Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Five Things and My Kids

Karen, over at the Rocking Pony, has tagged me for a really cool meme. Y'all know I'm a sucker for the meme, but this one is about my kids, which makes it tougher for me than most other memes. It's sad, but true. Here goes:

5 things I want my kids to know
1. I love you.

2. Jesus loves you more.

3. Good friends are more important than money, fame or things. Hold on to your friends.

4. Always live NOW. BE who you are, who you're meant to be. Don't DO.

5. Harsh words can't be taken back or undone. Control your tongue.

5 things you want to tell your children when they are grown up
1. Don't try and keep up with everyone else. Live at your own pace.

2. Live within your means. Budget your money. Give generously.

3. Remember the friends thing? A good spouse is one of the greatest gifts you'll ever have. In order to have one, you have to be one.

4. Budget your time. This means knowing your priorities and spending your time accordingly.

5. Be flexible. I know, right? All that budgeting and I say be flexible! You can't bend freely unless you know how freely you can bend. Unless you have room to bend.

5 things you want to tell your child before you die
1. I have always loved you. Don't ever doubt that.

2. You are created in the image of a holy God, designed for dignity and purpose. Live like it!

3. You have been a fantastic (mom, dad, spouse, friend) and I am so proud of the way you've lived your life.

4. Can you believe all the crap we've been through together? I loved laughing with you over every bit of it!

5. I am so glad that God chose me to be your mom - it's been a privilege and an honor.

5 things you want your child to know before she dies:
1. Where she's going after she dies.

2. That she made a difference in the lives of others, that she touched people to their core.

3. The joy of living life fully, nothing held back.

4. The unconditional love of a spouse.

5. The loyal love of a dog. One that lives to please and asks nothing more than a pat on the head and a warm bed to snuggle in.

Y'all this was hard! I felt so harsh doing it. Uber Mommy-ish. Ew. So I'm going to tag people this time. Hee. I know Mayberry Magpie needs something to write about (right?), and I'd love to hear what she'd tell her kids. And Tammy, over at Color of Home, who is exhausted and needs one more thing to tax her brain. I'll stop at three and tag Lisa, at Confessions of a Karate Mom, who homeschools her two little ones and has a rather warped sense of humor. It's why I like her.

Be good. That's what I'd tell my kids. And I'm saying it to you. Yes, you.

Until I write again ...



kay said...

i love that one!!! i think i will just copy yours and share it with my kids!!

i love to read your blogs flea. you have a wonderful way with words. thanks for sharing that gift! :)

Karen said...

You did a fab job! Thanks for playing along. You had some awesome answers, and it's easy to see what you want in life for your children.

dlyn said...

Awesome post Flea - I bet all of it is or will be true too, before it is all said and done.

AutoSysGene said...

Everytime I read this meme I think what could I possibly add to this. Great job!! All things I would like my Hope to know!

The Sports Mama said...

Fabulous answers!

I think the hardest part for me would be summing up everything I wanted my children to know both now and in the future into just 5 lines.

Great job!

Mental P Mama said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Burgh Baby said...

I refuse to be good, you should know that. You, however, are very good, or at least you did a good job on that meme. Consider your back patted!

Anonymous said...

Oh, man, you're just trying to make me cry!

This one's hard. I have to think. Think hard.

It might take me a couple of days.

Ouch, my brain is already hurting.

Mayberry Magpie

Kidzmama said...

I can see you are very grounded my friend. Great job. I like the parts about your spouse. Having someone in your life that is by your side with love and understanding is VERY important.

Thank goodness you didn't tag me. I could never do half as well.

Flea said...

Y'know, I think we need to start some kind of 12 step program and I'll be the president. Something for women who don't think they are ... what's the word? ... not capable ... maybe capable. I didn't think I could do this meme, and I didn't think I did it well. I don't look at most things I touch and think I've done well. Y'all can do this one!

Weezee said...

Wow Flea I think you did awesome. I am inspired to go be good!

Flea said...

Weezee, I think I just spit hot cocoa out my nose! You're inspired to be good, huh?