Here are the five finalists selected from all the entries we received. There are so many deserving moms, but these amazing women earned a spot at the top, and once you read their stories, you’ll understand why. Vote for your Favorite Mom, until May 8. We will announce the winner in next week’s issue — just in time for Mother’s Day.
Scroll down to read all of the wonderful stories!
For the makeover, the top mom will receive:
• A mani-pedi and makeup done by Aqua Med Spa
• A $50 gift certificate to eat at Southern Graces
• A facial and massage at Beaufort Day Spa
• Hair cut, colored and styled by Salon Aria Off Bay
• Clothing from Grace & Glory
nominated by husband Adam Morris
I really believe that my wife, Kelly Morris, deserves the opportunity for the Mother’s Day Makeover. We have been married for more than 11 years and have three kids ages 10, 7 and 3. She is never doing anything for herself. She is constantly volunteering her time for others. She has also been a military wife for 11 years. This has definitely taken a toll due to numerous separations from me.
The last separation was especially difficult for her due to me being in Afghanistan for eight months. She is the strongest and most caring person I know.
Jo Anne Tudor
nominated by stepdaughter Jessa Maichel
Jo Anne is the most selfless woman I know, she puts her children before anything in life, always has. She even took on the role of full time stepmother to my brother when he was 10, as well as raising myself and younger sister. She has always instilled nothing but positive mannerisms in all of us. She takes care of her parents (my grandparents) as well as her marriage (35 years) with my daddy and us children, as well as our day to day lives with our children. She also works full time at a nonprofit organization, the Beaufort Women’s Center. She gets her hair cut maybe once every two months and has never spent money on things to pampering herself — she has never even had a professional manicure. She would rather spend her time and money on her family.
Nominated by friend Jess Nutt
I’ve known Jessica Jarrell Nielsen, she goes by Jessie, since high school. Jessie became a single mother at the age of 19. Since she had her son, Will, she has been going to school and working a full time job. She has been nothing but the best mom she can be to Will. Jessie recently married her husband, Caine, in August 2011, and he was deployed to Afghanistan in September for seven long months. The Friday before he was to deploy, they received the best news — she was pregnant with their first child.
Since Caine has deployed, Jessie has dealt with complications with her second pregnancy and the stress of numerous court dates for custody/child support with her son’s father. She was laid off right after Christmas and on top of everything, it’s hard to find a job willing to hire her being so far along in her pregnancy. But through every hurdle, Jessie has kept a smile on her face and can always make others laugh despite her ongoing hardships. I myself am not a mother, but believe me, I hope to be a great mother like Jessie! Please select Jessie for your Mommy Makeover, she would truly appreciate it.
nominated by sister Morgan
Four years ago, Robin was blessed with her first child, Noah, and two years later she welcomed twin girls Adriana and Taryn to the family. As part of a military family she has had her fair share of uprooting, from Hawaii to Texas, and most recently to Georgia, my sister has handled every challenge with unwavering strength and grace. I have no doubt that next week, when she embarks on her next journey to Beaufort, her courage will amaze me yet again. My sister and her three children will be moving into their new home on the first of May, facing the challenges of settling into a new town, a new church, a new university, and an all around new life as a single mother. I am proud to say that no one has inspired me more than my big sister. I find myself in awe of her constant selflessness in raising her children, and I would be so thankful if given the opportunity to reward her with a day of relaxation after the chaos of yet another move.
My sister has become much more than the mother of three, she has taken on the role of chef, housekeeper, artist, chauffeur, accountant, nurse, teacher, judge, keeper of the crayons, and in the eyes of her children, a hero. Every mother deserves recognition for their unfaltering love and devotion to their children, but I ask that you help me to honor my sister for her daily sacrifices and selflessness.
nominated by daughter Ramona Moncibais
I would like to nominate my mom for the Mommy Makeover. She is always thinking of others before herself. She moved to South Carolina from Colorado last year when I was pregnant with my second child to be a nanny for my two daughters. My husband and I both work full time and go to school in the evenings and we can not thank her enough for all she does. If it wasn’t for her helping us with the girls, my husband and I would not be able to continue our education for a better future. We are extremely grateful to have her here with us and we truely charish every moment together.