Aoibheal's Lair

http://aoibhealslair.com

Sharing some of the Chaos, Confusion and Chicanery as this Faerie Witch Walks Between the Worlds...

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What Inspired Me to Start Blogging

I was having a very difficult time with seasonal depression while we lived in Michigan. I tried everything I had used before but nothing worked. SO a friend suggested I write my life story down. I did this, but kept in a word doc and never published it for anyone to see. I found BlogSpot through my gmail account and began just posting some of my favorite poems and humorous stories. I'd add a personal entry here and there but didn't keep up with it on a regular basis. A couple years ago, a friend in the Pagan Book club I attended "challenged" me to write at least 500 words a day, from that challenge my Blog was born. I don't write as often as I want, but post an entry when I can get the time to sit down and put the things running around in my head into words.

How Faith Inspires How I Raise My Children

I began following my path after my children were grown. I have 2 daughters and a son. My oldest daughter found her Pagan path when she was about 11 years old. This was a HUGE challenge for the rest of the family, because we were all at that time going to a Christian church and I had been raised in a Christian home. Depending on how you look at things, it was either fortunate or unfortunate (I prefer to think I was very fortunate), that I had never felt I belonged in the Christian church. I had too many questions and no one seemed to be able to give me any answers other than it's in the Bible...OK, but WHY is it in the Bible and who determined that this was the way we were supposed to live.

As adults, my daughters both follow a Pagan path and my son is a Christian. I firmly believe that one's faith is a personal matter and no one has the right to decide what is the perfect faith for someone other than the person doing the choosing. I have tried to instill into all my children the same concepts that most parents use...the difference between right and wrong, but I also stress that not everything in this world is black and white...that there are MANY shades of gray and it is up to each person to decide what is the right path for them to live by.

I am fortunate enough to be an active participant in the lives of my granddaughters, of the 7 of them, I know one is Pagan and I believe one will follow this path as well. Ravyn, our new little Witchling is 3 weeks old. My daughter, her mother will give her the same love and acceptance I have shown to her. Thus giving little Ravyn the ability to make well informed choices that will hopefully be free of bigotry and intolerance.