I have always believed that having integrity is an essential part of who I am, who I have been thus far in my life. It is something that I try to instill in my children. Sometimes it is by showing them by my own actions. Sometimes it is by helping them to know that a certain decision will lead to integrity.
Having the courage to stand for what we believe is also integrity. Laney did that repeatedly. You always knew where you stood with her, and she was not afraid to tell you what you were doing was not right. Peer pressure did not influence her. Integrity did.
Integrity goes right along with courage. If we do the right thing because it is right, not because of what others think, that is courage and integrity. I love that the two are intertwined. Because I need the courage. Because I strive to live with integrity, I hope my kids see that it is something they want to have as well. So far, it is working.