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Thursday Morning Mom – Eva McKinney from Little Rock, Arkansas

Nominated by her daughter, Samantha Butler

Dear Tom,

I’m 18 years old and I’ve been listening to your show since I was a little girl.

My mom was a single parent and education has always been important to her. Last month, after 15 years, she graduated with honors from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock with a degree in professional and technical writing with a minor in management.

She would take early morning classes, go to night school and take weekend courses. Sometimes, she would sit out a semester and work a part-time job – in addition to her full-time job – so she could save up for more classes.  It wasn’t easy but she did it and it inspires me to do well in school.

When I was 12, she married my stepdad and they had my little brother evan, who is 5 years old. In her spare time, she mentors teens in Big Brothers Big Sisters, she runs the nursery & youth ministry at our church, and she volunteers at an adult literacy program.

I have always been proud and honored to have her as my mother. She is strong, smart, beautiful and blessed. She hasn’t taken a vacation in a long time and I think after all of her hard work, she deserves some time away.  


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