My examples

I hesitated adding this post because someone could easily be offended. Whether they were not on the top of my list, or not on it at all. I have to say that I have taken something from every single person I have met. Whether good or bad, we all do that. But know, if I do not mention you by name, that there are many friends and family that have taught me many lessons that have helped me get this far.

First off, mom... of course. How could I not mentioned the woman that birthed me! :) My mother is strong. As I said before, you will never meet a woman that works harder. She has instilled this in me. I fear that I am not nearly as hard working as she is, but I like to think that I have some of that in me. My mother also has shown me that kindness and empathy are essential in life. I thank her for being that example to me.

Next is my sister (in-law) Amy. Besides being the best friend anyone could ask for and always listening to my whining over the phone, she has shown me what it is to be a wife and mother. Even though she has only been married a little over a year more then me and her oldest is 6, Amy knows so much more about being a wife and mother. I know this is because she is simply applying what she has learned from God's word. Specifically, Amy has taught me that having kids and getting stuff done is absolutely not impossible...even when pregnant. Ha. She never ceases to amaze me with her latest creation, or project. And she does everything so wonderfully. I learned from Amy not to come downstairs in the morning until you and the kids are fully dressed. It just starts your day off right. And I don't think I have been in my PJ's in the morning in over a year.

Vickie has been a huge encouragement to me. For those of you that know Vickie, you probably will agree with me in saying that she just LOVES her husband. They have been married for 15 years and she looks at Eric like she's 18 and they have been dating for 6 months. It's great. I love hearing her all mushy over him and how cute she thinks he is. She has really encouraged me to love my husband that way. Peter and I are not really the mushy type in public, but I let him know that I am still head over heels for him. :)

I know many moms that have taught me to love my children. But my friends that struggled to have children for years, and finally have their own are the ultimate example. I think these moms know what a miracle having a child is and that we should never take them for granted. They love their children with all their heart and actually are THANKFUL for times of training and learning. I have stepped back a few times and just reevaluated my love for my kids because of their example.

I think I am going to end here. I know that I will be mentioning more people later on. But the reason for posting this is to emphasis the passage in Titus that I highlighted. The older teaching the younger. And even though many of these woman are not much older then me, they have experienced more then I have and I have learned many lessons. Thank God for friends and godly woman willing to teach.


  1. Great post, Julie! I have really been enjoying your new blog here. I love the friendship quote too... I might have to steal that. ;)

  2. Jules, I love being your sister! And I don't think I've EVER heard you whine. :) I've learned so much from you as well...like how to relax and enjoy my kids being kids...and your soul-searching and upwards climb are inspiring and make me examine my own life...

  3. I think Amy would be amazed by how many of us she is an example to. I have stopped trying to compare myself to her and to my own sister-in-law, but thank God for the gifts He has given to them while I try to exemplify just a "smidgen" of their character.

    I have to go kiss my adorably cute husband now!:)