After getting the "why are you letting Brooke wear a bikini" question from my LDS sister-in- law Pam and then the following comment from my LDS friend Kim, I have decided to address the issue on my blog...
Comment: ok........ i just have to say it.....But us Paulings want to know what happened to the TANKINI??????????
Answer: This is Greg's call. Greg had allowed her to get a bikini to wear under her wet suit diving because it is allegedly difficult to wear a tankini under one. He also has changed his stance on swim wear because of our situation with our oldest son Brian who has strayed from the church due partly to what Brian thinks are people in ALL religions being judgmental and stringent on some issues, and lax on others (i.e. he feels that religious people are highly hypocritical). Greg will admit he had judged others until he was in situations where he felt he had been judged. He has now decided that he will pick his battles with his children and I am supporting him on this one.
There are churches in Albuquerque who spew anti-Mormon lies and half-truths in order to hang on to their own members--Greg is bothered by this because he, as a member of the LDS church, believes that all men are free to worship as they please. "Can't we all just get along??!"
This said. Brooke is still a wonderful girl. She is kind, sweet, and lovely to be around--in a tankini or bikini.
PS: Kim's children have always worn bikinis. She was just razzing me because she knows I have always insisted Brooke wear a tankini and not a two piece swimming suit.