May 10, 2013 at 9:09 AM ET
In a story for TODAY Moms this week, Maria Shriver shared a touching story of the many gifts she received from her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who passed away four years ago. Above all, Shriver says she is most thankful that her mother gave her "the gift of possibility."
From an early age, she instilled in me a belief that I could do anything I wanted to do. It wasn’t a matter of, "Can I?" or "Should I?" It was just, "You can, you must, you will!"
Shriver's post inspired TODAY to ask viewers and readers to share what they most love about their own mothers, in honor of Mother's Day. Here, some of the lovely sentiments from operation #TODAYlovesmom: