We try (and sometimes fail) to make God the center of our family. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We pray together as a family every day.
Mike Hotel is a product of public school failure. After staying back as a Senior in high school, Mike stopped pinning the blame on himself and started asking why school had to be so structured and rigid. Mike and the Mrs. both believe that learning should be tailored to each child. They also believe that if anyone is going to indoctrinate children, it should be their parents, not some random teacher. Teachers are people, too, and there certainly are some good ones out there. However, we, as parents, know what is best for our children.
It is getting harder and harder to live a simple life in this world. As I sit here and type this on my laptop, I’m thinking about how lousy it is that I’m using technology to write out this part of our philosophy. So we try to keep it as simple as possible. For us, that means no car payments, no credit cards, no outstanding debt of any kind except for our (ack!) mortgage. We have a dream of getting rid of that as well, but that will take some radical movement on our part.
We like to grow food for the table, eat eggs from our flock and are working on our meat staples for the year.