I am a winner! No, not of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s 2012 Best Mom on Wheels contest. But I am still a winner! Not in the conceited way that you may think I mean so I better explain! 🙂
There are a lot of great mom’s out their who are on wheels. I am so happy for the lady that won! She really deserved this award. She has been on wheels for a long time, has raised a daughter into adulthood, and now has grandchildren she adores. She has allowed her paralysis to be a voice for positive change in our disabled community. I really hope that you will take the time to read her full story. Her name is Edna Escher-Gaston.
I was very humbled when my amazing hubby nominated me for this. He looks for ways to be able to encourage and praise me. It pleases me so much that he is proud of me and that I am not a burden to him. I love him for being my greatest cheerleader and for letting me do things that scare him to death! The very first reason that I am a winner, is because no matter what, this man is in my corner and that makes me so secure and confident that it makes me ready to take on whatever comes my way. How can you not be a winner with a man like that!
I just celebrated Mother’s Day and the ones that call me “Mommy” are the second reason I am a winner. My children bring me so much joy. If I happen to feel down, all I need is a few minutes around my troop and my spirits lift right back up. As long as my kids think I am the best mom on wheels, then I don’t have to win a contest to be a winner.
Then, the last reason I am a winner is because of you – my dear friends and family! Many people are fortunate to be able to live their lives and name one or two people that they have been able to call friend. I am surrounded by so many dear friends that it overwhelms me with gratitude. I don’t know if you all realize how much your support and encouragement cheer me on, but I don’t want to miss an opportunity to let you know how much it means to me. Not just in a contest, but in every aspect of my life.
I don’t want this to sound like some kind of acceptance speech (and it is sounding dangerously close!) but I just really wanted to thank everyone for your outpouring of love for me. So thank you Jimmy, children and friends and family!! I love all of you!