My mother was a Southern lady from Virginia who taught me how a lady should act and the value of who I am.  She modeled integrity, faithfulness and love, and I learned so much from her.

10 Things I learned from my mother

  1. Always be on time or a little early – arriving late shows disrespect for others’ time
  2. Sing when you’re sad – it’s hard to be focused on your problems when you’re singing
  3. Make up your bed every morning – it sets a good habit of putting everything where it belongs before your whole world is out of order
  4. Give money when the offering plate is passed and share with anyone in need – generosity is the antidote to greed
  5. Wake up early for quiet time – once the day starts, it’s hard to carve out the most important part of the day
  6. It’s nicer to smell a rose than a garbage pile – fill you mind and thoughts with good rather than bad
  7. Don’t “sit on your manners” – always say please and thank you and let others go through the door first
  8. Wear lipstick when you go to the grocery store – it’s not hard to look your best…always
  9. Know the story of Great Grandma’s hutch – your family and past generations are who you are and connect you to history
  10. Love God with all your heart and show that love to everyone else

These are great standards to live by, and I see my mother clearly when I read them. But they also inspire me to think what I want to pass along to my children.  So here goes…

10 Things I hope my children learn from me

  1. Laugh at yourself – you are not perfect and that’s OK (everyone else already knows that about you)
  2. Eat breakfast together – family time is sweet and more precious than we realize
  3. Treat others with respect and kindness – this includes your spouse
  4. Always share with others less fortunate – even when we feel poor, we are 99% richer than the rest of the world
  5. Happiness is a choice – let go of hate and anger because they are more poisonous to you than to their target
  6. Put things away after you use them – it’s easier to keep chaos away before it overwhelms you
  7. Wake up early to be quiet and give space to hear God speaking – it is worth silencing our “mind chatter”
  8. Control is an illusion – we are not as in control of life as we think so trust God with each day and the future
  9. Look for the good in people – we are all made in the image of God and it is special to get a glimpse of his face in others
  10. Love God with all your heart and show that love to everyone else

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom