The Best of TV Moms

The Best of TV Moms

Some of them need to make a comeback.

I’m a huge television junky. I love family dramas, trashy reality television and everything in between. It’s my guilty pleasure. While I love watching Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, there is something about watching the different types of moms that the media portrays. They come in all different packages with different ranges of emotions and family values. Most of my favorite moms are from 90s sitcoms and some just feel like they're from the 90s. Here are a few of my favorites.

Annie Camden from 7th Heaven

She has her stuff together, at least in public. She’s the prime example of keeping her private life private, but is an open book when she needs to be. She goes to God with it all and prays about everything there is. She also raises her children to do the same. Like all families, hers has the share of drama, but she tries to keep it all under wraps and somehow it always works out. Even with what seems like a dozen kids, her house usually looks presentable and most of the time dinner is eaten as a family around the table. She is the ideal mom of the 90s. With an upgrade in her wardrobe and hairstyle, any mom in today’s world would be lucky to aspire to be like her.

Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

She’s the single mom who does everything to make her daughter (children) happy. Lorelai has the rule that her child(ren) won’t meet a boyfriend until she thinks it’s serious enough to do so. She tends to fall back on her high school sweetheart because it’s comfortable to her and obviously the you know what is great. People know her to be sarcastic and witty, but she always knows when to be serious. She could be everyone’s best friend and confidant. Her relationship with her family isn’t the greatest, but that’s okay with her. The Gilmore house is never really a mess and yet at the same time, it definitely looks lived in. All meals consist of coffee and some type of premade food because Lorelai could burn water.

Frankie Heck from The Middle

This is the average mom in the average everyday American family. Most of the time Frankie struggles to keep her head above water. Like most moms, she loves her kids more than anything, but she also knows she needs to love herself too. Frankie’s husband is a handyman of all fixes, but who says men have to fix it all? She knows when enough is enough and when to take control. Her life seems like a mess all the time, but she finds the balance. Her house is always falling apart and usually a hot mess, but again, it fits her lifestyle.

Jill Taylor from Home Improvement

She’s another average mom of the 90s. Pretty, smart and witty, Jill is pretty much a great mom. Her husband is the joker of the family, but she always has a few jokes up her sleeve too. Their house always looks immaculate, her kids seem like genuinely nice people and even she looks amazing most of the time. She also knows when enough is enough and she fixes things when her husband neglects them. Much like Annie Camden, with a total make over, she’d be the perfect mom in today’s world.

Reba from Reba

While The Reba Show technically aired starting in 2001, the show has a major 90s feel. Reba is probably one of the strongest moms out of this selection. She overcame her husband cheating on her, her daughter being pregnant in high school and her ex-husband and new wife moving in basically next door. Throughout the run of the show, Reba keeps her sanity and self together. She’s not a big joker and is pretty serious most of the time, but occasionally does let loose. She ensures that her kids know the importance of right and wrong. Reba is the typical southern mom with southern charm.

Honorable Mentions

Jill Brady from The Brady Bunch

Peggy Bundy from Married with Children

Amy Matthews from Boy Meets World

Harriette Winslow from Family Matters

Vivian Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

These are only a few of the television moms that I love. There are a few moms from more recent shows, but there is something about 90s sitcoms that have more to them. Whether it’s the wholesomeness, character or values, today’s television just doesn’t offer the same. I would love to be any of these moms, even for just a day. But alas, I’m just a mom of two kids trying to keep it together. If I really had to compare myself to one of these moms, I’m probably a Frankie. And as embarrassing as that is sometimes, it’s totally okay. Which mom are you?

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To the guy that shot my brother...


To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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