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Lauri Potter

Hi, I would like to nominate Lauri Potter of Monroe, who is doing a terrific job raising two beautiful little girls as a single working mom. She is very busy and doesn’t have a lot of time to focus on herself. Thanks! Nominated by Christine Stotter

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Christine Stotter

Hi, My name is Christine Stotter of Corvallis. I deserve a Mom Makeover because despite facing difficult times as a small business owner in this tough economy, I am doing a good job of keeping my 6-year-old son, Benjamin, happy by staying positive and finding fun activities for him to do that are free or don’t cost a lot of money.

Thanks! Christine

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Dana Moore

I am nominating both myself and my friend Dana Moore for your Mom Makeover Contest.  Dana and I became friends this past year as we shared similar trials over the last 4-5yrs.  If one of us is fortunate to win, it will be a long deserved gift.  Dana and I both became single moms through a traumatic journey and had to face life alone, each raising 2 children.

Life is not perfect and through the loss of dreams, new directions are revealed.  Each of us being strong, independent women and moms, had to draw even deeper within ourselves to be the support for our children, while surviving a very difficult situation.

I will talk first about myself.  I manage a local department store here in Roseburg.  I moved here nearly 9yrs. ago from Tacoma, Wa. to raise a family in a community environment.  I now have 2 sons, Curtis 9 and Samuel 5.  My job is very demanding and I try to keep a careful balance between work, my boys, church and community.  Giving Back is a value I grew up with and try to instill in my boys as they grow.  I also rely on 2 wonderful part time caregivers that have been there for us through this almost 5 year journey.  My goal is to give my boys the most stable environment possible so they can feel my love and security and grow to be strong, independent and fulfilled adults.  Dana has the same values.  Her situation is very similar.  She is raising her daughter, Taylor age 12 and son, Chase 9.  She is the owner of a local Home Décor store and shares many garden and interior decorating talents.  She too is a survivor.  She puts her children’s interests before her own and with the support of friends and family has also maintained a careful balance with her work, children, faith and family. She cares about her community and supports different causes as Roseburg is where she grew up.  Neither Dana or myself have given any time to ourselves over the past 10+yrs as our children were born and we journeyed to a single parent life.  All of our efforts have been to stabilize and create normalcy for our children.  A single parent friend once gave me this poem by Anne Peterson, titled “Every Single Day” which reads:  Single parents live their lives in a world that’s made for twos.  And often solitary life is not the path they’d choose.  Their days are overwhelming with so much to be done.  They feel so very tired before their day’s  begun.  So Lord, please keep these parents with the heavy load they bear and every single day, please let them sense your loving care.  I read this as suggested by my single parent friend, when I need to be reminded that there are so many others walking in my same shoes.

Nominated by Alison Eggers

Alison Eggers

I am nominating both myself and my friend Dana Moore for your Mom Makeover Contest.  Dana and I became friends this past year as we shared similar trials over the last 4-5yrs.  If one of us is fortunate to win, it will be a long deserved gift.  Dana and I both became single moms through a traumatic journey and had to face life alone, each raising 2 children.

Life is not perfect and through the loss of dreams, new directions are revealed.  Each of us being strong, independent women and moms, had to draw even deeper within ourselves to be the support for our children, while surviving a very difficult situation.

I will talk first about myself.  I manage a local department store here in Roseburg.  I moved here nearly 9yrs. ago from Tacoma, Wa. to raise a family in a community environment.  I now have 2 sons, Curtis 9 and Samuel 5.  My job is very demanding and I try to keep a careful balance between work, my boys, church and community.  Giving Back is a value I grew up with and try to instill in my boys as they grow.  I also rely on 2 wonderful part time caregivers that have been there for us through this almost 5 year journey.  My goal is to give my boys the most stable environment possible so they can feel my love and security and grow to be strong, independent and fulfilled adults.  Dana has the same values.  Her situation is very similar.  She is raising her daughter, Taylor age 12 and son, Chase 9.  She is the owner of a local Home Décor store and shares many garden and interior decorating talents.  She too is a survivor.  She puts her children’s interests before her own and with the support of friends and family has also maintained a careful balance with her work, children, faith and family. She cares about her community and supports different causes as Roseburg is where she grew up.  Neither Dana or myself have given any time to ourselves over the past 10+yrs as our children were born and we journeyed to a single parent life.  All of our efforts have been to stabilize and create normalcy for our children.  A single parent friend once gave me this poem by Anne Peterson, titled “Every Single Day” which reads:  Single parents live their lives in a world that’s made for twos.  And often solitary life is not the path they’d choose.  Their days are overwhelming with so much to be done.  They feel so very tired before their day’s  begun.  So Lord, please keep these parents with the heavy load they bear and every single day, please let them sense your loving care.  I read this as suggested by my single parent friend, when I need to be reminded that there are so many others walking in my same shoes. Alison Eggers

Shannon Bowdle

I am a 32 year old mom to a 20 month old son.  My husband and I are originally from northeast Ohio, but moved here to Corvallis, Oregon just a little over two years ago.  We love it here, although it has been difficult since all of our family is still located back in Ohio.  I am currently 9 weeks pregnant with our second child and we are very excited.

I think I would be a good candidate for the mom makeover as I haven't feel very attractive since the birth of my first child.  I never really did lose all of my baby weight and I have never really felt motivated to do much with myself since I seem to always be covered in whatever my son chooses to smear on me at the time.  We do not go out much and when we do, the rain seems to demotivate any ambitions I may have about doing my hair or putting on makeup.  This is all very funny considering the fact that I worked at a mall just a few years back and was decked out from head to toe everyday as a part of my job.  Now, since I am a homemaker and a mommy I guess I never seem to feel like it's worth it.  It would be nice to be pampered and shown that I am still beautiful, though.  So, please consider me!

I have attached a recent photo of myself and my son.  Enjoy!

Sincerely, Shannon Bowdle

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Janel Sorenson

My wife, of almost 15 years, is Janel Sorenson.  We have two children.  Eliza is 10 years old, and Keith is 6 years old.  Janel is the perfect mother (and wife).  She has unselfishly placed the needs of others in front of her own needs and wants.  Janel is a teacher, and taught sixth grade full time for 7 years before Eliza was born.  She quit teaching to be a stay at home mom because she knew how important it was for children to have a full time mother.

Janel found a perfect co-op preschool for our children, and became a board member.  She helped the preschool become a sought after preschool that uses play to make connections with kids.  When the teacher at the school retired, Janel, and another mom, took over the teaching duties.  It was perfect for Janel because she could take Keith to work with her.  Currently, Keith is in kindergarten and Janel still teaches part time at the preschool.  She substitute teaches when she can, and takes on-line classes to keep her teaching certificate.  She will be looking to return to teaching full time next school year.

Janel runs our household.  She pays the bills, cooks the meals, does the laundry, cleans the house, doctors the kids (and our dog), and organizes our calendars; all with a positive attitude.  She is an efficient machine.  We recently bought a house built in the 1920’s, along with some land.  It is a true fixer-upper, and she knew there would be a lot of inconveniences, but she also knew the property and the potential for growth would be perfect for growing children.  Janel works nonstop at painting, caulking, cleaning and fixing.

Janel is an example to all her friends.  I would invite you to ask them.  She gets phone calls from everyone asking for advice, nutritional information, or seeking information about the latest virus going around.  If she doesn’t know the answer, she will research it until she knows it inside and out.  Janel also sits on the local Sutherlin Community Resource Center board.  She has been part of the board for many years.  SCRC provides many resources to the community, but it is mostly an after school program for kids who typically have no where else to go.

Lastly, since Keith was born, Janel has lost 75 pounds.  She is turning 40 this year and is looking great.  She gets up every morning at 4:45 and walks hills with our dog (who is also in great shape).  She walks that early because the kids are still asleep.  She has lost 35 of those pounds in the last year.  I keep telling her to go buy new clothes, but she doesn’t want to spend money on herself.  I can’t cover it all in a short e-mail, but those are the highlights.

I hope this works.  I had to e-mail it from home, while my wife's in the other room.

Thank you, Kurt Sorenson

Carrie Paup

I would like to nominate my sister-in-law Carrie Paup for the MOM makeover. Carrie and her husband Tim are parents to three daughters: Caleigh, Macey, and Kendall. Carrie is a stay at home mom but also works from home for J & S Concrete. Caleigh is 9 years old and attends Garfield Elementary in Corvallis. Their second daughter Macey just turned 6. Macey was born with a rare genetic disorder called Aicardi Syndrome. Macey is wheelchair bound, has a tracheostomy, requires tube feedings, and takes a delicate balance of medications. With Macey growing to near 50 pounds Carrie lifts her in and out of her wheelchair for diaper changes daily. She does all of this while also caring for her youngest daughter Kendall who will be 8 months next month.

Carries has embraced the joys and challenges of being a mom. Her positive attitude and enormously caring spirit are evident to her children and those around her, even with the extra demands of a special needs child. Carrie loves all of her girls tremendously and works hard to take care of all of them. She is an excellent mother and this mother's day deserves some pampering. That is why I am hoping you will pick Carrie Paup for your MOM makeover. Thank you.
Sincerely,
Hayley McShane
Photos: Carrie with Macey (above) and Caleigh and Kendall together (at right)
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Carmen L. deMeurers

Dear Editor,

Please pick my mom for the MOM Makeover contest.  She is a wonderful mom.  She is so busy taking care of me and my family that she does not always have time to take care of herself.  She needs a special day to relax.  Please pick her for this special treat.  Her name is Carmen L. deMeurers.

My name is Alex C. deMeurers and I am in the 5th grade.  Please pick her for the special contest!

Thanks, Alex

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Kellie Trenkle

I would like to nominate my friend Kellie Trenkle to win a makeover and to be featured on the cover of Mom Magazine. Kellie is a patient, loving, and adventurous mom of four beautiful children: Bryson (5 ½), Kennady (4 ½), Kevan (almost 3), and little Karsyn (9 months).

Kellie is passionately in love with Jesus and with her husband, Bryan, to whom she has been married for 7 ½ years. She loves homeschooling her kindergartner and enjoys teaching all her children the ordinary as well as the extraordinary things of life.

While her faith and her family are her top priorities, Kellie also keeps busy with her business, Captivating Photography & Design Co., which came about after many years of freelancing for friends and family who appreciated the quality of her work.

Kellie also enjoys ministering along side her husband who is a high school youth pastor. Her favorite part? “I get to…just be myself.” Week after week she pours herself into the lives of these young people with hopes of helping them “cling to the Lord and be real, to live their faith authentically and practically.”

Kellie’s hobbies include reading, photography, writing, “playing with my babes”, watching sports with her husband, and blog hopping.

When I asked Kellie how she manages to juggle family with business, homeschooling, and other activities, she said, “It’s all about balance…My first priority is to honor the Lord by taking care of my husband, kiddos and home first. If I’m doing that, then everything else falls into place.” But she is quick to admit that, like all moms, some days are a little out of balance (ok, maybe a lot!).

What I like most about Kellie is that she is real, the genuine article. And also that she finds pleasure in all of life, even little things like yellow roses (which remind her of her happy childhood) and cleaning out the lint trap in her dryer (no kidding)!

nominated by Terry Tillman.

Yvonne Ruhr

Hi!  My name is Elizabeth Johnson.  I am 33-years old and one of seven kids that have had the priviledge of having Yvonne Ruhr as our mom.  Our mom is lots of fun.  Even now, at almost 61-years old (don't tell her I told you how old she is), she hasn't slowed down.  Everyday she walks to the gym, works out, walks home, goes to work as a Pharmacy Technician, goes home, makes dinner for my dad, and volunteers at her church.  She is always very busy, but never forgets her kids or her 15 grandkids.  She is also an amazing singer.  Everyone who meets her, finds out quickly that she is a happy person.  I think she deserves to have a day to herself, so I would like to nominate her for the Mom-Makeover at the Spa.
Thank you!
Nominated by Elizabeth Johnson Keizer, OR
P.S. I have attached a picture of my Mom (Yvonne) & my Dad, and also my little family, so you can put a face with the name.  :o)