June 15, 2007

Yes, my parents are wonderful

I'm so grateful that people can tell from my blog that I have great parents. From the time I was born my mom stayed home to raise all five of us. She's also homeschooled us all (that's no small feat!). I was homeschooled k-12 as were and will be all the others. Plus, all three of us that she's graduated earned college scholarships. That's certainly a record to be proud of, but on top of that she's good at baking, gardening, sewing, playing games, dancing, taking care of sick kids, and a bunch of other great mommy/housewife skills. Oh, yeah, and she can negotiate the shirt off a salesman's back. She's pretty sharp.

Now my dad's no slouch either. He went back to school before the 3rd was born and stayed in until sometime around the 5th was born to get his CPA so he could get a job that would actually feed us all. But he's no desk jockey. My dad can water ski, shoot, build fences, remodel a kitchen, fix cars, play baseball, and that's just the short list. When his boss sent him and a bunch of other employees to self-defense training he blew everyone away by being the office guy (my dad even looks like an accountant) who could actually shoot and drive. He overcame a lot to get where he is today.

Both my parents are a lot of fun to be around. They were pretty regular about making time to play games with us and such. Of course that doesn't even begin to cover all the fun we had camping together. I've been as far north as Prince Edward's Island, Canada and as far west as Zion National Park. I've seen the sun set over both rims of the Grand Canyon and all the Great Lakes. Not bad for a little Alabama girl. We had such fun on those trips. There were plenty of times when all us kids would hole up on the back bed and play with all our dolls and stuffed animals. One time we were waving to the truckers with our dolls, and they kept honking as they passed and unnerving Dad 'cause he didn't know what they were all honking about. So we had to stop. I also remember driving through towns and across deserts while building things with our huge box of legos or playing endless rounds of gin rummy and squeak and old maid. I have a lot of good memories of my parents. However, that does not mean that I can't be honest about who I am and where I come from. My parents are wonderful people who taught me much more than how to read and do laundry, but I don't have to pretend that they were perfect in raising me and that everything they did was right. The Bible says that the truth will set you free. In order to see and speak and walk in the truth I've had to reject some bad habits and ways of thinking that came out of my experiences at home. This is different from rejecting my parents and even from disrespecting them. If this makes you uncomfortable that's ok. It made me uncomfortable at first, but if I'm going to run this race I need to know where my feet are.


Serena said...

I do believe that virtually no parents actually are perfect in raising their children. We are, after all, human! My parents (forgive the following word) screwed up royally more than once, that's for sure. Heck, they've still not got it all right! And me? I'm only a year and a half into parenthood, and I have enough regrets already to last me a lifetime. Thank God for His infinite mercy and GRACE! If not for His love and redemption, I wouldn't have a reason to go on. I myself am nothing without Him, so what could I do for my daughter without Him? This is something that I have to remind myself of constantly. I NEED Him NOW! Always, constantly, and NOW! And I can run to Him now, even if I've just done something stupid (which is more often than not). This is a hard thing to learn, and a good reminder of why we need to be in the Word. It's far easier to go back to a Godly mindset after we've been all-too-human when we have that knowledge of the Word. Which is, like I said, hard to learn!

Well! I didn't mean to go on like that! I hope you are feeling well. Don't get too discouraged. My labor was on...then off...then ON! On enough for the doctor and nurse to admit me to the hospital...and then, hours and hours later, off again. Just try to stay rested.

Loren said...

Thank the one and only God for GRACE! It really IS amazing!

Natalie said...

Amen and amen. It's really great to see how far my family has come. The way my parent's raised me was a huge improvement over their parents, and by God's grace it's just going to get better with every subsequent generation.

Loren said...

That's what I'm hoping too.. that each generation in our family will learn good things from the previous and benefit from the improvements. :)