Inspiration of the Month: Mia Robertson {and her family} | Enduring All Things

Monday, June 16, 2014

Inspiration of the Month: Mia Robertson {and her family}

The entire Robertson family inspires me. Here they are, just as famous as many Hollywood celebrities and what are they doing with that fame? They're using it to spread The Gospel! They aren't ashamed of their faith and they've been given the opportunity to share that faith on such a large scale. And they are taking full advantage of that! Every time I turn on the TV, look at a magazine, or log onto my social media, I see something new and inspiring that the Robertsons have done. The women of the family are currently on the road, touring America, talking about their new book and discussing family, faith and ducks. Inspirational, I tell ya!

So when I saw an article about Jase and Missy's daughter, Mia in Us Weekly magazine, I was excited to read it. Even though I shouldn't have been, I was surprised at how open and honest both Missy and Jase were in the interview!
Mia's story goes like this: while Missy was pregnant, the family found out that the baby would have a cleft lip and possibly a cleft palate. This meant that in order for Mia to function properly (read: to even be able to eat) there would have to be several surgeries and she would never look completely "normal." The family already had 2 young boys at home and were about to welcome another huge responsibility into the family. It's how they handled the situation and the attitude with which they went about life that I find so inspiring.
In the US weekly interview, Jase admits that his first thoughts about the situation were thoughts of Mia's outward appearance. He says when he saw that the doctors were worried about her being able to eat, his priorities changed. I think this is so interesting because I usually don't think of fathers being superficial and worrying about the way their daughter looks. Especially a father who spends 3 months out of the year in a duck bind without showering or shaving. This just goes to show how twisted our society is with the emphasis it puts on being pretty. It affects everybody.

When I read about how Mia's brothers handled everything, I literally cried. As Missy said "They understood that this changed our family dynamic quite a bit and they needed to step up and take just a little more responsibility." We're talking about eight and five-year-old boys here! Jase said he sat down with the boys before Mia was born and told them like it was. He said that their mother wouldn't have as much time to take care of them as she used to and that they would have to take care of themselves and each other. And that's just what they did from that moment on. This is definitely a reflection of how those boys had been raised up until that point. They knew that family was important and that God was giving them this precious gift of a little sister full of responsibilities.
The next section of the interview was less about Mia and more about Jase and Missy. I absolutely love how they talked about being high school sweethearts and not having sex before marriage. Sometimes in our society today it's a little awkward to talk about and could be embarrassing to admit that. One thing that really stood out to me was when Missy said she wasn't worried or nervous on their wedding night because she knew that Jase had never done it either. This is exactly how I felt! Again, I love how they can proclaim this to the world. Or at least our country. Who knows, they may even make abstinence cool again! (Wishful thinking, I know)

There's one last thing I want to remark on. They both talked in the interview about how the Duck Dynasty show doesn't change anything about their lives before it goes on the air. What you see is what they do. They really all hang out as one big family and share meals all together all the time. I think it's really cool first of all that this family puts so much emphasis on family and shows that to the world. But I also think it's cool that they aren't going to change what they do to make the show successful. And guess what, they don't have to! The show is doing pretty well as it is!

I am so glad this family is sticking to their values even through the fame. They're spreading the Good News further than most of us could ever dream. And it's working!

Good work, Robertsons! Keep it up!
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