Real Chat: 8 Lessons for 8 Daughters

Since we had our daughter Veronica, I have gotten to see a new side of my husband. The way he interacts with her, holds her, talks to her. It fills my heart to the brim and I am so thankful that she will have a strong father in her life. My 7 sisters and I (along with our 3 brothers) were so fortunate to have our dad not only as a presence in our lives, but a strong and loving one. There are lessons he taught whether intended or not, that have carried through my life, and match up pretty well to the lessons Gabe and I hope to pass on to our children…

 
(my wedding day almost four years ago-whole family minus the me and my littlest sister)

8 Lessons for 8 Daughters:


1) As a daughter of God, you are a princess – a daughter of the King, and beautiful in His eyes.

2) Your spirit, your heart, and your mind are your greatest features.

3) Seek God’s plan for your life, and happiness will follow. God first, family second, and career third.

4) The way you dress should be a reflection of your dignity and grace, and in turn you will earn the respect and admiration of the right kind of men.

5) Never disrespect your mother (especially not in front of him!), in words or actions, for she is the heart of the home.

6) Love each other. Anger, resentment, or disagreements are a waste of the short time you have together.

7) Always apologize. No matter how hurt you are, if you were in the wrong, humbly practice the virtues of apology and forgiveness.

8) Open your home to all, for everyone is in need of a warm welcome.

This is coming from a man who would do anything for his daughters, and would protect them with his life (ask his son-in-laws!). Simple and lasting impressions he taught us in words and actions, that I am so grateful for.  Happy Fathers Day to you dad. So much love and appreciation for you!

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  1. Firstly, I had no idea you were part of such a huge family! Growing up must have been a real party!

    Your dad is a very wise man, and those are lessons that every family should print out and have in a common place in their house, such as your fridge or in the living room!

    Thanks for sharing this Anna!

  2. this is a beautiful post and the lessons can be for anybody reading to apply to their lives!! Enjoy a wonderful father’s day weekend with all the fathers in your life!

  3. Wow, you come from a large family! How fun. Your dad passed on wonderful advice to each of you. Such a blessing to have a father so involved in you and your siblings lives. Having two girls myself, I could not agree more on all 8 points! Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. I love this! I am blessed to have a dad that taught me these lessons. Thank you for reminding me what a HUGE blessing that is.

  5. LOVE! Beautiful post! Thank you for sharing… have a beautiful Fathers Day weekend! <3

  6. Oh wow. He is a wise man–no doubt. You ladies are so fortunate to have a wonderful man who loved you and instilled those lessons in you. Hope you guys have a very happy fathers day!

  7. This is so sweet! How blessed we are to have learned from the best xoxo

  8. Anna, this is beautiful! I wish I could pin and keep this wise words of wisdom…beautiful…

  9. Excellent and wise lessons from you dad, and good reminders for us all. I’m glad you shared this Anna. I too had no idea you had such a large family. Lucky you!

    And Happy Father’s Day to Gabe!

  10. Beautiful words, Anna. Honestly made me tear up.

  11. I absolutely love this! What a blessing to have such a wonderful man in your life and the lives of your children!
    xx

  12. Just found your blog and absolutely love it! And what a great post. I agree completely! I will be sure to stop by again.

  13. Couldn’t agree more that fathers play such a big role in their children’s lives, especially their daughters!

    xx Amy

    http://www.LepoardandLillies.com

  14. Beautiful and truthful lessons that your father taught you and that you are now passing down. Lovely to read this today and remember those things in my own life as well. xo

  15. Beautifully said! What a wise father…no wonder he was given so many daughters! :)

  16. Beautiful. The picture of you and your dad on your wedding day is so gorgeous! <3

    xx
    The Fashionable ESQ
    http://www.thefashionableesq.blogspot.com/

  17. love this :)

  18. the sweetest post! wise father

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  19. so beautiful!

  20. I love these lessons! A message for all of us to embrace :)

    Hope your dad had a wonderful Father’s Day!

  21. what a beautiful post. love the wedding picture ;) and all the special lessons.

  22. i seriously teared up. this is so beautiful!
    and 7 sisters!!! how crazy!
    your fam is so beautiful!
    happy belated fathers day to you and yours!

  23. This is such a great post, and good wisdom to share! I think #1 is important to teach girls as they grow up.

  24. Awe….sweet!

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