Hi Friends, May is the month to celebrate moms and show our love and appreciation for all they have done for us. Read on for a special Mother’s Day Giveaway! ***Update: the winner of the Mother’s Day Giveaway is Haley Pye.

My mom, Dorothy Swain, was a wonderful artist, quilter, seamstress, and writer. She enjoyed decorating our home and making it a special place. We used to joke about never trying to walk through the living room in the dark because Mom might have rearranged the furniture since we’d last looked. From the time I was a young child, she put a paintbrush in my hands and encouraged my creativity.

Mom used to sew most of my clothes. I remember seeing her bending over the sewing machine when I went to bed and then waking up to find a new dress finished and ready to wear. Mom passed away before my books were published, but I know she’d be happy to have another writer in the family. In the photo at left: my mom and I at my cousin’s wedding when I was 21. 

My Mother-in-law, Shirley Turansky, is a treasure. She continues what my mom started, encouraging me to use my gifts and talents. She is a huge supporter of my writing and often tells her friends about my books. I am very blessed to have these wonderful women in my life. In the photo above: Carrie, Shirley, and my oldest daughter, Melissa. 

Now I hope to pass on that blessing and encouragement to my daughters Melissa, Lizzy, and Megan, my daughters-in-law Melinda and Galan, and my granddaughters Hanalei, Sahlor, and Lenna. In the photos below. Top left: Melinda and Hanalei. Top Right: Galan and Sahlor. Bottom left: Melissa and Lenna. Bottom right: Lizzy and Megan. 

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away an advanced reader copy of No Ocean Too Wide. It releases June 25th. Click on the cover for more info. To enter the giveaway tell me one reason you appreciate your mom in the comments below. Giveaway ends Monday May 13th, 9:00 pm Eastern time. The giveaway is for US residents only. 

Thank you for keeping me in your prayers as I go through colon cancer treatments during the next three months. God has been giving me strength and encouragement each day. And I’m very grateful for the love and support of my friends and family! 

Blessings and Happy Mother’s Day!


38 replies
  1. Megan L.
    Megan L. says:

    I appreciate my Mom because of how much she does for our family, and all the little ways she shows her love to us.

  2. BJM
    BJM says:

    I appreciate my mom for many things, but I especially like that she taught me to read because I couldn’t wait till I got to school for that. She also instilled a love of reading. I miss her.

  3. Nancy Brown
    Nancy Brown says:

    My mother passed away on November 16th, 2006. God rest her soul. One of the things I appreciate about her is that she exposed me to classical music, live symphonies, and opera. I enjoy all of those to this day.
    (another thing she taught me is, “hang up your clothes, don’t leave them on the floor!” ha ha!)

  4. Bonnie H
    Bonnie H says:

    My mother is 89 and has shared her love for music, nature, literature and poetry with us. What a gift! Her caring ways have encouraged us , as parents, teachers, a nurse, and to serve in the military. We thank God for her!

  5. Ola Norman
    Ola Norman says:

    Mama’s been gone 15 years and I still miss her. She raised seven kids mostly by herself. Sure wish I could taste her cooking one more time.

  6. Cindy
    Cindy says:

    I appreciate my mom because she taught me to look for humor even when things aren’t going great. There is almost always something that will make you smile.

  7. Linda McFarland
    Linda McFarland says:

    My mom is 92 ( her birthday was May 9) and she is my biggest supporter and encourager! Such a blessing! Thanks for the opportunity to win! Praying for you throughout your treatments. I am on a daily chemo pill and some days are rough!

  8. Betti Mace
    Betti Mace says:

    My Mom passed away in 2003. I still remember how she always encouraged me to do my best and don’t give up. Her example of faith and trust in the Lord is something I never want to forget and certainly an attitude I want to pass on to my daughter.

  9. Sam
    Sam says:

    Mom never knew a stranger. She was interested in everyone’s story. We had many great conversations in our home with people they met while traveling who came to visit from all around the globe and remained friends for a lifetime. She taught me the value of valuing others.

  10. Melissa Henderson
    Melissa Henderson says:

    Praying for you Carrie.
    My Mama went to Heaven in 2013, one week before her 92nd birthday. I miss her very much. She and Daddy shared their love of reading and writing with me.

  11. Phyllis
    Phyllis says:

    My mom has passed away, but she loved me every day of my life, even when I was sometimes unlovable. Missing her daily.

  12. Bonnie
    Bonnie says:

    My mom passed away over 20 years ago. She set an example for me of what it means to live a Christian life. I appreciate her influence on my life more and more as I get older.
    Prayers for you, Carrie.

    • Haley
      Haley says:

      My mom passed away when I was 8 but God blessed me with many other women to help me along my journey. So I would be here all day listing these great women. Some I have known all my life. Some took me in as a child but God seemed to always put the right person in my life when I needed them most.

  13. Angelica
    Angelica says:

    I appreciate my mother because she is a true example of a godly woman. She has never put herself first. We always came first, and still come first. I have never seen the house a mess, she is always my biggest supporter, and she is so kind. You will never leave my house hungry. I grew up thinking mom’s never get sick because she never let on that she felt sick, and still underplays how she is feeling although she has really bad arthritis among other health issues. I could go on, buy I truly appreciate my mother, because God has blessed me with a remarkable mother that I truly don’t deserve!

  14. Hayley Gudgin
    Hayley Gudgin says:

    My mum lacks confidence in herself but despite that she deals with pain daily, looks after those she loves and in the past moved to West Africa for the good of her family… she has taught me that brave means feeling the insecurity and fear but doing it anyway

  15. Connie Porter Saunders
    Connie Porter Saunders says:

    This will be my 2nd Mother’s Day without my Mom. I miss our talks and her advice. Carrie, I continue for you as you travel this journey.

    • Anne L. Rightler
      Anne L. Rightler says:

      Connie, same here. My mom had Alzheimers so we didn’t really ‘talk’ nor could I ask advice for several years but we still miss them, don’t we? Bessings to you.

  16. Alison Boss
    Alison Boss says:

    I appreciate my mom for her love for Jesus, her servant’s heart, her love for music, and her creativity. I am so thankful for her leading me to Christ, and for all the love and support she has given me through the years. She is 93 years old and still drives! Her ministry is taking ‘the old people’ to the grocery store 🙂 Love her!!!

    Carrie, I continue to pray for you…for strength, peace and God’s healing.

  17. Terri Gillespie
    Terri Gillespie says:

    Oh, Carrie. Thank you for sharing your tribute to your mom.
    My mom has always modeled passion to me and so many others in her life. She loves Jesus and that is clear.
    Hugs and prayers.

  18. Jessica
    Jessica says:

    Thank you for the opportunity ?.
    Have a great mother’s day. I appreciate my mom for her strong faith.

  19. Kimberly Linaburg
    Kimberly Linaburg says:

    I love my mom for always being there for me and helping me have faith in God. Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

  20. Suzanne Sellner
    Suzanne Sellner says:

    I love many things about my mother. She always loved me unconditionally, she was an excellent role model of a good wife and mother although she never claimed to be perfect, and she taught me to love learning and to respect others.

  21. Anne L. Rightler
    Anne L. Rightler says:

    So good to hear you are finding strength and encouragement. Chemo is such a difficult thing to go thru. Praying that you come thru it with minimal side effects. God is faithful and He has given you a loving, caring family. Just lean into Him.
    My mom went Home 2 yrs ago but I loved that she was a Godly woman and prayed for her family. She passed on a wonderful legacy, I’m hoping that I can do the same for my kids. Blessings, Carrie.
    (no need to put my name in the hat!)

  22. Linda Rutherford
    Linda Rutherford says:

    I lost my precious Mom 2 years ago and I miss her more each day. What I loved most about my Mom was her big smile and her unconditional love for people. Mom never met a stranger. If she didn’t know them when she met them, she made sure that she knew them before she went on her way. My Mom truly was a Proverbs 31 woman.

  23. Karen R.
    Karen R. says:

    My mom passed on her love of reading to me. We enjoy talking about books we’ve read and current ones we’re reading.

    I’m praying for you as you go through your treatments. I know God will continue teaching you many lessons during this season of your life and will use you to be a blessing to others.

  24. Colleen H.
    Colleen H. says:

    I appreciate my mom for all she does for my sister and I. There are many things the three of us still do together and we are very close.

  25. Maria Wise
    Maria Wise says:

    At the age of 21, my mom found out two things. First, she was pregnant with me. Secondly, a 9pound mass has invaded her insides. It had been growing for a long time. She prayer to God to let her see her child grow up. Doctors had told her to abort so they could operate ASAP. She waited and had me. In the midst of much suffering on the way to recovery, we both have experienced 56 years of life. There has been joy, friendship, siblings, grand and great grand children! God has blessed beyond anything we could’ve imagined.

  26. Linda Dietz
    Linda Dietz says:

    While I no longer can tell my mother what I appreciated
    about her, I can thank God for a mother who, after she came to faith, introduced my sister & I to the God she loved. Her husband, my father, was an abusive alcoholic who refused to allow her to learn to drive. She walked to and from work as a cook in a hospital in all kinds of Ohio weather to put food on the table for my sister & I. I remember seeing her read her Bible and hearing her prayers. So while she didn’t pass on great cooking & decorating skills, she did pass on something much more precious…that of a faith that never quits even in the midst of adversity. For that, I rise up and thank God and bless her name. She is now enjoying peace and love from her Heavenly Father!

  27. Joye I
    Joye I says:

    One thing about my Mother I like is that she is always so upbeat and positive. We all like being abound positive people.

  28. Marilyn Miller
    Marilyn Miller says:

    My mom was a ‘can do’ sort of person. She would tackle any project willingly and usually it was done well. She had so many good ideas for women’s events and senior adult outings. I loved her creativity!

  29. Perrianne Askew
    Perrianne Askew says:

    I appreciate my Mom because she always did the best that she could for me. She had me very young and worked very hard to provide for me. She was also a single Mom for a few years as well.

  30. Rose Blackard
    Rose Blackard says:

    I just got to wish my Mom a Happy Mothers Day. She is 96 and still strong. She lives in Hawaii. I am proud of being the oldesof 10. We are blessed to have our mom around this long.

  31. Coleen Jejeran
    Coleen Jejeran says:

    I appreciate my mom for being a living example of Christ in my life. She gave to all and served selflessly; until she passed away from cancer at an early age. She passed into glory with great faith and grace.

  32. Laura W.
    Laura W. says:

    I admire how patient my mother is and how loving she is, putting others before herself. She is truly one of my best friends and I love that she never hesitates to answer my calls or take time to listen. Sending prayers during your treatment Carrie!

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