I do not do everything right
I forget to put God first
My children don't always listen
I lose my temper
We don't always eat right
My laundry piles overflow
My children yell and fight
I forget to do school sometimes
Our garden has weeds
I don't take a shower everyday
My children leave the house looking dirty and unclean
I don't call my family enough
I go to bed with a dirty kitchen sometimes
We show up at church late
There are crumbs all over my floor
I don't show people how much they mean to me
I forget to respond to emails
I've put a movie on for my kids so I can have a few moments of peace
I don't always make my kids do their chores
We try to live without but sometimes I want more
I am real just like you.

I just thought you should know {grin}


  1. Thanks for your vulnerability.

  2. I could have posted this myself! The only difference is that I DO talk to my mom everyday but I need to call my Granny more. I never suspected you were trying to seem perfect or better than anyone else. You are a real person who is doing her best to be a good wife and mother and raise her family the way that is best for them.

  3. oh my gosh I would LOVE that =)

  4. Hi Brittany,
    I don't think I've ever commented before but I've been following your blog for a long time. I just wanted to say you are inspiring and thank you for being so real-it's refreshing! :)

  5. Ummm... this sounds just like ME. Totally. :) I love who you are, and you have nevereverneverever been anything other than real, genuine, and humble in my eyes. Keep keepin' on... You're doing great! ;)

  6. Sara Erickson8/5/10, 9:03 PM

    WHAT??? Your blogs are real and everyday life for could that make anyone think that you think you are better than them? Putting the best and most memorable moments of your life out there is normal when you are posting for a thousand plus people...

  7. brittanyclaire8/5/10, 9:05 PM

    Thanks Sara, it's nice to hear from someone who knows me in real life. {grin}

  8. i just thought to myself, "did i write this?" seriously.

    travel back through NW indiana, k??

  9. Hey, at least you HAVE a garden... ;) I can tell you're real and I love that about you!

  10. sixcrazychildren8/5/10, 10:42 PM

    Wait a minute.. IF YOU EVER decide to meet up, give me like a month's notice and I will drag my massive family there.... between us we would have how many?? 17 children.... haha xx

  11. sixcrazychildren8/5/10, 10:43 PM

    and that is one of the many reasons I read your blog!! {and feel like we are friends}..... :):)

  12. Queen Mommy8/5/10, 11:21 PM

    I could have SO written all of this. Today, in fact. I don't even want to count all of the times I had to send my oldest to her room today for bugging her sisters, or how many times I've had to tell one of my twins that she can't wail like a tortured llama every time she gets a teensy little bump. Or the fact that I'm secretly a little envious of all the kid-free time my husband gets. Yet, deep down, I know I wouldn't change a thing...well...maybe just a couple of things. Like, you know, the bickering, the back talk, and the whining, but that's just me. :-)

  13. Since Disqus has a mind of its own, I'll just post as me! I LOVED this post tonight! It reveals the "real" you! Anon needs to get a life and live life. ;) Your a great mom and I am amazed at how cute and loving your kids are to eachother, most of the time.

  14. We'd get along just fine!!

  15. Boulanger Ab8/6/10, 10:10 AM

    Thank you.

  16. I think you should have left Anon's comments up - those who judge should be prepared to be judged ... I think Anon could benefit from the comments by those who understand the challenges of everyday life!

  17. Britt--anyone who has a hint of honesty could and (maybe should?) post this very same thing.

    We are all flawed, all 'not-good-enough'....that is what it means to be in a sin cursed world. I know people can get the wrong impression (has happened in my life too) but the only thing that matters is what your family thinks and what is in your heart. You love your family, your husband, and God--that is very evident, and that is exactly what God calls us to do! Not do it perfectly, mind you--because then we would have no need to rely on HIM!--but to do it to the best of our ability; fail; shake off our dust, and get back up; and go at it again.

    I love all the natural stuff. I have learned so much from your snippets here (and then the research I have done from there....) and am so thankful that there is a 'better' beyond what is out there in the main-stream. So thankful for you and your posts.

    Keep your head up girl. :) Love ya.

  18. LifeAsWeKnowIt8/6/10, 4:44 PM

    kiss kiss hug hug! I don't think we could be friends if that list weren't true! *grin*

  19. I didn't get to read the anon post, but it sounds like it was hateful. Just wanted to throw my two cents in and say I think you are fabulous! Seriously, I am envious of your energy, ambition and drive! Heck I only have two kids and not a week goes by that I don't throw a movie on so I can TAKE A BREAK! haha (and I've gone to bed with crumbs all over the kitchen!) Hang in there, I think you're an inspiration--I now sometimes shop at Whole Foods, buy organic and serve more veggies because of YOU! :) Amy

  20. Lisamcochran38/6/10, 8:01 PM

    I have followed your blog for a long while, (since you were pregnant with the girls), and I just wanted to say from one believer to another, thank you. I have 4 sweet children (I also homeschool) and a wonderful husband....he will be losing his post-doc position this December and has been trying to line something up, nothing promising right now. We are a long way from home...have lots of great friends here, but have NO idea where God wants us. Reading your blog through your difficult transition reminded me that God is faithful and does work out everything for good for those who love Him. You and your family were in my prayers, and it is amazing to see where God has you now. So thank you for sharing, God Bless you. Love - Lisa


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