Welcome to #breakthrulinkup 22!

 Just keepin’ it real…

Hi there, friends! I was responding to a message today, that, quite frankly, caught my eye for one reason: it started with “Dear Pat, I’m not really sure you can help, cause you probably don’t have problems like this…” (italics mine) and went on to outline a laundry list of homeschool “challenges” that this poor mom was facing with her kiddos. Bad attitudes, sibling rivalry, a Senior with no obvious direction in life (or college, for that matter), and more.

All things that “Yes, Virginia, I’ve experienced, too!”

So it occurred to me that perhaps if “Virginia” felt this way, that maybe y’all think I’ve got it together, too (which, if you know me, is riotously funny!). Or maybe imagine that I’m “all that and a bag of chips.” Or perhaps assume I think I’m “all that and a bag of chips” (and what does that really mean, anyway?).

Here’s the keepin’ it real part

Keepin' it real for me might mean helping you discover one blogger's foils and foibles!But I want you to know that I know firsthand the struggles a homeschool mom faces:

  • I’ve lost sleep worrying over and praying for and thinking about my kiddos – at many different stages of life (mine and theirs!)…
  • I’ve procrastinated about getting lesson plans and materials together before the “school year” starts and then getting grades and summaries together at the end of said year.
  • I’ve been over-committed and been under-refreshed.
  • I’ve worried and fretted about how to balance getting the bills paid and school materials purchased.
  • I’ve strained my marriage at times by focusing more on the kids than on the love of my life.
  • I’ve felt guilty that I wasn’t doing or haven’t done enough to prepare my kids for their futures.
  • I’ve vacillated between feeling I did too much for them and not enough for them – all of them, kiddos and husband included!
  • I could go on, but you get my drift, right?

And just because I’ve been doing this for 22 years now, doesn’t mean I struggle any less…it just means I’ve been through more of them!

So when you read about a cool idea on this blog that you wish you’d thought of, or take a look at a post I’ve written and think “So that’s what I coulda/shoulda done!”, or feel any ever-so-slight amount of inadequacy because of the words you read here –>>just STOP!

Because here’s my heart: I share this stuff so you don’t have to make the same mistakes I’ve made, so you can benefit from someone who’s been a little longer on the journey and eager to pass on the wisdom-that-comes-from-experience, so you can have a different perspective perhaps, and feel encouraged…refreshed…and equipped. Like I tell my kids: you may not agree with what I think, but you’ll always know what I think anyway!

My promise to you is to keep it real and to be authentic in my words and responses, so that you can trust what you read on this blog in general, or in my replies to you personally.


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