Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Week 37: Good Examples

Parents: We Love 'Em!

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about my parents. This makes sense, since I'm on my way to becoming a parent myself! Parents also keep coming up in conversations with my friends. I've been asked a number of times lately if I'm concerned at all about my parents, and Erik's parents, and boundaries once the baby comes. My honest answer is always, "Huh--no, not really!" and people tend to look at me like I'm a little naive. And maybe I am--but I honestly don't see my parents or Erik's as being anything but supportive, respectful--and of course super excited for our son and our journey of parenting!

See, unlike some adults who continually realize what they didn't like about their parents, I am consistently realizing how amazing my parents really were/are! Erik and I agree--the older we get, the more appreciative of and in awe of our parents we are. We are so blessed; our parents, all four of them, were and continue to be incredible examples of, well, good parenting!

My parents, John and Karen, have somehow struck a perfect balance of love, freedom, discipline and silliness. I was their guinea pig, which sometimes I jokingly complain about, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

I have always loved this picture. Such comfort and security--I love my mom!

Daddy-daughter moments--I have so many good memories of my Dad! Goofy as he is, he did an awesome job of raising all of girls ... and my brother. :)

Tim and Linda--Erik's their only son, and they raised him so well!

Sons learn how to be men from their Dads; Tim taught Erik well!

Linda (and Tim) instilled such a love of music into their children--and I get to reap the benefits!

Erik and I agree--we have the best parents in the world. They taught us so much, and we can't wait to start employing the same skills with our son! Thank you to our parents! We can't wait to see you learn to be our son's grandparents as well.


  1. This was so sweet to read. I feel the same way about my parents (all 4 of them!) What a wonderful blog capturing a "glimpse" of these growing up memories!

  2. Thanks for these kind words Kristin and Erik. It's what every parent would hope to hear at the end of this season of parenting. And now at the beginning of another, I too can't wait to see what being a grandparent is going to be like. Right now, I'm in love with a little boy I just met and that amazes me.

    I am so proud of you and how you have slipped so naturally into the role of mom. I love you so very, very much.

  3. This is really sweet! And...why is Erik's dad in a tux at the hospital?