Monday, February 9, 2009

Proud to Be "Wierd"

It occurred to me what it is possible our family looks like on the outside the other day. Usually I don't think much about this because what we do and are seems "normal" to me because I am used to it. But, those of you looking in just might be saying, "you know the Friant's, they are the wierd ones." There are many things that make us unique and it occurred to me that these are the things I am most proud of, so let me share them with you and let you know I am proud of being a wierd-o!
1. We have an adopted son from Haiti. No, we don't have trouble having kids, and no he is not here because we had 20 grand sitting around and didn't know what to do with it. He is here because He is our son and we think he is nifty!
2. My oldest son is a homeschooler. For those that wonder he can in fact carry on a conversation and he doesn't miss the "socialization" that comes from school. Jamen learned the "F" word in his "socialization" at school last week, I am not sorry that Kyle misses that.
3. We have a great big, noisy family! Five boys, a husband that sings at the top of his lungs and a dog. Reverence is a key issue for us at church, but for the most part I am proud to say that our neighbors 5 houses down can here our exuberance.
4. I would rather spend money on books than anything else. We marinate in literature at this house.
5. Running is my drug. I know it's wierd, but I like to run until it seems as if I will die if I don't stop soon.
6. My oldest son (who is 10) is the smartest person I know. When asked if he wanted a wii, he couldn't believe I would insult his intelligence that way. He carries around the Almanac of American politcs like it was a treasured child and makes plans to run for president in 2036 constantly. He is a die hard conservative and has a blog called "I'm For Reform." That is so wierd and I think he rocks!
7. My husband sings," All Creatures of our God and King," LOUDLY, whenver he is happy (and that is pretty much always.
8. I would rather go to my Haiti then go on a cruise. I would rather be in a place where I am likely to get a parasite, a rash or a broken heart then sipping slushy drinks because I like being somehwere where I can get in and DO something.
9. I would love to be the mother of like 10 kids. I think big familes are awesome! Yes, it is an exhausting thought (and I really can't have that many) but have you ever heard anyone say, "gosh we should have had less kids?"
10. I would do ANYTHING that I felt like the Lord prompted me to do. I love Him. I trust Him. I wouldn't even take a minute to think of the logisitics, I would just say, "Let's do it." Thank goodness for my husband who then helps me figure out exactly how to!
Yes, I am a raving lunatic. Maybe we are the wierdest family you know, but you know what today I say with pride, "wierd rules!"


Piper said...

Heather I LOVE you and your family, and the things that I LOVE about you are the things that make you weird. In fact, I don't think I would have felt like I belonged if it weren't for all the weirdness. I LOVE YOU AND I MISS YOU.

darl_jo said...

YAY for my "weird" friends. I'd take you weirdos anyday over some of the normals around here ;-)

Go ahead and be proud to be weird. It makes you unique and i love unique (just don't hate me for my normalness)

Tevita and Jodi said...

What brought on the weirdness? I don't think you are weird. I think you are GREAT!!! If you guys are what you call weird then I say "Bring on the weirdness!!!" oh by the way, I bought a sewing machine! Homemaker here I come!!!

Pete and Mare said...

I love to read your posts. We are wierd but I look forward to being even weirder when our kiddos come home. Your family is beautiful! ~ Mare

Emilie Peterson said...

It is not Weird!! It is AWESOME!! You have a AWESOME special family and don't you forget that! I loved seeing your house today it was so fun! Can't wait to see ya next week! Tell Lindon I hope he gets better quick!

LC said...

So fun to read and can I say a big amen to #2! Yeah, I guess we're weird too but Brandon likes to say we're a "peculiar" people-- Might as well scripturalize it right.
Try giving up TV and then people will really think you're from another planet.
We really should get together!

David and Candice said...

Heather, I dont know you but I loved that post! your family sounds awsome . Candice

Perla said...

i love every weird thing about you, dear friend.
nice choice in blog backgrounds! its is peaceful to me.

Laura said...

Yeah, I know about weird. But the most important thing is trying to remain comfortable with your weirdness. It's a struggle sometimes, but it's worth it. Especially when your 10 year old child is telling you all about the Russian revolution in 1918.

Kristin said...

Hey, what is normal anyway? I'm sure we look like weirdos to everyone else. As long as you are happy and doing what you like then weird is awesome, who cares what everybody thinks. Sounds like you are an awesome mom.

mlg said...

Thank goodness for weird people how boring life would be without us!!

Emily said...

I love it. I think it is interesting that your son has plans to run for president some day. That is just insane to me, but glad there are people who enjoy politics.

I don't think you are weird at all. Fun and diverse is more like it.