June 2, 2011

::growing our girls....with audrey hepburn::

"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run their fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself and the other for helping others."

— Audrey Hepburn

can i just step on my soap box for a minute?
our girls are growing up too fast. they are exposed to much more at an earlier age. i was talking with a friend the other day who shared that she saw her five year old daughter looking in the mirror doing the "hiney glance." you know what i'm talking about...the one where you look in the mirror and then turn sideways and give an over-the-shoulder glance at your rear to make sure it looks okay. yeh...we all do it.

audrey hepburn speaks volumes. i hope to direct my kiddos to focus on the beauty that can be found in everyone and everything. i hope to help them focus on helping others instead of wanting everything they see for themselves. i hope they will know that beauty comes from within. i hope for a positive self-image that does not stem from make-up and fancy clothes and hair that is just right.

but in order for her to learn these things...she must see it in me.

whatcha think mama's?


  1. love it!
    what true words she speaks.

  2. Beautifully said! I think the most important thing we can teach our girls about being a lady is teaching her who she is in Christ.

  3. it's very true! i have 2 step-daughters that are 14 and 16 and sometimes it simply amazes me how 'adult' like they are. the things they talk about and the things they worry about. I try to be a positive role model for them and encourage them to be that same person for the girls around them. But truly, things are so different now!

  4. i'm not a mama yet, but i think this is FABULOUS.

  5. This is a great post. My daughter is now five but seems so grown up. Her cousins are fast approaching teenagehood and one has recently started being bullied by so-called friends because, at the ripe old age of 10/11, they are all beginning to talk about sex and are swearing and, as a Christian, she has said she doesn't want to. I was so proud of her when my sister told me that - and got so concerned for my little girl too. She is such a shy little thing, and is always desperate for the approval of her group of friends. They are lovely, but I wonder how they will all grow and develop. And what differing morals they will all have. It is so true that we need to take the time to instil our values in our children - and live them out ourselves so they can see them in practise! I was recently at a relationship conference and was struck by something the speaker focused on for a while. What values are you passing on to your children? Do you actively think about ways to do this? If you aren't doing it they will look elsewhere - do you want them to pick up their moral code from the media, their peers etc? Definitely food for thought - thanks!


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