I would IIke to hear about how you potty train. Thank you!
What are your homeschooling plans going to be like when your children start learning more higher level things like chemistry or calculus? Are you familiar with upper level work like you are elementary school work? Will you teach them yourself or will you find a way to supplement their learning?Thanks! I really enjoy your blog.
Still waiting (I have asked twice in the past) for your answer as to what you would do if you found out one of your children were gay. I hope you do not answer that they will NOT be gay because of ...blah blah blah. I want to know if one DID become gay, how would your family handle it. Thanks and I hope you are feeling better with your pregnancy.Alicia
ZsuZsanna, I meant to add to the previous post that you said that your would not answer it in a Q&A post, but in a post of it's own.Alicia
Just to repeat my question about your thoughts on interracial marriages and families. Many conservatives that I know are quite opposed to it (something about the twelve tribes not marrying each other), but I can't say that I share their opinion. I've never found anything in the Bible against it.Sally
Dear Zsuzsanna,I find it remarkable how your children can memorize chapters from the bible. How do you train, encourage them?Thanks for your answer!Babs
I have so many questions I would love to ask you, but will limit myself to the two topics I am most curious about:#1 I have read your testimony of how you were saved and know that you were married shortly after being saved. I am assuming because of the circumstances, that your husband was pretty grounded in his faith at the time and I was wondering what impact, if any, your differences in "spiritual maturity" had on your early years of marriage? Were there key biblical issues you disagreed about? If so, would you say today that you and your husband see eye-to-eye on these issues? Also, what advice would you have for someone who is currently in the situation where both marriage partners are saved, but one is trying to live a sanctified life and the other doesn't hold the same convictions about music, tv, and other things?#2 I know your husband spends alot of time away from your family due to his church responsibilities and running his own business and that you, yourself have just as many responsiblities raising your kids and homeschooling. How do you find the time to nurture your marriage with all you have to do, especially if you don't choose to let others watch your children? Does it ever bother you that your husband works so much? I'm assuming since you moved to the U.S. from Germany that you have no family nearby and with all you have to do I can imagine there would be little time to develop good friendships. Do you ever get lonely? It sounds like a silly question because of all the children you have, but as a mother myself, sometimes I just crave "adult" converstation. Do you have many close friends, and if so, do they share the same religious beliefs and opinions on raising children as you do?Just some things I was curious about. Feel free not to answer if I am getting too personal.
I would love to know how you make food from scratch and have time to do anything else? lol I've been trying to and I always have a screeching baby attached to my leg and little time for much else.
its not really about you, perse, but i was wondering how much of the bible your husband has managed to maintain? that is, i loved when he preached the entire book of hebrews from memory, and i know that he has memorized massive chunks of the new testament, but has he been keeping up? how is his long term memory? as well, what are the chances we could get another sermon like that? maybe reciting the entire book of Romans or Ephesians?
I would like to know how you deal with the negative post? People can be so mean to others online. It is really sad and shocking, like they forget they are talking to and about real people. Just look at the comments you got from this alone. I am new to blogging and have gotten some weird ones, I just erase them but still. Any tips for a new blogger? Is there scriptures that help?Like the Gay one, I mean come on does ANYONE know how they would act? I mean come on, that was just rude and put out to be mean. Nothing more.
Do you make your own bread? If so, do you have any simple recipes for novices who don't have bread machines? Amy
I would like to repeat my question about what you think of Abeka books and why Harcourt math? The question about uncooked eggs in the mousse recipe was a good one. I would like to add that the King James Bible can be memorized just by reading it etc. It uses one-syllable words like house and hell- the NKJV uses habitation and the NASV uses the word hades.
Do you vote?Other than soul winning are you and your family involved in the community and if so how? How does your Church follow up with the people they have witnessed coming to Christ? Does it provide support to those newly saved?Oh boy, some easy bread recipes would be great!I loved your homeschooling post, thanks for taking the time to write them up.
Do you believe that your husbands church or other independent baptist churchs are really the only ture Christian churches? And do you believe that someone living a very differnt life then you could be saved even if they believe in the Gospel? Such as sending their children to PS? Mom working outside the house? Using birth control? Going to a very seeker friendly church? Things like that?
I used to read Candy's blog Keeping the Home, but she recently deleted her blog. How did you align with her spiritually and theologically, if you did follow her? As a 20-something looking for Christian fellowship, I have to admit she sometimes confused me, as she seemed to persistently get more legalistic and engage in practices such as head covering, saying that those who did not cover were not obeying God's commands. As another Christian woman out in the blogging world, I'd GREATLY appreciate your thoughts on this and certainly your Biblical perspective on the issue of head covering. Also, because you do not cover, what is the difference between head covering and wearing skirts? I have to admit that I primarily wear skirts, because I just feel more feminine and comfortable in them! :)- Andrea
How long do you nurse your babies- when do you wean them? I now wish I would have weaned my children at one(putting them on milk then) instead of later- maybe I would have conceived more children(we had 6). The post on Nephilim at you husband's blog is excellent.
Knowing that you did not grow up in a Christian home, what things did you do with Solomon as a young child to nurture his love of the Bible and God? I did not grow up in a Christian home and was saved at 21. I now have a 14 month old and I'll admit, I feel a little lost about the "right" things to do to encourage his eventual love of God and the Bible (I know there aren't "right" things to do per se but I have no real exposure to a Christian home and Christian childhood so I feel a little lost). Thanks!
what are your thoughts on the christian music of today, specifically the songs that are chosen to be sung at the "contemporary" church services versus the "traditional" church services.Personally, I don't mind the guitars, drums and brass instruments, but what bothers me is the fact that Christian music today seems to be more like love letters to Jesus than songs praising him.It kind of grosses me out. I then thought that maybe *I* was the one with the problem, but honestly .... singing "Jesus I love you, Jesus I want to be with you" seems to sort of get away from the message of praising him -doesn't it?And I just want to throw it out there that I pretty much disagree with about 90% of what you write. :) But I respect and value your opinion because you are so passionate about what you believe.
I am curious about your practice of co-sleeping from a logistical perspective. From what I have read, it could be a huge positive benefit for both mom and baby, but I don't know very much about it. Until what age do your children co-sleep? If they are napping, do you put them down in a crib (do you even own a crib?) or on the bed? How firm does the mattress have to be? etc. Thank you! I love reading your blog and appreciate all of your experience and wisdom that you have.
I had asked on a previous post a while back for tips on saving money with feeding a large family on an organic diet. We are a frugal family and when we use animal products we tend to purchase ones those that are organic, free-range, etc. We tend to cut corners on organic vegetables to save money. Frugal advice is greatly appreciated.
What do you think of a baby sleeping in a pack and play(playpen) for naps? I bought a plastic cover for the cushion and a few fitted sheets. I prefer this to the crib after a few months. My granddaughter(7 months) keeps hitting her face/head into the wood crib slats. Now my daughter understands why I like having 2 playpens-one in the livingroom(this one has sheets also)and one in the bedroom. Our infants never slept in another room. I like bassinets for newborns. We have homeschooled chemistry and learned that my daughter-in-law made ice cream in chemistry class and my daughter observed an experiment through a glass window with her class. The Swann family(book-No Regrets-all 10 children had their high school degrees by 12 through American School) did not do chemistry in high school.
Forgive me if these are stupid questions! Do you get ultrasounds? I really want a 3d ultrasound that shows the little babys face but I've heard they can hurt the babys brain. Do you have any thoughts on this? Also, for women who are naturaly very small/tight down there (sorry if tmi!!) do you have any tips on making natural childbirth easier/possible? My midwife who is all about natural birth has said one of my muscles will probably need to be cut to allow the babys head out and that I will need medication for that. She said women who had a tight "o" muscle like mine often died in labour in the past. I had never heard of this before. I live in Canada so I'm not worried that she's trying to scam me or anything, my delivery will be free.Have you had this problem and if so can you suggest anything I can do? Thanks for your time
I'd like to hear about how you introduced solid food to your children. At what age? What did you feed them? Make it yourself? How was this process influenced by your organic diet? Just about the experience in general would be great. Just curious because I have a 6 month old and people are losing their minds that I only breastfeed. Did people react this way (if you delayed intro)?
Hi, I just would like to know how you react when one of your children act silly. Thanks for your blog - I think it's brillian.
I'm wondering why you only use the KJV? What's wrong with the NIV or some other popular ones?
I've asked this before, but I was wondering about you discipline methods. What sort of discipline do you use and how do you handle a large family?
Thanks for all the great questions! I am chipping away at the answers and hoping to have them done later this week.
How do you maintain control over your children's behavior (especially in public) when you have so many little ones. We have 5 kids ages 7 and under and although I love them all more than anything, I feel completely overwhelmed at times. My husband works a lot and many times I am in charge of the discipline.
You already know that not everyone in the world lives the same way or by the same standards that you and your family do. How do you explain to your children that there are plenty of other people out there who don't belong to your particular faction of Christianity yet still manage to live their lives productively?
I have a long list of spiritual questions in my head I might send over one day for you or your husband to see what you guys have to say.........thanks,have a great day............. ;0
My 18yr old daughter recently left home "because she could". She went to an IFB school and we are very conservative...she was too, but when she left, she changed radically. She's running from God, running from us...running from herself. We are hurt, but moreso scared she will lose her soul in her newfound "freedom". My question-- if she contacts us (she hasn't yet), how do we handle it? I can only hand it over to God, but I have no idea what I would say to her if she called or came by the house. Any ideas? (I know, it's a tough one...)
I know you believe that you should allow kids to come as God gives them, but what about people that are living off the government but still hard workers just trying to make it? What if they are having to have babies using government insurance?
I would love to hear more about your life before you came to the States. Where did you spend your childhood, go to school etc? I recall reading you're originally from Germany; is there anything you miss about Europe compared to the US? And conversely, what do you like about the US that is lacking in Europe?
This is not really a question, but I would love to hear how you and your husband met, and how you were saved. If you have written a post about this, you could just direct me to it, as I have looked, but you've posted a lot of entries to comb through :-)
You often post stories of police corruption. Do you believe ALL cops are power-abusing/corrupt, or is it the bad apples spoiling the whole batch?
Love to read about discipline. Seems to be a topic you haven't posted about - or I've missed it.
If you would have different "opions" with your husband e.g. he says - strongly believe - if you go out the church you are not saved because you left your place in the church the Lord put you - but you believe the people are still saved.How would you talk with your children when the topic came up about that?
A just for fun ? What do you think about belly casting? Would you do one?
I was wondering if you circumcise the boys? Erin
I would like you to share when you have your personal prayer and bible reading time with the Lord. Being a busy mom myself I am constantly in prayer it seems, but I don't always get a chance to sit down and just meet with the Lord daily. I really need to though, and getting up early doesn't work for me. Every time I have tried I have failed! *sigh* We do have a bible 'study' during our homeschool time, but I don't generally get personal time with the Lord on a daily basis. Any tips? Blessings,Christy
I don't celebrate July 4th. Every July 4th one of my children asks me to explain why. I tell them when abortion is abolished then I might reconsider. They grew up not celebrating Halloween in any way. They know I am not a fan of Christmas(from what I have read Jesus was born around the end of Sept. during the holidays)(the history about it is interesting and then there's the Jeremiah tree) or Easter(Herod's Easter- KJV). I do look forward to all theirs and the grandchildren's birthdays and Thanksgiving. What is your opinion on this? Thank you.
This question may be a bit personal....I know you co-sleep with your younger child/children. When do you and your husband have the chance to 'make' more children? I'm assuming you wouldn't 'be together' in a bed with a child sleeping there.This isn't meant to be a rude question,I have often wondered how this works with families who co-sleep.
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