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.

About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at www.QBQ.com and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
This entry was posted in On Being Pregnant. Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Week 37: Good Examples

  1. Cassie says:

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

  2. Karen says:

    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 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!

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s