Haters are gonna hate, and there I was, unbeknownst to me, smack dab in the middle of “them.”
When I took the single seat a few rows back from the rope and just to the right of the camera/sound booth, I had no idea who I was sitting with. The day's opening session was about to begin, the theme: “The Natural Family.” I was looking forward to hearing the latest legal issues, research, social science and commentary on an incredibly important topic.
“Every step towards your dream today is a step away from your regret tomorrow.”
Dr. Steve Maraboli
We moved into our home twelve years ago. We moved to give our kids a fresh start. We moved because we knew it was the right thing to do. We left behind a fully finished home we loved for a home in our desired area with an unfinished basement. I was confident in the sacrifice because I was confident we were going where we were supposed to be.
When my daughters left home they spent countless hours writing down every recipe they had been raised on. Card file boxes were filled with all the directions for maintaining the tastes of home wherever they roamed. For the first few years after they left, calls would come in asking for more tips and tricks they’d missed to make the dishes just like their Dad or I had.
“You look like her.”
The words stunned me. I looked like her? How could she possibly know that? We were talking about our Great, Great Grandma after all. In all of my days I had never seen a picture of her, never even considered that one existed. Yet, obviously this distant cousin knew something I didn’t.
This last Spring, I had a life-changing opportunity to visit the United Nations in New York City. The delegation of women I attended the Commission on the Status of Women conference with, were there to promote support for the traditional family. I experienced so many wonderful moments the week that I was there. But mostly, I seemed to constantly be asking myself, “what's a girl like me doing here?” It was big. It was overwhelming. In some ways, it was scary. But in every way, it was educational and enlightening. And I'm convinced, more than ever, that standing for the family is vital for a sustainable society.
Lately, I've had some opportunities to share some of those New York moments; and some of those presentations have been recorded. Following are links you are welcome to listen/download. Because of the nature of the subject, much of the time I have spoken in religious settings. So if you decide to listen to these recordings, it helps to understand my audience in these situations. I haven't turned down a single opportunity to talk about my experiences – and I won't. I will come share at a cottage meeting in a home, or speak to thousands, anything to help spread the word. So, if you hear something you appreciate in these recordings, you're welcome to share them as well.
Either way, I hope where ever you are, you find a way to stand up for the family in your corner of the world. For ideas on ways to do that, here's some groups I've really appreciated getting to know:
United Families International have been at the forefront of defending the family for over 15 years, soldiers on the front lines!
Big Ocean Women is a group of Maternal Feminists that inspire, stand and support the role of women and the families they love!