I am a person who is a proponent of giving justice where justice is due.  I believe in sharing the minutiae of daily life, in all of its glory.

Hence, I write on this here site.

I would like to give justice to the video clip that I took of my kids dancing in the kitchen on Saturday night.

Nathan woke up Saturday morning complaining of a “sore tummy”.  He still wanted to go to church, so we all traipsed to the House of the Lord.  Upon returning home he slept for two hours straight.  When he awoke, he was burning up.  I gave him a tepid bath to bring his raging temperature down.  He then emptied the contents of his stomach into my en suite toilet.

I would like to give justice to the second annual Canada Day barbecue that we hosted.  Good times were had by all.  Or so I am told.  I managed to visit with my friends for the hour or so that Nathan felt well.  He was almost like his normal self.  But not quite.

Nathan started burning up again.  He also spewed all over the walkway.  I gave him a second tepid bath to bring his temperature down.  We watched Transformers while lying under a ceiling fan that was spinning at high speed.

I would like to give a better introduction to one of the most amazing opportunities I have been given lately.  Kristin sent out a call for writers at one of the other sites she posts at, and I responded.  The site is Work It Mom.  The roster of writers over there include many of my favorites, whom I hold in high regard.

Kristin took me up on my willingness to participate and asked if I would write an article about why I am raising my kids with faith.  There is another lovely lady who is writing the other side of this topic.  As I draft this, I do not know what has been written by her.  I do know that I wrote my article on why am raising my kids to be Jesus freaks with a pure motive.

I am not trying to be judgmental, nor argumentative, nor condescending.  I am just speaking of my experience, within a precise word limit.  I just got the link to the article and can now hit “Publish” on this here post.  You can read my side of the debate HERE.

If you are new to my site and want to read the full story about Our House Fire, you can read it HERE.  It makes me weep every time I read it.  Consider yourself warned.

Nathan is better today, and our family unit plans on keeping ourselves cool at the water park and the lake.  Have a good one, folks.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the article, if you could be so kind as to let me know.

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  1. Kristie June 30, 2008 9:55 am edit

    Your article was very well written. I like how both of you wrote what you believed in and didn’t take on an accusatory tone.

    I hope there will be no more puking in your future. At least not for a while!

    Kristie’s last blog post..Fuckity Fuck

  2. Rhi June 30, 2008 9:58 am edit

    Oh my gosh. Reading that gave me chills. God is Great!

    Rhi’s last blog post..One Year Ago

  3. hills June 30, 2008 10:10 am edit

    I enjoyed both articles. The link to the other woman’s blog is actually the link to your blog though – you might want to let them know (I couldn’t comment because I don’t belong to Work It Mom.)

    hills’s last blog post..It Could Be Warm You See, A Statue Next To Me

  4. Kristin June 30, 2008 10:27 am edit

    I loved reading both of those and thought you were compelling, honest, and gentle-voiced, as always.

    Kristin’s last blog post..The long weekend that wasn’t

  5. ali June 30, 2008 10:37 am edit

    how had i NEVER heard that story???!?! amazing!

  6. Melissa June 30, 2008 10:46 am edit

    the article was fabulous…and the story about your house fire…wowsers! oh my gosh. it’s good to know that our God is good :) as always i enjoy reading your site…keep it comin’

  7. Sharon June 30, 2008 11:08 am edit

    I loved your article. It was eloquent and honest, and stated what you believed in a beautiful way. Thanks for sharing it!

    Sharon’s last blog post..Loving the laziness!

  8. Robyn June 30, 2008 11:32 am edit

    Very well written article. One of the best things you’ve written.

  9. Meg June 30, 2008 11:34 am edit

    Ack, just doing a quick blog-check before classes, will read the articles later, when I have more time!
    BUT-I just wanted to say-At least Nathan made it to the toilet to empty his insides, and didn’t do it in the tub! Poor little guy :(

    Meg’s last blog post..The Drive Home Part Le Deux (That’s French for Two!)

  10. Elizabeth June 30, 2008 12:34 pm edit

    Sorry for your little sicky. I hope it goes no further. Also, I really liked your article. I hope my kids will be Jesus freaks, too!

    Elizabeth’s last blog post..Stocked

  11. Samantha June 30, 2008 12:50 pm edit

    Great post at Work It Mom. I love how you just put it out there and didn’t defend, didn’t argue, just said it how it is for you. Well done!

    Hopefully there’s not more puke in your future. It’s bad enough being pukey, but throw in some mind-melting heat and you’ve got yourself a recipe for yucky.

    Samantha’s last blog post..Not-so-Long Weekend

  12. Jennifer June 30, 2008 1:07 pm edit

    Great article. I loved how raw and honest you were. And I’ve never read the story of your house fire. How utterly amazing God’s grace and sweet, sweet mercy is in your story.

  13. Hannah June 30, 2008 2:57 pm edit

    Sorry to hear about Nathan’s tummy bug, I hope he is all better now.
    I loved your article. I also thought the other chick wrote very well too, and neither of you were judgemental or critical of the other side of the story. However, I am with you 100 PERCENT. I am raising my boys to be Jesus Freaks, and praying that they will choose to follow the same wonderful God who is such a real and important part of my own life.

    Hannah’s last blog post..Ethan’s report

  14. Anna June 30, 2008 3:24 pm edit

    Oh Angella! That post is amazing, your love and dedication as a mom wife and child of God comes out so purely.
    The fire story made me cry, the protection that the Lord sends is so awesome.
    Love it!

    Anna’s last blog post..Taking possession on Canada Day!

  15. Loralee June 30, 2008 5:59 pm edit
  16. rachel June 30, 2008 6:22 pm edit

    Oh angella, wow.
    God is so good.
    That just tore at my heart and lifted me at the same time. Wow.

    rachel’s last blog post..Mouthwatering Monday: Sassy Southwestern Chicken

  17. The Over-Thinker June 30, 2008 6:26 pm edit

    Poor little guy! I hope he’s now on the mend.

    I read both sides of the debate. I fall in the middle but lean harder toward your viewpoint. I really like the part where you address the equal importance of “To Dos” along with the “To Don’ts”—I think people forget this.

    The Over-Thinker’s last blog post..One Wedding, 12 Phallic Straws and a Previously Buried Fear of Heights later…

  18. Marla June 30, 2008 6:35 pm edit

    Oh my gosh, I didn’t realize you had survived a house fire. {{{hugs}}}

    On Sept. 12 of last year, our house burned. To The Ground. We Were Not Home. I am thankful every day that all 9 of my children were safe. We lost everything and are still in temporary accommodations, but we are safe. Nothing else matters.

    Marla’s last blog post..Thanks Ramona

  19. Heather June 30, 2008 6:51 pm edit

    I really loved what you wrote in your article. God is awesome! It’s really amazing how He protected your son in the fire. God is way too complex for us to understand how He does the incredible things that He does. His love for us is immeasurable.

  20. The Over-Thinker June 30, 2008 7:16 pm edit

    I forgot to add that I didn’t think you were judgmental, argumentative, or condescending. :) Very well done.

    The Over-Thinker’s last blog post..Calling All Jane & John Doe’s!! Time to spill it.

  21. Kami June 30, 2008 8:10 pm edit

    I am sorry Nathan was sick for the BBQ, poor little guy! Glad he’s back to normal now.

    Your article was fantastic. I see both sides of the coin and I think you both approached in a great way… what works for you.

    What a wonderful opportunity for you, Yay!

    Kami’s last blog post..My Baby, He’s FOUR!

  22. slynnro June 30, 2008 8:21 pm edit

    As I mentioned to you the other day in email, my husband and I have very different views with regards to this issue. I think if we ever have children, our plan to is present mom’s views and dad’s views and let them decide. Thanks for sharing how you handle this.

    slynnro’s last blog post..I’m giving stuff away! Cute stuff too!

  23. Elaine June 30, 2008 8:48 pm edit

    I loved your article. I especially loved the part about how God gave us a “to do” list. But it was all good. I share your perspective. And yes, there were angels watching over your boy that night. Thank God you are all ok.

    Elaine’s last blog post..Oh Please Come to my Pity Party!

  24. gorillabuns June 30, 2008 9:41 pm edit

    The article is like my house. My husband is the non-believer and I’m a believer. I have found it is really hard for the other side (which ever you may be) to truly understand the other person’s position.

    I found your piece to be thoughtfully written and non-judgemental. Good job.

  25. Fred Vanderbom June 30, 2008 9:55 pm edit

    What an invitation and thanks for the way (as always) you opened your heart and life for others to get a taste and see what God can mean for us who are Freaks.
    Both of you did well in sharing your journeys.
    The way I have come to know God through the real Jesus and God’s Spirit is integral to both Helen and my lives, marriage, life and work – how could we not want to acknowledge and be passionate about that?
    But – always gently and respectfully of others who differ, even if it’s our own kids.

  26. Andrea June 30, 2008 10:09 pm edit

    What a loving approach to a very controversial issue!
    I especially appreciated how you didn’t back down or give way, your back bone was evident, which made the loving way you expressed your belief that much more compelling.

    I’m thinking you are going to cause great thought in many people’s hearts and minds after reading your article.

    May your home be puke free from here on out!


    Andrea’s last blog post..Weight Markers

  27. 180/360 June 30, 2008 10:21 pm edit

    A very interesting discussion! I enjoyed and related to both sides.

    180/360’s last blog post..Travelogue: Fairbanks, Alaska ~ June 2008

  28. Kristin June 30, 2008 10:35 pm edit

    Yikes, poor Nathan, we had that going on over here last weekend.

    Checked out your article, well done! What a neat opportunity.

    Kristin’s last blog post..4 Months Old.

  29. Michele July 1, 2008 12:36 am edit

    Great article Angella! I had goosebumps while reading it – thanks for some reminders! You are so gifted in your writing and you write with such heart!

    Hope Nathan continues to feel better and that no one else catches “it”!!!

  30. SarahD July 1, 2008 9:04 am edit

    That is super cool that you had the opportunity to write about your faith and our God on a public site like that…so neat that you don’t need to advertise your faith, but it gets noticed. Congratulations and I will pray that it will speak to many. My thing with the whole debate of “forcing your children to be Christians and not letting them know anything else”…is totally related to child rearing. We don’t just let our kids decide what they should eat and when they should sleep and how they should act. We show them by our example and by setting rules and boundaries. And so with our faith…we show them by example and by bringing them with us to church and talking about it and letting them know what Jesus would have us do. How else will they know unless we tell them. We can’t expect that they will just fall into the right path, because Satan is standing there trying to distract them! Prayers for our kids that they will follow God and love HIM with all that they are!

  31. angella July 1, 2008 9:10 am edit

    EXACTLY, Sarah!

    (And? HI!)

    I fully get what you are saying. Even for those who may not believe in Jesus as you and I do, not teaching your kids what you believe makes NO SENSE.

    I believe that if I step in front of a semi truck, I will probably die. So I teach my kids to watch out for traffic. I believe that chocolate ice cream is a wonderful thing. So I have given my kids ice cream as a treat. To deny teaching them that treats are tasty seems unfair.

    Since I believe that God is who He says He is, and Jesus is who He says He is, why would I not then teach the same to my children? It only makes sense.


  32. Isabel Kallman July 1, 2008 8:19 pm edit

    very touching. and respectful. and lovely.

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