Saturday, April 30, 2016

52 Lists Week # 17; The People I Admire

This week's list challenge: the people you admire immediately made me think of my mom.  My thoughts soon turned to my mother in laws, my sister, my husband.  Then they slowly went through most of my family and friends. 

I admire most of them.  I admire different aspects of them all.  



I started writing .... (and deleted) this post multiple times.  I missed my Thursday deadline.... something I've never done.  I thought and stewed and wondered how best to approach this.  I finally realized that what I admired most about my family and friends is what wonderful parents they all are!


This parenting job is seriously tough but everyday I read about moms going off to work to provide the best life they can for their children.  I read about moms who are giving up on their jobs to stay home with their children.  I read about moms who are running from one job to the next job while stopping to grab a bite to eat in between hoping to make it to their kid's game on time to cheer them on.


I read about dads who are helping to clean house, after coming home from work.  Dads who take their kids outside to play ball even though they're tired.  Dad who are cleaning up after sick kids, dads who are taking kids to the doctor.  Dads who are missing out on everything working multiple jobs or extra long hours to bring home enough money to support their families.  


See the thing is all those moms and dads I admire all look so very, very different.  There is no one thing that makes them great or admirable other than they are trying to be the best parent they can be.  They are trying to keep all those different plates in the air, spinning, and running, and trying like crazy not to drop any of them.  


Of course we all do every now and then; but that's what makes us human. 


Most of the time all the parents I know come through for kids and that's what matters most in the end... the rest is just providing stories for our kids to talk to with their friends when they're comparing notes about who has the worst parents.  


So whether you are a stay at home mom, a homeschooling mom, a working mom, a single mom, a stay at home dad, a homeschooling dad, a working dad, a single dad... if you continually put your kids first, try your very best to be the best parent you know how to be, always trying, never feeling like you are getting ahead... well I salute you and I admire you.




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10 comments :

  1. Hebrews exhorts us to learn from the faith of those who have taught us the Word. I love this call to a kind of hero worship that exalts those who have exalted God!

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  2. Beautiful! I couldn't just list one person and struggled at first like you mentioned in your post. I ended up taking a similar type of approach where I could show admiration for all the people that bless me.

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    1. It seemed like the only way to go in the end. :)

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  3. We live in a society of judging attitudes. I like how anyone reading this will be encouraged. Except for the few that don't put their families first for whatever reasons, the majority of parents do and they are good. They want the best for their families. Thank you for including everyone here.

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    1. Aw, I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I sure hope it encourages everyone.

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