Airplanes and me; Or, what a BIG family means

The other day I was talking to a friend about how much I would love to live on one of the coasts someday. I expressed some concern about the idea, though, because it would mean living so far away from all of our family, possibly even requiring numerous days of driving to come for a visit. "Why wouldn't you just fly?" my friend asked, confused. And I just looked at her. "Oh." See, growing up in a family with a dozen or more kids meant that flying was never an option, ever. But with only two kids, … [Read more...]

It was like leaving my own children

Reader Rebecca recently posted a comment I really identify with: I always say that I was a homeschooler in the most steriotypical kind of way – the denim jumper-wearing, granola-eating, flour-grinding type. And then sometimes I clarify further by mentioning that my parents also didn’t believe in birth control. I dearly wish that, like Latebloomer, that I would come across as normal, but I’m pretty convinced by now, after years of striving to blend in, that I have have some kind of aura about me … [Read more...]

I’m not collecting children anymore

For me, the whole Quiverfull mentality ended up being little more than a child collecting contest. Now, any truly Quiverfull woman will deny this. "It's not about how many children you have or don't have," she would say. "It's about being open to every blessing God sends your way, be that only a few or a dozen or more." But it's all there in the language, if you really listen."God has blessed me with seven lovely children.""God only saw fit to bless me with four.""We're hoping God … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Anne’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions Question 1: Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.I'm Anne (aka quicksilverqueen). I'm married to the most wonderful, loving guy anybody could ask for! I currently stay at home to take care … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Skarlet’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions 1) Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like.I’m Skarlet, I’m 23 and I’m married, and do not currently have any children. I’m finishing up my last two classes in order to graduate with my Bachel … [Read more...]

Debi Pearl is not very nice

My regular readers will know that I am not a fan of the Pearls. Michael and Debi Pearl run No Greater Joy ministries and are best known for their child rearing manual, To Train Up A Child, but have also written numerous other books including extremely patriarchal marriage advice literature. One thing that has struck me more and more lately is how very not nice Debi Pearl is in so much of her writing. Here is an excerpt, for example, from an article she wrote recently called Rats: I went down … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Tricia’s Story

A post in the Raised Quiverfull series.Part 1: Introductory Questions Please introduce yourself before we get started. Are you married or unmarried? Are you in school, holding down a job, or staying home? Do you have children? What religious beliefs or lack thereof do you ascribe to today? Provide whatever additional information you like. Hello! My name is Tricia. I'm 26 years old. I had a fairly typical American childhood until age ten or so, when my parents began to homeschool me and g … [Read more...]


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