For the Love of Mom: Amazing True Stories of Moms and the People Who Love Them

For the Love of Mom: Amazing True Stories of Moms and the People Who Love Them

by Maria Bailey


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From teaching us to tie our shoes to parallel park, from outfitting us for our first dance or our first day in the dorm room, our moms have been our chief counselors, cheerleaders, critics, chauffeurs, and chefs.

For the Love of Mom pays homage to the special women who rocked us, raised us, championed us, challenged us, and—at times—exasperated us. Whether a woman becomes a mom by giving birth, or through the blessings of adoption or step-parenting, she will be moved, inspired, and entertained by these true stories that share both the monumental milestones and everyday moments of motherhood. Some stories are humorous, some heartfelt; others will help moms through the trying times, yet all underscore the devotion and dedication we admire most about mothers.

While the experience of motherhood is different for every woman, one thing is universal: it's almost impossible to fathom the myriad of joys and triumphs encountered on the journey. For the Love of Mom celebrates moms and the uniquely important roles they play in our lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757316890
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Maria Bailey is an award-winning author, radio talk show host, nationally known speaker, and the foremost authority on marketing to moms. Each month she speaks to over 11 million moms via TV, radio, print, and online. She is the co-host on The Balancing Act on Lifetime TV and the WE-Women's Entertainment Network for Women. On radio, Maria is host of Mom Talk Radio, the first nationally syndicated radio show for moms, and co-host of Good Day with Doug Stephan, the #7 ranked morning talk show in America. Maria is the founder of, the award-winning website for executive working mothers. Maria is CEO of BSM Media, a full-service marketing and media firm that specializes in marketing to mothers. Maria can be reached at .

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Celebrating the Bond

The Real Mother Tracy Line 5

It's Chestnuts Andrea Marcusa 11

La Famiglia Pombo Connie K. Pombo 15

Mom, You're Not Going to Write About This, Are You? Mimi Greenwood Knight 21

Reflections: You're a Mom… Always Marilyn Nutter 25

The Tiger Jigsaw Puzzle Joyce Stark 30

Pit Stops and Pitfalls Rachel Wallace-Oberle 35

Merriment and Mishaps

The Impromptu Birthday Jane Koenen Bretl 43

The Chase Gabrielle F. Descoteaux John J. Lesjack 48

Baby Book Bloopers Terri Elders 52

The Gazing Ball Colleen Ferris Holz 55

Teens Take Flight Tina Koenig 62

Only God Can Make a Tree Cookie Curci 67

Say That Again Ryma Shohami 70

Mom-ese Jill Sunshine 75

New Beginnings

Magnetic New Beginnings Connie K. Pombo 83

If by Some Miracle… Michelle L. Miller 88

Letting Go of the Key Ferida Wolff 94

Standing at West Point Judy Wilson Peggy Frezon 98

The Eggcellent Mother Emily Parke Chase 104

Thirteen Pounds Fills an Empty Nest Jean Fogle 106

Baby-Talk Mom Louis A. Hill Jr. 109

With Mom's Love Judy L. Adourian 113

When You Least Expect It Maria Bailey 116

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

Wordplay D. B. Zane 127

Mom Saved the Day Georgia A. Hubley 131

A Mother's Miracle Michael Jordan Segal 135

Follow Your Heart Sallie A. Rodman 140

To Keep Me from the Rain Joyce Stark 144

The Banished-to-Bed Birthday Annmarie B. Tait 147

I'II Send You a Rainbow Judi Moreo 152

Voice Above the Wind Marda E. Brown 156

The Perfect Corsage Connie K. Pombo 160

Mentoring Moms

One Small Step Amy Mulls 167

Hey! Kool-Aid Mom! Sandy Foster Brooks 171

Teatime Linda Kaullen Perkins 178

Terror in the Barnyard Minnie Browne 183

Detours of Life Helen Colella 187

Mama Left Her Handprint Linda O'Connell 192

Lessons in Grace Patricia Hoyt 197

Observations from a Mom Cynthia Thrift 199

Simple Lessons Ava Pennington 201

My Other Mothers Ellen Javernick 205

The Power of Positive Thought Jacqueline Seewald 211

Memories of Mom

The Valentine Sweetheart Terri Elders 219

Exa B.J. Bateman 225

The Pink Slippers Roberta McGovern 232

Newspapers and Snowballs John J. Lesjack 234

Our Child Kathe Campbell 239

Teddy Bear, Ready to Go Marilyn A. Gelman 244

Final Words Wayne Scheer 250

Life in a Box Nancy Viau 255

Mom's Gelatin Todd Outcalt 259

The Writers 263

About the Author 275

Copyright Credits 277

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