Saturday, June 30, 2007

Role Models

Have you seen 'The Secret'? My mother-in-law sent us a CD called 'The Totality of Possibilities' and I think it's the same idea as that movie. I was casually listening to it the other day as I was getting ready and latched on to the idea that you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do. Don't be stopped by lack of eduction, lack of finances, lack of self confidence--those are just excuses. I don't know how far I buy into the idea; I want to plan a trip where we go do all the crazy things they do on The Amazing Race. I think that would take some financial fundage, don't you think?

But I think it's important to not be stifled or scared when thinking about what you really want to be. So this CD gave me all this confidence and ambition. For about thirty seconds before I realized I don't really know what I want. Hmmm. Artsy? Musical? Well-read? Funny? Sporty? All of the above, please. Well. I DO know that I want a strong, close family and a home where people always feel welcomed and comfortable. I guess that's a start.

There's this great family in our ward that I really look up to. I probably shouldn't post their names, but I wish I could. Justin and I really look up to what they are doing with their kids. All of them are so polite, helpful, supportive of each other, kind to each other. Their son mowed our lawn all last summer and when Justin went to pay him, he said 'Oh, just put it in the scouting fund.' What 13 year old boy says that? Their oldest daughter is adorable--sweet, talented, gorgeous. She has missed out on many high school dances because she doesn't like the music they play and feels like it's not a good environment. So I've been trying to pick their mom's brain before I leave here to see how they've raised such a great family. So far she's been pretty coy about my insistence that she has done a great job. Actually, she's probably just humble about it, huh. Well, that makes my quest even harder.

I took her two youngest to the pools the other day. They were so fun and even coaxed Abbey into the water for a good hour. They were getting the biggest kick out my digital camera and kept wanting their pictures taken in the car. Not the best backdrop, but it kept them entertained. What a cute kid, huh? It's nice to have people like this to look up to.

4 comments:

jayne said...

Oh,my. This family has been at the top of my want-a-family-like-that-list FOREVER! Isn't the mother the most humble person ever? My goal is to coax it out of her one day. Actually, I think they simply lead by example. Oh to be a mother like her..........

Erin said...

Yes, this is a great family. I remember when I first moved into this ward I thought their youngest girl was the most gorgeous little girl I had ever seen. All their kids are beautiful, and yet so humble and GOOD.

Tristie said...

great post. Love the idea that we can truly do and be what we want. I don't think any of us realize just what we are capable of. It is such a great motto to live by, and I've seen the the truth of it time after time in people I love. If I have a dream, I gotta DO SOMETHING about it!

rebecca said...

I know a family like this and she said what she does at the end of every day is ask each child what they did to serve someone that day. If your child knew they were going to be asked that they would probably be looking out for others all day. Just that would make your child a better person :)