Win a Book for a Special Mom

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Mother’s Day is a great time to honor the women we know who make such a huge difference in the lives of children. Let me tell you a little about one of my best friends who is a true super mom.

Sandra is a foster mom. She and her husband started working in fostercare 22 years ago, and they specialized in teenage girls. They’ve opened their home to more than 30 children during that time. In addition, she had six children of her own. The oldest two are grown, and they lost their 12-year-old, wheelchair bound, disabled daughter a few years ago. Her youngest two are twins boys.

Through it all, she loved girl after girl. Sandra tells each young lady that when they come to her house, the girl is there to stay unless the girl does something to ruin it. She makes sure they know this is their home.

She doesn’t try to take their mother’s place but tries to be the kind of mother they need right now. Her motto is “kind but firm,” and knows that teenage girls need special care. Consequently, her foster children have remained close to her as adults. Their children call her grandma. So, although she’s only 46, she has a twenty-year-old grandson!

Fostercare gets a lot of bad press on television, but there a lot of great foster parents out there who deserve our respect and honor. Sandra is just one of those women, and I think she’s a great example of motherhood at its best.

Mother’s Day Contest

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away a two-book special. Tell me about a mother you know who could use a little When Love Calls pampering for a chance to win a book for her and one for yourself. Contest ends on Saturday at noon and is open to all U.S. addresses (because of shipping costs.)

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If you leave your e-mail address, I’ll contact you. If you’re not comfortable with that, check back on Saturday.

49 thoughts on “Win a Book for a Special Mom

  1. Would love to win a book for my mom but she passed away 2 yrs ago. She and I, as well as my sister,shared books all the time. She was my confidant and prayer warrior and her death was very much not expected.

    • Bonnie, my heart goes out to you. I lost my mom 16 years ago. My oldest child was only five. It makes Mother’s Day a bittersweet time for me, but how blessed you and I were to have a mother who we could talk to and that would pray for us. If you win, feel free to give the other book to someone else in your mother’s honor.

  2. I would love to win this book. I’d love to honor my friend Helen Golson with the other book. I admired her so much as a mother. She & her husband were chosen years ago (in our will) to raise our children should my husband and I both die before our children were grown. Well our 4 children are all grown, as are her 4 children, but I still admire her grandmother skills.

    • Barbara, your friends sounds like a treasure, and you were so wise to chose someone like her in case something happened to you and your husband. Thanks you for commenting and good luck.

  3. I would love to win this for my friend Kim. She and I are both single moms. She has to deal with her ex husband that is trying to take their daughter, he is on drugs, he does all kinds of things. His family has different morals and she is doing her best to raise her daughter in a loving home and teach her to follow the Lord and love Him with all her heart. His family has tons of money and she doesn’t have 2 pennis to rub together. I have been so proud of her…through all of her struggles and the hardship she still is a light for the Lord. She deserves some pampering in my opinion

    • Johnette, Kim sounds amazing. I applaud single mothers, especially those who are trying to raise their children in the Lord. Thank you for submitting her name and happy Mother’s Day to you both!

  4. I would love to win this book for my mom. She loves to read and I know she would enjoy reading this one.

    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

  5. I loved my mom very much .. She passed away a few years ago. My sister passed away last year. I do have a daughter who is very close to me and she does read books .
    I would love to win these books . Thanks for the contest.
    Blessings
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

    • Hi Elizabeth. I think sharing the books with your daughter in your mother’s honor is a great way to pay her tribute. Happy Mother’s day and good luck.

  6. My mom is Jane. We share all of our reads together. Books have been a real bonding experience for us. Thank you for the chance to win!

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

    • Beth, my daughters and I read the same books. We love talking about them, too. Good luck!

  7. I would have loved to share a book with my wonderful grandmother, Anna, but she is deceased. We shared books constantly. She was a Grace Livingston Hill fan and started me on the path of reading as many of her books as I could. Of course I started with her favorite one!
    So, I would love to share a book with my favorite aunt who is an avid Christian fiction reader in honor of my grandmother if I should win.
    Thank you for this opportunity!!!
    Smiles:)
    Charlotte

    • Great idea, Charlotte! What a blessing to have a grandmother who shared her books with you.

  8. My mother also died several years ago. For some reason, Mother’s Day this year is really making me sad.
    Our only child, a son, was married last year to a beautiful Christian woman. Her name is Molly. She is expecting, and so I would like to honor her a little early for Mother’s Day.

  9. Hmmm. My Mom could for one! She has been going through some significant health problems and there isn’t any work for my dad or even her so she is really worried and could use some cheering up.
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

  10. My mother is not a reader but my aunt (second mom) is. My aunt has been there for me since I was a child. She was there for me on several occasions when my mom wasn’t. She is the definition of the word “mother”. She has a heart of gold and will give before she takes. She’s a fantastic lady that never thinks of herself and I think she deserves a little When Love Calls pampering. I’d give her the moon if I could.

    • Forgot to leave my email address.
      flghtlss1(at)yahoo(dot)com

      • A second mom makes you doubly blessed. Wishing her and your mother a Happy Mother’s Day.

  11. Lorna, this is so sweet of you. My Mother is also gone to be with our LORD. 18 1/2 yrs. now. I think of her so many times, but Mother’s Day and her Birthday is hardest. She was a great Christian mom who raised 8 children with lots of love. All of us turned out to be good citizens, parents, and christians. I would love to give one to my middle girl, my Christmas Day baby. She has been a wonderful mother. She was so good at doing things with her kids when they were small and later too. They had special times with her. And, she was always there. Now, she is a wonderful grandmother(Nanna). She loves those 5 little ones so much and has so much patience with them. They sure love her too. She is just a great christian person and we are best friends as well as mother and daughter. Her name is Ellen Perot My kids and grandkids, and great grandkids help me be happy on Mother’s Day, as we always get together. I already have 18 greats.
    Thanks, MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

    • Maxie, I agree that when you’ve lost your mother Mother’s Day and her birthday are always hard. My mother’s was four days before my own. She said I was her late birthday present. I’m a Halloween baby so I can sure relate to a Christmas baby, too! Congratulations to you on the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  12. I could almost repeat what Charlotte said! My grandmother loved books and was constantly scouring flea markets and garage sales for Grace Livingston Hill! Before she died, she gathered at least 5 full sets!!! One for herself, my aunt, my mom, her library, and an ‘extra.’ She would be smiling at the current reprinting of GLH and attempt to bring them back for new readers!

    I believe her encouragement for me to read, as well as always bringing me new books, has made me the reader I am today. Loved her so much and would have loved to share this book with her!

    Since I can’t, I’d probably share the book with my grandma’s daughter: my mom! ;-) She also has sagging bookshelves and loves to read!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Mother’s Day!

    Stephanie
    mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

    • Love a book lover’s legacy! What a gift your grandmother gave you and your mother. Happy Mother’s day to you all!

  13. This is going to sound so so selfish – but can I volunteer myself? After we lost our daughter 27 years ago we adopted 4 wonderful children through the years. The first two were 1 1/2 & 2 1/2 yrs. old, siblings. Then a 3 yr. old and last but not least – a 14 yr. old! They all came from abusive homes but were showered with love through family and church family and friends. The day our daughter Sarah died, Matt was born..though we didn’t know till a year & a half later when we received him. God already had our family planned. Our kids have all struggled as their genetics kicked in. Matt has been in prison for 6 yrs with 2 more to go. His sister we suspect is bi-polar, though right now is coping & has 3 little ones & a wonderful husband. We haven’t seen Brice for 7 weeks – we arrived back from Nicaragua (we’re now missionaries) to find he stole mine and my mom’s wedding rings. Our oldest is working her way back to the Lord. I’m really not having a pity party – God has been so good to carry us through & we love those kids so much! My mom is in heaven – & I really miss those times of being held and comforted by a mother. I’ll share that book with others – I promise!

    • Melody, you can certainly volunteer yourself! Bless you for opening your hearts to those four precious children. I can only imagine how difficult parts of your journey has been. I will keep all four of them in my prayers. Happy Mother’s Day!

  14. I would love to win a book for my youngest daughter. She has 4 children–two biological and two step-children. She has only been re-married for a couple of years, but has never been able to live with her husband. He is in the military and soon to be deployed. The step-children came to live with her prior to this last school year, because their father was scheduled to be deployed during the first part of the school year, but the deployment was postponed due to budget cuts in the military. It has been a year of much adjustment for the children and for my daughter, as she tries to care for and love these two, in addition to the two she already had.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

    • My hat goes off to military wives and mothers, Kay.They sacrifice so much for our country. Your daughter sounds like a real treasure.

  15. My mom and I are two peas in a pod. I’m sorry for the cliche. She’s one of my closest friends. Growing up and still to this day, we love to watch tv shows together. We both love reading books and Elvis Presley. My mom is a very loving, positive, and strong person. I’m very similar to her. It helped us all to face a pretty tough time in our lives…my dad and brother dying in 2011. But we pulled through and welcomed the first grand baby in 2012. She stayed with me and my family for three months after Kiaya was born. I wouldn’t have been able to survive without her help. I love my mom and she’s definitely deserving of everything wonderful.
    Thanks for having the giveaway.
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • Rose, I love that your mom is also your friend. It sounds like the two of you truly bless one another. Thank you for sharing your story. Happy Mother’s Day to you both.

  16. My mom is a special, Godly woman and lives it. She is 82 and has been through a lot. The 10th child in a family of 11, she was put in an orphanage when she was five due to divorce, where she was abused. Her mother took her out at 16 to work in her restaurant and never told her she loved her and yet she is the most loving, kind, Godly mother I know. Would love her to win. Thank you and God bless you.

    • Lucy, your mother sounds like a jewel. I can’t imagine all the she went through, but I’m glad to hear she found peace with the Lord and shared her love for Him with you.

  17. thanks for chance to win this awesome book…
    My Mom has been gone since 1998 and now older sister Bonnie holds a special place in my heart…She is 81 yet helps many in the family and is supportive when it is needed.
    Her daughter just had major surgery so when time to come home , she was invited to stay with MOM for a little TLC and help if needed.
    We are all avid readers in our family and would love to win this and share with Bonnie and her daughter…my neice.

  18. I would love to win this for my mom. She met my dad when they were both exercising at the Senior center. They married and 1 year later she was diagnosed with Leukemia.. He helped her through that then he developed colon cancer. Then later he had a stroke and seizures. She has been wonderful and is a full time caregiver for him. She gives of herself all the time. She rarely has time for herself. I love my new mom.

    • Jan, being a full time caregiver can be such a taxing job. I’m glad she has you to look out for her, and I’m glad your were blessed with a “new mom.” Happy Mother’s Day!

  19. I would like to win to honor my 89 year old mother who reads her Bible for strength, and fiction to pass the time of days that are kind of long at this point in her life. The other book I would give to my daughter who is a wonderful, supportive mom to her three young adult children. I am certain to get to read the book myself when one of them finish! Thank you for this giveaway.

    • Happy Mother’s Day, Phyllis! My grandmother lived to be 105, and I remember many days spent passing time with reading books. You sound like an incredibly supporting daughter and mother. Bless you.

  20. My Mother-in-law lives in Kansas and doesn’t have any family around so she/we depend on our real good friends. Lillian, my mother-in-law loves to read and would really enjoy this book as much as I would. Any books I get I share with her by mailing her boxes at a time and then she returns them to me so I can let my daughter read them then she passes some of them on to her mother-in-law. If I would win, she would have a book to share with her friends when she’s done reading it.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

    • Hi Wendy! I think it’s wondeful your mother-in-law has close friends she can count on. Glad you share books, too. It always makes them extras special. Happy Mother’s Day!

  21. My special Mom’s are my two sisters. I would love to wish them a very Happy Mother’s Day by giving them your books.
    Thanks!

  22. My sister-in-law , Dorothy, would love to win a free book along with me. I like Christian fiction. Keep up the good workl

    • Sharon, it’s so good to hear you enjoy Christian fiction! Wishing you a blessed Mother’s Day.

  23. If I’m too late, please ignore this –I’d nominate my mom, because she broke her toe last week and is on bed rest for the next month. It made all of her five children realize just how much she does for us. =) She loves reading so I know having a new book would cheer her up.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

  24. Thank you all for sharing your wonderful stories about your mothers and about those who filled that role in your life. The name that was drawn was Lucy Reynolds. Lucy and her mother with each receive a copy of When Love Calls.

    Be sure to stop next week to participate in the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt.