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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Never Stop Learning

I hope to someday be old and wise.

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One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was from 92 year old Grandma Jingles. She told me that she was proud of me for sticking with my education despite the many obstacles I had faced but that even once I earned my degree she hoped I would never stop learning.

As she sat in her chair I looked at the side table stacked with the several medical journals she received each month. They had been flagged and highlighted so that the retired nurse in her could keep up with all the modern miracles. In her lap was a new knitting pattern she wanted to try out on the caps she made for Honduran orphan children.

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Continuing education is something that Mr. Decor and I also try to instill in our own children. Leading by example the Mr. is now learning to play the guitar. It is something he has always wanted to do. Once I graduate in the spring I have a long list of things that I want to learn that won’t require any term papers. I can’t wait!

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We try to teach our children that as they grow and begin to travel about the globe they should remember to spread happiness and joy wherever they go. 

There is laughter in our home everyday. For the 2016 back to school tablescape I assigned cheeky student council roles. Everyone agreed that I made the perfect class secretary. (smile) 

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As a parent I sometimes grow weary of repeating myself over and over. But hopefully my children are filing away these gems of knowledge deep down in their hearts.

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For with knowledge, kindness and love they truly can make the world a better place.

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Never stop learning,


“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” ~ Proverbs 18:15

May God bless those whose lives were forever changed.


GSGreatEscaper said...

You are already wise, and eventually you will be old - no choice there and it's better than the alternative, as my grandma used to say. In my experience, those who continue to learn as they get old are the people who still enjoy life and can adjust to changing circumstances. Those who cling to the past and 'we've always done it this way' are the unhappy ones.

My thrift store addiction said...

Laura, this is the cutest tablescape--love it!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You are such an amazing example to your children and us all to never quit and what you have accomplished is unreal. You should be so proud.

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

A wonderful post. As a mother as well as a professional teacher, I see many children lost because their parents fail to accept their pivotal roles as teachers. The values and lessons parents and family teach their children are fundamental to their growth, because everyone a child encounters, both the good and the bad, has the potential to influence our children, . said...

Wonderful post, Laura. Good for you for continuing your education. My Dear completed his college degree with 3 kids when he was 38. Love the learning table setting!

Grammy Goodwill said...

As a retired teacher, I love this post. This summer my goal was to read only non-fiction books. I've learned so much and I'm continuing that goal into the fall.

Katie Mansfield said...

I love this. I hope I never stop learning.

Blondie's Journal said...

I so enjoyed this...the people who influence us and make us believe we do get wiser with age. Thank you, sweet friend.


Jeanie said...

You are a living, breathing example of all the good that comes from opening your heart and your mind, learning new things and sharing. Grandma Jingles (what an AWESOME name!) had it right. And so do you!

Gypsy Heart said...

I agree ~ never stop learning! I do think it helps to keep us mentally young in spirit. We don't use the full extent of our brain so there's always room for more information.

Trust me, your kids will remember the things you say and teach them! Mine tease me a lot about some of the important lessons I felt they should learn and yes, always be kind and share the love.