A mother comes in all shapes and sizes and many keep the home organized and also work, juggling sports practice to taxi mom and household chores.
Iris Perez and Olga Padilla said being a mom is rewarding. Both are head housekeepers at the Holiday Inn Express.
“Just being there for them,” Padilla said of her 18 and 13 year old. “They are teenagers so sometimes it's hard to deal with them, but I'm there for them.”
Perez said around work, she schedules her time with her children, ages 16, 14 and 11.
“Basically running around and laundry, cleaning and housework,” she said. “It's hard because I'm separated, it's just me.”
Both women said motherhood is challenging, but wouldn't change anything because of their children.
“You want to get them everything they want, the things we didn't have,” Perez said.
Rachel Garcia, a sales representative with IBC Bank is expecting her first child on July 30. She said growing up, her mother was a great role model.
“I hope I can fill my mom's shoes, she did a great job with me,” Garcia said. “I hope to do the same with my daughter.”
Martha Joslin, Payless Shoes manager for 23 years, said a mother's work is never done. She has three children ages 19, 11 and 12.
“From dropping them off in the morning (at school) to work, then swim practice, baseball practice, homework, dinner and off to bed,” she said. “And we still have to come to work and smile.”
Joslin also thanked all her customers.
“Happy Mother's Day to all the other mothers and my customers,” Joslin said.
Eva Farias, sales associate with Ray Vess Jewelry, said her role of being a mother was worth it along with watching her children grow into productive adults.
“Just them growing,” Farias said.
Farias said the rewards of being a mother come with the little moments.
“When they went on a retreat they wrote a letter to me,” she said. “One said that if there was only one piece of pie left in the refrigerator and they wanted it, I would let them have it.”
She said she still has the letter.
“I'm also blessed with a bunch of grandchildren,” she said with a smile.