About a week ago, Shelly Ludwig found out her daughter entered her in the Echo Press Moms Rock photo contest.

When she asked her why, she was told she deserved it.

“I told her I didn’t know about that,” said Shelly, who is from Alexandria and is the mom of Brittany, 27; Brett, 25; and Bryce, 21. “I figured there were a lot more deserving moms than me. I don’t know that I do anything that much more spectacular.”

According to her children, Shelly, who was the winner of the contest, is more than deserving. She won a sterling silver mother's ring valued up to $250 from Diekman's Jewelry in Alexandria.

Brittany Ludwig explained that she entered her mom in the contest because she goes above and beyond for everyone in her life and that truly, no words or gifts could ever really show her what it all means to her children. Brittany said her mom supports her and her siblings in everything they do.

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When their dad, Trevor, who passed away on April 12 after a two-year battle with colorectal cancer, first got sick Shelly took on the role of his primary caregiver without skipping a beat.

“For the last two years, she balanced his care, her job, her children and everything else a mother does,” said Brittany. “All without hesitation or complaint. She’s a giver, always going out of her way for everyone in her life.”

Shelly Ludwig, winner of the Moms Rock photo contest, is pictured with her children – Bryce, Brett and Brittany. (Contributed photo)
Shelly Ludwig, winner of the Moms Rock photo contest, is pictured with her children – Bryce, Brett and Brittany. (Contributed photo)

Brittany was excited that her mom won the contest and said it just shows that others also see how much she does and that she deserves a little recognition. She said it’s not only her children who know what a wonderful mother she is – everyone does.

Shelly said she loves being a mom. She has enjoyed watching everything her kids have done – from sports to music to academics. She also has enjoyed getting to know her children’s friends and likes to help them out, too.

The Ludwig family has housed Blizzard hockey players, as well as Beetles/Anchors baseball players and Northstar hockey players, and Shelly said they have become like family to her.

“We stay in touch and follow their families also,” she said. “Being a mom is one of the best things ever!”

Best childhood memories

The three Ludwig siblings were asked to share a favorite childhood memory of their mom and here is what they each said.

  • Brittany: She turned into everyone’s mom. All of my friends called her “Momma Shelly.” She not only supported me at my sporting events, but supported each one of my friends, too. If someone’s parents couldn’t make it to a game/meet, she was right there to support them like they were her kid.

  • Brett: She was there for everything! If we had a school function or activity, she was there. If we had a game, she was there. From sports to band to fundraisers, we knew mom would be in attendance.

  • Bryce: I was able to go to St. Louis with my mom and dad in 2008 for the NAHL Championship. For the whole trip, it was just the three of us and spending all that time with them was amazing. Mom and I watched movies in the car for the trip down and back, we got to see the Arch, and we watched some fun hockey games. I loved having that quality time with my parents.

Bryce Ludwig, on his signing day with the Jack Rabbits, poses with a photo with parents, Trevor, who passed away April 12, and Shelly, who won this year's Echo Press Moms Rock photo contest. (Contributed photo)
Bryce Ludwig, on his signing day with the Jack Rabbits, poses with a photo with parents, Trevor, who passed away April 12, and Shelly, who won this year's Echo Press Moms Rock photo contest. (Contributed photo)

Making everything special

They also all shared something special their mom has done for them. Brittany said her mom set up a wonderful surprise birthday party when she turned 16. She said Shelly went into a great detail to make it a very special time for her. She added that’s what her mom did; she wanted to make everything special, even when it came down to her study nights with friends.

“She made sure everyone had dinner and dessert and made sure we stayed on topic so we would ace our macroeconomics and government tests,” said Brittany. “She never skipped the little things.”

Brett said his mom supported his dreams. Whenever he had a new idea or goal, his mom would help him with it.

“She helped each of us achieve our goals, no matter how big or small,” said Brett.

Shelly Ludwig, shown with her son, Brett, helped support Zion Lutheran School by helping run the school's annual plant sale. (Contributed photo)
Shelly Ludwig, shown with her son, Brett, helped support Zion Lutheran School by helping run the school's annual plant sale. (Contributed photo)

Bryce said when his sports jerseys needed to be cleaned, his mom stayed up way late to make sure it was done right. He said she made sure her kids had everything they needed to compete well.

“She always called me before any of my games to make sure I had enough food or Gatorade or anything else I needed before I competed,” said Bryce. “She was there for everything.”

The Ludwig siblings also each shared a fun fact about their mom. Brittany said her mom loves to watch anything with Gordon Ramsey, like Master Chef or Hell’s Kitchen. She would love to visit one of his restaurants one day and eat his food.

Brett said she would keep the Christmas tree up all year if the family would let her. She gets sad when it has to come down. One year, he said, they let her keep it up until mid-February and she was still sad when it finally came down.

Bryce said his mom is competitive. Whether it is a game she’s participating in or if she’s supporting one of her favorite teams. He said if her team is losing, she isn’t happy. He also said that she never bashes other teams, but instead goes into “extra support” mode, which includes cheering louder – even if it’s a game on TV.

Advice to new moms

As a mom who loves to support her children in all they do, Shelly shared some sage advice for the new moms out there. She said time goes by so fast and they should try to enjoy every minute.

“Take time to go to the park and to play with them,” she said. “Get involved in what they do. Show them you have time for them and they will feel that importance. Housework will always be there!”

She also said that children watch their parents and learn from them.

“So if you show your faith, help others, get involved in your church and community, they will learn those things,” she said. “And that is where their compassion and love also comes from.”