Tuesday, June 7, 2011

pretty is as pretty does {#1}

WARNING:  The following post is incredibly cliché, but that does not mean it is any less true or heartfelt.

My Mammie {my loving grandmother} never turns down an opportunity to share a certain piece of advice with me:  Pretty is as pretty does.

Though I have heard this a thousand times, I never really stopped to think about it.  But it could not possibly be truer.  The most beautiful people I know are not beautiful because they have flawless skin or perfect figures {though they may}.  They are beautiful because of the way they act.

So, I wanted to install a series of posts about pretty doers—women I find beautiful and have become an inspiration to me because of the way they live.  So who better to start the series than the most beautiful woman I know—my mother. {Hey, I warned you it would be cliché.}

Me and my mommy! When I was using iPhoto to look for this picture, the face ID technology found 75 pictures that also might be "Mom."  They were all of me.  What a compliment :).

Clearly, my mother is extraordinarily beautiful on the outside.  But she has always been the perfect example for me, personifying the Proverbs 31 woman:

She is clothed with strength and dignity,
      and she laughs without fear of the future.
When she speaks, her words are wise,
      and she gives instructions with kindness.
She carefully watches everything in her household
      and suffers nothing from laziness.
Her children stand and bless her.
      Her husband praises her:
“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,
      but you surpass them all!”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
      but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
Reward her for all she has done.
      Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.

Growing up I always knew where to find my mother early in the morning when I “needed” a piece of clothing ironed or advice on what to wear.  She would be in her room, reading her Bible and praying.

Whenever I came to her with a complaint, any advice she gave me would always be followed and supported with a piece of Scripture. 

She’s always, always, ALWAYS working hard, making sure the household and the office are running smoothly.  How she kept up with four kids {especially Clay} will never cease to amaze me.

My mother is also the best listener.  You would think she would get tired of hearing about schoolwork and friendships and relationships, but she always offers me her undivided attention.

I could probably go on and on about how incredible my mom is, and I have probably only covered a small portion of what makes her beautiful.  But, I think I have hit my cliché limit.

Just remember, pretty is as pretty does.

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