Posts tagged ‘Baby Conference’

January 21, 2011

Ladies’ Tea With Michelle Duggar; Ladies’ Symposium: and interview with Michelle Duggar

From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”

*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*

It’s taken me a while to formulate this post because I couldn’t come up with a way to summarize these sessions! I finally decided on this: Mrs. Duggar shared many helpful tidbits along with plenty of funny stories.

There were just so many subjects spoken about! 🙂

Mrs. Duggar’s gentle and quiet spirit still amazes me. God has really taught her a lot through her many children!

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January 14, 2011

Symposium on Top Legal Issues Facing Parents

From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”

*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*

The key point of this session is that no family, however careful they may be, is immune to Child Protective Services. The legal issues discussed went beyond spanking and homeschooling. One story was told of a family who decided not to take welfare, and was almost turned in to CPS for it!

January 13, 2011

A Symposium on Manhood and Babies

From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”

*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*

Doug Philips and Jim Bob Duggar both spoke in this session.

Mr. Philips opened up with Psalm 128. He pointed out that the location of blessing for a man who fears the Lord is the household- a fruitful wife and many children. The centerpiece is the family, and the meal table, where everyone pauses to be together. He points out that this psalm is basically an amplification of the 5th commandment.

The key point of Mr. Philips’ message is that babies and marriage make men! It reminds me of what Mr. Baucham said when he came to the Arizona Homeschool convention. His last year of college, when he had a wife and baby, was the most productive year ever, because he had strong motivation at home.

Mr. Duggar offered very applicable advice. He pointed out that the power of sin is secrecy, and how important accountability is. His mother often said, “show me your friends and I will show you your future.” He wondered aloud why christians would want to look like the world in order to reach the world, after all, the world isn’t happy with what they’ve got – they’re looking for something different and better, why are we afraid to show it to them?

During the question and answer time at the end, Mr. Duggar shared something from friend who had gone through some major difficulties. He said that God’s will is what we would have chosen if we knew all the facts.

January 13, 2011

Naming Babies

From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”

*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*

Douglas Winston Philips presented this session. Perhaps you would like to know the names of his eight children: Joshua, Justice, Jubilee, Liberty, Faith Evangeline, Providence, Howard Honor, and Virginia.

Along with telling funny stories, highlighting interesting, and sometimes downright strange names, Mr. Philips emphasizes the importance of being purposeful in the choice of names.

After his daughter Liberty was born, he took his little four-year-old son, Justice, to the courthouse and read to him the words carved on the wall. “Justice is the defender of Liberty”. Now that his son is older, he understands the full meaning of those words, but in the meantime, they empowered him to be a strong protector of his little sister. Douglas Winston himself was named after two great men that his father admired. Even when he was young, he was told the stories of these men of vision and Mr. Philips is the man he is today because of this.

Now contrast that with another child who asks his mommy why she named him what she did. She answers that she simply liked the way it sounded. Now, while there is nothing wrong with liking the way a name sounds, that should not be the sole reason it is chosen.

So in summary, make your choices carefully, and make sure that you have a good reason for them, not only when selecting a name for a child, but in everything that you do.

January 12, 2011

Surviving the First Fifty Years of the Pill

From Vision Forum’s “Baby Conference”

*This is meant to whet your appetite, and to highlight some things that stood out to me, but not to be a complete summary of the session. If you have questions about the context of something I quote, please feel free to ask in the comments!*

Geoff Botkin is about the same age as “the pill”, so he has a unique perspective on it. He shared many interesting facts including shocking statistics. Did you know that Barbie was originally created as a pornographic plaything for men in Germany?

A summary of what I took from this session is that birth control is not simply a contraceptive, but just one aspect of an attempt to create a culture of death. An attempt, which has unfortunately been too successful.

“Birth control appeals to the advanced radical because it is calculated to undermine the authority of the Christian churches.” – Margaret Sanger

Should Christians use birth control? Margaret Sanger thought so.