Raised Quiverfull: Libby Anne’s Story

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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. I’m Libby Anne, a married graduate student in my mid-twenties with one child and a baby on the way. I’m still not completely sure what I want to do “when … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Latebloomer’s Story

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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 in my thirties and have a young child that I now stay home with.  My husband and I consider ourselves extremely liberal Christians, but as … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Joe’s Story

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 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. On May, 1, 2012, I turn 32 years old.  I have more gray hairs than there are polar bears in either arctic zone and I am following in the tradition of … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Suggestions for Helping Others

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What suggestions do you have for those who might to help friends or relatives who grew up/are growing up in families influenced by the Christian Patriarchy/Quiverfull movement? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: Remember that it takes a long time for people to change their opinions and even longer to change a whole worldview.  Try to focus on any similarities in values that you share with them, and choose your battles extremely carefully.  If the parents trust you, they may allow their children t … [Read more...]

Moments of silence

Have you ever experienced a "moment of silence"? You know, that awkward moment right after you say something without thinking and completely shock your conservative friend or relative? Let me offer some examples.Some time back I was out shopping with my mom. Me: "This looks like the kind of material my friend Anna is looking at for her bridesmaids' dresses. She's in full wedding planning at the moment, it's all she talks about." Mom: "Oh, that's sweet. When is her wedding?" … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: What Helps You Today?

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What helps you the most today? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: I sometimes get discouraged about my residual childhood baggage, but it helps to remember how far I’ve come.  I also like to think of all the good things that are in my life now, and remember that I wouldn’t have them if I had stayed in the movement. Libby Anne: Having tasted freedom and the ability to make up my own mind and make up my own decisions allows me to hold up even when things are difficult with family members or frie … [Read more...]

Raised Quiverfull: Culture Shock

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Since most of the world doesn’t understand Quiverfull/Christian Patriarchy culture, do you feel this creates barriers in friendships or in romantic relationships? Do people have a hard time understanding you and your past? Joe: Coming soon. Latebloomer: It seems like people are much more interested in who I am now than in who I used to be.  Personally, I try not to bring up my past until a relationship or friendship feels more established.  It is often hard to avoid though because there are a … [Read more...]


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