Interview with Rebecca Frech

Who is Rebecca Frech?
I’m a Catholic, writer, blogger, wife, mother of seven, homeschool teacher, great cook, good friend, avid reader, and political junkie.

How is life as a wife and mother?
It is the great work of my life. I get up every morning happy that I get to do this all for another day. It’s such an incredible gift to me. I grew up in a broken family, so to have this one is the greatest blessing God could ever have given me.

As an African living in Africa, I am curious about homeschooling. What is that?
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Instead of sending my children off to school each morning, we get e books off of our shelves and I teach them here at home.

What are some challenges in homeschooling?
The biggest challenge is trying to do everything at once. It’s hard to teach so many children and different levels plus keep up with the housework. It took me many years to figure out how to make it work.

Other than that, it’s the loneliness. Women are social creatures. That makes it very hard to be stuck at home with all of my children and no other adults for most of every day. There are days when I long to hear a grown up voice.

Is homeschooling for everybody?
No. It isn’t. This lifestyle can be hard. It’s not suited for every family, child, or parent. There are some children who need the structure and services of a traditional school for whatever reason. There are moms who would go crazy if their children were home all day and never left. There are some families that need mom to work. So it’s not easy or even ideal for every family. That said, I think that if they had to most families could make it work.

What advice would you give to someone contemplating abortion?
Don’t do it. The stress, fear, and emotional pain of an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy is temporary. The physical, mental, and emotional pain of being post-abortive can last a lifetime. While having the baby can be hard, not having it is harder.

Is Natural Family Planning really practical?
Yes. Once you master the skills required to understand a woman’s fertility it’s not at all difficult to understand. We’ve grown to enjoy the intimacy and communication that we have been forced to have thanks to NFP. It truly is a team effort.

That doesn’t mean it’s easy. There are times when leaving my husband alone is very challenging. We’ve learned how to overcome and ignore those moments by focusing on other things. On the other hand, when we have decided that another baby would be a welcome thing, we have been able to conceive fairly easily thanks to understanding my body and how our fertility works.

What is your favourite Scripture verse?
Judith 9:11 Your power does not depend on the size and strength of an army. You are a God who cares for the humble and helps the oppressed. You give support and protection to people who are weak and helpless; you save those who have lost hope

What books would you recommend? (Heard you’ve got into publishing books?)
I recently had a book come out, and I would recommend it to anyone who is curious about homeschooling. It’s called Teaching in Your Tiara: a homeschooling book for the rest of us. My favorite books are The Underground History of American Education by John Taylor Gatto, Born Fundamentalist Born Again Catholic by David Currie, The Agony and The Ecstasy by Irving Stone, and Trianon by Maria Elena Vidal

What message do you have for the world?
Your children are God’s gift to you and your gift to the world. Everything you do to and with them, all the things you teach them, will impact the people they become and whether you are sending a blessing or a curse out into society. So, please, love them and teach them well. Bring them up to know God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Teach them to be people who seek peace and fight to protect the weak. Teach them the beauty and value of all human life. And pray for them. Please pray for them all.

Rebecca Frech
Rebecca Frech is a Cradle Catholic who came back to the Church in 2000, and thanks God for it every day. She lives just outside Dallas with her husband, the brilliant Computer Guy, their 7 not-quite-perfect children, and an ever-multiplying family of dust bunnies. When she’s not teaching math, neglecting housework, or reluctantly training for a marathon, she’s blogging at Shoved to Them.