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Tue, 07-06-2010 - 10:54am

Hello!


My name is Allison and I'm a single mother to an almost one and a half year old. Growing up, both of my parents were ministers and


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In reply to: al786
Tue, 07-06-2010 - 4:43pm

Welcome to the neighborhood, Allison! Your little girl is adorable! You will find lots of like minded folks here, indeed. I hope your Parents will be able to respect your wishes of raising your child with no religion but you do know that there are Christians out there who believe indoctrinating your baby will be for 'her own good'. (sigh) Best wishes to you and you are setting a great example for her!

Feel free to drop in anytime you wanna chat!

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Lisa
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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 4:30am

Hi Allison, and welcome to the board. I'm here a bit prematurly -- I'm an atheist, but not yet a parent. But I will be in another couple boards and no one seems to mind having me around, so here I am!

Anyway, I'm sorry you're feeling so alone. I'm fortunate that almost everyone I'm close too -- all of my immediate family and most of my friends -- aren't involved in organized religion in any way. So I can't imagine what you must be going through. But it sounds like your parents are at least being respectful right now, so that's good.

I thought you might like this:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5015557

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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 4:31am
Welcome Allison! What a gorgeous child!!!!!
I'm happy you found us and I have a question! How did you do it? How did you have TWO parents as ministers and still be able to think critically about your beliefs and break away from the church? That seems to be a particularly difficult and brave move for someone to make.
Welcome!
Karen
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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 9:10am
Welcome to the board, Allison! Your daughter is gorgeous, and I love that first photo in your siggy (those eyes!!). Feel free to stop in at any time. This is a great group of ladies!

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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:13am

Thank you!


When I mentioned that I don't want them indoctrinating her, my dad got indignant and said they wouldn't do that. But... I know they would.


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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:20am

That article was beautiful. I particularly like the part that says "Just the love of my family that raised me and the family I'm raising now is enough that I don't need heaven. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day."


That's how I feel... but for most Christians that isn't


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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:33am

Ha! I'm not really sure. To be fair, my parents are very open and rarely discouraged questioning faith and religion. I actually love that they are so strong in their beliefs because I'm just as strong in my (different) beliefs.


It's probably because of their willingness to allow me to ask questions that I don't believe anymore. I left for college and when I'd go back to church on breaks or visits home I'd think about how silly everything was. I started to move away from it but I think


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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:34am

Thank you!


Those pictures were from about a year ago but she still looks the same - Even down to her little bald head!


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In reply to: al786
Wed, 07-07-2010 - 10:14pm
OOOOOOOOO!
She's a dolly with a SWEET face!
OH, and Welcome!
Karen
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In reply to: al786
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 6:22pm

Welcome to the board!

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