About Me

My name is  Erica, (real name changed to protect identity) and I am a real life wife and mom of three adorable and sometimes challanging children. 😉

I am girly girl at heart, but not prissy. I love to partake in feminine arts such as sewing, baking bread, Cross Stitch, Scrapbooking, Organizing, and trying to be pretty. Ha! I enjoy reading, studying natural health alternatives, nutrition,and teaching my children. What makes me not prissy is the fact that I could care less if I broke a nail or get dirt under it. I walk around barefoot even outside. I can handle cleaning up dog poop without grossing out. I like to take long walks that make me sweat, swing on the swing with my kids, and just enjoy life, without worrying *too* much how I look after doing all these active activities. 😉

My weaknesses include, Hagan Dazs Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Starbucks Frappichinos, Non-Fastfood restaurants, and wishing and coveting for hardwood floors, a fence around my yard and a chance to have a horse again.

In this blog, I will chronicle , muse, and shares my ponderings, and experiences with believing a toxic faith system.

There really isn’t a “label” to put on this toxic faith system I believed in. It is a conglomeration of many false labels that I, meshed together, and fell hook line and sinker for. A little from the Independent fundamental Baptist movement, a little from the Quiverfull/conservative homeschooling movement. A little from the Amish/Mennonites etc.

I will write how all these “labels” and philosophies almost caused me to miss the true Gospel of Grace… and how the Lord led me out, and how I am is still healing from the mess that I created.

I will also write my opinions and thoughts regarding issues that are going on “now” within the homeschooling movement as it pertains to legalism.

Me and my oldest daughter at a resturant in the Hay Day of my Denim Jumper Life

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18 Responses to About Me

  1. Cyndy B says:

    Looking forward to your next article. Seems like we’ve grown up in the same house! Thankful for God’s grace. I’m so tired of legalism (grew up extreme cultic fundamentalistic and now in reformed church). Legalism is Satan’s most useful tool, it seems.

    • I am tired of Legalism too! I am finding it is very much perpetuated through homeschooling circles. I still home school, but I feel so burdened to share Grace through homeschooling as I find it is very much imbalanced with legalism. Thanks for reading!

  2. Cyndy B says:

    I homeschool too. Stick with the Word! Sometimes, I get too depressed when I read homeschool magazines and blogs.

  3. Katie Troyer says:

    Wow, have you been involved in the Charity Movement?

    • I wasn’t heavily involved with the Charity movement. Although, I did admire them, wish I could be one, and listened to a bunch of their tapes. The Godly Home Series being one of the main teachings from them. I *think* I had pen-pals that were in the Charity Movement, but that was so long ago, I really can’t remember.

      I see you are around the Amish in Sarasota FL. We live in FL, and have visited there, and even went to a Beachy Amish Mennonite Church. I think it was called Sunny Side Fellowship, or something like that. I can’t remember the exact name. The Amish there were *very* hospitable to us, and made us feel so welcome, even though we were a fish out of water, LOL!

  4. cindy foster says:

    We’ve already met on facebook. I had to stop and comment before I even read your post, about your ‘not a Calvinist’ statement, and your title. We just may have more in common than I thought! Yay! I love the Calvinist, but have a real problem with that belief.

    Now, to read your post…..

    • Maybe I’ll delve into the Calvinist thing once and a while. But that debate goes in circles and it poops me out. I have been known to debate for four hours well into the night, just to bring the same points up over and over again, LOL!
      They don’t shake my foundation of what I believe the Bible says…they just get me so tired. It’s seems pointless…unless the Holy Spirit convicts them to change their minds about it. I have seen it happen to. 😉
      But I have noticed that a lot of the IFB’s are leaving (and rightly so) and going to Calvinism. Which to me, seems to be jumping from one extreme to the next. But that’s my opinion.
      I do think the Calvinists (at least the ones that I know that aren’t involved in homeschooling) are less legalistic about man made standards, more open to discuss things, and thirst for a deeper knowledge of God himself. For that I admire them.

  5. Laurie M. says:

    I’ve really enjoyed your introductory posts. I’ll look forward to reading more.

  6. Mandy says:

    Hi Ienjoyed your blog I love walking bare foot too…. but sometimes cant be bothered to wash my feet afterwards 🙂 ……. and I covert feminine and nails because I chew mine (am working On it ) ! I saw your link on face book . have not read it yet but have saved it and look forward to reading it soon . ….. oh yeah ordered myself some classics Levis recently and cant wait to wear them…. dressing up is fun even at 45 …….He will restore the years the locust have eaten Joel 2:25 Stay blessed Mandy
    “A seeker of the The Truth aka A truth Monster :)”

  7. Hi Heather!

    I’m glad I saw Hillary’s link to your blog on FB this morning. I think we have much in common! You might like to see my poem “It Became to Me a Dark Thing” on my blog at http://virginiaknowles.blogspot.com/2010/07/it-became-to-me-dark-thing-poem.html. I have another blog for worn-out moms at http://www.comewearymoms.blogspot.com. You might like these articles there: http://comewearymoms.blogspot.com/2010/06/nurturing-naomi-how-to-help-yourself-or.html and http://comewearymoms.blogspot.com/2010/03/joyful-liberty.html ~~ Blessings, Virginia

  8. TulipGirl says:

    Heather, I can’t find your email address, and wanted to ask something briefly. . . *grin* Would you email me? Thanks!

  9. karen says:

    Hooray, hooray, hooray!!!

    So excited to read this!!! My husband and I have just watched our church split over extreme Calvinism, but unlike you, I haven’t had the nerve to actually write about it! Thank you for your courage. I’ll definitely link my readers here.

    As a fellow homeschooling mother who is FREE in Christ to love and live with my children (with or without a denim jumper or blue jeans!), I appreciate your wisdom.

    Resting in Him Alone,
    Karen

  10. shadowspring says:

    JtoJ,

    Since you are not thrilled with Calvinism but also find the circular arguments over predestination wearying, you might enjoy the book God of The Possible by Greg Boyd, one of my favorite theologians. There are other thoughts beside Calvinism and Armenian. =) Going to search for my copy now….

    • Thanks for the recommendation Shadowspring. I am not Armenian either. 🙂 I know some of the different ideas out there between the two of them. I will try to look into that book. Sheesh! There are sooooooo many books I would love to read! LOL!

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