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Let me ask you. Do women have a place in the intellectual world? Is it unattractive for a woman to have opinions and to feel compelled by the Holy Spirit to do whatever she can to make the world a better place for the sake of her children? Can a woman be wildly feminine and be a bear when it comes to protecting her family? Does she have any place outside the home?

This may seem obvious to most, if not all of you, but there are some people in the fringe of society who have chosen to manipulate their religion into something grotesque. They are using their religion as a way to elevate themselves and denegrate all women. I’m floored at the lengths they will go and I’m no femininist. I truly believe if you are a mother, you have an obligation to stay home with your children, regardless of the sacrifice. I don’t want to hear all the “but what if’s”, especially the “what about single moms?” I have a friend who is a single mom to 2 kids and she stays home, works AND homeschools. Owned. “But not everyone can do that” — Why not? She sacrifices on every social level known to man to do what is right for her kids, why can’t you? What is your specific excuse?

I also believe that men are the head of the household. {gasp} That does not mean I demurely accept decisions handed down from the great Dan, rather, it means he’s responsible for a whole lot of stuff and he gets a great title that occasionally means he gets the last word on things. We are a team in this wonderful Sacrament of Marriage. We both bring a uniqueness to our family. I am nurturing, loving, caring and emotional. Dan is strong, level-headed and calm. We have a good cop/bad cop thing going. Dan goes out and reasons with the world. If that doesn’t work, I go in and holler, cry or threaten the world. And, lastly if that should fail, Dan simply beats the tarp outta the world. It works, it’s always worked. We complete each other. Dan is the first one to admit he needs me. And I need him. This is God’s plan, not some altered third world view of marriage, but a union, where two people become one for the benefit of each other and the world.

But, when it comes to our children, you better believe I am not just a pretty face in a lace dress, black flats and panty hose. Gag. Nope. I’m a mother bear, I am a carnivore in stilleto heels, a short dress and plunging neckline. Anyone who has been within earshot of me when I am upon my prey knows I AM the embodiment of Jekyll and Hyde. Is that feminine? In the eyes of God, yes. In Pope John Paul’s eyes, yes. I am a mother, I fight for the rights and well-being of my children.

I understand the man who spent his entire young life being ridiculed and picked on and made to feel nothing less than pathetic. I understand his need to exert himself and to right those wrongs. But you don’t do that from a religious pulpit. You do that in the gym – (though i’ve recently been told men don’t say gym, they say “lift weights”). You do that by learning to fight, perhaps? It is nothing less than disgraceful, and without a doubt a grave sin when a religion is distorted and scripture taken out of context, twisted and turned into a publicity stunt for someone to reinvent and raise themselves over others.

Where did this come from? Well, I was told by someone who holds himself up to be the next coming of Christ that I ought to forget about the upcoming elections and “vote for whomever Dan votes for”. That made Dan chuckle. There goes Free Will he said. I was then referenced in a blog by this same person that I was unfeminine because I am involved in political discussions, I was unfeminine because I promote and protect my religious beliefs, I was chastised and told that a woman’s place is under her husband’s foot, that her only job is in the home raising her children and serving her husband. This, shockingly, made me angry. It made me sad. It made me feel compelled to pray for him and his poor family. Dan of course loved it. He LOL and made references all night as to my place in the family. But Dan’s ideas were slightly different, it was more white T-shirt and water related.

I wonder about this man’s wife. But, she’s an adult, she made her bed. More-so I worry about his children. His sons will grow to be like their father – an egotistical man, who has found small minded minions whose only desire is to serve God to follow him in his quest for respect and validity under the guise of Catholicism. I worry for his daughters who will grow up without strength of character, without the ability to say no, without the ability to question anything. They will undoubtedly have his twisted version of religion imprinted on their brain. The devil is out there, Satan is lurking and God have mercy, for they know not what they do.

I am a wife, a mother and a crusader for a better world for my family. I believe God has imprinted my fighting spirit on my soul. Who am I to question Him? Why would I take a gift God gave me and let it wilt? I was born with a competitive nature, I was born with a quest for extremes and excitement. These are traits given to me by God. How would this man like me to channel these specific character traits? I could, perhaps enter a meatloaf competition? Is that feminine? Probably not, it’s a competition. The Garden Club could be an option, but God did not bless me with a green thumb, nor does our community have a garden club. I suppose I could get my adrenaline rush from disobeying Dan, but I’ve never been an obedient person, I’ve never allowed anyone to infringe upon my God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, so that’s out as well.

This last sentence just begs the question of consequences. What, pray-tell, happens when she disobeys him? And, yes he does use this word. And, yes it does happen, because no-one is perfect … no-one. So she is a naughty wife and disobeys. Is she punished? Sent to her room? As a mom of 11 I would do whatever it took to be sent to my room, I’d be the most disobedient wife on the planet. It would be chaos. “Where’s mommy.” “She was sent to her room…again.”

As parents it is our God given responsibility to help our children find their strengths, their talents and their inner beauty. I have 6 boys, all of them are warriors. I have 5 girls, two are girly girls, competition doesn’t interest them, extreme sports, not so much. They are artistic and musically inclined. I have none of their talents. I have two girls for whom competition is their very nature. They compete in everything from who can finish school first, who gets the best grades to who is the fastest snowboarder, who can do the most tricks and who can stay on the wave the longest. The jury is out on little Elly, but if her spirit continues on the path she’s on now, we’ll have a sweet baby loving girl who fights for what she believes in. Who am I to curb her enthusiasm, to mold her into something other than that what God has plans for? We work with our children’s spirits, not against them.

Be very wary of false prophets, my friends. Glory is always given to God, not to priests, fathers or prophets. Married life is a bridge to God. As mothers we feed our children from our own bodies, they will eventually wean themselves of our milk, but we continue to feed their bodies, mind and soul. It is a huge responsibility. A parent’s love, no matter how good, is imperfect. It was never meant to take the place of God’s love. It was meant to foster a way to God’s love. It is our responsibility to remain humble and be strong, solid, if not fallible, bridges to God. “The Glory is given to God and thank God that he has given us the gifts of married life that we may have a glimpse, that we may have a way, that we may have a bridge to our Father in Heaven.” — Fr Michael Denk

Please read the below Letter From Pope John Paul II. It’s beautiful and describes eloquently and beautifully the role women play in today’s society. God made us all so very different and each of us is glorified in God’s eyes. Please, please take 5 minutes click the link and read the letter. God Bless.

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_29061995_women_en.html

PS-Sorry, R.A. … it’s all good.

29 Comments
  • becca on February 7, 2012

    Be wary of false prophets indeed. It is unfeminine to be a doormat. The guy who said these things to you must have identity issues. He must not have strength in himself as he obviously needs unquestioned control. How boring to live with someone who had no opinions, no fight. Maybe he spanks her along with his kids? Obviously he’s a wimpy dude. Google TakenInHand – scary stuff. LOL

  • kelly on February 7, 2012

    Oooooh, it’s gettin hot in here. What a poor poor little man. Here comes Greg, he’s going to comment. Ugh.

  • The Man of the Home on February 7, 2012

    Woman, get back in that bed. And then make me a sammich. (that’s for the kellogg kids)

  • Christine on February 7, 2012

    Well said Susie. There are definitely “roles” in which men and women should be. However God created Eve for Adam so he wouldn’t be alone. Adam needed a helper. He did not create her so he would have someone to boss around, that’s what animals are for:)
    I will never be able to wrap my head around people thinking they are better than someone because of their gender or the color of their skin. Ignorance I suppose.

  • dan on February 7, 2012

    You should not write blogs and voice your opinion. Bad girl, Susie. Go to your room! I am in your room, waiting.

    AAHHHHAAAHHHHAAAAAHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! LMAO

    I love everything about you.

  • Joanie on February 7, 2012

    I am so floored by you. I have never met anyone so sure of themselves and their position in the world. Your writing is amazing, but the way you lay out a point, the way you weave it all together if fascinating. I read all your blogs and I just wanted to tell you I was a working mommy. I was a strung out, overworked, unhappy mom of 2 who cowered at the thought of having more children and shunned my husband. I used to read your blogs with pain and hurt which manifested in anger, however, I thought you would like to know you touched my heart. At the end of the month I will be a full-time SAHM. My husband and I agree we can live with one car, in a small home on a tight budget, but our children are the priority, You are a very inspiring lady and I believe with all my heart you are destined for great things. I hope to see the kelloggshow on TV to replace some of those outrageous shows. Thank you.

    • susie on February 8, 2012

      Oh my gosh, thank you so much. What an incredibly wonderful thing to say, but you deserve ALL the credit!! :) xoxoxoxo

  • Annette on February 7, 2012

    At first I thought you were going to tell me I had no right to intellectual intelligence. I felt the anger well up inside me at the out and out betrayal of a sister in Christ. then I felt that dissipate and I felt in communion with you. Has anyone heard of Joan of Ark? I rest my case.

  • Larry on February 7, 2012

    What caveman actually would find this attractive? I can’t imagine what a woman like this is like in bed.

  • carmen on February 7, 2012

    Well well, I actually agree with you on something. There is hope for you afterall. Although, of course you must ramble off into religious babble about how women must stay home with their kids or they are hell bound, none-the-less it’s nice to see you on the side of women, instead of against.

    • susie on February 8, 2012

      I’m always on the side of women … ALWAYS!! I am one and I’m raising 5 of them!! :)

  • Lela on February 7, 2012

    Beautiful article, you are a very talented writer.

  • Madison on February 7, 2012

    So, ha ha, my mom has started having me read your blogs and write about whether i think you are right or wrong and why. fml, I like your videos better.

    • susie on February 8, 2012

      That’s fantastic … send me your essay, I’d love to read it!! :)

  • Meredith on February 7, 2012

    I just saw this on 2 fb pages, one where the poster was castigating you for being a “religeous” nut. “I’m sick of religeous SAHM’s being mean to there working mom freinds. I meen come on, where in the bibel does it say you can be meen to other people? I thoght you were sposed to be God like?” and on another fb post where you were being praised which had perfect spelling by all the poster. Funny, huh? The mom who works can’t spell, the moms who stay home are educated. Must be the husbands.

  • Holly on February 7, 2012

    There are definitely differences between men and women, but women need not be relegated to simply being pretty and nice. What a sad, boring existence.

  • Kristin on February 7, 2012

    Ok, now I want to be a mom like you. You homeschool too? I am so in awe. You guys are like a cool version of The Duggars. Very intense. I’m going to share this article, I’m blown away. Awesome that your husband is hawt, loved the picture of him and your younger daughter. Power couple right here.

    • susie on February 8, 2012

      ha ha ha ha … :)))

  • Corey D. on February 7, 2012

    Whoa. Amazing family. I homeschool my 7 kids (6 boys, 1 beautiful darling little girl) and it’s an amazing time in my life. What program do you use, out of curiosity?

    • susie on February 8, 2012

      AOP – Switched on Schools, it works very well for larger families, its all on the computer and it tracks time spent, work done, grades, etc. They come when something is tricky … the 3rd grade and under crowd use AOP Horizons and we just do it together — it takes like 1.5 or so and it’s workbooks. All in all we are done by 12 everyday!!! :))) I wouldn’t change this for anything!!!

  • Danielle on February 7, 2012

    Fantastic article, you really are dead on.

  • Steve on February 8, 2012

    Where do you find these women? I want one.

  • Vanessa on February 8, 2012

    My cousin sent me this link and I love it. What an awesome family.

  • Hailey on February 12, 2012

    I really enyojed this cool article, its insightful and funny and lighthearted. You make some great points.

  • Britany on February 13, 2012

    Absolutely. It’s a shame that people can use Jesus to spread their agenda.

  • Mindy on February 13, 2012

    Yes. yes. Yes. What a wack-o, people can distort even the most beautiful of religions.

  • Ali on April 16, 2012

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this. I agree, women ought not be relegated to the backroom, they are smart, strong and should be incredible role models for their children, not door mats who wear bonnets and bows. Where in the bible does it dictate this?

  • Edy on April 20, 2012

    keep it up Kellogg’s you people are doing an awesome job! fight the oppression, submission is a choice!

  • Edy on May 18, 2012

    Wow, one uptight past bullied child/man, eh?

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