There isn't a day where I don't thank God for the parents who raised me. The parents who were a little more "strict" than the "16-year-old know-it-all Abby" wanted them to be. And now, I am SOOO glad they were strict!!! I am SO glad I was the only kid in my class with an 11 o'clock curfew (when all my other friends would stay out until 2).
I am SO grateful of how tough of critics they were of any boy I tried to date. They never approved any boyfriend of mine -- until they met Ryan. I think there's a darn good reason for that ;)
I am glad to know I grew up in a home where dinner was had at the table as a family every evening. Prayers were said before dinner. We had dinners as a family whenever it was possible -- although sometimes it was impossible with crazy busy schedules!!
My parents taught me about work ethic. They own a business where at the end of the day, they don't get to "leave" work at the office. They come home and deal with receiving phone calls 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. I can remember many Christmas Day's -- where my dad would give his employees the day off and head out to work on services calls. He never complained, he did what had to be done! Although they worked hard, they always put God and family as #1.
When I moved away from home, sometimes I feared that I wouldn't be close to them anymore -- since we only had phone & email to communicate. But I still talk to them several times a week. Thank God for Blackberry Messenger, too! :)
Every day I jump out of bed in the morning --hoping I can carry out the values and roots that I came from!The values that my Mom & Dad taught me every day made me the woman I am today!
Thanks Mom & Dad! You guys rock!! :)
This photo was taken back in August, when they traveled to Tucson to be there for my Pinning Ceremony. (May I add that August is the WORST month of the year to come to Tucson...it's like consistently 110 every day)
Not only did they come out in August for my graduation, but they (and my sister Lisa) -- ALSO flew down to Tucson for the weekend of Ryan's Gradation. We were very blessed with visits from family this summer!