Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Legacy Of Character

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This coming weekend my wife, oldest son, and I will be traveling to Kentucky to celebrate the 85th birthday of my Mother. It will be extra special not only for her, but for myself as well.
My Mom has created a Legacy of Character. Her amazing contribution into my life and the lives of my three sisters can never be measured. Not only are we, her children, the beneficiaries of her incredible investment, but her eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild are reaping those rewards as we model and build those same qualities into the next generations.

These are some of the qualities that my Mom instilled into us that she demonstrates to this day:
  • Persistence - Except for the most recent weeks because of a fall, Mom swims daily and does water aerobics. She works hard, and refuses to sit idle.
  • Creativity - Mom paints, sews, knits, crochets, and cooks new recipes. Her goal: To beautify things.
  • Encouragement - A handwritten note, usually accompanied by a hand-painted card are regular entries in her children's, their spouses, and her grand-children's mailboxes.
  • Humor - Her wit is quick, and her laughter contagious.
  • Learning - She's an avid reader, and recently took a couple of college courses. Plus, Mom loves to communicate with her children and grandchildren via texting (a new technology she had to master).
  • Giving - She lives in a one-room garage apartment, and although she only receives a small fixed-income, she supports missionaries around the world.
By building these and many other qualities into our lives, her legacy lives on through the second and third generations, and beyond. I am blessed!

Question: What are you doing to build a Legacy of CharacterShare your thoughts below in 'comments'.

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4 comments:

Ashley said...

Catherine is such a sweet lady. You have captured her character perfectly! What an inspiration.
-Ashley

Brad Lewis said...

Thank you Ashley, for your encouragement and your kind words about Mom!

Suzanne said...

Thank you, Brad, for your beautiful tribute! Look forward to seeing you!

Brad Lewis said...

Thank you Suzanne... Mom is worth the tribute!