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In the eyes of her child, a mother is the world. She’s a superhero who can make nightmares disappear with a hug. She can make peanut butter and jelly with the crusts cut off taste like the best snack ever. In the madness before school starts, mom makes sure you’re up on time, dressed to perfection and out the door in time to catch the bus. The Daily Journal asked children from across Johnson County to talk about all of the things they love about their mother. Their responses differed in detail, but all shared a common theme — love.

Emma Walthour

School: Fourth grade at Needham Elementary School

Mom’s name: Chrissy Walthour

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

I like when she tucks me in bed at night. When I was really young, she would tell me stories about princesses, like Aurora. She was my favorite princess.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’ll hug her and get her a present that she really likes. I always like to get her chocolate, since she really loves chocolate. And her favorite color is green, so I like to get her some clothes that are green.

Lauren Holcroft

School: Fourth grade at Needham Elementary School

Mom’s name: Christine Holcroft

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

The attention she gives me. I have a little brother as well, and she always makes sure we both get what we need when we need it.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’ll give her a big hug and tell her I love her and tell her that she’s a great mom.

Mallory Abercrombie

School: Kindergarten at Needham Elementary School

Mom’s name: Christy Abercrombie

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She does stuff for me, like gets me dressed.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

Me and my daddy are going to get her a card and stuff.

Nolan Murray

School: Kindergarten at Needham Elementary School

Mom’s name: Jamie Murray

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She gets my stuff done — she makes my bed, gets my stuff all cleaned up. And she cleans my man-cave.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I know how to bake bagels for her, and she loves those. And I can even do coffee.

Emily McCrary

School: Kindergarten at Northwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Stephanie McCrary

What is one thing that your mom does better than anyone in the world? She snuggles me.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I will give her flowers.

Joseph Judson

School: Kindergarten at Northwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Kristi Judson

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She plays with me. We play outside. And she takes naps with me.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

Maybe my daddy and I can buy her flowers. Sometimes, my daddy makes breakfast too.

Greyson Betts

School: Kindergarten at Northwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Robin Betts

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She lets me stay up late. We watch TV.

What is one thing that your mom does better than anyone in the world?

She makes homemade pizza for us with pepperoni, sausage and cheese.

Halle Wertz

School: Second grade at at Northwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Darci Wertz

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She makes me and my brother our favorite food, even if we want different things. She’ll make me macaroni and cheese.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’m going to try me and my dad make her breakfast in bed. I get to make the bagels.

Abe Maupin

School: Third grade at Northwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Kim Maupin

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She loves me and takes care of me. For my birthday, she always gets one of her friends to make me a little marshmallow design cake.

What is one thing you’d tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

That I love her, and I’ll never stop loving her.

Hailie Spencer

School: Kindergarten, Sawmill Woods Elementary School

Mom’s name: Courtney Spencer

What is your favorite thing about your mom? Her hugs.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’m going to color something for her.

Michael Root

School: Second grade at Northwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Amanda Root

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She’s nice, she likes to cuddle with me, and she cooks the best meatloaf ever. I love meatloaf, especially my mom’s. One time, my mom let me have two squares of it, and I ate both of them.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I might go out and buy some chocolates for her. I do that every year. She likes the ones with the orange creme in them.

Drew Benedetto

School: Kindergarten, Sawmill Woods Elementary School

Mom’s name: Christina Benedetto

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She plays with me and takes me outside to play games.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’m going to give her a present and tell her “Happy Mother’s Day.”

Brock Owens

School: First grade, Westwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Kristi Owens

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She’s nice, and she helps me pick out my clothes. She takes me anywhere I want to go and takes me to my baseball games.

One thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day? That you’re the best mom ever.

Karlie Roy

School: Kindergarten, Clark Elementary School

Mom’s name: Kelly Roy

What is your favorite thing about your mom? She does everything I want. I always get my way. She lets me go with her every day when she goes somewhere.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

I want her to have a happy Mother’s Day.

Nola Denning

School: Third grade, Northeast Elementary School,

Mom’s name: Christina Denning

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She’s very kind and caring, and she loves to help out. She loves me and my sisters.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

Thank you for always being there for me and for helping me out.

Grace Dawson

School: Second grade, Northeast Elementary School

Mom’s name: Stephanie Moye

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

My favorite thing about my mom is that I can spend time with her. Sometimes we watch movies together. She usually lets me pick, but we both like “Frozen.”

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

I care for you, I love you and thank you for all that you’ve done.

Allison Groh

School: First grade, Clark Elementary School

Mom’s name: Sarah Groh

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She bakes dinner for my family. She makes sausage sometimes that’s really good.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

This is an awesome day for you.

Molly StilES

School: Fifth grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Ericka Stiles

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

I like how she’s very caring to everyone around her.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’d want to thank her for what she’s been doing for our family because it’s really working.

David Colby

School: Fifth grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Chas Colby

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

I like how you can rely on her, and she’ll always be there for me.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

I love you, and I’ll always love you forever.

Avery Guilfoy

School: First grade, Southwest Elementary School

Mom’s name: Beth Guilfoy

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

How nice she is. She cooks the best chicken for dinner.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I love you more than anything.

Jaden Brilley

School: First grade, Northeast Elementary School

Mom’s name: Tiffany Brilley

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She gets me breakfast and gets me my favorite cereal, Froot Loops. And she loves me.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I think I’m going to get her a present, or I’ll make her a card.

Hailey Peckinpaugh

School: Second grade, Westwood Elementary School

Mom’s name: Dana Peckinpaugh

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She cuddles different than anybody else. When I want to cuddle, she can hug me and still do something else with her other arm.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

Usually, we’ll bring her breakfast on a tray in bed. We let her eat in bed, so she can watch TV under her covers and eat at the same time.

Jake Stiles

School: First grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Ericka Stiles

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She makes me breakfast every day. Sometimes waffles. Usually waffles.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

That I love her.

Kara Colby

School: Third grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Chas Colby

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She does everything for me. I think she’s the best at everything.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

I love you.

Jessica Marqua

School: Third grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Joelle Marqua

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She does everything for me. She gets me a lot of cool stuff.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I want to make her a special card. I’ll tell her that I love her and that she’s the best mom ever.

Kyle Boots

School: First grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Kelly Boots

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She helps me out with everything I do.

Is there one thing you would tell your mom on Mother’s Day?

Thank you for everything you do.

Marah Bilsland

School: Second grade, Pleasant Grove Elementary School

Mom’s name: Andrea Bilsland

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She’s really nice and makes me breakfast. She’ll make me cereal and sometimes make me French toast.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

I’m going to give her a card.

Emma Baker

School: Second grade, Southwest Elementary School

Mom’s name: Kara Baker

What is your favorite thing about your mom?

She loves my family so much. And she makes one of my great-grandmother’s recipes for fettuccine Alfredo.

What will you do for your mom on Mother’s Day?

To me, she’s the best mother in the whole world.

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