Each week on Thursday morning we celebrate an amazing woman in our community. We would love to hear from you about a special woman in your life. Please fill out our Woman of the Week nomination form and let us know who that is in your life. You can read the stories below of our growing list of amazing women.
Woman of the Week for 08/03/2012: Debbie Stickney-Laczko
Nominated by: Kevin Laczko
In addition to being my amazing wife, Debbie is Mom of 4, home school teacher of the youngest 2, business owner, nutrition minister, and marriage mentor for so many grateful women. She is very giving and always lifts the spirits of those around her. Because she is so tuned in to the needs of her children, she quickly recognized an undiagnosed, yet serious, hearing loss of our daughter when she was 3 (she is now 8). Not only did that lead us to obtain the proper assistance to ensure regular speech development, but it also opened up her heart to helping children with even more severe hearing loss in need of cochlear implants. She jumped into action to raise funds for Rhyan’s Hope, a non-profit organization that seeks to help deaf children to hear again. Through her passionate efforts she ensured a young girl whom she had never before met was able to receive a much needed and very expensive surgical procedure not covered by insurance. This is just one of the many ways Debbie has been open to God working through her to make a difference in those around her. Our children and I are so very proud of her!
Woman of the Week for 07/18/2012: Karen Riendeau
Nominated by: Maria Artelli
Karen is simply a remarkable woman of God. The way she gracefully lives her life shines in ways that I am sure she doesn’t truly understand. I grew up in a Sunday morning Christian family, whose walks with Christ never really took place outside of the church walls. When I became a Christian, God used Karen as a spiritual mother in my life. She showed me that it’s not about religion, but a relationship with Jesus, and this relationship didn’t have to be lived out of obligation, but desire. I model a lot of what I do and who I am after the Jesus that lives in Karen Riendeau.
Woman of the Week for 07/20/2012: Claudia Nathe
Nominated by: Audrey Navarro
Growing up we did’nt have much; my mother and father both worked full time. But even though my mother worked 40+ hours a week, she managed to make a special bond with each of her three children. My my most fond memory of her as a child was every Saturday we would go grocery shopping, it was my favorite part of the week and before we would leave the house we always prayed for a great parking spot and lots of sales and God always delivered. That was her way of showing me that God cared even about the small things in life. When I turned 15, my father passed away. My whole family was devistated. My mother then had to take on 3 part time jobs, raise 3 children and enrolled in school full time. When she finished school she graduated top of her class. My mother is an amazing mother and grandmother and somehow always managed to keep our family “together”. And even though she went through some horrible times she managed to put God first and prove to us that God answers prayer. My mother is the most selfless amazing example of a women of God, wife and mother and I love her more that words can say.
Woman of the Week for 07/19/2012: Rosa Thompson
Nominated by: Steve Thompson
Rosa and I have been married 20+ years. We have 3 boys (2 over 18 and 1 10 years of age.) Rosa has always been there for us, through thick and then. In the past years, Rosa has been through a lot, but has held on strong and showed the love any mother would for her children. When I was in the hospital 2 years back, she was there to support me as well as kept the family strong. She has held us together and made sure the family was supported at all times. She does not show her feelings when they are hurt, but keeps right on going. She is the most wonderful wife any one could have as well as the best mother any child could have. Thank you, Rosa, for the wonderful children you have given me and the wonderful years you have given me. I LOVE YOU, ROSA
Woman of the Week for 07/12/2012: Gail Goss
Nominated by: David Miller
She is truly a woman of God. I’ve known her for 27 years, and she has consistently spoken the Word God in my life. I have disappointed and broken her heart more than once, but she has always forgiven, encouraged, and supported me. As I surrendered my life to Christ, He has given me eyes to see this amazing, beautiful woman for the angel she has been in my life. She’s more than the Woman of the Week, she is a WOMAN OF GOD!
Woman of the Week for 06/21/2012: Cheryl Miller
Nominated by: Karen Daigneault
Cheryl is a single mother of 2. Her little girl lives with her in Sanford and her son lives in New Smyrna. Cheryl also works, goes to school, and takes care of our mother, who also lives with her. A few days ago I had a banking mistake, classes all day, and no way take care of it before 6 PM. Cheryl went out of her way to take care of it for me (paying the full amount and putting extra in my account) and also went to New Smyrna to get her son to bring him back to Sanford to run his errands. Then she told me it is not necessary to repay her. Even with my mother, she does not allow my mother to help with household expenses. She believes my mother did her job raising her and now it is her turn to help and that is how God would want it. She always goes out of her way to help family and friends. She is a selfless person who has always worked hard for everything and has never asked for a handout. She is my best friend; I could not ask for anyone nicer.
Woman of the Week for 06/14/2012: Jennifer Verga
Nominated by: Dominick and Sophia Verga
My eleven year old daughter and I are writing this for our love for a woman of faith. Jennifer is the women of my dreams and the best mother a child could ever ask for. God had a special plan for Jennifer! She makes me smile in the of hardest times. Jennifer enjoys praying and worshiping the Lord. I believe by her setting an example of faith, our daughter has grown in faith.
My mother works hard and always has a smile on her face. My mom is like a machine never stopping.
My wife does everything for our family. Our dog would have to agree as well. She would run into a burning building to save one of us.
Mom,Jennifer, we love you and we hope you know that. God bless you!
Woman of the Week for 06/07/2012: Cala Stadel
Nominated by: Debbie Juehring
I have a wonderful woman I want to tell Z land about as she is a very dear friend of mine. Having a large family was a dream of hers when she was little and at age 46 she has accomplished it. She had 6 girls and finally ended up with a son on the seventh delivery. She has the patience of Job and is very involved in all of their lives.
Being a very spiritual person she has raised all 7 of her children in Christ. They range from 21- 6 years of age. Her son has just finished Kindergarten in May. We have figured that Cala will have 48 proms in her lifetime as well as homecomings, and other special events . We joke they should start up their own consignment shop of all the dresses, shoes, and jewelry they will need to buy over the next years. I don’t know when she sleeps because she is at every basketball, softball, or volleyball game that any of her active kids are involved in through school.
To add one more thing to her very busy agenda every day, she just recently started her own business helping others get healthy after she successful lost 94 pounds. She is finding time to make her health a priority these days because she knows that our bodies are our temples. She now wants to show her family that God wants us to take care of our bodies.
“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” - 1 Corinthians 6:19
Another one of Cala’s favorite quotes she likes to remind me of is: God can dream a bigger dream for you then you can dream for yourself!
She is a true inspiration of mine because I am from a large family myself. I was the youngest of 7 children and I know the commitment it takes to be a woman of God raising kids in our world today, and she is a blessing in showing us all how to do this. I know how much she relies on God day after day.
Cala, I am proud to be your friend. You are a true Woman of God. You have so much wisdom to share. Thanks for sharing your life with me as well as being such a wonderful mother, wife and friend to so many who look up to you in every thing you do.
Woman of the Week for 04/26/2012: Annette Parkhurst
Nominated by: Ashley Parkhurst
My mom is the best mom a girl could ask for; she’s not only my mom but my best friend. She’s loving, caring, generous, and just all in all amazing! She always puts everyone before herself, rather it be one of her five siblings, her husband, my sister, or myself. She has dedicated her entire life to my sister and me; there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for us. She took us to all our dance competitions growing up, and has always helped us with our school work (including now while we’re both in college). She would go to the ends of the earth to do any for us. Not only does she take care of us and her family but she loves to help anyone in need. She has this incredible vision to one day own her own homeless shelter to help people get back on their feet. Everything she does in her life is to serve God and glorify Him! Mom, thank you for being such a great role model for me, I pray that when I have kids I can be half the mom you have been to me! I love you!
Woman of the Week for 04/19/2012: Laura Costanzo
Nominated by: Amanda Costanzo
My mother is such an amazing woman. She is devoted to God, and is one of those people who doesn’t care if others give her strange looks when she prays in public. She is strong, and has been through so much in the past years, and I look up to her for her courage and faith that everything will turn out all right in the end, and that everything is part of His plan. One of my favorite Bible verses is, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” It always reminds me of Momma and her strength and determination. Once when she saw a Bible verse that I had put up on my wall, she was so happy that I was reading the Bible. I think that she is glad to see that she is making a difference in my life, and she really is. She is one of the greatest influences in my life, and I am glad to have her here. I really don’t know what I would do without her. Sure, Momma can be annoying and obnoxious sometimes, but I know that she does everything she does out of love. I love you Momma, and am so glad that you are here to guide me through my life!