I have had the blessing of being around a number of wonderful, exceptional people in my life. There are way more than 10 people that have influenced my life. But this is going to be probably long anyways so I will start with the first 10 that come to mind. :)
|my mom and step dad.|
Most importantly, she did teach me to be a good young Christian lady although she probably would not have allowed me to be any other way. I could not go out of the house with short shorts or any cleavage showing and till this day I still have to dress modest or I feel really weird. She was hard on me but when I did mess up, she was quick to forgive but her disapproval was the real discipline.
She mad sure I grew up slow but actually gave me a lot of earned freedom when I was a teenager. Because she made me go to church 3 times a week, I had a really close bond with my youth group where I made good friends that helped me get through my high school years without falling into to too much peer pressure.
|Randall and I on prom day.|
|me and my big (but short) sis.|
|Steve got to marry us!!|
|our youth group friends on our wedding day.|
Wendy and I have a lot of similarities also. We have a keen eye on fashion (if I do say so myself!) and house decor. We have an appreciation for the same style. thrifty. And we have a lot of the same views on a good number of things. Wendy is the kind of person that will open her house to anyone and try to be best friends with everyone, but not in a 'i have to be popular way.' She just literally takes time and is friends with people. I have a good time with her husband Daniel too, who also happens to have grown up in our youth group too. If there is something that your thinking about someone but you would never say, Daniel will say it for you, and it is hilarious!! He is one of a kind and tries to be all hard rock with his tattoos and unkempt hair but he is really just a teddy bear! I have always looked at him as the brother you would get excited to see and who would always make you laugh. Although we go separate paths in life, these people will always be close to my heart because they are the only friends I got to know long enough to grow up with, and have really had an impact on my Christian journey.
Next 5 influences coming on their way next blog...