It's so hard to watch/read the news these days.  Wading through the load of political smear stories and articles about cannibals, rising drug crime and other crud from society can really get you down.  But, it never fails to stop me in my tracks when I read amazing stories of mothers who sacrifice for their kids.  And, in some cases, they even give their lives to save their kids.

Fox News.com reported one such story this morning.  One of the many tornadoes spawned by tropical storm Debby collapsed a mobile home.  Inside the debris, they found a toddler alive in the arms of her mother.  Here's a quote from the story:

"When they found her, she was literally holding her baby, her little girl," witness Kim Bass told MyFoxTampaBay. "They took the little child from her because she was having a hard time breathing and she had barbed wire on her and was in a very dense section of woods, about 50 feet back there."

Just last fall, we mentioned the story of Stacie Crimm who had cancer yet refused treatment because she was pregnant and the chemotherapy would have harmed her child.  MSNBC.com had her story:

Crimm, a 41-year-old single mother, received the grim diagnosis of terminal head and neck cancer just months after her little girl was conceived. She opted to skip chemotherapy to protect her growing fetus.

Crimm survived long enough for the baby to be delivered. But shortly after holding her daughter for the first time, the Oklahoma woman slipped into a coma and died.

Let's not wait til Mother's Day to salute the women among us who do heroic things like this on a daily basis.