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36 x May 3 — 16, 2018 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com CONTINUED FROM PAGE 35 My mother is the person I can tell anything, my shoulder to cry on, and my No. 1 supporter. Whenever I am feeling down, it is she who is there to pick me up again. She has shaped me into the person I am today, and I will never be able to fully express just how grateful I am for her. The only two words that could possibly describe her are “my mom.” Meredith O’Malley, 14 Waterstone I love my mom, because she is nice. She gave birth to me and takes care of me. She reads me bedtime stories and provides food for me. She drives me to soccer practice and cleans my clothes. She takes care of me when I am sick and helps me with my homework. Whenever I get hurt, my mom picks me up and hugs me, and it makes me feel comforted. She takes me to cool places for my birthday. She makes it special for me. When I am scared, she comforts me. She takes me to church and the temple to learn more about Jesus. I love her very much. One time when we were making leprechaun traps, I burned myself with a hot glue gun, and I got two big blisters. My mom comforted me and said, “It is OK,” and brought me an ice pack. I love my mom very much. Lilly Anderson, 9 Winter Garden My mom is sweet. First, my mom reads at nighttime to me. My mom helps me with homework. She cares for me. When I am sick, my mom makes soup for me. This is why my mom is special. Henrique Benitez, 7 Hamptons at MetroWest My mother is not only my role model, but she’s my best friend. Her perseverance inspires me to work hard each day, and her kindness and generosity show me that no matter the circumstances, you must put others first. Whenever I need someone to talk to, a hand to hold, or a shoulder to cry on, my mom is always by my side. Each day, her positive attitude reminds me that we need to count our blessings and always be thankful for what we have. In 2007, my mother needed to leave her whole life behind in New Jersey and move to Florida for my father’s job. Now, many years later, my mom not only has a full-time job in the medical field, but she runs marathons yearly for charity. Through all of this, she still makes time to take care of our family. Each year, my family celebrates St. Patrick’s Day, my mom’s favorite holiday, with those we love. One of our favorite things to do is to try and find a four-leaf clover, a token of good luck. Now I have finally realized my four-leaf clover was right in front of me all along — my mom. Marion Mongello, 14 Lakes of Windermere My mom is the best, because she helps other people. She is a nurse, and she cares for everyone. She is honest and smart. She is pretty and creative. She is loving and hardworking. She helps clean and organize the house. She is one of a kind. She is funny and thoughtful. She makes me and my brother food when we are hungry. My mom is careful with things and active. She also is intelligent and friendly to others. My mom is successful with a lot of things. My mom is talented and fun. She cheers up people when they are sad. My mom is proud of me and my brother, because we try our best in school and help her. My mom is the best. She is not rude or mean. She is nice and sweet. She makes me and my family laugh. Tau Amone, 9 North Bay Our mom is the best mom in the whole world. Our mom is the best, because she makes fantastic meals, is very nice, cleans very nicely, loves us very much, and keeps us safe. 12500 Overstreet Rd. Windermere, FL 34786 Oversteet Rd. is 1/4 mile south of the intersection of Chase Rd. and Hwy 535 in Windermere. Open 7 days a week from 9-5 Open On Mother's Day beckblueberries11@gmail.com

Our mom is awesome. She has time to play with us and has time to keep the house clean and take care of us. Our mom also works to get money for our family, so we can have a healthy and holy life. We also love our mom very much. Madison Suarez, 4 Summerport My mom is the best in Southwest, because she makes me feel better when I feel bad about myself. She takes care of me like no one else. She gets out of her bed quickly and comes to get me if I have a bad dream. If something is wrong, she always tells me what it is. My mom defends me if somebody yells at me or is mean. No one loves me more than her. For Mother’s Day, she gives me breakfast in bed, and it is always delicious. When she gets mad at me, when she is done, she tells me how much she loves me. So when she gets mad, she still loves me a lot. My mom would never make me do something I don’t want to do. My mom supports me in everything. She never gives up on me. She always makes time for me. Anjali Fung, 8 MetroWest www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com x May 3 — 16, 2018 x 37 The staff of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin extends special thanks to the following schools that participated in the 27th annual Best Mom in Southwest contest: Bay Meadows, Lake Whitney, MetroWest, Palm Lake, Thornebrooke and Whispering Oak elementary schools; Gotha Middle School; Dr. Phillips and West Orange high schools; Holy Family Catholic School; Windy Ridge School; Windermere Preparatory School; Premier Academy and The First Academy. Editor’s note: Entries may have been edited for grammar, punctuation, length and content. To pay tribute to as many “Best Moms” as possible, School News and In Your Neighborhood do not appear in this issue. ª This brand new Mediterranean home is a single story with 2,281 sq. ft. open-concept. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and 3 car garage. Features white cabinets, Quartz countertops in the kitchen and master, farmhouse sink in the kitchen island, all GE slate appliances and plank style tile throughout all the living areas. Gated community in prime location; located close to Dr. Phillips and Lake Buena Vista. For more information, please Call Valentina at 407-342-2288 to schedule a private showing. Valentina Ogden Realtor®, GRI, GKC Cell 407-342-2288 Email: Valentina.realty@gmail.com Web: www.ValentinaRealEstate.com También hablo Español "Valentina is the REALTOR you can trust and depend on!" Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate 7626 W. Sand Lake Rd. Orlando, FL 32819 L

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