Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Celebrating Me!

Morning Glory at Seeds From My Garden

is hosting this great idea of Woman to Woman where woman post each month on a different topic. This will be my second one to participate in. I blogged on Inside My Own Skin here. This topic intrigued me the minute I head it announced because I truly believe so many woman do not even know WHO they are and certainly don't VALUE themselves enough to CELEBRATE who God has made THEM to be. I blogged on this in One Flaw In Women here a short time ago..

Celebrating Me!

My celebrating me has to begin with my father. The fact he was born in 1885 and the 19th Amendment, giving woman the right to vote was not passed by Congress until June 4, 1919, and not ratified until a year later on August 18, 1920, most men did not put much value on women. This was especially true when my father was a young man growing up in the late 19th century.

My father was way ahead of his time and had a progressive view about women. He not only valued his wife, he had a high regard for his daughters, and a high esteem for women in general. Being blessed to be his youngest daughter my earliest recollections are his treating me with utmost respect and regard. Because he valued me and demonstrated that to me, day in and day out, I grew up knowing that I was not only loved but had value. Not only as a woman but as a person and as a child of God. I've always said the concept of a Loving Father God was never hard for me to grasp because I had such a godly example in a Loving Earthly Father.

Along with this strong belief in my value was also instilled a high sense of personal responsibility. I was held accountable for everything I did, good or bad, and there was plenty of both! I was taught I was capable. I was taught I could do anything if I set my mind to it and was willing to pay the price for it. There was no pointing fingers at others in my upbringing.

I am a very strong woman. I have faced some difficult situations in my life (haven't we all?). I always knew that I could rise above whatever is thrown at me and have. I am blessed to be an eternal optimist and always see the glass 1/2 full. I love life and to me true humor are the funny things in and about life. Real things and events..

I grew up being taught cleanliness is next to Godliness and have always taken great pride in my home and appearance. I am friendly and genuinely like people. I am very trusting. I rather trust someone and be disappointed than to view everyone with suspicion and caution. I am loyal to a fault. I am totally trustworthy. My word is my honor and I have kept it to my hurt some times.

I am a very hard worker and can and do keep up with the best of them. I began working in my fathers office as a pre-teenager and have worked the majority of my married life. I have always done excellent work. My motto has always been "I work as unto the Lord".

My husband and my children have always known they were loved. They have always known they were the most important thing in life to me, next to God. Being raised as basically an only child, and removed from extended family, having a close family was one of my goals and I have achieved that.

I love to entertain and always strive to make people feel not only welcome, but comfortable in our home. I am always ready to give a helping hand I have very many long term friends. Space nor time interfere with my ability to maintain friendships. I care deeply.

I enjoy life and live it to the hilt. I've never wanted to get in a rut (a rut is a grave with the ends kicked out) and never have.

I Celebrate Me because I am becoming the one-of-a-kind me that God designed me to be.


Susie said...

Dear Susan,
Excellent post! You have a gift with words!
I knew I'd love your thoughts on this topic and you didn't disappoint even one bit. I loved your line "a rut is a grave with the ends kicked out"
Your father must be smiling with the utmost pride on the wonderful woman you are today!!

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

You are such an inspirational woman! I could tell that you were an optimist the minute I "met" you. There is just something uplifting about that. I also am celebrating YOU!

Rita Loca said...

Wonderful to hear the story. i loved the part about your dad. I so wish i could meet you one day!

Unknown said...

AAWWW I loved this post and this whole idea! God doens't make any junk does he!??

Tina said...

i feel the same as Jungle Mom. And somehow none of this beautiful post surprised me.
you are a beautiful person Susan!!

Tracy said...

I think that this is a beautiful post, Susan. The older I get, the more comfortable I am with who I am.

I love that you felt cherished by your father. I can not say that, but my daughters sure can.

Lei said...

You are incredible and inspiring! And obviously raised in such a wholesome environment. That is wonderful!

Love your perspective on this Susan!

Alycia said...

I am so inspired by your post today. I am thankful to have found your blog and look forward to reading more. I did not grow up with Christian influences, so I admire women, like you who I can look to for inspiration as a Christian woman, mother, wife and child of God. Thank you.

... said...

i agree with alycia, this post is an inspiration. it is all too easy to look at our personal faults and shortcomings. through your words, we feel like we know you as a strong and beautiful woman, and that we, too, can celebrate our own strengths and beauty.

thank you for sharing your light with us.

Susie said...

Oh how I loved reading this. You are so confident and secure. I am praying that one day I can look back and feel this way about my life, and who I am. What an awesome thing to have such a wonderful father. You are truly a blessed lady!

someone else said...

What a wonderful heritage you have in placing value on the human life! This was lovely, Susan, your sweet spirit really shines through your words.

Lyndy said...

What a lovely post and great tribute to your dad.

Thanks for sharing.

Hugs, Lyndy

Myrna said...

You write about this subject with such confidence and spirit! but, then, that seems to be the waya you approach al of life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the topic.

Linds said...

I loved reading this, Susan, and I am so glad that I met you and am gettin to know what a wonderful woman you are! We have a great deal in common!

Dawn said...

I am so happy that you stopped by to visit. I have seen your picture around blogville, but we've never met. I like your blog title -

I enjoyed your take on this topic, and hope we meet again!

Carole Burant said...

Oh Susan, what a wonderful post and you have every reason to be "celebrating you"!! You have such a way with words and your caring and loving ways shine through...I'm just so happy that our paths have crossed through blogging and I'm very proud to call you "friend"! xoxo

Jen said...

Even though we haven't met face to face I am glad we "stumbled" upon each other. I look forward to reading your posts and also hope one day we can all have a blogger party and meet! You have every right to celebrate you!!

Linda said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. I especially like the section about your Dad. It really is true that a child's concept of God comes from their relationship with their earthly father. How blessed you were to have such a wonderful Dad.
You are doing such a great job of being all God has called you to be.

Anonymous said...

This was such an inspiring post!! Everything you said, I could already tell about you from reading your blog :-) I am so glad that I have met you online and can learn so much from you!!!

Lori said...

What a great post. You are one wonderful women.
You are such an inspiration to me.

Gran said...

I am so glad that you had a wonderful relationship with your dad.It is priceless. Your spirit of loving and giving is a special gift. It is one of the greatest blessing to know that you are LOVED. I know that your family is honored to have you as a part of their lives.
Have a EXCEPTIONAL Weekend !

retha said...

A-one of- kind me. I like that

groovyoldlady said...

You were very blessed to have a father who loved you and cherished you and you have grown into a marvelous woman. Kudos to you for not being afraid to be honest about your strengths!