Re-Writing The Story Of The American Family

American Family

The other day I stumbled upon a song that played as I was cleaning up and organizing my kid’s room. It played once and the lyrics grabbed my attention. I knew it was a song about the state of today’s American Family and what it has become.  And sadly enough, it was shockingly accurate – word for word.

I played the song over and over on repeat for the entire afternoon. Tears flowed at the sad realization that right along with million of other normal American families, we too were quickly becoming the family the song writer sang about.

Isolated lives, addictions, moral failure, chasing possessions and apathy were the things that were quickly defining us as a typical American family of four.

Our lives had subtly become so noisy, over-busy and scattered that by default we found ourselves living in the same house, but going our own separate ways. 

But what I love most about the song and the story is that it didn’t end there.

As much as I found much comfort as I related our own story to the one of the song, my heart welled up with hope for the millions of other American  families who don’t have to continue down the same road so many are on.


These days, our family finds ourselves getting back to the basics of life. I keep telling people that if they were to spend a week with us they would feel just like they had gone back in time.

While the rest of the world is submersing themselves in the screaming, over-sexed, foul mouthed language of American culture, we have chosen to shut it all out and quiet our lives.

For us, living the way we have chosen to isn’t at all about a way of life, it is about living out a philosophy for life and family. 

Chess matches, lots of reading, sewing & cooking together, prayer and quiet family dinners together every night are just some of the activities you might find in our tiny home these days. Laugh if you want, but the deadly attention placed on super-bowls, Disney Channel, Victoria’s Secret fashion shows, raunchy sitcoms, over-sexualized UNreality TV shows, skewed versions of marriages, disrespect towards men and overloads of American media are numbing our hearts and ripping the fabric of America apart….one little family at a time.

I decided to take the past 6 months or so of our families’ reclaimed life together through music video to “re-write” the saddest parts of the American Family, just as we know that so many of the sad parts of own our life together have been redeemed and a closely knit family life, re-claimed. {link for video at end of post}

American family, let us have the boldness to step out of the pattern that our lives together have become and re-write the story of our family for our own sake and for the future generations to come.

The truth is, we can’t keep blaming media and government for the mess we’re in. Only one institution has the power to reclaim the great nation that America once was, and that is usthe American family.

Until then, our little family will be turning off the TV and the loud, boisterous voice of American culture, and actually creating our very own American dream together……a lot more counter-culturally.

Maybe it is possible to re-write the story of a country and the American Family.

We volunteer to go first. Who’s with us?

Click link below to view our families’ “re-written” story:


About Rachel Rowell

A true southern gal at heart, Rachel was raised and lives in the deep south and spends her days raising her own babies, writing, making music, reading out on the front porch, and cooking supper for her family to sit around the table and enjoy together at nights! Her ultimate girlhood dream was to raise a family in a house just like "Anne of Green Gables" and now she is living her dream and inspiring others along the way.

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8 Responses to Re-Writing The Story Of The American Family

  1. Cindy Brown (@hiyacynthia) February 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    This is one of the reasons we shut off our satellite dish. But still we have the internet distracting, iPods, etc. It’s so tempting sometimes to chuck it all, but I do my work online. It’s awful. it’s so comforting to know, though, that you and your family are trying to make a difference. Keep inspiring!

  2. John Lamb February 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    Great video, and great post! I actually think you would be pleasantly surprised to learn just how many families are doing this already…..unfortunately, many are doing it as a last resort!!.

  3. unpredictableperrys February 7, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    Love this post!

  4. Jan Wilson February 7, 2014 at 3:17 am #

    In 2010 my husband and I were blessed to be sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Airstream to visit 50 National Parks as the Sprinter Tour. My husband wrote and took photos of our adventures hiking in the wilderness of this great land. We traveled 36,000 miles in 7 months in an 21 foot Airstream Interstate. At first we thought there was no way we could live in such a small space. But within a few weeks we never missed anything that we had left behind. The gift was that this trip changed our lives forever and God has done a wonder in our heats and minds about what is important and what’s not. We found the peace and contentment we had been looking for all our lives in the rat race. Now we are planning to go on the road full time within the next 18 months pulling a 5th wheel. We are in our 60’s and our friends don’t understand how we would want to do this. It’s not the norm for us baby boomers. We have some personal matters to take care of before our dream is realized. Congratulations to you two for making the decision to take a different path with your family. You will be richly blessed. I have been following you for a while and really enjoy your blog. Loved the video today.

  5. margielundy February 9, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    We very much love our reclaimed, slower life on the road! I hope our paths cross one day somewhere down the road. 🙂

  6. mrsbrownlee February 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Oh, Rachel.
    First off… do you keep your smaller space so organized and clean? This is my struggle!
    2nd…This song? Never heard it until today and it left me in tears.
    3rd…I love what you and your family have done. My husband works long days & hours and it seems that the weekend is just not enough time for us to recover and really soak up one another as a family. It’s just nice to see that it is possible to slow down and just live. We haven’t had cable for almost 2 years and even that changed a lot in our home. There’s more time for dancing to pandora, play doh & reading chapter books out loud together. God bless your family as you continue to grow against the grain. It’s encouraging and inspiring.

  7. William February 25, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    “The lady doth protest too much, me thinks”

  8. sohCrates June 21, 2015 at 7:07 pm #

    We are with you! Nice work and nice post- keep on keeping on!

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