Category: Mother’s Day

Max Facts: Moms feeling frazzled have a great excuse

If you are a mom, and you feel frazzled, you have every reason to feel that way.

That’s an easy conclusion from a study the Pew Center just updated for the Mother’s Day weekend.

Pew looked at numbers from 1965 and 2016 and on average they found mothers in 1965 did nine hours of paid work, 32 hours of housework and 10 hours of childcare per week.

In 2016 those numbers were 25 hours of paid work, 18 hours of housework, and 14 hours of childcare.

In other words, Mom’s today are sacrificing free time and housework for their children and their careers.

DMPS Classroom is Ready to Celebrate Mother’s Day

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Des Moines Public School classroom used a special project to prepare for Mother’s Day weekend.

Jessica Speck’s kindergarten class at Edmunds Elementary makes flowers with messages of why they love their mom on the petals.

Kindergarten student Loy Ramadhani said, “It says you help me.”

Kindergarten student Devin McClain describes images on his flowers and said, “That’s a TV and then that’s tea, and that’s waves.”

Speck said the project is a good way for students to use their imaginations and express their feelings.

Kindergarten student Serenity Jackson said, “I love my mom because she helps me.”

“We talked about how important mothers are and all the great things they do for us. So they were able to write about certain things that their mothers do for them,” Speck said.

In addition, the students learned how to plant real flowers and wrote a card to their mom.

“It shows how much they really do love their parents and their moms for Mother’s Day,” Speck said.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th.

Son donates part of liver to mom before Mother’s Day

MURRAY, Utah – It’s the ultimate Mother’s Day gift – a Utah son donated a part of his liver to his mother.

Using 3D technology, surgeons at Intermountain Healthcare completed the first left lobe living liver transplant in Utah, but the historical accomplishment paled in comparison to the touching story of a son who saved his mom.

Gwen Finlayson has been living with autoimmune hepatitis for 27 years and doctors have always told her she needed a transplant. However, at 63-years-old with relatively good health, the chances of her getting one from the transplant list were slim, until her son, Brandon Finlayson, came to her and said let me do this for you.

“How do you respond to that? This is my son. It was hard,” Gwen Finlayson said.

“We were seeing it was kind of her only opportunity, the only chance that she’d have,” Brandon Finlayson said.

It took some convincing, but Finlayson agreed especially when she learned Intermountain Healthcare was using 3D technology to practice the surgery ahead of time. Transplant surgeon, Manuel Rodriguez, performed the surgery.

“It’s not the same to see the image of someone in a screen then when you can hold it and turn it and look at the angles you`re going to be working on,” Rodriguez said.

Three months after the surgery in February, both mom and son are feeling better than ever.

“To see her with energy and to see her back doing the things she used to be able to do, it’s really exciting,” Brandon Finlayson said.

However, they still disagree on one major detail.

“It’s not lost on me that he would risk his life for me. Who does that? Who does that, you know? To me, that’s the definition of a hero,” Gwen Finlayson said.

“No, no. I think I’m a son,” Brandon Finlayson said.

Worried about her deteriorating health, Finlayson used to force herself to live in the present.

“I finally have a healthy liver. That’s not to say those 27 years weren’t great. I’ve had a great life but this gives me so much hope, so much hope,” she said.

However, thanks to her son’s gift, she’s able to look forward to the future.

To learn more about how you can become a donor, visit yesutah.org.

Son donates part of liver to mom before Mother’s Day

MURRAY, Utah – It’s the ultimate Mother’s Day gift – a Utah son donated a part of his liver to his mother.

Using 3D technology, surgeons at Intermountain Healthcare completed the first left lobe living liver transplant in Utah, but the historical accomplishment paled in comparison to the touching story of a son who saved his mom.

Gwen Finlayson has been living with autoimmune hepatitis for 27 years and doctors have always told her she needed a transplant. However, at 63-years-old with relatively good health, the chances of her getting one from the transplant list were slim, until her son, Brandon Finlayson, came to her and said let me do this for you.

“How do you respond to that? This is my son. It was hard,” Gwen Finlayson said.

“We were seeing it was kind of her only opportunity, the only chance that she’d have,” Brandon Finlayson said.

It took some convincing, but Finlayson agreed especially when she learned Intermountain Healthcare was using 3D technology to practice the surgery ahead of time. Transplant surgeon, Manuel Rodriguez, performed the surgery.

“It’s not the same to see the image of someone in a screen then when you can hold it and turn it and look at the angles you`re going to be working on,” Rodriguez said.

Three months after the surgery in February, both mom and son are feeling better than ever.

“To see her with energy and to see her back doing the things she used to be able to do, it’s really exciting,” Brandon Finlayson said.

However, they still disagree on one major detail.

“It’s not lost on me that he would risk his life for me. Who does that? Who does that, you know? To me, that’s the definition of a hero,” Gwen Finlayson said.

“No, no. I think I’m a son,” Brandon Finlayson said.

Worried about her deteriorating health, Finlayson used to force herself to live in the present.

“I finally have a healthy liver. That’s not to say those 27 years weren’t great. I’ve had a great life but this gives me so much hope, so much hope,” she said.

However, thanks to her son’s gift, she’s able to look forward to the future.

To learn more about how you can become a donor, visit yesutah.org.

Three Utah moms get picked up in a limo, showered with early Mother’s Day Gifts

SANDY, Utah – With Mother’s Day coming right up, the Fox 13 Dream Team had something special in mind for three mothers.

Aubree Murray of Orem is a dedicated mother of two who was also instrumental in supporting her brother Brenn in his battle against addiction.

Kristie Edelman or Riverdale runs a day care. In addition to caring for her own family, Kristie’s husband Casey says she goes above and beyond for her clients—helping other parents at all hours with difficult situations.

Kellie Larson of West Jordan has four kids and is going to school to become a teacher. Her mother Vickie says she’s the ‘glue’ that holds her family together across generations, including tending to relatives in poor health.

All three women were surprised when they got a knock on the door and Fox 13’s Big Budah asked them to step into a limousine.

Watch the video to see what happened.

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