In-your-face stuff from an opinionated
rural north Idaho housewife.
Dead on, again. Happy Mother's Day to you too.
I sent that to my dear daughter to encourage her. People, even some in her church, make fun of her for home schooling. Jennifer
Another great column Patrice. I am blessed that my wife homeschools our children and we are raising them with the same values you mentioned in the column. I thank God for all the mothers who give of themselves for their children.Steve in NC
Great column -- again.Happy birthday to older daughter. Told my wife you were now the proud owner of two teenage girls. Response was along the lines of ARRRRRGGG, better her than me. Then she was quick to add that she was sure your teenagers weren't the same as our grand daughter. I assured her they weren't. The grand daughter is a great young lady and a fantastic student in Catholic school but her dress is a bit over the top when she isn't at school. I anticipated all that when I recommended the convent instead of the coed high school. :)Happy Mothers Day tomorrow. It is also VE day (May 8, 1945) and Harry Truman's birthday. Oh, and I know all this because it is my birthday also tomorrow. Not to date myself, but I was actually born in a Navy Hospital on VE day in 1945. Terry Florida
It is definitely challenging finding modest clothing for girls...my daughter has two modes of dress: boyish, and overpriced. Boyish clothing is at least modest, although not feminine. If we want clothing that is both modest and feminine, we have to seek out overpriced clothing (unless we get lucky at second-hand shops or clearance racks).We are a homeschooling family who do our best to be in but not of this world. We are raising our children to be Daniels in Babylon. Sadly, too many Christian families are putting their children in Babylon at age 5, confident that their highly impressionable children will somehow be strong enough to resist the impulse to "fit in," while their parents are, ironically, so concerned about their kids "fitting in" that they dumped them into government school in the first place. And this from families where the mom stays at home, and the parents still think they can combat 40 hours a week of secular corruption with 15 minutes of daily family devotions, and 3 hours in Sunday school/church once a week.
Love the article. I really want to home school my girls, but my husband is not on board...been praying for God to change his mind.
You wrote: Do you want them to dress like skanks, procreate unthinkingly, have a mouth like a sailor and be unemployable because of their snarky attitude?Well, I don't know about unemployable...they could join the Army! I'm terribly sad to say that many of the single female soldiers I've come across here at our base could be described as above. **DISCLAIMER** Of course(!), not all single female soldiers are like this at all. I'm speaking about MY experiences. I've only been "in" the Army as a spouse since since July 2008 and living on a base since Jan 2009. There have certainly been one or two very respectable single female soldiers I've met. (I'm really not trying to be sarcastic, although I know it sounds that way.)Now, some good things have come out of this. We ended up having to talk with our older two children about sex earlier than we might have. I was a little apprehensive about telling my 8 yr old daughter, but she was SO concerned about not having a baby out of wedlock like some of the soldiers she'd known. (BTW, the "God's Design for Sex" series by NavPress is spectacular!)One of the single-mother soldiers had told me that her mother had been begging her for a grandchild for years! Not begging her to get married, mind you, but for the grandchild! sigh...My daughter, whose ambition in life is to "be a good mother," is very concerned about how women grow up to be this way. I've spoken to her about much of what you wrote, Patrice. While I am FAR from perfect, I really do try to be a good mom 'for the long haul' and do what's right for the future for/of my children. And I pray that they will meet someone whose mother did the same.KatieJGermany
That is a common problem in the military KatieJ. There was a somebody(maybe just a common enlisted man, but I belive a ranking General.) I'm talking Civil War times. He said may God have mercy on us. We hardly seem worthy of victory.
If I read your description on this page, it also matches my own, your words and your values also match mine, in practice and in speak.. but for one thing, better not to judge "those that should not have pushed them out" reeks of pride in ones own accomplishments and forgets that robe of righteousness can cover the most hideous women and make them all fair within. Many times a pregnancy can be the beginning of "eyes to see and ears to hear" and be the means of awakening in the soul of a woman a call to rise higher and liver nobler and become a Mother in Israel, who just may surpass all others expectations. Pray and show mercy and so will your father show mercy to you.
When I was a teen my parents trusted me completely too. For example when I was 14 they went on holidays overseas for a month. They shipped my younger brother off to stay with family for the time and me... Well I got the raw deal. I had to stay home to look after the animals and pay the numerous bills on time. For 'safety' they also arranged for my 16yr old male friend (who I secrety loved madly) to stay over during this time. They left me with their bankcards to pay the bills and do grocery shopping. I still took myself off to school, did my homework, cooked dinner, cleaned up the house, went shopping, looked after the pets, went to the beach and didn't get up to any hanky panky with my friend with no problems because I was responsible and trustworthy. At the time I was a bit annoyed because everyone else got a holiday and I didn't. Today I can only marvel that they actually did that. Good on you for continuing to shepherd your daughters even though you trust them. When I think of all the things that could have gone wrong I just cringe. Although Mum and Dad did a decent job on my character - I'm polite, well mannered, hardworking and respectful - I still think their duty of care left alot to be desired.Thankyou for always showing me how a real parent does things :)Amanda