Adam's Mom has two really great blogs, her newest called Mom Off Duty. Adam's Mom, whose name is Sheri, writes very powerfully and beautifully in a current post on it how she has made a commitment to resume spiritual study in part stimulated by Jess' active pursuits.
I was raised in a Christian home but backed away from religion after a traumatizing church service one day. The pastor called all the children to the front of the church so they could all see what he was doing. He showed them a goldfish happily swimming around in a fishbowl. Then he scooped the fish up in his hands and proceeded to show the kids the poor little fish gasping for breaths, jumping around in his hands. He told them that this was life without God. You flounder about, struggling to get by. Then he put the fish back into the water and showed them how the water represents God's love. See how happy the fish is now? To make his point, he took the fish out of water again. I was disgusted. I was turned off religion and I certainly didn't want to belong to a church that used scare tactics, especially with children.
After medical intervention, on my second round of fertility drugs, Shawn and I made our miracle. We decided we would name him Adam. Adam - the first man made in the likeness of God. Being pregnant and feeling the life inside of me poke, wiggle and squirm I knew that this was only possible because of God. I knew that there just HAD to be a higher power to make this possible. It was when I was pregnant and feeling such a closeness to God that I decided to study the bible. Then during the last few months of my pregnancy, we undertook major renovations to our home. I was eight months pregnant and painting baseboards, eating out every night since we had no working kitchen and no running water. This took its toll and I fell into bed (which was a mattress on the floor) exhausted every night and forgot about my studies.
Sheri, Mom Off Duty