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“Values are not just words, values are what we live by. They're about the causes that we champion and the people we fight for.” --John Kerry

Julie's Hump Day Hmm this week is about values. I had planned a post about religion because I have yet to discuss religion on my blog. There's a good reason for that. I'm very conflicted and I'm frequently hesitant to discuss the one area of my life where I have absolutely no confidence.

I can't do it. I absolutely cannot hit publish on that post. So instead, I'd like to share some things I would like to give to my boys:


a love of books
social justice

a love of music

a love of art
an inquisitive mind

a love of nature
the ability to lose gracefully

a love of mankind
a healthy dose of skepticism

a love of laughter
hand farts

a love of competition
the ability to win gracefully

a love of animals and small children
loss and learning

The sun, the moon, and the stars. I don't ask for much, do I?

These are my family values.


I have a new review of Nina Garcia's book The Little Black Book of Style up on my review blog, along with pictures of my shamefully decadent shoe collection and my favorite pair of sexy shoes. Go read it!

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Blogger growingupartists said...

It sounds like a great religion to me---filled with faith!

Anonymous Momish said...

Nah, I think you are right on track with those values. It's not asking too much at all ;)

I especially like the fact that you want them to value sarcasm. A good thing to not leave out!

Blogger Christine said...

wonderful values, lm. these are things i too want for my kiddos.

this read and flowed like a lovely poem.

Blogger painted maypole said...

love the list, love the picture

Blogger jen said...

i love your values.

and i'd love to hear more about the other sometime when you feel it's time to share that too.

Anonymous Emily said...

Loss is one of the most important things to teach them about, I think. I love the list.

And what a great picture!

Blogger Suz said...

I'm finding these hump day hmmms hard. I couldn't hit publish on last week's post about education and also found it hard to tackle this one. Nevertheless, I really appreciate your response.

Blogger Queeny said...

Great values to impart. And on the religion thing, it's an area where I believe many lack confidence. I consider myself a Christian and try to serve God and the church faithfully, but I often feel conflicted between my faith and my flesh. It's something I've struggled with my whole adult life.

I'll be looking forward to that post, though, when you're ready to push the publish button.

Anonymous dana said...

Those are great values and the photo is beautiful!

Blogger Sunshine said...

You know, I think the trend within our generation regarding religion is that we are raising our children to be more tolerant and just plain be "decent human beings" instead of raising them to be good Catholics, or good Methodists, or good Baptists.

I saw, of all things, a very thought-provoking bumper sticker some time ago and it stuck with me, "God is too big to fit inside one religion".

I think your lessons plans for your kids extend far outside the boundaries of Sunday School and your kids will be wonderful human beings.

Blogger Julie Pippert said...

Oooooh GORGEOUS photo! You all look good!

I love your approach...that is a great list. :)

Come talk religion when you feel like it. I did it once and nobody fried me. ;) Its been on my mind again, lately, as my views are questioning at the least and shifting again at the most.

Using My Words

Blogger flutter said...

A wonderful set of values, indeed and what a gorgeous family

Blogger PunditMom said...

Excellent list. Swimming was pretty high up on my list (OK, not really a value, but I thought important). It makes me happy to watch PunditGirl jump off the diving board into 12 feet of water and know that she'll be OK.

I think your list is spot-on. The sun, moon and stars part is what they get from your love. :)

I have always been hesitant to touch upon religion on my blog, too. It is such a hot issue, and it is hard to broach. So I feel ya there!

Jane, Pinks & Blues Girls

Blogger QT said...

What a great list!!! you have to aim high if you hope to do anything, you know ~ And I agree, that pic is great!

Blogger Michele said...

I love this list! All great, and what a beautiful family.

Blogger thailandchani said...

I would definitely like to read your post on religion. :)



Blogger KC said...

I want these things for my child(ren) too...except the hand farts part.

Blogger Jen M. said...

Great post - even better picture, and of course I am burning to read your religion post.

Blogger Gwen said...

Unlike KC, the hand farts is what I was most intrigued by here. How can I learn this important skill? ;)

Blogger Lawyer Mama said...

Ah, the art of handfarting. I, myself am not an expert, but T can fart his hands with the best of them. Although we do have a dear friend who can hand fart the William Tell Overture. Now *that's* impressive!

Any religion that values hand farts is a great religion in my book!

I am very certain that you will pass all of this along....as well as many other wonderful things!

Blogger Bon said...

these are good things, LM. really good things. especially the empathy, the skepticism, the joy, the loss and learning, the silliness...

okay. they're all good things. can't pick. :)

will steal though!

Blogger slouching mom said...

awesome list, LM! if you succeed in imparting all of those things, they will grow up to be fine, fine men.

Blogger Mad Hatter said...

We're more about armpit farts in my house but otherwise, this is a fantastic list.

Anonymous slackermommy said...

Rockin' values and a great family pic!

Blogger Kuwaitia said...

I just started reading your blog, and what a great one! Fabulous list of values! And your family pic is very sweet!

Blogger Super B's Mom said...

Great post.

You sound like an amazing mother with a beautiful family!!

Blogger ewe are here said...

These are wonderful values!

And i love your family picture!

Blogger WhatWorksForMom said...

Couldn't agree more. And that family - oh so beautiful!!

Blogger Jenn said...

Those values, those would change the world if we all had them.

Blogger Mommy2JL said...

I think it's admirable to want to pass all of those great qualities onto your little boys :)
I think we can all agree it's what we want for our children.
You summed it up wonderfully!

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