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Williams Family Part Three: More Kids Than Parts


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At the end of the last part, Lisa had just given birth to baby #3, Elizabeth, and Rebecca had become a child. 

Joseph was rather stinky, so I was only too happy to give him a bath. He was such a sweet little kid. 

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I like to try and feed my family a healthy diet, and I also like to make use of leftovers. With this in mind, Rebecca ate some leftover grilled fruit for breakfast before school.

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Both Michael and I had been homeschooled as children. I had been prepared to homeschool too, but then Michael had told me about what happened to his older sister. She had been a happy homeschool mother, before her husband died of liver cancer. She had found it incredibly difficult to both homeschool and be the sole breadwinner, and she'd been hampered by the fact that her education hadn't been great. Michael had therefore decided that we should send our children to public school.

"But what about the other kids?" I'd said.

"Well, we can use it as an opportunity to try and encourage others to adopt our lifestyle. Rebecca will still dress modestly, of course. Passing out tracts is all very well, but I think it'd be good if others could see how we live our lives in a more direct way."

I wasn't sure that I was entirely convinced, but I nodded anyway. I was also unsure about the stuff Rebecca would be taught, until Michael pointed out that there were plenty of politicians who believed similarly to us, and who hadn't been homeschooled. He also argued that Rebecca, and later her siblings, would be better placed to argue against stuff like evolution if she understood the pro-evolution argument. So, with all that having been said, Rebecca happily went off to her first day of school.

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Music has always been a hobby of mine. My main instrument as a child was the violin, but I also had a hankering to learn the piano. I purchased a small keyboard to start me off.

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Time to get going to see if we can conceive #4!

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Success!

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I wanted to improve my cooking skills, so I found the culinary channel on TV to get some ideas.

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Elizabeth grew up!

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It was a warm day, so I made some lemon gelato, and served it with orange slices and sprinkles. Ymm!

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Rebecca turned out to be similar to me in that she loved playing music. I bought her a special child-sized violin.

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Rebecca was now old enough to help out round the house, and immediately took her breakfast plate to the kitchen sink after eating.

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There's a small playground near our house, so I took Rebecca there after school. 

"Hey Mum!" she called.

"Hey honey," I replied. "Sorry, I've got to use the toilet!"

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Rebecca met a classmate, who she told me was called Taku Akiyama.

"Hello, Taku!" I said. "I'm Rebecca's mum."

"Hello, Mrs Williams," he said politely. 

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"Elizabeth, sweetie, please don't make a mess on the floor."

"Sowwy, Daddy."

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Rebecca was also now old enough to keep a Bible journal. 

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Everyone in the playroom!

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I was happy to find out that baby #4 would be a boy!

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I always enjoyed reading stories to the kids when they were in bed.

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Elizabeth enjoying a PBJ sandwich. Ymm!

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Happy birthday Joseph! We love you!

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That day also happened to be the day that our baby was born! We named him Daniel.

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    • 9 hours ago, quiversR4hunting said:

      @HoneyBunny

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    • Rachel333

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      I find the Calvinist belief that God actively chooses who goes to Heaven, and thus who goes to Hell absolutely repugnant. (I've seen Calvinists claim that God only chooses people to go to Heaven and everyone else was going to Hell anyway so it wasn't God's choice, but come on, it's the same thing as him choosing who goes to Hell.) Now, if you believe in an all-powerful God and believe in Hell then at some point you have to reckon with the fact that God could prevent people from going to Hell (and if you don't believe in Hell then there's still earthly suffering that presents the same problem), but Calvinism is just so direct about it in a way I find incredibly offputting. They really believe that God chose them to be saved and chose a bunch of other people to suffer in Hell for eternity, whereas I feel like the Arminian outlook is a lot kinder in that they don't think it's God's plan for anyone to go to Hell, but sin happens. (Again, I know this presents logical issues as well, but I still prefer it to Calvinism.)

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    • sableduck

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      4 hours ago, Jackie3 said:

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