Thursday, January 12, 2012


I saw this on Southern Vogue's Twitter yesterday and knew I needed to do this. 

More than anything, I needed to do it for me. I don't reflect often enough on the amazing advice my parents gave me growing up. Some of them are silly, some are serious. And some? Well, some I live by and think about almost daily. 

And so, may I present to you...

Advice from My Parents: 

1. Don't put a door on a garage or you'll never get a car in it. 

2. Live in the nicest house you can afford and drive the ugliest car you can stand. 

3. Find a job that you love and you'll never work a day in your life. 

4. Divorce is not an option. 

5. If you need an excuse, blame it on me. 

6. You're not six feet tall and bullet-proof. Don't drive like you are. 

7. Not really advice, but: "You're crusin' for a bruisin'." "You're skating on thin ice." "Little girl, we're about to go round and round." 

8. Don't put the food serving dishes on the table or you'll eat more. Serve yourself at the stove and eat on the table. {Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach.}

9. Study for a test. Actually go to class. 

10. Give 10% of your income to the church. The Lord will bless you for it. 

11. Balance your checkbook. 

12. Marry a Christian, Republican man. 

13. Side note: My mom always told me that she prayed for three things for her children: protection, purity and punishment. I continue to pray for these things for my siblings and will pray for these things for my children. {Punishment meaning that if we did something wrong, we were punished for it.}

14. Go to the back of the store and look at the sale rack first. 

15. Only boring people are bored. 

16. If you do something wrong, you will be found out. 

17. One day, you'll thank me for this. 

18. This hurts me more than it hurts you. 

19. Don't finance toys. 

I'm so thankful for my parents and their great advice. I can't wait to pass these along to our children one day.

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