It’s been a very long time since I published anything on here! Almost a year! I’ve been struggling a bit with what to write for so long because I don’t want to write anything but the truth. The good, the bad and the ugly! I feel that writing about our life story is the best way to help others understand that we are all in this together. If I can’t be honest, then what is the point? Social media is affecting so many people in wonderful ways but can also be so unrealistic! When I was dealing with health issues and feeling like crap, I could not even look at Reese Witherspoon’s IG posts! Her perfect outfits and perfect hair in her clean house with her happy kids and well behaved dogs! You know what I’m talking about right?? My house seemed to be in complete disarray and I didn’t have the strength to even do my hair for work let alone cook a delicious healthy meal for the family AFTER work! Are you kidding me?!? Seeing her posts plus the many others (even from real life people I know) was too depressing! The guilt I would feel for not being like that! It’s crazy, I know! Don’t get me wrong, I love Reese and I’m sure she’s had her fill of struggles too. But the perfect persona shown on social media was just too much for me to handle at the time! I also see many moms on social media who post videos of their toddlers and lives, and I LOVE their honesty! That’s what keeps me coming back to read their blogs or watch their videos. The problem for me is that my kids are teenagers and have a more “shy” personality. Mine get embarrassed if I show people their baby pictures let alone post it for the world to see! I’ve wanted to post about many things over the past year. Where Gracie was and where she is at today. The struggles that all 3 of my teenagers have faced over their high school years. The problem is, it’s not just my story to tell. It belongs to them too. I’ve talked to Gracie about how telling her story can help others, especially since she’s come so far. She shouldn’t be embarrassed by the things she’s done in her past, the choices she’s made or the struggles she’s faced because that has made her who she is today. And to us, she’s pretty incredible! She has agreed to share some things now and I will post them (with her permission of course) as often as I can. But for now, what are some things you would like to know? What are your biggest challenges and how can we help? Shoot me an email or comment below and we will do our best! I just wanted to let you know that we’re back. Hopefully with some inspiring info. that can help you and your family live a well balanced life!! Or at least somewhat balanced!
Hi, I’ve been waiting a long time for you to get back to posting. Your stories are inspirational, interesting and so very close to home. I always feel like most of what I read online wavers between poor us, we have a difficult child and look at us we are amazing and so are our children. I find it does me more harm that good in both instances.
I am often reluctant to open up to other people are my kids and our struggles, I don’t want people to feel sorry for us/me but sometimes you have to share before you explode or implode depending on the day. I will give you a bit of background then ask your advice, I hope that’s okay? I have three kids, I am a single mom, I do have family support but sometimes it’s not easy either, no one knows what your life is like, truly.
My oldest daughter is 16, she is doing pretty good lately as I write that I cringe because I’m afraid to say it out loud. She has a mental illness which because evident when she was 12, it has taken her from cutting herself, and several attempts to take her life and several stays in different facilities for youth with mental illness.
My middle son is 13 and has autism as well as a significant learning disability as well as ADHD. My youngest son is 12 and suffers severe social anxiety and has a learning disability.
My daughter goes to Gbgh and they have been wonderful with her, I couldn’t ask for a better team to help her manoeuvre high school. This year Jack is entering grade 8, last year was the worst year he’s ever had in school, it was awful for both of us, I’m hopeful going forward, here is my question, where should I send him to high school! LOL I know its a big question but I feel like this could make or break him depending on what decision I make? I second guess every single decision I make for my kids, but this one is huge. Was this a struggle for you? What is your take? Please keep writing your so real, sometimes it just makes me cry because I just get it. Thank you.
Hi! Thank you so much for your comment! I COMPLETELY get it! Us mamas can be pretty fierce when it comes to others caring for our kids and together we are stronger than ever! Let’s connect. If you don’t mind, I’ll send you a direct email so we can chat more!