Thirty Shaping Influences of My Life
1. My pastor dad---always genuine and consistent with God's Word.
2. My mom---always there, always committed to spurring us on to excellence.
3. My brother---taught me to think "out of the box" and gives comic relief when needed.
4. My sister---always knows how to fix things or at least listen if she can't.
5. My grandmothers.
6. My grandfathers---both of them had a devotion to work that I admired.
7. My husband---his love has given me more than I ever imagined and he always encourages me in each endeavor I take.
8. My parents-in-love---they raised my husband to be the great man he is and have accepted me as their own daughter.
9. My siblings-in-love---I just took them as my own when I married their brother.
10. The Proverbs 31 woman who took my mother under her wing as a young mother and treated me as her own granddaughter.
11. The teacher that told us "I'm going to teach you to think"---and did.
12. The young lady whose songs inspired me to love the Lord and sing to His glory when I got older.
13. The young lady that took me under her wing and reinforced the Biblical principles my parents had taught me when I was a young teenager.
14. The friend who stuck with me (and still does) no matter how we disagree and no matter what she has heard. We are "kindred spirits".
15. The teacher without which I would have never made it through Algebra and influenced me in so many ways and still remains invaluable in my homeschooling journey.
16. The evangelist's wife who took time to encourage me as a young girl to follow God's call.
17. The older preacher who encouraged me in my marriage to God's man for me when others thought I was "wasting my life" by marrying young.
18. The young man who thoroughly enjoyed playing the piano and inspired me to love it, too, even after years of "have to" lessons.
19. The teacher who drilled into our heads "Read your Bibles!". Her words still echo in my head when I don't "feel" like having devotions. (They also echo when my child is reciting multiplication tables--but I'm not sure that's really a shaping influence.)
20. The group of ladies who taught me that submission is freedom not bondage and mothering is pure joy when done God's way.
21. The writings of Anne Ortlund on discipline.
22. The writings of Linda Dillow on marriage.
23. The writings of Don Aslett on home management and productivity.
24. The writings of Tedd Tripp on parenting.
25. My former school teacher who encouraged me by telling me I'd be great at homeschooling. (Not that I am, but it gave me, in part, the motivation I needed.)
26. The example of Michelle Duggar on mothering with joy.
27. My piano and choir teacher who always encouraged me to be my best.
28. The piano teacher who most inspired my teaching style. I hear echos of her voice in mine when talking with students.
29. My four children---perhaps they have done the most to shape me more into who God wants me to be.
30. A friend who was "iron sharpening iron" and got me thinking about my health and that of my children.
Thirty Blogs I Read
A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Christian HomeKeeper™ Network
Hallee The Homemaker
Nourishing Heart & Home
Ordinary Inspirations for the everyday Wife, Mommy, and Homemaker
Thirty Favorites at Our Table
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Biscuits and Gravy
Eggs, Bacon, and Toast
French Breakfast Puffs
Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
English Muffin Pizzas
Quick Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
Garlic Lime Chicken
Italian Chicken over Rice or Noodles
Oven Roasted Chicken
Pepperoni Pizza Chili
Spaghetti w/Red and White Sauces
Spiral Pasta w/Bacon and Spinach
Sweet 'n' Sour Meatballs
Thanks for reading my totally random 300th post!