\\ A D M I R E\\
verb I ad·mire I ad-'mT(-a)r
Webster 1828: to regard with wonder or surprise, mingled with approbation, esteem, reverence or affection.
Merriam-Webster today: to feel respect or approval for (someone or something)
To start this series, we start where I started - my parents. They are who I am. My dad makes up all of my personality and my mom makes up my proficiency in the English language and anything I know about cooking/baking (there is a difference :D). I A D M I R E my parents first for who they are. Two of the best people you·II ever meet who unapologetically live their faith out every single day. It starts each morning alone praying and reading the Word of God.
I was homeschooled and, as with lots of things in my life I'm learning God did it so that any time someone asks, I can't help but bring Him up.
My dad used that time to pour things into me -work ethic, waking up early to work (when it's NOT 84 degrees with humidity that might just cause a pig to sweat) and learning the value of doing it both hard and right. In his office, he put me in situations to meet important people or do things (send e-mails, make phone calls, etc.) that not every kid got to do that have been more than beneficial.
My mom used her time with me to teach me sure, but I learned how to price things at the grocery store, the reward of getting things done early, and most definitely cleaning (I can clean, although I may not always show it, but it's because of my parents). Her L O V E was seen though too in the way that she stayed up late to decorate for our birthdays, make food for the friends I'd have over, and YES in the discipline she administered. It saved me from a life I won't imagine :)
But their F A I T H is who they are. It is Christ who lives in then and the life they live is by faith in Jesus who loved then and gave Himself for them. It's why they have done what they have and lived the life they have lived. I've seen their faith in action more times than I can count and will never speak of it to build themselves up, but only for the encouragement of someone else or to glorify God. Sometimes they seem foolish to the world, but they don't care. They do what they do because they want to obey God. Not everyone gets the chance to see such faith in action.
I see them both in this song To Live Is
Christ by Sidewalk Prophets:
If I rise, let me rise on you
Not on all of my successes, my esteem or my pursuits
If I lose, let me lose my life
Cause if I belong to Jesus, the flesh is crucified
For me to live is Christ
For me to live is Christ
For me to live is Christ, to die is gain
I have been M O R E than blessed to have them as parents. And would never trade them or the way they raised me.
P.S. my chocolate chip cookie skills come from my mom. her's are literally the best
in the world and if you think someone can make better than hers, i'll give you money, prove you wrong, and then take my money back...they're just that good.
fun fact: they're so good, the construction crew did some stuff for less money when we were building our house because they were JUST THAT GOOD