Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 9, 2014

Ages 19 and up

EFFINGHAM — I believe there are angels among us.

My angel is my mom. She has every quality of an angel. She has patience even when she’s on edge. Forgiving, even when she’s deeply hurt. Stong in her faith, even when she is surrounded by doubt and failure. Puts others before herself even when she’s in pain. Stays strong even when she feels weak. Gives so much love even when she receives so much hate. She is very religious and models her life to be the person that God wants her to be. I want to be just like that.

When I’m going through so many struggles, she is willing to do anything to take the pain away. When I need help, advice or a friend, she is always there for me with open arms. When there’s a lot on our minds, we always make time for each other. We listen and talk until we both feel better and closer. When there’s bitterness, she won’t stop mending till there is peace. She has so much love in her heart. I always cherish the times we go shopping, out to eat or get ice cream, go on walks, or to a concert. I truly admire her for all she does. Only an angel would do this.

I’m thankful that God chose my mom as my angel, because I couldn’t imagine anyone better. I will always keep our relationship and our memories close. I hope one day, I can be someone’s angel too.

Kristen Slifer


 My mom, Anna Sparling, deserves to be Mother Of The Year because she said yes not once, not twice, but seven times when asked to accept the "hardest job you will ever love".

Since every child is different, mom had to wear many different hats, sometimes several at the same time. She played ball and board games, cooked and did yard work, and was a full-time pediatric nurse, a job she went back to school to learn while pregnant with her seventh child.

We did not have a lot of money but each of us had all that we needed – a roof over our heads, food on the table, and a formal education. She taught us to play and work hard, and always trust in God. She taught us the difference between need and want and not to feel entitled to anything.

This past year she endured the hardest sacrifice God can ask of a mother, the loss of a child. God must have thought she was an extra strong mother because he asked that not one, but two of her children join my dad and him. Because she believed in life everlasting, she let go and in her grief kept on caring for her other children in their times of need.

My mom does not need an award saying she is Mother of the Year but I want her to have it. I will always love and admire you mom. Happy Mother's Day.

Gail Kraft

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