Thursday, August 05, 2004

Family Quits Reading ATI Newsletter
The Rutger family, an ATI family in Georgia, has quit reading the ATI Newsletter after experiencing severe discouragement. "Every month's newsletter had a new report of a superstar family doing mighty deeds. We felt like we were having a good day if we could all get dressed by noon," said Mrs. Rutger.

Mr. Rutger dreaded reading about other fathers who rose early to pray and lead their families in Wisdom Search. "It's kind of hit-and-miss for us."

The Rutger children are delighted to remove the ATI Newsletter's influence from the home. "Mom and Dad are a lot more relaxed. The pressure's off." Previously, Mr. and Mrs. Rutger often compared their children to families in the newsletter. "It's been a while since I've heard 'Why can't we be more like the McKim family?'" said a Rutger child.

Each month, when the newsletter comes in the mail, the family gathers in the backyard and burns it. Says Mrs. Rutger: "We have a new zest for life now that we don't have to be reminded of how unsuccessful we are!"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess their next step will be to forego the Wisdom Quiz on the front of each Wisdom Booklet, so they don't start out every WB with a heated disagreement over whether they or "They" are right?


10:37 AM  
Blogger the Joneses said...

SRJ's idead would be a very good step in the right direction. Of course, I may be biased, because that's what my family finally ended up doing after months of family squabbles caused by the front pages :)

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the newsletter sounds like as it is burning. Does it squeal like a cabbage patch doll??

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is awesome. My family still gets the news letters and we have been out for three years. I attempted to burn one once, but my Mom found the remains and told me not to waste the lighter fluid

8:40 PM  
Anonymous Camilla said...

Hi my sister is marrying a guy named Kyle McKim and the family is very worried that she is being controlled. Can anyone talk to me about the McKim family? They moved from TX in the 1990s to Highlands NC. 13 kids.

3:12 PM  

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