Monday, September 22, 2008

Book giveaway!

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"Family UNplanning" by Craig Houghton. 5 lucky winners will win an autographed copy of this book! Good luck!


Carmine said...

Hey Melissa!

I'm really proud of you for your devotion to your husband and kids- I admire you for being a homemaker and doing the hardest job possible: being a PARENT! :)

I'm really interested in your views on Quiverfull families, and it's a fascinating topic that I didn't really know about until I saw it on your blog. I come from a pretty large family of 5 kids. My dad is a pastor, and my mom was a schoolteacher but she stayed at home full time with us until we were in school. My parents took in over 35 foster kids over the years, and STILL, even though their in their mid 60's, they have 2 foster children (ages 18 months and 10 months!) whom they've had since they brought them home from the hospital as infants. Dan is the youngest of 7 kids, so he's from a big family too. Naturally, we enjoy family, and love being from large families.

I wanted to discuss with you, however, the logistics of quiverfull families, and whether you think it's God's will for every family. I really think it's great, but I can't help but think of Dan and I, both full time professionals living in a 300sq ft apartment in the middle of New York City, with our nearest family members more than a 5 hour drive away. I feel like a QF family needs to live in a house, in a more rural area in order to make this work. I'd really like to see more of your thoughts on this, and maybe you could post a blog to open this discussion. Is QF God's will for everyone? Should a couple even get married if they aren't ready for children? Is QF only accomdated in the right environment (aka NOT New York City?) :) There's just so much I would like to discuss, and hear from your other readers about. Thanks, Mel!

MelissaD said...

Good questions, Carmine. You've actually spurred me on to writing an entry on this quiverfull subject (which I've been meaning to do for some time). I hope to have it posted here in the very near future.