has to be my Grandma. She was pregnant when my Grandpa was killed in WWII and raised my Dad on her own.. To this day she never asks for help from anyone.. and lives alone at 92! She is the one I call first for advice from raising kids to dealing with DH.. She is my rock!!

Nicole C. - March 8, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Love the picture of all of you girls! I am inspired by my Aunt Donna. It all started when I was a little girl, and we used to make puffy glitter paint sweatshirts. This was a huge deal to me, and one year I made a huge mistake with all the glitter paint on my shirt. My aunt taught me it’s not the end of the world, and you can always make something beautiful out of something I thought was ruined and ugly. It goes way beyond puffy glitter Christmas sweatshirts though. I think my aunt is amazing because she took care of my grandma day after day when she was diagnosed with cancer, up until the day she passed away. She also took care of my elderly uncle who had polio since he was a child, and had paralysis and couldn’t feed, clothe, or bathe himself. She did until the day he died. She was there for me in the delivery room when I had my first born son, and I had a very risky delivery. This lady always lifts everyone up when they are down. She always puts others before herself. My aunt recently broke her back from all of the work she does, and her recovery has been a nightmare. She is finally (after about a year)starting to slowly heal. Through the whole thing she had cancer scares of her own, and so many other illnesses but never once complained or felt sorry for herself. My aunt is truly my inspiration. My grandma was too (the one that died of cancer), but that would be a story for another day!

Cari - March 8, 2012 - 4:02 pm

My mom is the most inspiring person I know. She approaches each and every challenge with a smile and an amazing attitude. She works full time as a principal and community leader, and she still has time to be a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother! She reminds me everyday of the kind of person I strive to be like.

Sarah Cleveland - March 8, 2012 - 4:01 pm

I have the pleasure of knowing a lot of strong young women as a high school teacher. I have been working on a class project with a special group of students that involves prevention and awareness of Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Violence. Through this project several students have shared their own personal stories with these issues. Eight of my students and I are leaving Monday to present our projects at a Teen Summit in Wisconsin. One young lady is planning to share her personal story of abuse for the first time. She has shared a few details with me along the way but is now realizing the power of telling her story and the impact it might have to help others. I am so proud of her courage and willingness to be open about this difficult subject. This morning she sent me an email of what she plans to say. It was moving, tragic, heartbreaking and inspiring all at that same time. She is my hero today for her trust in sharing this with her peers!

Lindsey Hope - March 8, 2012 - 4:00 pm

I work at a small girls’ camp in West Virginia called Camp Wildflowers. All of the staff has Wildflower nick names. Our camp director is the amazing Miss Posie, a 50-something year old woman who is the fiercest and wisest woman I know. I find myself quoting her daily, whether about mundane things such as doing dishes or big-important-life-changing-wisdom things. Do something wrong and her talk with you will leave you feeling incredibly guilty. But do something right, and the tears in her eyes will be all the reward you need. I want to be just like her one day; harsh when necessary, easily moved to tears by life’s beauty, and always wise.

Jennifer Royster - March 8, 2012 - 4:00 pm

My mother she is amazing. We had a hard life growing up she was very young and did the best to provide for me. She has always stood by me and been my shoulder. She has always told me I could do it and dont get discouraged be a proud woman her words got me through 4 years of the service. She also brought me to the Lord 8 years ago. I love her and she is the best. She has done so many great things for me and I love her so very much.

Alyssa. P - March 8, 2012 - 3:58 pm

I am inspired and awed by my friends Susan. Her daughter was diagnosed with cancer over Christmas. Her courage amazes me!

Debbie Burke - March 8, 2012 - 3:49 pm

The most inspirational woman I have ever had the priviledge to know and love is my Aunt Re. She passed away in October 2009, just days before my third child was born. She struggled with lung cancer for two years before it took her. I spent a lot of time with this woman from the time I was born until her death. She took care of me as a small child when my own mother couldn’t. She made me feel special and important when I felt lost in the constant roller coaster life my mother had put us kids on. Most of my child-hood memories are of when I was spending time with her, my hubby and her daughter. As I got older, she talked about her upbringing and explained why things were like they were. How she and her sisters were brought up and what they’d been through. She never asked for sympathy from me, she only meant to share her life. Listening to her talk about when she had her full-term stillborn twin boys just before my mom had me, I couldn’t imagine what she had been through but I knew it had to have been tough. Last summer, after experiencing my own stillbirth, I finally completely understood what an amazing woman she was. She took to me and treated me with so much love while she was grieving her sons. Instead of being mad at the world that she lost her sons, she moved on with her life and was the best aunt any woman could be. As I moved on with my life after the loss of our daughter, I made a decision to act as graceful as my Aunt Re did. I hope that in ten years, no one would guess the heartships I’ve gone through. Just like no one who knew my Aunt Re would know how much she’d struggled in her life. She was a joy to be around and so optimistic about things. At her funeral, I saw so many of her employees sobbing over her death and I knew they had been blessed by her amazing kindness. She was/is the most inspirational woman I’ve known and I would be most honored to be thought of like she is.

Teisha - March 8, 2012 - 3:43 pm

the most inspiring women in my life are my co-workers whom all balance their families and careers with total grace and love.
They are all amazing. Shout out to all the nurses!!

Angie B - March 8, 2012 - 3:30 pm

My mother inspires me daily. I cannot begin to tell the things she has endured though her life, but she always can laugh. What I mean by this is she can laugh like no one else I know. Yes, she gets mad and cries; however she is so strong and in the end she can laugh her cares away. I envy that laugh.

Lesley Shanks - March 8, 2012 - 3:18 pm

My grandmother was the most inspirational woman in my life. My grandfather, Leslie, died when her oldest of four, my mom, was 16 and the youngest was 5. She raised them on her own. She would have given you her very last cent if you asked. She had bible study in her house twice a week. She took in strangers and fed them (made for some interesting holidays.) She was well liked by everyone and always had a kind word. She touched hundreds of lives with her kindness and generosity.

Michelle Clouse - March 8, 2012 - 3:17 pm

The woman who inspires me most is my 84 year old grandma. This is a woman who has gone through bypass surgeries, open heart surgeries, a stroke, lives daily with diabetes and most recently won her bout with colon cancer. Through it all she has always had a smile on her face, a hug for everyone and wonderful stories to share with my children. My seven year old daughter loves to hear her stories and then asks to share some of her own. It reminds me of when I was little listening to those same stories. I admire her zest for life, whether she is talking for hours on the phone with friends or dancing the night away at the senior citizen center. I hope to have the same zest for life and fight in my step as I grow.

Lisa urbaczewski - March 8, 2012 - 3:10 pm

I am and will always be inspired by my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Z! She taught me about broadway musicals and Dr. Seuss and how to always be a little lady! She was remarkable…always prim and proper, tons of energy, and forever impeccably dressed ( come to think of it, Matilda Jane clothing would have been right up her alley):).

Sarah L-B - March 8, 2012 - 3:06 pm

My friend Kim is about as selfless as you can get. No matter what, if she can be there for you, she is. She constantly gives to others too, even those she doesn’t know. She is a surgical nurse, and has donated her time and medical knowledge (on her own dime) by going to the Philippines with a group of medical/surgical staff two times. She devotes so much of her time to others. I admire (and in a way envy) her ability to give so much. I won’t elaborate more, as it gets too personal, but those close to her know what I’m talking about πŸ™‚

christie g - March 8, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Oh my where does one start, there isn’t just one, people everywhere inspire me everyday! My co-worker who comes in with a smile on her face that lost her spouse one year ago that was happily married for 40 years, the patient that comes into the hopital for treatment and worries about missing work because she is affraid of loosing her job and she cannot finally miss a days pay. The ER nurse who is raising her two children by herself, goes to school full time and works a full time job. For all the women in our small town is an inspiration to me to want to make that change in their lives and go beyond the unexpected!

Maryann E. - March 8, 2012 - 2:56 pm

I know many of us look up to our mother as true inspiration as to who we are today. I too, can’t think of a greater and more wonderful influence in my life than my mom. She has taught me how to love and respect through her generous nature and kind heart. She has encouraged me to fight against disappointments and heartache with her determination and strong will. She has believed in me even when I stopped believing in myself and gave me the strength and shoulder to cry on when all seemed to be lost.
I followed her in her footsteps in becoming a teacher and still strive to be as inspirational to my students as she is to hers. Even though it is hard not being able to grab a cup of coffee after work, or to go shopping at the same Matilda Jane shows since we are living on separate sides of the country due to my husband’s service to the military, we are as close as ever! I hope that I can be the hero to my daughter that my mother is to me!

mary clark - March 8, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Hands down it is my mom! She spent her whole life giving, she was truely an angel. She never put her self first and never asked for a thing in return. She was an amazing friend, mother and mentor. Even though she is no longer here, she lives on everyday in my memories. I miss and love her more than words could ever describe.

ellie - March 8, 2012 - 2:50 pm

A college friend of mine has always been a great inspiration to me. She has such a heart for the Lord and missions – I will never forget the sight of her lighting up with joy as I caught a glimpse of her heaven-turned face as she headed out on her daily prayer walks. She remained unmarried until her late thirties when she met a man who shared her love of Jesus and her calling to the nations. She and her husband (and sometimes 2 boys) lead teams of missionaries into restricted access countries – where their lives may very
well be in danger. She considers her calling an honor and a privilege. I have been forever changed by her willingness to give up every part of herself for The Great Commission.

Tisha - March 8, 2012 - 2:48 pm

The woman who inspired me was my mother in law. I was blessed to have had her in my life for 12 years. My husband and I began seeing each other at the very young age of 14. He was allowed to come and sit on the couch with my mother and father for 2 years. She was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in 2006. My husband and I decided we would try and have a baby for her to see before she passed. She put up a hard fight and all through her chemo treatments she never thought of herself. She would witness and share her love of Jesus Christ with other patients taking there chemo. She made it through fighting when we found out we were pregnant again. At this point she was very ill with a lung infection and the cancer spreading. I was 2 weeks from my due date and was spending time in the hospital with her and she was in and out of confusion periods when she looked at me and asked if I could hurry. I knew she was asking me to hurry and have our baby. A couple of days later I was induced and she was able to be wheeled over to the OB unit because she was around the corner in another unit and hold my daughter who I named after her. She was selfless, a godly woman, and faithfull. Over the years through her battles with cancer she never questioned why. She took it as a witness to others as to how strong you can be with cancer. My children really didn’t get to know there grandma but I truly believe her spirit is with us and she is our guardian angel!

Natalie S - March 8, 2012 - 2:41 pm

So many amazing stories on the blog today! Thanks for sharing everyone.

Like many others, my mom has been an amazing inspiration to me. She has taught me so much about faith and patience by living these principles herself. My life would be so much different without her and her teaching me to never give up on the desires of your heart. I love my mother dearly and am so grateful that she is mine.

Amiee Seus - March 8, 2012 - 2:41 pm

I am most inspired by my mom. My mom found out that she had breast cancer a week after my grandmother passed away from breast cancer. It was very hard on her losing her mom from what she was just diagnoised with. I was only 13 when it happened and i still remember my mom being the strongest ever.
Im happy to say that my mom has been in remission for 25 years.

When my dad found out he had lung cancer my mom once again was very stronge and kept telling us that he will beat it just like she did. 10 years ago my dad past. My mom has stayed stronge through everything. I only wish as my daughter grows up that i can be as stronge as her. <3

allison s - March 8, 2012 - 2:40 pm

My grandmother, although she passed in 2002, continues to inspire me. She always showed kindness and grace no matter the situation. I often think to myself “wwwd= what would wilma do?) when i’m in a tough situation or going through a real trial. I miss her immensely but I take comfort in her memory and will never forget her!

Shannan - March 8, 2012 - 2:39 pm

I have sat for quite awhile thinking about the women in my life. Two women that have been inspirations are my grandma and my stepmom. My grandma is a very simple lady who hasn’t ever had much. However she is always the first to help out; even if it means sacrificing something herself. She was always there to watch all of our programs in school, and is very involved in her great-grandchildrens’ lives as well. She is the first to volunteer to watch the kids if they get sick; never worrying about her own health. She took care of her sister when she was ill, and is taking care of her other sister’s bills and such now that she is going blind. She never complains, no matter how bad things are. She has inspired me to always try to put others before myself.

The other woman that comes to my mind is my step-mom. When she came into my dad’s life, she reminded him of how important family is. It wasn’t that we didn’t talk and such, but we lost that closeness that we once had. When she came into our family, he began coming to birthday parties for his grandchildren again, and started calling his 5 daughters every day. She was such a rock to him, and accepted all 5 of us girls like we were her own family. We lost my dad very unexpectedly this past September at the age of 56. If Deb hadn’t come into his life, we wouldn’t have had all the memories that were made with him those last two years. Even during her grief of losin my dad, she has been a rock to her granddaughter; taking custody of her just weeks after my dad’s passing. She is truly one amazing and inspirational woman.

Stephanie T - March 8, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Handsdown it is my mother! She is a walking testament to a a good christian woman. She was always a workign mother if not by choice. She always made sure my sister and I had everything we needed and most of what we wanted even if she had to do without. She spent far to long in an abusive relationship and finally found the courage to get out. Last year she was diagnosed with colon cancer and was treated for that which she handled like a champ. She even aggued with her doctor that her surgery could wait because I was expecting a baby any day and she knew I would need help with my older daughter! Now she has left her job and to take care of my girls while I work, so I don’t have to cry everyday leaving them with a stranger. She never has anything bad to say about anyone. She is a southern lady who uses “bless her/his heart” about everything. She is my daily encourgement as I work through the working wife and mother to two small children stage. I don’t know what I would do without her and I don’t want to find out!

Nan Teague - March 8, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Easy. Always my mom. Her hardship to US from Vietnam. Learning the language, customs and culture here in the 70’s. In the 80’s, add to that by being a single mom and always sacrificing her dreams for her daughters. I’m not the person today without her and I’m still constantly striving to be a fighter like her.

Jamie S - March 8, 2012 - 2:31 pm

My grandmother is the most amazing woman I know. She is a woman of faith, and a woman of honor! Shes a mother of 10 (but she lost one when he was 9 years old) and a grandmother to 23, and I don’t even know how many great grand kids. My grandfather passed 16 years ago and she became the backbone and force that held our family together. Through good times and through bad, sisherwood always an inspiration. she has always taught us that every cloud has a silver lining and that no matter what hand you are dealt in life, if you play it with pride and honesty, you come out a winner every time. She is my hero!!

Pam Arnett - March 8, 2012 - 2:28 pm

I want share about my mother! What an incredible lady she is!! She has kept children in her home for 28 years just so she could be home everyday when I got the school bus to hear about mine and my sister’s day! She kept her best friends baby who passed away at our house of SIDS and as heart broken as she was, she stayed strong and was there for her friend the whole time. A few years later she opened our home to a pregnant teen who wanted to have an abortion, but after talking with my mother decided to give her baby up for adoption. My mother was there for her through the whole pregnancy and her best friend ended up adopting the beautiful baby girl! My moter was there with her friend every step of the way for the adoption and kept this angel girl while her mom worked. Throughout the years we housed MANY unwanted pregnant teens and kids that were kicked out of there home for one reason or another. Last year my mom had to stand by her best friend’s side once again as she buried her daughter who at the age of 16 took her life. My mom has been the rock for so many people. She was my rock 5 years ago when my daughter passed away. The umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and she was born still. My mother never left my side and was my strong shoulder to cry on and to help me and my husband get through that time! My mother has always opened her heart and her home for anyone!! That is why in my opinion she is the most incredible lady I have ever known!

Courtney Puhl - March 8, 2012 - 2:28 pm

I’m inspired by all of the mama’s in my life…my own mom, aunts, friends, colleagues, neighbors. Each one of us has our own battles and yet we get up every morning and try our best to be a good mom, wife, friend, employee…woman.

I read somewhere (likely, Pinterest…) that β€œthe reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” We’re all amazing in our own way..thank you for celebrating it!

Candace Love - March 8, 2012 - 2:21 pm

I know I won’t be the first, or last, to name her mother as her biggest inspiration. I have seen my mother go through so much. She went from working as an aerobic instructor to having her PhD. By watching her, I have learned how to be a mother myself. She raised my brother and I on her own making less than $10,000 a year. As a child I never went without. She ran herself ragged to make sure we had everything our hearts desired. Yet she never let us feel entitled. She instilled a strong work ethic in me by driving me 30 minutes across town to work every day when I was 14. She spent more money getting me to and from work than I ever made at the job. I’ve had a job ever since. She taught me the importance of education by working all day and going to college at night beginning when I was in the 2nd grade. I helped her study and she showed me that I was an intelligent person. She has supported me without fail through every choice I have ever made, good or bad. I have a beautiful, happy son because my mother taught me how to love. She is my strength and my inspiration every day.

MomTo2Girls - March 8, 2012 - 2:20 pm

My mother is truly inspirational to me. She was a high school teacher in her country before coming to America. (It’s hard to believe but her students, now grown with families of their own, are still in contact with her, and visit her and my dad who was also a teacher, regularly.) She literally started her whole life over in America at age 37. She went back to school and eventually became a Registered Nurse. She held a job while going to school and provided for her 3 children. Now that I’m a mother with my own children, I look back at those times and wondered how she could manage to do what she did. I’m an truly in awe and am so thankful for her dedication. Thanks so much for letting me share a little bit of my mother πŸ™‚

Kourtney - March 8, 2012 - 2:20 pm

My mother Rita is the most inspiring woman in my life. She was and still is a wonderful mother. She is so giving and raised me to be the same. She has made me the mother,wife and daughter I have become today. I’m so thankful for having her in my life.

Missy B - March 8, 2012 - 2:17 pm

I would have to say my grandmother. She died in 2000…but, if I can be 1/2 the mother or 1/2 the woman she was…my family will be blessed. Her own mother died in child birth when she was 13. As the oldest she had to become the mother, and had to leave school. Not long after that their house burnt to the ground. They had to live for some time in the attic of their barn. She raised her siblings. Then she went on to have 4 wonderful children of her own. My childhood was better for having her in it. She kept me and the other grand-kids when we were tiny, after school, and during the summer. Her house was a fun wonderful place to be. She read with us, baked with us, and just plain ole’ loved us. She born to be a mother. I could go on and on…about, her love to read, bake, etc. All in all I loved her dearly and miss her everyday.

Erin W. - March 8, 2012 - 2:14 pm

My 93 year old grandma is my inspiration, a beautiful woman inside and out who raised 5 amazing children. I can only hope to be as good of a mother, grandmother and role model as she is.

katya demarigny - March 8, 2012 - 2:14 pm

My most inspiring woman in my life is my Mother, I am from Eastern Europe and we celebrate International Women Day every year πŸ™‚ My Mom inspires me every day, by being the most selfless, helpful, amazing woman on Earth. When I had my first baby, my son, my Mom came all the way across the world to help me with him. She stayed with us for the first 5 month, helping me at night, during the day, teaching and learning with me how take care of a newborn. i will never forget her help during that amazing, yet trying period of our lives. My Mom is an amazing woman! I hope I can be half as her when I grow up πŸ™‚

Dawn M - March 8, 2012 - 2:12 pm

I have met a woman recently and she is outstanding. Her and her husband are not able to have children so they adopted a little boy from Ethiopia! They are in the process of adopting another little boy from Ethiopia as well. She is in her second year of residency at a pediatric hospital and is one of the nicest ladies I have ever met. She is very open about the adoption process. I just feel that anyone that that adopts children that are in need are so very special. She tole me recently the adopting her little boy was not the best thing that could have happened to him, but the best thing that could ever have happened to her and her husband. TEAR TEAR. So special!

Christina M - March 8, 2012 - 2:11 pm

I am so lucky to have grown up with such wonderful, inspring women–being the youngest of 4 girls. But, wow, my mom is amazing. I’ve always said that her life should be a book. My mother, who is now 71 years old, grew up in Okinawa, Japan. At the height of WW II, she was 4 years old. During the war, she lost both parents, 1 sister, and 2 brothers. They lost their home, they lost every earthly possession. They were forced to find shelter wherever they could. Her oldest sister, who at the time was 15 years old, took on the responsibility of raising the remaining siblings. They overcame all the odds and all grew to be amazing people. Even through all the adversity, my mom went to college and landed a job with the US Armed Forces– a dream job for anyone on the island. She met my father, a US Marine, got married and moved to the United States–leaving behind everything and EVERYONE she ever knew. It was hard, it was a different world. But again, my mom overcame the challenges. She is resilient. She never lets anything get her down. She has raised 4 beautiful daughters (if I do say so myself, haha) and has a loving, successful marriage of over 40 years! My mom loves life. She lives it to the fullest everyday. She’s my hero and that makes her the most inspirational woman in my life!

Rachel Kee - March 8, 2012 - 2:10 pm

I know so many people have said their mother but I want to go off the beaten track for a moment.

I have a friend Becky who was married and who had a little boy. 6 years ago she and her husband found out that their little boy Ethan had leukemia. For 16 months she and her husband and little Ethan fought hard. Ethan passed on April 6, 2009 at 18 months old. Since that time Becky has lost her mother as well and yet she continues to be a positive and friendly light to everyone she meets. She welcomes the chance to help others and is never down or has a “look what I’ve gone through”. She works with little kids and goes on mission trips to Belize to work with children there. She is the most amazing woman I know. I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child, losing a husband and losing a mother all within a short time. She is an inspiration to keep going even through the darkest of times. she is my hero.

Crystal Rumery - March 8, 2012 - 2:06 pm

My amazing grandmother is 75 years old. She is the most inspiring, strongest woman I have ever known or will ever know. She solely supported her first marriage (over 50 years ago) and children, working her fingers to the bone, supporting my grandfather and his endless alcoholism. She endured horrific physical and mental abuse by his hand surviving and rising up from the broken bones and I’m sure broken spirit. She lost her 3rd child from SIDS at 6 weeks old. Walking into the crib to wake him in the morning and he was there never to awake. She managed to somehow make it through all of that becoming stronger and wiser still to make everyone happy that was around her. She met my papaw when my mom was a teenager and had a happy and beautiful marriage until he passed away 1 year ago. Still, with her broken heart of losing him, she survives and inspires me in countless ways. She’s inspiring because of her will to live and her will to make it through anything and everything that has arisen in her life, whether it be good or bad. She’s my rock, support and biggest fan. She is a beautiful, smart and loving person and I am the luckiest person on the planet to have her as my granny.

Kate Shephard - March 8, 2012 - 2:06 pm

My friend Chelsea. Widowed in her early thirties, she’s raising two lovely girls on her own while running a successful business. Always positive and kind, I don’t know how she does it!

Ashley B. - March 8, 2012 - 2:06 pm

My lady of inspiration is actually my best friend’s mom. Her name is Sandi. She was like a second mom to me growing up. Her and her husband raised four daughters. They were one of the sweetest, most generous, and faithful couples. I Wanted my own marriage to model their example. Her husband died three years ago of cancer and it has really taken a toll on her and her daughters. However, her faith in God has not been shaken. She is such an inspiration to me and everyone around her!

Hope Boyce - March 8, 2012 - 2:03 pm

My three daughters (Jennifer Ciroli, Jenni Broyles, & Ashley Briley)and my daughter-in-law (Krystyna Pyle … who has been my girl since she was a Junior in HS – I would have been distraught had my son not married her!!!) are my inspiration! Oh, how I love these girls – the mothers of my grandchildren – role models for my grandchildren! I am totally blown away with the grace, humility, kindness, and spirit they are teaching my grandchildren (who just happen to be my favorite and most important people in all the world)! My girls are wonderful mothers … and I think I had a little something-something to do with it!! Thank you very much!

Lynn Brady - March 8, 2012 - 1:58 pm

My aunt, Shirley, is truely the most inspiring woman that I have ever met. She is 75 years old, but she acts like a woman half her age. She is always doing something for others. I do not know anyone as unselfish as she is. If anyone is in need, she drops what she is doing to help out. She drives her friends to the doctor, she works in a soup kitchen once a month, she is always doing a fundraiser or other activity for her Church (where she is President of the Women’s group), She sits with people in the hospital or nursing home, she babysits my children, and the list goes on and on. Several years ago, Shirley was nominated for an Unsung Hero award in our town and – no surprise – she won!! She is very deserving of this award. Thank you for allowing me to tell you about her πŸ™‚ !!

Julie templeton - March 8, 2012 - 1:56 pm

My sister is an inspiration. She lost her daughter (firstborn) to trisomy 13 when she was 80 days old. She and my brother-in-law took shifts caring for Reese so one of them was always with her during her short life. They have since had 2 boys and my sister remains grateful that she got to spend 2 1/2 months with her daughter. She is always positive and so thankful for what she does have.

Karly Nelson - March 8, 2012 - 1:54 pm

The most inspiring woman in my life is definately my mother. To sum it up, she came to the states from the UK, leaving all her family and friends (she followed a man who had proposed to her over and he promptly dumped her when she arrived). She ended up marrying a very abusive man. She got pregnant right away and had 4 kids in 5 years. We moved so much she was never able to really make friends and all her family was in the UK. Had to go through hell with that man. Was finally able to divorce him after 10 years of marriage. Still had to go through hell with us having to visit that jerk…..She did catch a break and married a great man. We were able to get my biological father to give up his rights if we didn’t pursue all of the back child and medical he owed us (my brother has epilepsy and we had a TON in medical). Even though the guy was (somewhat) out of our lives, my mother had to deal with a lot from my brothers and financially, life was extremely hard. She has had a lot of health issues now and has had to go through my dad getting cancer. Her life has just been so filled with trials and she has stayed so strong through it all. I love my mother with all of my heart and I’m so glad I am her child!

Kim Kolean - March 8, 2012 - 1:54 pm

My mother is an inspiration to me. Approximately 6 years ago she battled b-cell lymphoma along with being diagnosed with sarcoidosis and fibromyalia nerve disorder. Around the same time my daughter was born and we surprised her by using her name “Joy” as my daughter’s middle name. She was completely overwhemled with happiness. Even though her life is very hard and filled with pain some days she keeps a positive attitude and laughs all the time. She lives for her grandkids and enjoys seeing me and my daughter dress up in MJ everyday. She now is diabetic on insulin as well but she never lets it get her down; if that’s not courage and strenth, I don’t know what is?

Janis Wyllie - March 8, 2012 - 1:53 pm

My mother is the most awesome person I know. She got married at 17, had twins, one of them passed away a few weeks after birth. She went on to have 3 more boys, one of which she lost in a car accident at 16. She somehow survived the loss of 2 children and when her oldest son started college, so did she. Except she didn’t know how to drive so she took the bus….because my oldest brother was to cool to drive her. After finishing school and becoming an RN, she and my dad made the decision to adopt girls, since they had 5 boys! They adopted a 7 and 3 year old girl. Sadly the 3 year old died in a car accident less than a year after being adopted. Then they decided to become foster parents so their older girl would have a playmate…this is where I came in the picture!! I met my mom when I was 3, she is the most patient, loving, kind hearted person I know. And at the age of 13, when I was old enough to make the desicion for myself, my parents adopted me. I am thankful everyday that God put me in this extrodinary ladys life. My mom is a true example of what unconditional love and enduring strength is. My parents just celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Annie - March 8, 2012 - 1:53 pm

I have 3 sisters and adore them all dearly, of course. However, my sister Sarah is my inspiration. My nephew was born with a rare eye condition that they discovered at one month old; he has been through many dr. appointments, specialist appointments in other states, testing, surgeries, expenses of glasses and contacts every other month because of how fast baby’s eyes change, etc. She never ever negative about it or asked why their child, etc… Instead she said that they were specifically chosen to be his parents and has to believe that God knew they would be patient, love him, and not look at him any different or treat him any differently. She said that to me shortly after they found out about the condition and 2 years later she has definitely stayed true to that belief. Although a long shot I’m sure but if I’m chosen, I would request that something be sent to her instead of us…she definitely deserves a treat for herself πŸ™‚

Amy Fain - March 8, 2012 - 1:52 pm

I am inspired by my sister who lives her life one day at a time and never seems to get caught up in the small stuff. It seems as though even in the rough times everything that comes out of her mouth is positive.

Holly Volpe - March 8, 2012 - 1:49 pm

I am so blessed to have many great inspiring women in my life, past and present. Of coarse my Mother, Sister, Grandmothers and even the sweetest lady ever, my Great Grandmother…Gladys. She lived in a very bad area of Detroit and didn’t want to move…she was feisty, spunky and oh so sweet. She would go out and do all her christmas and birthday shopping all alone and never, ever forgot anyone….wrap them up and send them along…I remember noticing through the years her writing was becoming harder and harder to read…she could bearly hold a pen, but darn it, she was going to send that card!! oh, did I mention she was 90…lol! To this day I can feel her hugs and she just had this smell about her (no, not old lady smell..haha) I miss her smile and think of her often…I hope one day I will have the ability to send my great-grandkids special things and make them smile πŸ™‚

Leslie - March 8, 2012 - 1:49 pm

Although I didn’t know her personally, my life has been forever changed because of Ali Nunery. A beautiful young wife, sister, and mother who lost her life to lung cancer late last year. Her daughter was just over a year old when she lost her battle with cancer. I know many of those close to Ali personally and was forever touched following her story through her sisters blog: http://www.loft3pd.com/blog/?cat=28 and the website that was created for her: http://www.rockpink4ali.com

Let me share a little bit about Ali (written by her sister-in-law):
Ali loved pink.
She was the definition of girlie-girl.
All things pink, polka-dotted and monogrammed.
She loved to wear flowers in her hair.
We shared a love for decorating, for holidays, for shopping.
She was so classy. In the summer she always wore skirts and dresses. And always looked her best when we went out for dinner.
She loved babies.
Babies loved her.
She wanted like ten….seriously.
Any time the family got together, she had a baby in her lap. She was such a “mom” even before she was a mom.
She loved to read.
For every occasion she got the kiddos books.
She was so full of life.
We would stop at yard sales so she could buy an ugly out of date dress to add to her costume/dress-up stash.
She had a heart the size of Texas.
Yet at the same time, she didn’t care what people thought…if she wanted to wear cute frilly aprons in the kitchen and stars on her head for 4th of July, then she was gonna do it. Other people were just missing out.

Ali has taught me to live every day as if it’s your last and not take anything for granted. Don’t worry about what others think. Live your life and have fun doing it! My heart aches for her and her daughter for I could not imagine loosing my mother at such a young age or not being there to see my daughters at each milestone in their lives (big or small). And I do love to rock pink for Ali!!!! I know she would have fallen hard for Matilda Jane Clothing, and I intend to pass along some of our MJC pretties to her daughter Olivia! πŸ™‚

Brandy W - March 8, 2012 - 1:48 pm

My friend Diane is amazing. She adopted her first child 15 years ago. Since then she has adopted 5 more. They all have special needs. She never gets a vacation, a date night, or “me” time….yet she is honestly the happiest person I know.

Monika M. - March 8, 2012 - 1:45 pm

For me, it’s my grandma! She had a rough life, started as an orphan, lost two husbands & a son. But you know what? I don’t ever remember her being sad. I bet she was, but her desire to make the best of whatever life threw at her… that’s what I remember. She was independent & strong. My fondest childhood memories with her were walking through the woods collecting fire wood (she had no electric stove… imagine that!), learning how to split wood (that ax was scary) and knitting with her (she lived in a tiny village and knitted socks for everybody, lol). She sure was a special lady in my life and I still miss her dearly. She passed on her 90th birthday =).

Nicole BG - March 8, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Well, not to ignore my own mother, but unlike many, I am inspired by my MOTHER IN LAW!!! My MIL is a 69 year old full time daycare provider who watches my 18 month old daughter and my six–yep, SIX–nieces, all under age 5. In addition, she watches 3 other children with the help of my father in law. Sometimes I walk in at the end of the day at it is utter chaos–good chaos with lots of laughter and colorful messes of toys, but chaos nonetheless, and I have no idea how she does it every day. I’m sure glad she is setting such a wonderful example for not only my daughter, but me too πŸ˜‰

Gina B - March 8, 2012 - 1:43 pm

Wow… I have been raised watching some pretty amazing woman in my life! It’s actually difficult to write about only one, however I have chosen to comment about my mother in law. She is a kind a generous woman who absolutely adores her family! She has been such an inspiration in my life over the past 7 years. I have learned so much about being a mother, wife, home maker and woman after God’s heart. My mother in law puts aside her own desires to make sacrifices for her children an grandchildren daily. She also ministers to many woman of all ages in our community and even supports woman throughout the world. I believe she deserves to be mentioned here today! Thank you!

Janelle Howe - March 8, 2012 - 1:43 pm

There is this lady I know who is always giving…of her time, money, love, prayer and advice. She had her first baby at 16 and had to drop out of high school. (This was about 50 years ago.) She never went back and went on to have 4 more kids. She spent most of her energy raising her kids but after they were grown a bit she went on to open her own business. She has had a successful business for about 16 years now. I am sure people wouldn’t have guessed that she’d go on to do this, but she did! She is the first to help you out and 9 times out of 10 you don’t even have to ask her for her help or time….she offers! She’s my mom.

Courtney Brown - March 8, 2012 - 1:40 pm

for me it’s my mom. She gave my sister and I a wonderful upbringing and I can only hope to be as good of a mother and human being as she is!

Rebecca Lewandowski - March 8, 2012 - 1:40 pm

First thoughts are always to my mother who is an Angel with a capital A. But there is one other woman that immediately comes to mind and that is my kindergarten teacher, Carole, who I still see weekly at church and my children have the pleasure of having as a sunday school teacher. This wonderful Christian woman has been there for all of the important moments in my life from my high school graduation to the birth of my firstborn. She sends notes at just the right time when I need a pick me up and just always the right thing to say. Her hugs could cure even the gloomiest days! She is a wonderful example of a true, Christian to the core and I can only hope to come close to the wonderful example she has set as a mother!!!!

Abby - March 8, 2012 - 1:39 pm

The most inspiring woman in my life is my mother. She has been there for me no matter what! She has been through some great times and some rough times, but no matter the circumstance she always has a positive outlook and a kind word. She is giving, loving, and just plain amazing. πŸ™‚

Diana G. - March 8, 2012 - 1:38 pm

My sister is an inspiration to me. She’s a tough, little scrappy fighter and watching her rise through the challenges she’s faced (losing her home to Hurricane Katrina, relocating, relocating again, then again, raising two strong, independent little boys, and now pursuing her master’s degree in nursing) makes me so proud to be her big sister. She’s the support that I lean on when I need help making decisions as a woman, as a friend, and as a mother. There is no other bond quite like that between sisters and I’m so grateful that God blessed me with her as mine.

Sarah Dennis - March 8, 2012 - 1:37 pm

This was an easy one! My mother in law! I know, that’s probably an usual one (lol) but she truly is like a mother to me. And today is her 60th birthday!! She is always a source of strength and guidance. We are so close that my tk usually calls her my mom because she forgets she is my mother in law. But we don’t mind πŸ™‚

BetsyC - March 8, 2012 - 1:35 pm

I, too, work with mostly women who are strong and amazing. But the little women who live my house-my three beautiful daughters-are so often my heroes. My middle daughter had surgery on her ear yesterday. She is amazingly strong and brave… Her attitude is phenomenal and even when it’s hurting, she’s so sweet and calm. She is my inspiration today.

Meredith Blair - March 8, 2012 - 1:31 pm

My sister in law was diagnosed with Leukemia in January. Since then she has been so positive and inspiring to everyone around her.
I am in awe of how she has handled herself. She is truly amazing.

Jennifer Raymond - March 8, 2012 - 1:26 pm

For me it would be my mom…10 years ago when my little brother was 17 he suffered a traumatic brain injury in an auto accident. She should be enjoying life with her children grown and out of the house,but instead she is caring for my little brother who is now 27 years old. She must feed him and bathe him and take care of all his needs. But she also manages to also be the best Nana to my 3 children as well as my best friend.

Leigh H - March 8, 2012 - 1:24 pm

Like a lot of the other women here, I would have to say my mom inspires me the most. My son was diagnosed with autism about a year and a half ago. I went into semi depression. I felt lost, with no where to turn. My mom was the one who came to my “rescue.” She did not allow me to wallow in my sorrow. Together, we found the best OT, Speech and developmental therapists- a speech preschool, learned sign language, and completely changed my son to gluten, casein free diet. A lot of my “friends” stopped speaking with me that year, but my mom was always right there- helping and supporting me and still is. Her birthday is tomorrow, and we are baking her a gluten, casein free cake- not very tasty, but she always eats it with a smile!

Kate Adcock - March 8, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Oh, women are so inspiring…& oh so many of them! Right now, TODAY, my inspirational woman is my little sister, Mandie. She had a baby her freshman year of college and finished school in 4 years. She was so excited about landing her first graphic design job, but was quickly laid off a few months into it. She has since been laid off, but continues trucking along by setting up her own business, Millie Morgan Media and interviewing at any opportunity that comes up. She is such a go-getter and very inspirational. XO, sis! πŸ˜‰

Shelly Kirksey - March 8, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Whoops, I meant to add that much of my love for Matilda Jane is because many of the clothes remind me of something Big Mama would wear. Up until her accident she made her own clothes and so many of the sweet flutter dresses you make reminds me of her. I would adore a flutter named Georgia Florence (or Big Mama) if you ever do that contest again. πŸ˜‰

Sarah bennett - March 8, 2012 - 1:17 pm

A very inspiring woman in my life is my daughter. At the age of 2 she contacted meningitis. She is one of 3 woman in the world where the bacteria went to her eye instead of her brain ultimately saving her life. πŸ™‚ praise God for that!! Because it went to her eye, she is now blind in one eye. Another praise that it didn’t affect both eyes. At the age of 4 she inspires me daily by always having a positive outlook on life, loving others, and very compassionate to others who might not be “normal” based upon the worlds standards. She could honestly right now care less that she can’t see out of one of her eyes. She looks at people’s hearts and not their appearance. As her mom I am so proud of her and pray I can have this same outlook on life as her. She is AMAZING!!!!!

Mary helen - March 8, 2012 - 1:15 pm

That would definitely be my mom! She’s always there to lend a hand. Growing up, sometimes you would think she was crazy and didnt know anything, but as you grow older, you soon learn thats not the case. Im so glad that my children have her as their “nana” and i’m blessed to call her mom

beth gilbert - March 8, 2012 - 1:14 pm

This one is easy. My 3 daughters. I have a 3 year old and 20 month twins and those three girls are just amazing. ABSOLUTELY amazing.

Shelly Kirksey - March 8, 2012 - 1:13 pm

My husbands great-grandmother, we call her Big Mama is one of the most inspirational women in my life. She has to be the most perfect woman that there has ever been. She is 99 years young and up until about 5 months ago, she lived by herself and was could take care of herself. She fell and broke a major bone in her leg and was hospitalized for months after surgery to insert a steel rod in her leg. Doctors said she would never walk again but she has proven them wrong and is making improvements each day. Love her so much!

Phuong - March 8, 2012 - 1:09 pm

The most inspirational woman in the world is my Mom. At the age of 35, she and my dad left their family/friends, country and everything they owned except the clothes on their back and wedding rings to come to the United States all with the hope of giving me and my sister (the one she was several months pregnant with at the time) a better life. It was a long journey with a few bumps in the road including delivery of my sister in a refugee camp 3 months prior to landing in US soil. Once here, they both had to learn English– still not great now but okay. My dad waited tables while going to school to learn to be a mechanic and my mom worked as a cook in restaurants and they cleaned business offices at night. (Keep in mind, my dad was a principal and my mom was a school teacher before coming here. They left what is considered a good lifestyle in their country to do more manual labor here in the United States.) My mom sacrificed any enjoyment she would have gotten from family events, missed the passing of both of her parents, and wonderful, almost carefree lifesyle all for me and my sister. Growing up, I remember her working ALL THE TIME because she wanted us to have things other kids had. We had a home..it was small but it was our home. We had clothes…they came from Kmart and not MJ πŸ™‚ but they fit us for the most part. We had some toys..not much but it was enough. And not to be expected…We both left college with NO loans–yes, can you believe that? I have a doctorate, my sister a masters. My parents supported us through all of it!!!!! I ask myself this almost everyday now that I am at the age that my mom made that sacrifice…would I leave everything I have right now and go do hard manual labor, working over 100 hours a week just for a chance that my kids will have a better lifestyle. I say chance because there are other people my age with a similar family situation but do not have the lifestyle their parents had hoped for. Remember, the wedding rings…my parents sold them when they got here to support us. I look at my wedding band, it hurts me to even think that I would ever let it go but my mom did. My mom is incredible..she does not have that lifestyle she had back in her country but I will work my hardest to make her proud of the girls that she raised!!

Jessica Adams - March 8, 2012 - 1:09 pm

I know many will say their mom, but really, my mom inspired so many. In October, she moved into my home to begin Hospice care after a two year battle with terminal cancer. She died on October 29, my 6 year wedding anniversary. She was only 50, but my goodness, did she live those 50 years to the fullest! I miss my mom every day, but I know that her legacy is life. Pure and simple.

kathy s - March 8, 2012 - 1:09 pm

My mom!!! She inspires me daily to be thankful and giving. I watched my father go through a horrible bout of cancer, he was given a 5% chance to live. Everyday my mom cared for him, made sure he had his medications, his treatments & everyday she made him eat, made him get up & walk even if it was for a very short distance. Five years later they will be celebrating their 40th anniv this year!! I swear that it was her love that kept him alive. It is her strength & love that inspired us to pursue adoption & round out our family of two boys with a little girl! Our beautiful daughter is 3.5 yrs old & amazes us daily. Her middle name is my mothers middle name, Elizabeth. We are all bless to be a part of her life!!

Shannon Turner - March 8, 2012 - 1:08 pm

I am inspired by my deer friend Michelle. She is an artist a retired Veteran, a police oficer’s wife, a Mom, and a spiritual woman. I just love her ability to walk into any public place and people approach her and greet her as if they already knew her. She just has that peaceful friendly air about her. What I love most about her (find most inspiring) is that she is always pushing herself to be greater than she is today and she is willing to put herself in uncomfortable situations to get there; often helping others in the end. She inspires me to be great at being me all the while perusing growth; and to help others in the process. Thanks for this opportunity to share my friend with you.

Debbie Gorlewski - March 8, 2012 - 1:08 pm

The most inspiring woman in my life is my mom. She has always supported me in whatever I do. She worked her entire life teaching in a poor school district. She was always that teacher the younger kids dreaded getting but then once they were in her class, they loved her because she was tough but she cared.

My mom has been there for me the last few years in the most difficult days of my life. My father died suddenly and unexpectedly 2 days before my daughter was born almost 2 years ago. He died in my childhood home and my mom found him. She helped my husband and I through the birth of our beautiful daughter when I felt so exhausted with grief and shock. Throughout it all she has remained strong, gracious and loving. I love you MOM!

Marci Jean - March 8, 2012 - 1:06 pm

I am lucky to be surrounded by many women who show me daily what it means to be a strong woman! I would say my mom is the most important to who I am today. She has stood by me through so many difficult times in my life without many words. She knows what I need without having to ask her. She is truly a wonderful mom & grandma. She loves with all of her heart and I am very thankful to have her each day in my life!

Andrea M. - March 8, 2012 - 12:58 pm

This Is going to sound soooo cliche but my mother is the most inspiring woman I know. Her husband left her when I was 2 years old (for another woman, I warned you it was cliche:) She raised 5 of us ranging in age infant-12 years old by herself. She tried to make our lives comfortable sometimes working 3 jobs, trying to make sure her jobs were at night or while we were at school so she could be with us. Some of her jobs included truckdriving, housecleaning, accounting/bookkeeping. For the past 26 years (most of our growing) she has also devoted 70 hours a month for christian volunteer work! She many times did without for us. She has instilled inspiration for many. She has taught me sooooo many valuable lessons, how to rise above, how to work hard and yet put your family and God first, how to apologize when you’re wrong, when to be an independent woman and when to ask for help Probably the most important lesson she taught was “trust your instincts”. That has served me well in regards to people and situations and has led to trouble when I’ve ignored it. I only hope I can be such an inspiration to my daughter because really dont the lessons that stick with us the longest start at home. It’s our hope and responsibility to raise our daughters into well rounded young women who can someday be inspiration to others.

Mary Sivik - March 8, 2012 - 12:56 pm

I have soooo many strong, sensitive and wonderful women in my life that I am so lucky to have and have inspired me in so many different ways, but just recently my aunt/godmother has really put things in perspective. She was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer this past November. She had to have a full hysterectomy and tumor removal and is now going through her chemotherapy. The thing that I really admire about my aunt Georgann is that she isn’t sitting around having a pity party for herself, even while starting to feel crappy from the chemotherapy, losing her hair etc. She is still cooking and cleaning and going thru her normal routines. Not a lot of people can understand how she is doing this, but it’s how she’s always been and she’s not going to let this change her. My mom says that I am a lot like her and I am glad for that. I hope that I would be able to be so strong during such a scary thing.

Mandy N - March 8, 2012 - 12:55 pm

I have to say one person that comes to mind is a dear lady named Angie. She is my kids’ Sunday school teacher and is a true inspiration to me and such an influence in our lives and she doesnt even realize it. This lady is nurturing, gentle, always smiling, never says anything bad about anyone. She is such a Godly woman! And she serves in a way that is not boastful…she doesnt look for a pat on the back or attention, she’s just a woman of great faith! She was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer in Dec when she went in for a hysterectomy and SURPRISE, we found cancer while we were in there!! She has never had a pity party about it and is steadily an encouragement to others and doesnt want anyone looking at her with sadness. She is carrying on with her day to day, has had two surgeries, getting chemo, all with a smile on her face! She serves a powerful God and knows that he’s using her to bring glory to His name and that inspires me! My troubles are so small compared to what she’s dealing with and I need to face them with a smile!

cindy curtis - March 8, 2012 - 12:55 pm

My mother is my inspiration. She had a very difficult life growing up. Not one complaint from her. She was always smiling and would give anything she had to someone in need. She wanted people to feel loved and cared for. She was the ultimate caregiver, always giving. During her later years she became a double leg amputee, due to diabetes. She worked full time, exercised, enjoyed life. This disability did not get her down. Then when I had children, she kept them both until they were 3 years old. Oh, the compassion and joy she showed my children. I love her so much. I miss her EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

Jenny S - March 8, 2012 - 12:51 pm

I’m blessed to have so many inspirational women in my life – my mom, daughter, sisters, grandmother, friends … and the list goes on. But I have to say that my friend Lori inspires me every day. Loving, generous, kind, humble and HILARIOUS are just a few words I would use to describe her. Nearly five years ago, just after I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Lori was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She instantly put on her boxing gloves and fought like a champ to kick this horrible disease right in the a$$. She never complained about treatment and never once allowed it to intrude on her being the greatest mama in the universe. Despite her best efforts and her unending faith, the cancer started spreading. Two and a half years after being diagnosed, just one day after turning 36 years old, Lori passed away.
Both Lori’s life and death continue to inspire me. To be the best mom I can be, to be the best wife I can be, to be the best daughter I can be, to be the best friend I can be, to be the best Christian I can be. To be the very best β€œme” that I can be, and to cherish each moment along the way.

amy j. - March 8, 2012 - 12:47 pm

my cousin is a very inspiring lady in my life…she is always there to listen/talk to!

janea spades - March 8, 2012 - 12:47 pm

I have so many inspiring women in my life. My mom stands out in my mind. She has always been such a worker. When I was growing up and in college, she taught elementary school, worked 3hours each day after school at the school after hours program daycare, read and graded GED essays one Saturday each month and drove a bus route part time. She did all of this to be able to give my brother and me all of the things she wanted us to have and still had to take us to all of the sleepovers and play practices, ballgames and cheer practice, and on and on!!! She is one sacrificial and awesome lady!! Love you mom!

Janea

Jessica Harris - March 8, 2012 - 12:45 pm

What a wonderful group of women!!

Eliseaeth - March 8, 2012 - 12:43 pm

So hard to pick just 1! Gotta go with my lovely mother. Over the years she has cooked more meals than imaginable, spent countless hours taking care of everybody in her path and through it all she has madly loved my father:). Now that I am a mommy to 3 young girls…..I am more inspired than ever by her! I hope I can be at least 1/2 the mother and woman that she is! Love ya mom!

Shannon H - March 8, 2012 - 12:42 pm

Of course my mother, grandmothers, and daughter are inspirational to me every day and influence me in a profound way. But, another woman has also made a lasting impact in my life. That was my high school French teacher. I was lucky to have her for 4 years. She really believed in me and encouraged me to study abroad which was a life changing event for me. But what stands out to me about her is how ETHICAL and HONEST she was. I could give many examples, but it really impressed all of her students how honest she was. Today, as a teacher myself, I strive to also be an ethical example to my students.

Khara - March 8, 2012 - 12:42 pm

The woman who inspires me is my grandmother. She is such a kindhearted and giving person who is constantly thinking of others. When I was just over 1 year old and my mother decided she did not want to raise me any longer, my grandmother stepped in and took me on as her own. I am so thankful for the chance at life she gave me because I may not have had one if not for her. She is my best friend to this day. The other inspiration in my life is not a woman but a child. A child from God. Our sweet baby Ava Lynn who we lost a little over 2 years ago. She wanted to make an imprint in our lives and fight the odds, despite the fact that everything was against her. She graced our lives for just a few short hours but has forever changed who I am. I love her with all my heart.

Deanna - March 8, 2012 - 12:39 pm

my mother. She had a really tough life growing up (losing her dad when she was 2 years, her brother passed away at 20 years old). Her and my grandma didn’t have a lot of money and both worked really hard all of their life. Now that I’m a mother, I constantly reflect in wonder on all my mom did for me and my sisters and brother. I also love seeing how wonderful she is with my daughter, I especially love watching them bake cookies together. She is always there for me. She’s the best mom and inspires me to be the best mom I can be!

Erin AM - March 8, 2012 - 12:37 pm

The amazing woman in my life is a mentor of mine, a professor I met in college. Yes, she is personally amazing- she is super involved in the community,the college, her church and volunteer work, but the thing that touches me most about her is that she took the time out of her life and busy schedule to listen, advise and encourage me- and there was nothing in it for her! I am so grateful that she made time in her hectic life to help guide me through mine.

Kate - March 8, 2012 - 12:37 pm

It may sound silly, but my Mom continues to be my inspiration every day. She raised 4 kids, took in hundreds of stray animals and provided care to injured an orphaned wild life. She is such a nurturing person. She makes me feel so loved, she makes my daughters feel so loved, she makes my nieces and my nephews feel the same. It’s as if she has always known how to make each of us feel like we are her favorite.
When she takes in stray animals, she loves them forever. She currently has 2 crazy pugs, 1 obsessive compulsive Boston Terrier, 1 lab getting over heart worms, a terrier that gets car sick, and a mastiff mix that has been bottle fed since 6 days old. She loves them all in spite of their quirks and it makes it fun to go home for a visit. Her love, her heart, it inspires me.

Katie M - March 8, 2012 - 12:33 pm

My friend, Ashleigh is an inspiration to me. She and her husband have decided to pick up their children and lives here in America to go serve those in Africa full time. Her husband is a Urologist and he and Ashleigh have felt for a very long time a call to missions. They have been through the extensive interview process and have now been approved! They live a very nice and comfortable life here in the US but have been feeling this call to Africa for a very long time. Ashleigh is an amazing woman. She would literally give you the coat off her own back. In fact, I was admiring her girls in some MJC years ago and she went and bought my daughters almost half the Hammond Bay line out of the blue…our first MJ. There is so much to tell about this wonderful family and their hearts for service. She has never been to Africa but trusts her husband and the Lord enough to know that this is where He has them in their future. She loves Matilda Jane clothing (that’s who introduced me to it) however, she is selling every last piece of it to raise for support for her family now. In fact, I offered to do it for her, there is not a whole lot I can do besides support her in prayer for this new chapter in her life, but I can sell off her MJ and help raise her some funds to get there! She inspires many with her tireless acts of service and kindness and I know the patients, families and orphans of Africa will soon be blessed by these benefits too. I am sad she is leaving, she is one of my closest friends as well as my children’s friends but know this is she and her husband’s hearts desire and will rejoice with them in this new venture!

Gidget Fenwick - March 8, 2012 - 12:33 pm

Someone who inspires me…a woman…she would have to be a lady by the name of Anju that oversees a orphanage in India,where my daughter was from.She pours her whole heart into the children that are left for her to care for, for many different reasons. She is the most sweetest lady,who is always smiling,discreet,even though many things are running thru her head such as…do we got enough milk this month for the babies…etc.
I can’t wait to go back to India for my little Maiya to meet the lady who loved and cared for her and gave her a beautiful name,gave her heart to her for her first year of life. When we left with our duaghter all those Ayahs cried…they loved our daughter just as they love every child,NO MATTER WHAT. I admire Anju and all those sweet Ayahs who are a mamma to all.:)

rajitha solecki - March 8, 2012 - 12:32 pm

MY mother is my total inspiration, as she came to America 35 yrs ago from India, all alone (she got her visa/passport before my dad!), pregnant (honeymoon baby!) as a newly minted registered nurse..and with only one distant relative in America to show her the ropes of this new country, she was able to persevere and be the most amazing, sacrificial mom/woman to her family…she raised 3 children all by working nights at the hospital and now she can finally enjoy all her grand kids during her retirement!! she has taught me so much wisdom on finances, work ethic and importance of education as well! thanks mom i LOVE YOU…tear

Erin - March 8, 2012 - 12:27 pm

My mother has a deep wisdom that pushes me beyond my comfort zone to have faith and exercise courage. She beat breast cancer. she is strong. She is wet-your-pants funny. she is my hero.

Erica Fletcher - March 8, 2012 - 12:21 pm

I recently got to spend a month with a friend who is from Mabaale, Uganda. She has 10 children of her own and helps care for over 150 orphans who have lost their parents. She is an amazing woman of God whose work load is unimaginable. She grows everything she eats in her own garden and raises pigs in order to make a living. She laughed when we told her of our exercise facilities (gyms), her reply was, “You guys need to pick up a hoe and dig.” Her desire is to have a micro-finance ministry for the women in her village so that they might be able to make a living instead of relying on their husband who might have 3-4 other wives. She does all of this on top of running a school and caring for so many orphans. She knows every child by name and loves them all. During her month in the States she was amused by many of our customs or traditions and she definitely had a hard time taking in “the mall”. As her trip was nearing an end she was asked if she was ready to go home and would she miss the United States and her response was, “I must leave. This place is addicting”. I can’t say enough about her unending love and work she does outside of herself everyday. I am truly inspired by her passion and love. May we all continue to serve outside ourselves. What a difference it makes!!

Carissa - March 8, 2012 - 12:20 pm

My real Mom. She cares for me, my 3 girls, even up to this day. I don’t always thank her, but she deserves more than just a thank you. She drives them to school, and after school, she takes them to her house and gives them a snack, when they are not in school, she takes them to the beach and they look for beach glass. She is a wonderful Nana, but even a better Mom. <3

Marcy - March 8, 2012 - 12:20 pm

There are many inspiring women in my life, but when asked to choose one, my mind always go back to Michelle. I met Michelle in college, 19 years ago(*gasp*- is that possible), when I transferred colleges in the middle of the year. I felt lost and she was there for me, a scared young girl, far away from home. What makes Michelle special and inspiring to me is that she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis when she was not quite 2 years old. What inspires me about MIchelle is that she has had to overcome many obstacles, not only physically, but emotionally when dealing with this autoimmune disease. She has always been determined to live a normal life and never surrender to this disease. It was thought that having children would be difficult, yet she manages to take care of her 2 young, adorable children. I watch her struggle with daily activities that you and I take for granted……yet, she NEVER complains…..and I think to myself…….I would crumble. Anyone that knows her would more than agree with me that she is inspiring to all who meet and know her. She does not set out to be inspirational……she just is. Thank you for considering my beautiful friend.

Neryssa Crisp - March 8, 2012 - 12:17 pm

The most inspirational woman I ever knew was my Mother. She was a high school Principal in the 80’s (paving the way for a lot of women to follow) and was so dedicated to her students. She spoke 4 (maybe 5) languages and was so intelligent. She sponsored the academic team, speech team, Honor Society, tennis team, track team, and the list goes on. She died when I was a little girl but never ceased to make time and put forth effort for those who depended on her. She taught me to be proud of who I was and to never give up. As her health failed and she eventually succumbed to pancreatic cancer, she still forged ahead, never giving up hope and never taking no for an answer. I see her everyday when I look into the eyes of my strong willed, smart, beautiful daughter, Katie. The world be a better place if more ladies were like my Mommy. It’s been 21 years since I lost her. I try everyday to emulate her and her passions.

Tiff B - March 8, 2012 - 12:17 pm

The most inspiring woman in my life is my daughter, I had a difficult childhood, and she has given me the gift of rebirth. I love to see her happy, and play, and the wonder she has for everything. It really helps me look at things differently, and want to be a better person, so she can look back at her childhood with beautiful memories. She makes my life rich!

Heidi Robinson - March 8, 2012 - 12:13 pm

My youngest daughter was born with a rare genetic syndrome called Kabuki Syndrome, and a whole host of medical problems that came with it. Within a month of being born, she was averaging 30 appointments a month, talk of open heart surgery, couldn’t eat, my husband lost his job, my 2 year old was struggling with mommy and daddy never being home, and on and on it seemed to go. But so many amazing woman from our church and community came out of the woodwork to help us – watching my son, bringing meals, cleaning our home, coming to our house at midnight (yes, midnight), to pull night shifts with a newborn so we could get some sleep. The amount of love and help we received was overwhelming. We were so blessed.

Amanda C - March 8, 2012 - 12:12 pm

Without a doubt the most inspiring woman for me is my momma! She was a fighter with a heart of gold! She fought MS and breast cancer all before the age of 40 but she always made time to make her kids feel special and loved. Though I was only 13 when she passed away unexpectedly at 43, I know that she is the kind of woman,wife, and mom I want to be. I miss her dearly, especially now that I have kids of my own that she would’ve loved to spoil!while my baby girl never met her grandmother, they share the middle name Joy. They both have been true joys in my life!

Stacie Petta - March 8, 2012 - 12:12 pm

The inspiring woman I am choosing today is my grandma “in-law” who we call GG (Great Grandma) She just turned 80 years old this past weekend and is still so active and involved in life! She works hard, is so gracious to others and loves my two little girls with all of her heart! GG is one of a kind and we hope she brightens many more years with us!

Robyn P - March 8, 2012 - 12:12 pm

There are so many women who inspire me! I’d have to recognize my grandma who is a great friend and inspiration. I could write a text book about everything she has done for my family. One thing that i love about her is that she is old-school classy. She would always do her hair and put on a fresh dress before my grandpa came home. If we are talking on the phone and my husband comes in she will whisper “I better let you go”. She never swears. I know this is at odds with modern standards, but it just makes her more magical and regal in my mind.

Courtney Voss - March 8, 2012 - 12:10 pm

I am hoping most women on here will have the same response as I do: I believe we are truly inspired by those we hold closest to our hearts.

My mother is by far the most inspirational woman in my life. She has handled each and every curve ball God has thrown her way with such strength and grace. My grandmother passed away from breast cancer when she was only 12 (imagine shopping for your first bra with your pastor father!) We also lost my dad suddenly to a heart attack in ’93, which left her to take care of a 14yr, 11yr, and 9yr old girls. She made it to every game, play, or function each of us had through the years.

She continues to inspire me. She returned to school to obtain her masters in special education. She also has such a giving heart. A coworker lost her home in a house fire, and she took her shopping for new clothes. A student and her mother had run away from an abusive father and had nothing but a mattress-she purchased some home items for them. She had been reprimanded at the school she teachers at for the mere suggestion of paying herself for a pair of glasses that a first grader desperately needed and her family couldn’t afford.

I know this is getting long, but she also helps me in so many ways as a grandmother. She has babysit for the kids more times than I could count. She has taken off of work to help me (whether it be to to illness or exhaustion on my part). She delights in her grandchildren; and she has told me “I know the feeling of needing help from someone and not being able to have it. And I want your kids to have a relationship with me that you guys missed out on with my mother. Helping you isn’t a pain; it is a blessing.” yup, there you go. And I hope everyone else is as blessed as I am to have such a fantastic mother.

CourtneyT - March 8, 2012 - 12:09 pm

A dear friend Natalie, I go to church with. Lost her daughter a year and a half ago after a long battle of cancer. She never wai vered in her faith or her love for others. She and her husband adopter a little girl last week. How special! She is truly a strong woman.

charlotte - March 8, 2012 - 12:08 pm

There are many women that insipre me – my mom included – but I am going to have to say a woman named Hellen. She lives in Kenya and has the ultimate servant’s heart. She takes children from the slum and brings them with loving welcoming arms into orphanage in Kitale. They now have 63 children and plans are in work to build a second one in order to support more children. She has such a giving heart and she is a gift from God and a ray of sunshine and hope for children that have so little!!

Erika Spratt - March 8, 2012 - 12:05 pm

This is a timely post for me. My Grandmother passed away last Saturday. She suffered a series of strokes nearly two years ago that left her physically handicapped and mentally frustrated. She was only 70 years old.
My Grandmother raised me from the time I was 3 years old. She worked two jobs (drove a school bus and cleaned houses) so that she could support me and my two sisters. She was bound and determined that each of us would graduate from college (that was always her dream) and she worked hard to help us accomplish that goal. We never did without- dance lessons, girl scouts, cheer leading- she made sure we were able to participate in any activity we wished, and she was always there beaming with pride as she watched us do it.
I will always be sad at the loss of the one person who was there for me my whole life, and who sacrificed so much so that I could achieve my goals. I hope to keep her memory alive in all that she taught us- hard work, responsibility and never giving up on a dream.

Courtney S - March 8, 2012 - 12:05 pm

No doubt – my mom totally rocks. πŸ™‚ She’s kind, humble, such a hard worker, she sacrifices daily to do everything she can for other people (she’s an awesome nurse!), is the best friend, a wonderful mentor, and the perfect grandmother to my little ones. I praise God for how he blessed me with her as my mom and friend. She’s such an inspiration to me. Love you, momma!

Jill quick - March 8, 2012 - 11:59 am

The women that inspires me the most is my friend nicole. She is a mother of 5 and always busy but is always there for me no matter the time of day. Has dropped everything to be my crying shoulder, for me to vent with, taught me its ok to be a working mom. She is the best!

Elisabeth - March 8, 2012 - 11:58 am

My mom inspires me with her compassion and drive for helping the elderly. She drives 2 hrs just to help an eldery friend clean her home & run errands, takes care of a disabled brother & let an elderly friend whose home foreclosed move in with her and has been taking care of her.

Elizabeth M. - March 8, 2012 - 11:53 am

I’m going to talk about a woman I’m lucky to call my friend. She’s the non-offending parent of a sexually abused child, and she amazes me. She has been so strong through all she has gone through over the past few years and she has to be the strongest woman I’ve ever come across. To me, she’s the epitome of being a mother b/c she’s such a fighter. The struggles that have been sent her way and her kids’ way have been things that would send most people to their knees, but she still fights and now she even fights for others by speaking out and being an advocate for victim’s. She’s managed to navigate the legal system to ensure maximum protection for her two kids from their own father, all while dealing with being betrayed in the worst way by the man she was married to and making sure her daughter is healing and healthy after the abuse. Her daughter is so strong and amazing, too.

It’s not the most traditionally uplifting story, for sure, because no one likes to hear about things like this happening, but the end result is uplifting. It’s uplifting to hear about a woman who will fight anyone and anything to keep her kids safe and to hear that she triumphed and has been able to do that. If only we could all be so strong and amazing. πŸ™‚ I know I wish I could be as fantastic as she is.

Sheridan - March 8, 2012 - 11:52 am

What a great day! Many people inspire me everyday, including the lady who sees your child drop a shoe in the grocery store and you don’t then kindly picks it up and runs it to you so it doesn’t get left behind. Genuine kindness inspires me to be that person. I also have a friends mom who has beat breast cancer and just went in for emergency surgery to remove a tumor they found behind her heart. She had one day to take in that the doctors were going to remove her heart and take out the tumor. Not only did she hold up like a rock but she get the surgery and is doing great. I love that woman and she inspires me to always keep your head up take one day at a time. I hope I have her strength if I am ever put into a similar situation.

Kim Smith - March 8, 2012 - 11:49 am

Without a doubt, my Baba (grandmother)! She was left in Poland during WWII to raise her two young children because my grandfather was fighting for the Polish Underground Army, and then has to escape to England. She had no money and made ends meet by cleaning houses. They were apart for 17 years, then all met via Ellis Island after communism fell. She was always a hard worker, loving mother, and giving neighbor. She passed away in 1997. She will always be my #1 hero!

Desiree - March 8, 2012 - 11:47 am

I have so many inspiring women in my life, it’s hard to choose only one. I would havem. to say may mother. She is the most generous person I know. Always helping others, always taking care of anybody and everybody. She fights for what she believes in and has definitely helped our community
In a good way.

jessica davidson - March 8, 2012 - 11:47 am

The inspirational women in my life is my sister. She has helped me become financially stable while coming out of depression. Has helped and worked with me to be the best I can be for my kids. She has been there every step of the way as I began my journey with advocare which I lost over 36 inches within then last few months. I am so proud of her efforts….love ya sis!

Tricia Brooks - March 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

I am a new mother (with a baby just old enough to now wear MJC…yay!) and it has made me learn all over again to appreciate my own mother. I already knew my mother was the most selfless and giving woman in the world – but God reminded me when I had my baby. I had a really rough delivery that turned into major surgery and my mom was there every step of the way. She stayed at my house on my couch for two weeks — even though she lives down the lane πŸ™‚ She could have walked home but instead she never left my side. This is just one recent example of how much she does for me. There are so many that your blog would probably shut down if I kept typing πŸ™‚ I know most of us have great moms but I am just overflowing with thankfulness for her these days!

Jenny Lind DeWeese - March 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

My Mother who showed me what a STRONG woman looks like while fighting against breast cancer. She passed away on December 18, 2011. Love you Mom!

Mom2Six - March 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

My daughter. She is who I always wanted to be ~ fearless, compassionate, confident, and gorgeous. At 16, she is still somewhere between a girl and a woman, but she is already making a difference. She has been on mission trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Nepal working in orphanages and children’s ministries. Her goal is to be a nicu-nurse. Very proud of her! πŸ™‚

Michell Setterberg - March 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

All I can say is I love my mom. I wish I was more like her. She is a professor teaching people how to teach special ed. She always fights for the little guy, the disenfranchised, the underdogs, those who are the “have nots.” She doesn’t know how much I am in awe of her. She doesn’t know she is my hero. My father passed away before my wedding and we did the traditional dance (father daughter but instead it was mother daughter lol) to the Celine Dion song “Because you loved me.” She is an amazing woman who never wants credit for doing good works because she just thinks that is the way it should be. XO to my Mommy!

abby reid - March 8, 2012 - 11:44 am

Everyday I am inspired by all the young women I coach and all the young women I teach. Oftentimes, I get asked the question, “how do you handle it all”. I handle it all by having goals and working towards them. I handle it because I want to. I handle it by trying to be a positive influence in someone else’s life. I handle it with high expectations. I handle it because I have so many to handle. I handle it because I want to, I want to see these young woman become people to inspire others and aspire to be like. I handle it. Proudly!

Leslie LaBarge - March 8, 2012 - 11:42 am

The most inspirational woman who graced my life was my Aunt Diana. She was the oldest child of eight and learned early on that my grandmother would need her helping hands. She quickly became the second “mom” and carried that take charge attitude with her for the rest of her life. Growing up, she was the no nonsense Aunt you almost feared yet always aimed to please and win her approval. As an adult, you looked back and realized just how much you respected her. She was a single mother who dedicated her every breath to being a wonderful mother. She worked hard, harder than most, to provide her child with everything she could want and to ensure she would make it through college. As her own child grew up, she felt called upon to become a foster mother. She welcomed many children into her home and not only gave them more love and care than most of them every knew, but she also made it a point to find permanent adoptive homes for those who could not return to their biological parents. Most of her foster children to this day consider her their mother. Her dedication, hard work, and love always guided me through my trials and tribulations of life. When I was a single mother, I reminded myself of how she overcame everything and was just fine and if she could do it, so could I. Years ago, unknown to us, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She kept this secret under lock and key as long as possible and never did truly tell us what was going on but thankfully her boyfriend let us know what was happening. Even when she was suffering, she was still more concerned for her family, not wanting anyone to feel sorry for her, she fought with us by her side. During her chemo, she got a staph infection which ultimately spread to her spinal cord and paralyzed her. I always chuckled over the fact that even while in the nursing home, bed ridden and suffering, she never hesitated to put a smile on her face and find a way to convince everyone there to order an item from my new handmade business and she made certain that every television in the care facility was tuned into The View the day one of my items was to be shown on the air. She was so proud of me and that always meant so much to me. She held on long enough to see her only child get married and towards the end, that seemed to be her will to live. I remember her sitting there in her wheelchair, tear running down her cheek, so strong, so beautiful. Months later she lost her battle with cancer but the hard work ethics, unconditional love, and the many lessons she taught us all will live on always. She may not have been Wonder Woman in the eyes of many, but to those who knew her, she was one of the most outstanding women to ever live.

Libbi - March 8, 2012 - 11:41 am

This may sound very cheesy but most women I know are inspiring in one way or another. I have a dear friend, who’s son has autism and seeing the daily struggle she goes through with him is so inspiring. I have another friend who’s family has fallen apart this year, and yet she stays strong and has never lost faith and inspires me daily. I watch my mother take care of my grandma every day, as she was just diagnosed with Alzheimers Disease, and I wonder how she does it. I could go on and on, but truly just feel like every woman in my life is amazing and I’m blessed by their influence.

Jamie Hicks - March 8, 2012 - 11:39 am

Trying to think of a way to even say this. Ok, first, the obvious answer, my mom. The why is more difficult for me to explain. I have chemical depression, as does my mom, and in getting older (33 in 2 weeks!) and having kids I can see so much more through her eyes and what she went through when I was little. She is an alcoholic and I had a rough childhood due to this but the love was never lacking, my mom has more love to give than anyone I know. She has fought for her children and fought her demons, sober almost 9 years. She deals with depression every day, as do I, and I understand how she ended up where she was, what happened to open that road. Her love for my kids is unexplainable, we are everything to her, and my sis and her fam as well. All the anger I had for so many years hurts me because I know how much she loves us all. I don’t even know what I am typing. My mom is strength to me, because she has made it, she is 63, she is here and with us. I get how much of a struggle everyday is for her, as even though I am not an alcoholic I struggle to make it through each day in one mental piece as well. And I do it for my children, for my loves, as does she. My mom is AMAZING!

Meredith Klobucnik - March 8, 2012 - 11:39 am

Definitely my mom, she passed away when I was 21 but inspired me in so many ways. She was a women who believed in education, she went to school year after year, major after major just for more education. She could have taught at any school but she only taught at less fortunate schools so she could bring to her class things they otherwise wouldn’t have had such as computers (this was before computers were the norm), books, games and most importantly a feeling of ‘hope’ that they could do anything they wanted if they believed in the power of education. Her classroom was broken into numerous times and yet she and my dad woud simply work even harder to replace it and more. Of course she instilled these same values to us at home, she taught us to work hard and give back to our community because we can.

Alison Harris - March 8, 2012 - 11:39 am

So many wonderful women to choose from, but I would for sure have to pick my older sister, Brea Freeman. Yes, she happens to be a ROCKIN’ MJC Trunkkeeper in Hville, TN…but she is so much more than that to me. She is 4 years older than me and we couldn’t be more different at times. She is a fly-by-the-seat-of-her pants, mother to five beautiful children, yard-saling, consignment buying, MJC loving kind of girl. I am more structured. period. I teach K-5th grade PE class in Hville and can’t stand my schedule being crazy. Brea rocks crazy. She does it so well with her kiddos being in 18 different places, selling MJC like nuts, loving on her hubby, etc.

But that is just the surface. Brea was one of the people that aided in saving my husband’s life 4 1/2 years ago. My husband (who was 26 at the time) went into sudden cardiac arrest in the middle of the night. We were all living under one roof at the time because Brea and J’s house wasn’t completely ready for them to move into…I will NEVER forget seeing my sister standing in the doorway of the master bedroom talking to the 911 operator and telling him that her sister’s husband isn’t breathing…and again that is just the surface. I had a baby 6 days prior and knew CPR because of being a PE teacher so I did CPR and saved his life, but honestly the words of my sister standing there telling the poor guy on the other end that we couldn’t loose Josh…I will never forget her sweet voice. I found strengh in her words. After the emergency people left with my husband who was trying so hard to die, Brea walked me (and my 6 day old sweet girl Maggie) upstairs and prayed with me, held me, and told me that everything was going to be fine.

It was one of the craziest, most wildest things that I could have ever imagined, but honestly my strength that night came from her.

I love that we are different. I love that she has passion for life and lives it. I love that she has a heart for others and loves nothing more than to get pics of my daugther sporting MJC to make her day. I love that she is my big sister and I love that she inspires me.

Cristina - March 8, 2012 - 11:38 am

March 8th it’s also Mother’s Day in Romania,
I remember when I was a little girl I used to bring my mother Snowdrops flowers for this special day, I have so many precious memories from back home. My mother is a constant inspiration in my life, although she lives in Romania and I’m here in the U.S. I always have her in my heart, and now that I am also a mother I appreciate and cherish all that she has done for me. Love you mamica!

Carrie Plummer - March 8, 2012 - 11:38 am

I love this picture!

I am so inspired by my mom, who never for one instant in my life has made me feel that I was anything but 100 supported. I hope to make her feel the same way as she carries through the rest of her life, including the health challenges she faces. I was inspired and awed by her positive attitude when she faced colon cancer a few years ago. And her diligence probably saved me from the same fate: when I was symptomatic and nervous about going to the doctor, she nagged and then supported me through my first and second colonoscopies (those are super fun…hah!). Because I was quite young for a diagnosis I didn’t take it seriously, but she did. And during the proceedure, my doctor found and removed early evidence of colon cancer. She is strong, she is kind and she is caring, and I work every day to be just like her.

Margaret Jones Morgan - March 8, 2012 - 11:38 am

As a woman business owner I always support women in business doing what they love. It is clear to me when I meet another inspired, trustworthy, hardworking woman that she WILL be successful against the odds.

Kaatje Pitzer - March 8, 2012 - 11:36 am

The person is an easy answer, my mom. The story a more difficult one! To say the last fours years have been difficult, challenging and heartbreaking is an understatement. Go back and my mom has always been a caring fun loving person who would drop anything in an instant to help someone else! She is so selfless and such an inspiration to me and everyone else around her! Four years ago started a very heart wrenching journey we are currently on. My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. He was a perfect healthy never sick man so this blew us all away!!! He has since been through MANY surgeries and LOTS of chemo and the cancer has spread to the liver was surgically removed and returned again 2 more times and now spread throughout his abdomen. To see my mom go through this journey with him forgoing all her own loves in order to care for him has been the most inspirational things ever! This is only just a snippet of the story as it’s way too long to share but you can check out my blog as a view into how this has affected me and our family at http://thepitzerfamily.blogspot.com/2012/01/words-that-just-need-to-come-out.html. Even further before this happened my mom cared for her mother in law for several years while in the end stages of alzheimers until she passed away. So to say my mom is inspirational is an understatement! I only hope that I can be like her and put others before myself and keep my priorities in order as what is important in life!!!

Serena Masciari - March 8, 2012 - 11:35 am

It may sound retoric but the most inspiring woman in my life is my Mamma! She is everything for me and I wish I can be like her when I am old and my daughters will think the same about me in 20 years! Happy Women’s day everybody!

Katey Ott - March 8, 2012 - 11:34 am

I have to say the most inspiring woman to me would have to be my daughter.. I realize you were asking for woman, but she is becoming a woman in a very scary world. Much more different than you or I did. She shows me every day that she is a productive member of society, and I know with Gods help she will take on the world one day at a time. I truely appreciate MJC for helping my husband I keep her little for just a little bit longer. We only have them for just a split second & it’s truely a blessing to have a childrens line that understands that and doesn’t age them by the time they’re 6! Keep up the good work MJC!Your staff is truely a BLESSING to the Ott house! xxx-Katey

Stephanie O'Connor - March 8, 2012 - 11:34 am

Her name is Love, really it is, and she is my inspiration. She has 7 children and one on the way. She is involved with several charities and has even raised thousands to help bring wells to third world countries. She is dedicated to orphan care and I have seen her work make miracles happen. She always gives credit to God and is a constant reminder to “enjoy the little things”. If a mother of eight can find the time and dedication to do good and be chairtable, why can’t we all? Did I mention she also loves MJ?

analee - March 8, 2012 - 11:31 am

i have lots of women who inspire me but the one i would like to tell you about is one of my amazing sisters! she is a daughter of christ, a loving partner to her amazing husband, an army wife, and a superwoman mother to my four nieces and nephews! i have two children of my own and i just don’t know how she does it all, especially when she has to be an “army strong” wife and mom! she cooks all of their meals (healthy!), does mounds of laundry, exercises and is in great shape, looks beautiful, and sets a great example of health, Godly spirit, and well being for her four children… all this and she and her husband are still madly in love, even after 10 years of marriage! her life (and lifestyle) is incredibly inspiring to me!

Tanya - March 8, 2012 - 11:30 am

My good friend michele who is 40 years young- survived breast cancer and a divorce all at the same time, she had to go back to work to support herself and her 2 young boys! She just plain rocks!

Christy Campbell - March 8, 2012 - 11:29 am

Hi MJ πŸ™‚ I would say that my mother is one of the most amazing person!!! She is always the first person to say YES to anyone & everyone!!! Always giving as much as she can to help out her family & friends!!! She is a breast cancer survivor which has made her even stronger than she already was πŸ˜‰ if I can be even half the woman she is when I grown up (lol) than I would be very happy!! I honestly don’t know someone as selfless and giving with their heart, time, and energy!!!! I LOVE my mom <3

Rachael Holloman - March 8, 2012 - 11:29 am

My mom is my inspiration. She is always stepping up to help others!

Joann E - March 8, 2012 - 11:29 am

My friend Stacey. Stacey has gone through alot these past few years. First her oldest son had cancer twice, then her second oldest son diagnosed with diabetes and her youngest which is her only daughter is going through cancer treatments. This woman inspires me. She still has her head on strong and still says there can be worst things that can happen. She also told me that God gave her these babies to love and he knew that she could handle anything and she has. A strong woman, a great heart, a loving mother and a great friend.

Jodi A - March 8, 2012 - 11:28 am

My Friend Anita is my inspiration. She was in a major bicycle accident last July, where she nearly died……she was in a coma for 3 months. She has survived but her memory is not good, her motions on slowed and she is still in tons of pain……She has a wonderfuly husband and 3 beautiful daughters…….she keeps pushing through every day in hopes that things will keep getting better. She has learned to laugh again especially when she can’t think of the word that she wants to say. She is so strong and an inspiration not only to me but to my daughter……I thank God she is still with us and that I can say she is a friend.

Amy Sbaiti - March 8, 2012 - 11:28 am

Hands down, my grandmother is the most inspiring woman I know. She is 94 years old, but looking at her you would never guess it. She still lives on her own, and for the last 30 years has volunteered her nights as a counselor for a Crisis Hotline, and still does to this day. She is an amazing roll model πŸ™‚

Sarah Ann H. - March 8, 2012 - 11:28 am

I would say my mom is one of the most inspiring women I know, beautiful on the inside and out. As a child she gave up so much so that we were always dressed the best and well taken care of. She always put my sisters and I first no matter what. Years later things have no changed much except for the fact that she has 8 grandchildren which whom she continues to do the same thing. My mom is such an inspiration to people outside our family as well, she is always volunteering to help charity causes and you will never find her relaxing, she is always on the go. As as little girl I always wanted to grow up to be just like her and to this day I still aspire to be just like her. Love you mom!

Heather Capps - March 8, 2012 - 11:27 am

The absolute most inspiring women that I have ever met are my mother, and grandmother. They are/were the strongest Christian ladies that I think I will ever come to know. Whatever they have been faced with in life has been met with prayer and faith in what God will do. They are/were kind, caring, empathetic, strong willed and God fearing. If I can be half the woman and mother that they have been to me, I’ll turn out alright in this life.

Ashley P - March 8, 2012 - 11:26 am

I have an amazing woman in my life that inspires me to live my passions. Her name is Amanda and her passion is helping children in Haiti through Mission Possible. She is one of the most selfless and loving women I know and I’m thankful to call her my friend.

BeckyM - March 8, 2012 - 11:26 am

This is such a fun thing to do! My mom is an amazing person. She will seriously do anything for anyone. She has 5 kids, thats a big accomplishment in itself! Then she had her mom live with us for a year while she was recovering from a broken hip. Now my dad has just been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimers. She is so patient and kind and will give anyone the help they need. I love her so much!

sonia zilvitis - March 8, 2012 - 11:25 am

My mom! She left all her friends and family to come to the United States with me when I was 2 years old. I cannot imagine the fear and uncertainty she felt moving to CA and starting a new life. I know there are times she still longs for home.

Betsy R - March 8, 2012 - 11:24 am

I hope my daughters are inspired by me as much as I am inspired by my mother. Just last night she had encouraging words for me, some loving wisdom to share from when she went though something similar and most importantly she is faithfully praying for me. as I get older she just becomes more and more inspiring to me, which is exactly the way it should be.

Allie Rae - March 8, 2012 - 11:24 am

One women comes straight to my mind its my Mother! She is a wonderful mom and everyday I’m inspired by her to be the best mom I can be. She is loving, nuturing and a great listener. Everything a Mom should be πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great blog!