Changes

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by Mari The summer after I turned 10, a lot of things changed. My dad was informed that he would be laid off for a total of 5 months while the plant he worked at was being remodeled. (or something!!) Just a few days before my dad’s last day of work before … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Is “Brave” Brave?

QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine … [Read more...]

Prayer & Dark Dungeons

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by Mari Prayer Shortly after my youngest brother was born, I was observing my mom who was listening to another mom talk about her kids’ desires for siblings when suddenly, the other mom turned to me and said, “You should pray for a baby sister.” It had never occurred to me that … [Read more...]

The Parenting Project – Teen Years

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The next set of questions for the Parenting Project has to do with how you were parented as a teenager and how that affected your future parenting. 1. Did the type of parenting or discipline change as you moved into your teenage years? 2. Were you rebellious as a teen? How did your parents react to your … [Read more...]

The Parenting Project: School & Parenting

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If you'd like to participate in the Parenting Project please take a look at the Introduction and Childhood Questions. Today's questions deal with the way you were parented or disciplined during your school years and your parents interaction with the school rules. Were they on board with the ways in which your teachers tried to make you behave and educate you? … [Read more...]

The Parenting Project: Childhood Part 1

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Here's the next set of questions for the Parenting Project. They deal with the type of parenting you received from your own parents and while you were at school. I hope you're consider joining this project and sharing what you know about parenting. Again, only answer as much as you feel comfortable doing. I know some will have had childhood experiences of the type that might trigger just by thinking back to your childhood. To everyone participating thank you! Introduction Questions ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1. What type of parenting style and/or discipline did your parents follow? 2. Was their parenting/discipline style something that their church taught or … [Read more...]

Crampin’ My Style

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by Mari A few days after my spiritual epiphany, my three brothers and I received brand new, leather-bound King James Version Bibles for Christmas. On New Years’ Day, we began our annual tradition of reading through the entire Bible in 365 days. We were 11, 9, 7 and 5 years of age. This ritual consisted of all of us sitting in a circle and taking turns reading 2 verses each until the assigned passages were finished. I don’t know how anybody else felt about this new development, but personally, I hated it. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like reading the Bible as it was that I hated that it was so ritualistic and it kept us from doing “kid” stuff. My brothers and … [Read more...]

Crime and Punishment

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by Mari I've been procrastinating about telling this part of the story. In the previous chapter of the story, I talked about having nightmares about death. That story was the whitewashed version. I’m not saying that what was written isn’t true. It is. But for me, the experience was a lot worse than it probably sounded in the previous chapter. When I was in college several years ago, I wrote several autobiographical stories, and most of what I posted in the previous chapter was one of the stories I wrote. At that time, I wasn’t in a place where I could expose what really happened. I’m not sure if I’m currently in a place to talk about it either. But I’m going to … [Read more...]

Holy Terror

by Mari I like to tell people that I’m a quarter Lutheran. But I’m really not. I tell people that because it helps them to stay focused on the story — because when someone makes a statement that ridiculous and silly, naturally, everybody’s going to start asking questions. When I was a little kid, we spent a lot of time with my grandparents in South Dakota. I think we visited about one weekend per month (roughly), and we always went to church with them. Hence, my being a quarter Lutheran. Between all the Chapel services, Sunday School and roughly one Lutheran church service per month, by the time I was about 5 I knew just about everything there was to know (from an … [Read more...]

Toddlerhood: Part 2

by Mari Christmas Mom’s family had a big ol’ family reunion at Christmas that year. My great-grandma turned 80 two days before Christmas and my family threw a big party. Everybody showed up. I don’t know a lot about this party, but from memories I’ve pieced together, I get the impression that we had a little variety show in honor of Grandma’s birthday. I remember my mom’s cousin doing a little ventriloquism act, and the whole family stood up front and sang “How Great Thou Art.” (I found both creepy. I don’t remember a lot from my very young years that wasn’t scary.) We tried to get pictures of each family posing with Great-grandma that year.The picture my mom … [Read more...]


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