Hey friends! I hope your week is off to a great start! I feel like mine is already off to the races & it’s definitely going to be another busy one. Rob and I’s “date” last night was walking the dog- if that tells you anything about how packed our schedule currently are! ha.
I shared this post on instagram Sunday night after spending Saturday with my parents and having a heart-to-heart with my mom, and got so excited to hear the lessons that your mama’s taught you! I think I really must be getting older- because I realize now how full of wisdom my parents are and that in some cases, my mom really was right! 🙂 It was so nice to have some girl talk with her one this weekend and it really got me thinking about the other lessons I learned from my mom. So today’s post is all about the 5 lessons I learned from my mom!
ONE: Make Everyone You Come Across Feel Important
This was the lesson I shared on Instagram, but it’s been so foundational for me that I think it’s worth repeating here for permanence 🙂 My mom has a real knack for acknowledging everyone around here and making each and every person feel important. She LOVES to bake (a skill I did not inherit!) and growing up she would keep pound cakes she make in our freezer so every time she went out to run errands she could grab one and give it to whoever she was seeing. Our UPS guy? Pound Cake. The dry cleaner? Pound Cake? Hair Stylist? Pound Cake! Many people referred to her as “the pound cake lady” growing up! But I love that this simple act made everyone feel valued and seen- so this is a lesson that I try and incorporate in my every day in my own way!
TWO: Marriage is Work but it’s So Worth it!
Now that I am in a serious relationship, this lesson feels especially important and relevant! (And this is probably a lesson that I can give credit to my mom & dad for :)). My parents have been married for 35 year (!!!) which is pretty incredible in this day & age, and while it definitely wasn’t always easy or perfect, my mom really showed me how to live out commitment to your spouse, what it means to promise “for better or worse,” and the joy that comes with a lifetime of commitment to your best friend! It’s been so cool to see how their relationship has transitioned now that my sister and I are out of the house, and I fully believe that being married is the most worth it decision after seeing the example that my mom & dad laid out for us.
THREE: There’s Nothing a Good Cup of Coffee Can’t Fix
If you want to know where my caffeine addiction comes from, look no further than my mama! If there is an equivalent word for “hangry” when you’re un-caffeinated… well that would be her 😉 ha. But, growing up I feel like coffee was always the solution. Running errands? Grab a cup to go for energy. Big test? Let’s brew a pot and crack open the books. Need to talk? Here’s a coffee to chat over. I’m pretty sure almost every moment of my life has had a coffee in my hand! But I love that it’s a tradition I now carry on & love brewing that first fresh cup of coffee in the morning- it’s something I look forward to every day!
FOUR: The Power of Being a Bargain Shopper
There is no doubt about it… my mama is the coupon queen! She is always on the hunt for a good deal, the best value, and how to get more for less. I can’t tell you how many texts I get that are like “I got these 483635485 items for $2 thanks to my coupons!” It’s like her own personal challenge! ha. She even has her own alphabetized and categorized coupon box that she carried everywhere! It’s like the holy grail of the house!
While I’m not so good at coupon cutting (millennial problems) my mom did teach me to be patient, wait for a good sale, never pay full price! If only I had learned not to impulse shop… ha!
FIVE: The Importance of Faith as Your Foundation
Undeniably the most important lesson in my life of all- that faith is my guiding foundation. It’s been really cool to see how God has been working in my mom’s life the past few years and it’s reaffirmed and excited me that there is nothing that’s impossible with God. When we build out lives on our faith they cannot easily be shaken and no matter what happens we have an unchanging God. I’m thankful that my mom has shown me how to trust God and let him guide me.