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  1. My parents divorced when I was 10, and my mom was left to raise my sister and me on her own. Times were certainly tough—Mom had to work two, sometimes three, jobs just to pay the bills…She could have easily wallowed in self-pity, but she didn’t. What I remember most is how much fun we had…Mom did such a good job of protecting us from our financial troubles that I didn’t even realize how hard things had been until I was much older. I am so grateful for her endurance and her spirit.
  2. "When I get stressed with the day-to-day pressures of rasing family, I remember that my mother did it alone." - Michelle Brock, Kingman, Ariz., pictured with mom Wendy "She reminds me to let my kids be kids and enjoy the little things." - Leanne Thompson, Prattville, Ala.  "She was always able to laugh at herself and encouraged us to do the same." - Vera Hall, French Lick, Ind.
  3. "In the 1960s, when women didn’t often seem to work outside the home, my mom had a part-time job. She has never been afraid to try new things. She didn’t finish high school but got her GED when she was in her 40s. She took up golf in her 50s and played until she was 86 years old. She tried cross-country skiing for the first time at age 70." - Deborah McGarvery, Raleigh, N.C., pictured with mom Anne
  4. "At the age of 62, she’s starting a business, a real estate franchise. I know that she will be the best at what she does. She is the hardest-working, most dedicated person I know. But she still has time to be a loving mom to me and my two sisters, and the best grandma to my two children." - Teri Niemi, Richmond Hill, Ga., pictured with mom Karen
  5. "Each Saturday at our church, my mother hands out donated food to needy people…She fractured her back about seven years ago but that hasn’t stopped her from sorting the food, even though it requires a lot of bending and picking things up." - Charlene Sanchez, Reno, Nev., pictured with mom Betty"Things were tough, but my mom made sure we always had Christmas presents. Every year, we would hear of someone worse off than us, so we would choose one of our gifts from under the tree and donate it to another family." - Brandy Ma, Memphis
  6. "At 41, my mom was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She raised five kids, cooked, cleaned, did everything to make our house run smoothly, and she has never complained about her illness. She gives herself four shots daily and sails through each day like nothing is wrong...She is a true inspiration." - Roe Davis, Wilmington, Del. pictured with mom Mary  
  7. These resources serve as good starting points for those looking to help military families as well as for military families in need.
  8. In the aftermath of terrible upheaval, these three women took a fresh look at their priorities and found a more meaningful way to live.
  9. From incredible stories about starting businesses to outstanding tales of generosity, these real women's stories leave us determined and inspired!