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Molding Young Lives

16 Jul

When I think of SeviBeau, I am reminded of Connie’s fearlessness to take on something new with her passion, love, and the best intentions. How she does so is awe inspiring!  Over the years that I have been privileged to know her, she has had so many wonderful ideas of new business ventures… each and every one thinking of how to improve the lives of others.  If everyone thought like this, our world would have a different dynamic. I know that her thoughts and gestures have inspired me to be a better person and to lead a less selfish life!  I am sure I am not alone.  Generosity and love are contagious.  Keep spreading it Connie!!

In speaking with Connie about her expectations in this blog, she suggested I use my children as my inspiration.  My children are mind-boggling to me!  How do two children, born and raised in the same environment, turn out soooo completely different?  Despite their differences, they both amaze me in their abilities to take on the world!

My expectation as a first time mom was that I would have boys.  I had 4 brothers and just didn’t expect anything different.  HAHA.  A different plan was in place, as I was blessed with two beautiful girls.  My biggest fears were (and continue to be) how to raise them as independent, confident women.  So far, my fears have been somewhat assuaged as both of my girls have exhibited qualities that are in line with SeviBeau’s qualities of inner beauty.  Throughout the raising of my girls, I try to instill in them basic principles that I believe are important traits that will lead them to be the women I know they can be.  Honesty and respect being very high on this list.  Nothing makes me more proud than when my daughters show that they are learning and living things that I’ve tried to teach.  Both girls have made me proud in so many ways!


My oldest encompasses the vibrant trait the most, though she is definitely beautiful and likely sexy as well (though I’d like to stay in denial about the latter).  My favorite thing about her is her confidence.  Mostly through her elementary years, she didn’t care what others thought.  Many people talked to me about how much they loved her attire and her spirit.  She has a carefree spirit and always brings more fun to any situation.  Frankly, vibrant and crazy go a little hand-in-hand and I LOVE HER CRAZY FUN side!  As she is maturing, the outer vibrant dressing that was often on display has shifted.  And, though it saddens me a little to see her conforming, I still see her vibrant ways in her good natured, hard-working spirit!

My youngest is my snuggle-bunny-love-bug.  Her love and empathy for others is a great example of beauty within!  If you are her friend or family member, Sophieconsider yourself special.  She will embrace you and love you with all that she is.  This trait has caused some very sad mommy moments.  We lost a grandfather-type neighbor years ago.  She still carries the love for him and sheds sincere tears over his death.  I love that she loves so deeply.  However, the pain she feels for this and other losses is so difficult to witness!  She also burdens her heart with concerns for others.  Recently, a speech she heard in her class about lung cancer included that chewing tobacco can be a contributor.  Because of this, she asked to talk to me privately and shared true concern for her Uncle who chews.  I suggested she talk to him about it and she did.  I love that she feels confident to be honest in sharing her feelings.  Consequently, he proudly shared a few weeks later that he has stopped.  She was very happy to have influenced his decision.  This is just one example of how her caring, loving ways affected the life of someone else!

Along the way, I have watched many parents in how they interact with their children.  When I am particularly impressed by a child or better yet a family, I Sandy and the galsalways take time to ask for suggestions.  How did their children get to this point?  What are their parenting tips?  Though, I do realize every child is different and no two situations will yield the same results.  Luckily, I have also had an abundance of family to learn from as well.  My grandmothers, aunts, mother, and friends have all contributed in one way or another to how I raise my children.  Favorite quotes I regularly use in my home include: “When you know better, you do better”, by Oprah Winfrey and “Life is full of choices, it’s up to you what to choose” or “Boredom is a choice”, both by Grandma Wallace.  As a mother, I am work-in-progress.  Every action and reaction is a learning experience for me.  I have so much further to go and look forward to the journey with my mind-boggling children!

Please note that as I am writing this blog from my perspective as their mom, I Paul and the girlscannot leave out that my husband is major contributor to how my girls are being raised.  The love he shows to me and both girls is a beautiful thing!  He provides them with guidelines that support my values and many that supplement them as well.  We are definitely in this together!

Thank you to Connie and SeviBeau for helping me reflect on what I want for my girls and on what they have done for me to this point! Thank you also for being an inspiration to me in my daily life and in giving back!  You are SEVIBEAU!!  You have the beauty within!  I LOVE YOU MY DEAR FRIEND!

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