Yes, I have a collection of what you might call trolls...folks who follow my blog just to take shots at things I may say. It's funny. I mean, sure, it's a personal attack most often, and it used to bother me, but whatever. I'm not responsible for what folks think, let alone what they say.
However, I am a little more responsible for here, my little homestead on the internet. So, comments that come out to do little more than bait a response from me, or belittle my opinions and beliefs, well, you'll have to settle for finding another venue for sharing your discontent. Your own blog, perhaps?
What I believe to be true for my family would be just that...for my own family. You are free to agree or disagree, sure. It is a free world, moreso on the internet I suspect. But, I'm afraid I won't be answering every disagreement or baited 'shot' tossed this way. Things like how I am manipulating my children by our wearing dresses only, how we are wrongly motivated in our homeschooling, our church selection, our Bible version, our lifestyle...the list is on-going...these are areas you are wasting your computer time sending me notes and messages, comments I won't publish and answer.
We wear dresses and skirts. We homeschool. We are rather Baptist in our structure, but honestly, I don't want a religious 'label.' We live, eat, and breathe normal air like everyone else. Why we homeschool could be as simple as we believe the Bible calls parents to be the primary teachers for their children. It could also be something like the government schools are falling below measure every single day and students are falling along with them. If you know us, you know why we homeschool. Our Bible choice is our choice. Our dress code is a personal choice. You are free to dress as you please, and allow your children to dress as they please. It's no concern of mine, and I would expect the same response.
I've been repeatedly told we live an old fashioned, out of date, lifestyle. Please...we have cell phones, we have a television we watch videos on, we have several computers and an iPad. Do we appear to be forging a pioneer existence here? We are plain, but not Plain enough for our Plain friends...and we are most definitely not worldly enough for everyone else. We simply are what we are.We listen to music of all kinds, from hillbilly to Celtic to country to Appalachia mountain ballads and Mozart. We try to garden, and we buy little store-bought processed foods and simply bake and cook from as close to scratch and raw as we can. We use solar lighting and oil lamps, but my husband is an electrician so I'm hardly off-grid here. We have a cow and goats and chickens for food needs. I love the pioneers of our history, carving out a life from little more than what fit in a small wagon...but I have a 1440 sq ft house filled with far too much clutter and junk to truly let go and live a free, old fashioned life.
I would love to have the life Olivia Walton had. I have the children already, so I'm halfway there, right? Equally I would fit into the life of Caroline Ingalls and be just as happy. What I actually have is more the life of Ma kettle. But it's my life, and I'm happy enough with that.
So, I won't be answering questions about our sons being manipulated to follow the family line....have you even seen my eldest son? He's about as far from following the family line in appearances as one could get, LOL. Nor will I discuss whether or not we have selected a spouse for our daughters. This isn't a cult, you know. It's my family. i would pray that my children make well grounded and thought out decisions in their life, but who knows? I can only do my part, which is to train them properly so they at least have some solid ground to begin with. A house of cards or of solid stone is their decision. I'm not manipulating anyone. If I were, I'd have a husband at home instead of off working out of state to support his family, and my children would remain close to home. The world out there isn't getting any prettier, you know.
But thanks for asking :)
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
Blogs I Love to Visit...
- 5 Acres & A Drean
- A Pondering Heart
- Ask Jackie @ Backwoods Home
- Bateman Homestead
- Bible Version Comparison Chart
- Busy B Homemaker
- Caffeinated Homestead
- Choosing Voluntary Simplicity
- Down To Earth Blog
- Fruit of Her Hands blog
- Granny Miller blog
- Growing up Herbal
- Half a Hundred Acre Wood blog
- He Sows, She Sews
- He Sows, She Sews
- Herbal Academy of New England Blog
- Homestead Honey blog
- It All Matters Mom blog
- Just Plain Marie
- My Journey to Separation
- Nourishing Days blog
- One and a Half Acre Homestead
- Outside the Box Homeschool blog
- Ozark Mountain Family Homestead
- Reflections from Drywood Creek
- Sabbath Mood Homeschool
- Small Farm Girl
- Simple Green Frugal Coop
- Snowfall Academy blog
- Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth
- Sufficient Graze Farm blog
- The Caffeinated Homestead
- The Crunchy Chicken
- The Nerdy Farmwife
- The Prudent Homemaker
- The Unplugged Family
- The Wild Garden
- This Life I live
- Vaccination Information website
- Vintage Remedies DIY & Articles
- Wellness Mama
- Wood Cookstove Cooking blog