I’m Rebecca, and this is my blog!
I had a rough pregnancy, delivery, and first 8 weeks postpartum. Not rough in the sense of “My birth plan didn’t get used” (although it totally didn’t) but rough in the “We could have died” sense. One night in early August of 2015, I decided I needed something to work through what had happened.
That is how thatnewcrunchymom.wordpress.com (our sister site) was born. I began posting, just whatever I felt would be helpful to other parents, or to document my son’s growth (who is fondly referred to here as Bubba).
Then, the strangest thing happened…People started following my blog and liking what I posted! Imagine my surprise…;)
As the blog grew, my husband (New Crunchy Dad) decided that he wanted to get me a website separate from the WordPress site and newcrunchymom.com was born.
The topics you can find on this blog are varied. I talk about everything from purity culture and modesty (as a homeschool graduate) to living a mental health, difficult pregnancy, being a young mother, Christianity, and living a healthy lifestyle.
I’ve been published on the Huffington Post, Homeschoolers Anonymous, The Relationship Blogger, ARCWrites, TrueAgape, Beautifully Connected, Ann Miszczak and am the 2015 Best Performance of the Year winner in the national competition held at thepublicblogger.
In June of 2017, I published my first book on Purity, The Scarlet Virgins. Here is the synposis:
“Chewed piece of gum.”
The youth of my generation know these phrases by heart.
With them, our elders told us we were “dirty” for having a crush. They claimed we were “used goods” if we held hands with someone. They insisted our worth was measured by the extent to which we had “given our heart away.” They criminalized affection to keep us “undefiled.”
What happens when an entire generation learns that their worth is found in their “purity?”
Welcome to life growing up in Christian Purity Culture.
Our well-intended homeschooling, conservative, and Christian communities wanted to keep us safe. They didn’t understand the toll inflicted by the heavy-handed and legalistic emphasis on sexual purity above and beyond anything else.
They wanted to safeguard our sexuality. Instead, they broke it.
They wanted us to be spotless before God. Instead, they drove us away from Him.
The Scarlet Virgins takes a vulnerable look at the Christian Purity Culture movement through the eyes of someone who experienced it firsthand. It seeks to identify what went wrong, and bring peace to the hearts of those who were wounded so deeply, all by exposing the truth:
It is Christ who makes us pure.
My personal bio:
I am a 20 year old stay-at-home wife and mother to the two most wonderful menfolk I know <3 I am a homeschool graduate and soon-to-be college graduate. I have 3 classes left before I will be in possession of a Sociology degree. I love babywearing, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, baking, cooking, reading, watching Neflix (Once Upon a Time is my favorite), singing (as long as Bubba is the only one listening), gardening and going on walks with my husband and son.
My faith in my Lord is crucial in my life and I would be remiss to not include it in my about me page. This sums it up well…
“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy Ghost has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me by his gifts, and sanctified and preserved me in the true faith…” The Explanation of the Third Article of the Apostle’s Creed by Martin Luther.
If there is anything in particular you are wondering about, please let me know!
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New Crunchy Mom
Hi, Rebecca here!
If you are reading this, you’ve found yourself on the sister site to rebeccalemke.com 🙂 I still check this site regularly and respond to comments and question, so don’t worry! If you’d like to follow me in my newest adventures, head on over to rebeccalemke.com and hit the subscribe button! <3