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Why I would Home Educate my children

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I have never been a great teacher. Truth be told, I never wanted to be a teacher….ever. I planned from early on to put my kids in any school that would have them. That was back in the eighties when everything was (ahem) awesome and safe. Oh, and before I had kids.

That being said, I learned that being a mom is absolutely also about being a teacher. I stand by the fact that I am not great at teaching. I cannot teach my kids how to organize anything worth a 2 cent penny. I hope that more pressing issues are being conveyed by my unconventional teaching way and that the Spirit of the Living God is at work in their lives to confirm this as well. Otherwise, they are up the creek without the metaphorical paddle.

As many of you may know, we decided to take our oldest child out of public school, last March, due to his many social and educational issues that have haunted him from the beginning. He is a truly wonderful child and loves to be with his friends. If you know anything about Asperger Syndrome, you know that friends are hard to come by when you have a social disorder. He has had some loyal friends in school who he considers close. There are others in the school who have not understood his “quirks” and have made his life a living nightmare. I won’t go into any of the details but suffice to say that the last straw was a very big one and we knew, without doubt, that it was time for full-time home schooling.

He has only ever talked about missing a few of his friends as being the biggest regret about home schooling full-time. Apart from that he has expressed many times how much he appreciates being at home and not having the pressures of living the nightmare that was school for him. I need to give credit where it is due and say that the teachers he has had over the years have done all that they can to make life as good as possible. However, there are limits to what a teacher, or even the administration, can do. Unfortunately, we live in a place where special issues are not valued and it has been highly frustrating for us to advocate for him for these past years. A huge load has been lifted from ME (much to my surprise) as my need for being his ever-present advocate has dwindled to talking to myself instead of the powers that be. Talking to myself I can do

If I were to take my other children out of school, and it may come to that soon, we have listed various other reasons about why we would make that decision despite my terror at the thought of having four at home with me all the time. Having them at home with me is not the problem, it is being organized enough to carry out the task of teaching them.

I am a Christian, who believes in the Bible as the Word of God. The public school has long been separating Church and State. A part of this was taking the Creation of the Earth and eradicating every part of the “theory” from the halls of education. I’m not sure why no one remembers that Evolution is also considered a theory as well? While I am not fine with this, I was living with it as a reality and making sure we taught our beliefs at home. When it comes down to it, I’m really not ok with this anymore. I believe that God made Science and he can peacefully coexist with it as the Creator.

Sex education has been taken to new levels in the public arena so I have also seen to it that we started early in teaching our children our values. I believe that God made sex for the enjoyment of a husband and a wife and that faithful marriage is where it should take place. I am not going to argue any semantics or theology with anyone and whether it makes me a such and such. All it makes me is someone who loves God, believes that he is LOVE and that he created us all for a purpose. We are teaching our kids to be loving and kind as an expression of our devotion to God. The schools do not have to ask parents for permission to talk about the many issues that arise in regards to sex.

There are SO many children out there being exposed to way too many things that children should not be subject to seeing or hearing. I am not being a prude when I say that. There are ratings on movies and games for a reason and I’m pretty sure most parents do not care to put their foot down when their children want to play or watch something. I won’t even speak to the stuff that parents are watching or playing in front of their children. This has affected our society on so many levels and it is clear in our schools. Kids are saying things to my kids in grade ONE that no child should know or have to hear.

While I think we are to be lights in this world of darkness, there is coming a point where I think that our children should just not have to deal with that mix of crap on a daily level for hundreds of days a year. I have been a big proponent of guiding children through the bumps and bruises that life brings them and I know that what doesn’t kill them can make them stronger…but what if it does kill your child? What if they come to the point of wanting to end their own life? I am betting that you would do almost everything you could do prevent that from happening to your child. When the spiritual darkness becomes so pervasive that it comes and steals your child’s soul without you even knowing…? Well, I don’t want it to happen on my watch.

To sum it up, we are becoming certain that we don’t want our children constantly exposed to things that we believe are lies. Everything we value is being devalued. Truth is relative…which means that if I believe it it must be true, no? Oh wait, I believe that there actually is an absolute truth.

I know that my children will eventually grow up and make their own decisions without me. I want to give them every tool they can acquire to handle this gnarly world when that happens. If we do decide to home educate them I will be happy to do it, despite my lacking abilities. I am pretty sure I am not too old to learn a few new tricks.

I don’t know when this will happen. I do know that it probably will. I would rather send them to a school that has at least some semblance of a balanced (and preferably biblical) worldview but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Disclaimer: Just because I have these particular views doesn’t mean that I judge others that have a different opinion than I. I am not the Judge. I am glad that our world has so many takes on similar subjects. It makes life interesting. Just know, that if I think you’re cool with your ideas and points-of-view, than cut me a little slack too if I think differently. Just sayin’.

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Has readily available Abortion led to this? Do you really know what’s going on?

Warning – this post deals with sensitive subject matter and may contain graphic descriptions that should bother all who read. My opinion is obviously still just my opinion, but the facts ARE the facts.

I was listening to the radio, in my family van, without the kids today when this radio program came on. I was left bereft and sobbing by the end.

Whether you are Pro-life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Abortion, Pro-killing babies for being concieved at the wrong time, whatever, these cold hard facts are ones that should make us turn cold with fear for our future. It should cause us to weep. Admittedly Charles Adler is Pro-Choice, though it sounds like he’s still trying to figure it out. With the media barely covering this horrific crime story, I stand in respect for this man to air it. Major media is ignoring this ongoing and huge trial because it is discussing things none of them want to eiscuss. How did our society get here? Where news items THIS big are covered up? They don’t want to rock the abortion boat.

We need to be discussing this amongst ourselves not just ignoring it and hoping it’s not really real. It needs to go from “just a story ” to “Can this actually be happening in our country?” Yes it is.

The following article is a transcript from today’s show with Charles Adler.

“hen I did my tour of duty in the U-S back in the nineties,  I heard some
criminologists say  that the most effective way to reduce crime in poor
communities is to give women as much access to abortion as possible, any
kind of abortion at any point in the pregnancy. Fewer births will mean fewer
 potential criminals. Is that another reason why there has been so much
silence over the slaughter of these little lambs. Do we know how many been
killed? Most of the documentation in Kermit Gosnell Clinics has been
destroyed and I can assure you that other clinics like this have also
shredded the paper in much the same way that they shredded human life.
Before I leave this alone, let me return for a moment to the Grand Jury
report.

“Among the relatively few cases that could be specifically documented, one
was Baby Boy A. His 17-year-old mother was almost 30 weeks pregnant — seven
 and a half months — when labour was induced. An employee estimated his
birth weight as approaching six pounds. He was breathing and moving when
Gosnell severed his spine and put the body in a plastic shoebox for
disposal. The doctor joked that this baby was so big he could “walk me to
the bus stop.” Another, Baby Boy B, whose body was found at the clinic
frozen in a one-gallon spring-water bottle, was at least 28 weeks of
 gestational age when he was killed. Baby C was moving and breathing for 20
minutes before an assistant came in and cut the spinal cord, just the way
she had seen Gosnell do it so many times. And these were not even the worst
cases.”

Question:  Do we believe this hasn’t been going in dozens of  other clinics.
 You don’t have to read the grand jury testimony that I have been pouring
through this past weekend to know in your heart  that this has been going on
for more than 40 years. And if you find this disturbing, it means you’re
still a human being. For decades now people have asked the question, “When
does Human life begin? And there are biological answers, physiological
answers, and  theological answers. I don’t pretend to know when human life
begins. But I know where it ends. It ends when we stop being jarred by the
scenes of baby feet in Kermit Gosnell’s jars.” Charles Adler

A thought-provoking piece, one which not only disturbed me but horrified me. I know that there is evil in this world. I know that there are evil acts being done to other human beings, but I find myself comfortable in my world not to think about it. Not to let it get to me.

I held my dying son. He was born at 26 weeks gestation, and he was most certainly human. Living, barely, but still a precious, tiny soul that felt pain and in the last hours, knew his parents love because we brought him close, told him of our love and then said good-bye.

To think of someone delivering a baby like that and cutting its head off after they are breathing and cutting feet from other babies and storing them in jars…well, that makes Mr. Gosnell a horrific serial killer and a mass murderer. He also killed low-income mothers who should have been treated with the same dignity as their babies should have received. Not the butchery. Not the killing.

Maybe it strikes a chord in me because my “babies” were conceived in women who were not expecting the pregnancy at that point.Our society was telling their birth moms to kill them, they are an inconvenience. You have no money so kill your babies. BUT THEY DIDN”T and my kids are alive and well and I love them deeply and hug them tighter because they escaped society’s pressure for their birth or first mothers to end what was inconvenient. I have so much respect for women (and men) who instead value the life they have created and let it live. Let it be loved.

Don’t get me wrong, I see the injustice of children being born to people who should never be parents. Oh how I’ve seen that in the last five years. Parents who have children for some unknown reason and ignore their children. Their “babies” become an inconvenience  so they leave them to the evils and wiles of the world. In the streets they become less than they should be because of parental indifference. I’m not sure what is the biggest crime?

Even so. Even SO. Life is valuable at every stage. LIFE. There is nothing like life, no matter the conditions it was created in (and I know there are some huge situations that are infrequent but still tragic) the children have value whether it is at 11 weeks gestation or at 11 years old.

You hold value. Oh, Lord, how you have value. The One who made us is waiting and wanting for all to come to him. To stop carrying our burdens of sin and come to him. He values YOUR Life.

Oh Lord, stop the killing. The needless killing of babies. In your most powerful Name STOP the KILLING and torturing (and you can read court doc’s to tell you this is true) of babies. It is happening more than in just this one place. It’s happening all over the place. Late term abortions make sure that babies (or they are supposed to) are not completely born before their spines are severed or beheaded. If the babies feet obstruct the way, they cut them off. Get them out-of-the-way. But the babies are still alive. They are dismembering babies limb by limb alive. Late-term abortions are torture and murder.

People, can you believe that we are cutting babies ALIVE while they are in the birth canal in our country? In YOURS?

God bring this nation to you. We want love to reign here and justice. Lord protect those wee ones whose parents are just wanting to not have to think of this pregnancy as a complications. It’s an easy fix. For the baby, let’s think of other options. Let’s see if we can find those babies homes that can love and care for them.

I have four blessings who did not go to the “chopping block” and for that I am thankful.

Jesus, thank-you for my children. They are precious. thank you.