Hi friends! Happy Thursday.
I’m really excited about this post today. I’m coming at your straight from the heart and hoping to inspire you to spread some love.
A LOT has changed for Drew and I since we became parents. God blessed us with the most awesome little sidekick that we still cannot get enough of. Maxwell also came with a ton of responsibility and for the rest of time we’ll be putting him before us. One thing we might not have been prepared for is the unpredictability of parenthood. Max will go to bed fine and then next morning he might have a full body rash. Or we might pick him up from daycare and his nose is all of the sudden running like a faucet and he has a cough. These are the times when we have to call into work last minute or cancel plans with friends. It is times like this when we’re thinking, “Whoa, this parenting thing can be a little stressful!”
Our own parents have come to our rescue many, many times. We feel incredibly thankful that they all want to help us out as much as they can. One of our favorite things about being parents is watching our parents interact with Max. It has become one of our greatest joys because they LOVE him SO much. He just got to his “I know who you are and I LOVE YOU TOO!” stage with them!
Parenting has given me an enormous thankfulness for my own parents and Drew’s parents. Now I have an understanding for how much they love us and I have a 17 month peak into how much they’ve sacrificed for us. And apparently, they aren’t done yet…because we’re always in need of a last minute sitter to help us keep our jobs 😉
Drew and I had such a great conversation about our parents the other night. We were reflecting about how much his parents saved us by taking care of Max during his recent ear infection. We talked about the qualities of each of our parents that we look up to. We also talked about what qualities we want Max and his little brother or sister to see us demonstrating.
The idea for this blog post is simple: I’m going to highlight what I look up to the most about each of Max’s grandparents. I know SO many of us FEEL thankful for our parents or other loved ones…but, do we take the time to put it into words? This obviously doesn’t have to be done on a blog, I know that your loved ones would thoroughly appreciate if you wrote them an email or heck even an out of the blue snail mail card. 😉
I admire my dad in so many ways that it is hard to pick out what to cover. But since I wanted to keep it to one or two, I made myself. My dad is one of those people that could strike up a conversation with ANYONE and he respects EVERYONE. People love to talk to him because he is SO funny, upbeat, and caring.
Recently, I overheard two family friends talking about him. They didn’t know I was right in the next room because I was putting Max to bed. They were saying, “I could talk to Todd forever.” The other one replied, “Couldn’t anyone? He is just such a great guy!”
They put it into words for me. Dad, you are one of a kind. You light up a room with laughter and fun. I spent my entire childhood watching you call every single cashier, waitress, Menard’s stock person, secretary…EVERYONE by their first name. Genuinely asking how they were and making them smile before you were done with them. Thank you for being such a great example.
This women has raised strong and confident women (and men), and I that says a lot about her. My mom has always exuded confidence in herself and that is a quality that I was able to look up to my whole life. I think it rubbed off a little. 😉 I loved that she was always in her swimsuit, not worrying about putting a cover up. She never talked negatively about her body and always made us feel good about ours. Because she was our mom, we also had someone that was constantly encouraging and believing in us. She made me think I could do or be ANYTHING and I KNOW that has benefited me BIG time.
Thank you mama for being a confident and strong woman. Thank you for giving me confidence to believe in myself and go after my dreams. Thank you for still being one of my biggest supporters.
I love how loyal Drew’s dad is. From his high school to his parents to his children to his wife to his grandchildren to the rest of his family to the Packers. He loves SO hard and you know that he always will be there when you need him. I love that he shares his heart with us and isn’t afraid to show some emotion. The closeness that he kept and continues to keep with his parents is something I really look up to.
Thank you for raising up such loyal and hardworking guys! They certainly had a role model in you and I’m so glad I get to experience this now. You make Max smile and laugh and it is SO fun to see him do the same for you. Looking forward to much more silliness with grandchildren to come 🙂
Robyn might just be the most selfless person I know. She is constantly helping people that need it. Whether it be her aging parents or her favorite grandson (Max is her only grandson 😉 ) she WANTS to help. She wants to make life easier for us and the rest of her family, even if it means she is making her own life more full. I’ve learned over time to LET her help. Whether it is coming last minute so we don’t have to use a sick day or sweeping my kitchen floor…these acts definitely don’t go unnoticed. You’d be surprised how relieving it is to come home to a happy (even when sick) baby and a picked up house.
I especially look up to her for her selfless attribute because it isn’t done from a place of obligation. She truly WANTS to help.
Robyn, thank you SO much for raising the two of the nicest guys I know. Thank you for constantly being there for our growing family and showing us so much love. We love you!
How sweet are these 4?! Drew and I are the luckiest and please know that we often talk about it 😉
Maybe this inspires you to reach out to those that you’ve been feeling super thankful for. To put it into words and show them…hey, I notice how much you do for me and I really appreciate it.
Have a great weekend.