Mother's Day highlights the importance and influence of local moms

Mother's Day highlights a mother's influence and importance / Colby Gallagher

No matter who the person, we all see a little bit of our moms in ourselves whether we want to or not.

"It's kind of scary. You stand back and you look in the mirror and you go, oh my gosh! I swore I was never going to say that and I just said that to my kids," said Andrea Strickland.

"If I got anything from her it would be that tenaciousness. Sometimes good, sometimes bad," said Sky Martin, a father and proud supporter of his wife, Pam.

"My daddy particularly will say oh you sound just like your mother," said Pam.

Sunday marked the one day a year that reminds us to stop taking the woman who has dedicated her life to taking care of us for granted.

"It's nice to have one day that mom can just sit back and relax and let everybody else shower her with love and affection. Usually it's the other way around," said Strickland.

Not only is it a way to say thanks, it's also a time to reflect on the important life lessons we have been taught.

Pam Martin, a mother of one herself, thanked her mom who has passed on by wearing a symbolic white flower as a way to show that she lives on through her daughter.

"I probably can sum up what I learned from my mother in two short words and that's family first."

It's never too to show your mom you care whether it's a bouquet of flowers or a simple hug.

"It's sort of a thankless job and I guess mother's day is that time when we stop and we say thank you for all the times that we don't say thank you," said Sky Martin.