Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Because of Knowing you.....

...Mother, I have a testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

...Dad, I learned to have a strong opinion on every conceivable issue, large and small.

...John, I've learned what it REALLY means to serve and be selfless.

...Sister Robyn, I've learned that life needs to have fun in it, too, not just work.

...Sister Kristin, I've learned what it means to "leave [your] father and [your] mother, and ...cleave unto [your spouse] and be of one flesh".

...Brother Erik, I have come to understand that hydrogenated oil is something we should never consume.

...Sister Kim, I have a greater respect for the environment.

...21-year-old daughter, I learned to wipe off the toilet with a dry cloth before cleaning it, thus wiping up lint, or hair, or other dry material that would otherwise only get wiped around by cleaning it with a wet rag. You said I taught you this, but I didn't remember it when you reintroduced me to the idea, so thank you.

...18-year-old son, I learned to trust again, after being lied to and hurt by others.

...15-year-old daughter, I've learned that teenagers can be a joy to have around.

...14-year-old son, I've learned some pretty great George Strait songs.

...10-year-old son, I know what it looks like to see a water balloon hit a man's face in slow motion.

...8-year-old daughter, I've learned that if you gently push up on the toaster handle, you can more easily get out toast that is too short for the toaster.

...5-year-old son, I've learned that 5-year-old boys can be in love with women, but they way they express it is by saying they wish the woman they are in love with was their mom. (No, it doesn't bother me. I think it's cute and I'm glad that he has strong emotions and knows how to express them.)

...Twin A, I know how it feels to be kissed on my hand over and over by a cute little mouth.

...Twin B, I'm inspired to try things without fear.

...Baby Hippo, I now know that I can have a nearly pain-free, unmedicated child birth.

...Father-in-law, I wave at everybody I pass in our town, because you said it was one of the easiest ways to be friendly.

...Mother-in-law, I'm inspired to strive daily to be better organized.

...Mary Kreitel, I've learned that if my toddler won't let me put ice on his owie, he might let me put a cold soda can on it.

...Amy Whetten, I've learned that taking the cover off a book you borrow helps to keep it looking new.

This is just a short collection of ways my life has improved by knowing who I do. I'm working on a continuation of this list to be posted later on in the week and it's been so fun to look back on my life and see why I am who I am and who to thank for it!

Thanks for listening.

P.S. My sister and I are finally getting skinnier!
See how we're doing it HERE! :)


The Farmer's Wife said...

very made me think and make my own list today...Hugs!

~Amy~ said...

I hope you don't mind if I borrow this idea! Just beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Thats what you learned from me? Something having to do with the toilet? Lame...

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Haha, 21-year-old girl, I thought you might say that! Of course I've learned SOOOO much from you, especially about vegetarian living, but I've already posted tons about that, including many of your recipes, so I thought I'd pick something a little different, and perhaps helpful to other housewives! :)

Melinda said...

WOW what a nice list! You are lucky to have so many supportive loving people around you! Love Ya

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Thank you Farmer's Wife and Amy! Imitation is the best form of flattery!

Kayla said...

Very nice! When I first moved from my parents house I made it a habit to send my parents texts of what I learned from them. It was usually in the form of a thank you and inspired by a problem I faced and realized my parents had taught me the solution some how. My mom told me she smiled alot when I did that.

Courtney said...

This is a great idea! Isn't your son now 19 if he is on a misson? just wondering.... you are great.

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Yes, Courtney, he's 19, although if you live in Mexico, you can go out when your 18, which he did!

Christine:) said...

What a fun list! I'm glad you are writing this all down:)