I've been reading this blog for a few months now, and just wanted to finally officially join and introduce myself.
This blog really speaks to me because I grew up in a biblical patriarchy household. My parents were not literal Quiverfulls (only had 2 kids), but they subscribed to many of the same values, such as women submitting to men, and it was made very clear that women were only valued for their reproductive organs. They wanted us kids to be obedient robots, and we were physically abused when we stepped out of line. Marriage was pushed extremely aggressively, as was having children. I was not married or dating anyone when I graduated college, and after a year of living on my own, I was bullied into moving back home until I found a husband. I'm very sorry to say I complied, even though it made me miserable.
I love this website. It is so helpful and encouraging to read the stories of women who recovered from spiritual abuse of many kinds. It's nice to know that wanting to be my own person and use my talents and ambitions isn't sinful, and that I'm not alone in being incredibly dissatisfied with biblical patriarchy and its ilk. Thank you for your courage Vyckie!