I go to a local Church Sponsored "Bread line" on Saturday mornings. Its been very very helpful to keeping the many little tummies full in my family. With me being away finding usable supplies, working odd jobs or otherwise occupied on the property we stay on doing the renovations etc... the children can make easy lunches of sandwiches and fruit and veggies. If you get there early like the first twenty people you have to listen to a 20 min sermon. Sometimes I feel blessed and other times I feel religious people just don't get it. All the examples they give are about consequences of sinnful behavior. Most of us standing there are either single parents disabled or seniors ... so I get offended when the sermonette is not really speaking to the people and almost insinuating 'we' are all having a hardtime because we ruined our lives by choosing to be entrenched in debauchery. I've made a lot of really good choices in life ( through my thankfulness to God for the life he gave) I've also made some naive and wrong choices. I know I have His compassion and Grace. I see through the power tripping religious people and do NOT feel at home with them at all. Chiding general remarks about daily living like kids being on too much media offend me because that is a symptom of the WHOLE breakdown of society/ family/ community... MOST of us do NOT CHOOSE DIVORCE -or for our spouse to do such harm to us in the case of DV/ abusive marriages. Divorce was just the only way to protect our children. EVERY DAY WE -the children and I suffer in multiple ways from SOMEONE ELSE'S sinful choice/s. Some one that was supposed to put us first and protect us ( and pretended to do so at times ). I miss cooking and baking for them It was a joy to do that daily as a wife and homemaker. Now that I have to do more provisional things I am cooking just once a week. I know this is normal for many families but we spent a lot of great times grinding our own flour... baking and learning about canning and fermenting Our garden was a place where the kids often willingly worked together. Right now we are learning about rebuilding a living space and eventually will have some neat kitchen space . Anyway in the interm I deal with a lot of modern issues to parenting like kids getting stuck on media and frittering their time away. I have projects that I am lining up like building a chicken area for our chicks, getting another bunny for mating and raising bunnies... I am praying for free 'rich enough soil' to continue growing things in. We have ops for kids learning to swim this summer... and do more outdoor things. If I can just earn enough gas money and keep getting free resources of materials like pallets and furniture.... I should be able to keep them busy learning useful things.... like making their home.
We tend to do a Summer Schedule for home-schooling because there are so many days in the south that are so hot that all you can manage is reading and writing. So we are about ready to start our second half of the year that is more academic. I just hate when the religious put burdens on the people -even the pressure to repent. Is that really their place? I detect a spirit of control and power over the people -damn them -feel good about their own position of being chosen -keep us submissive under a gospel of dejection from our human condition... derive pleasure assuming everyone else is damned but they are redeemed. Jesus knows me through and through he knows just what to do with me and my children in this life and eternity.