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Thank you for this post! I feel the same way most days. I don't have my own children, you see, but I am a full time nanny to a 3 1/2 year old girl and a 22 month old boy (sister & brother). I have kept them since they were born. I have raised them in so many ways because I am with them 80-90% of their lives. I have been struggling a lot recently with all of the things you posted about. Problem here is that when I leave the kids, everything I do gets undone by their parents. I suppose their parents feel bad because they're gone all the time, so they give them whatever they want (food, toys, etc.). All of my discipline gets undone. Every day when I get here the house is a disaster when I left it clean the night before. The thing is, I have my own home to clean, my own laundry to do, my own meals to prepare, and a husband who is getting remnants of me when I do get home. I'm exhausted, I'm struggling, I'm unpleasant and I feel defeated most days. I know it is a season and I'm so thankful to have a job, this job, but I feel as though at the end of day I'm hanging on by a thread. I keep telling myself it's not for much longer, but I don't want to have that kind of attitude. I've been praying and I just can't get a hold of it all. Anyways, you no one cares to hear all of that. The bottom line is that you are not alone and I'm grateful to know that I, too, am not alone. It's nice to know that we don't have to be perfect and that our God is a forgiving and merciful God. It's nice to know we don't have to do it alone even though we feel like we do. Praying for you and hoping you have a blessed day!

MEGAN RESPONDS: Thank you for sharing, Cherish! (And I have to say, what a great name.:)) I am glad that it encouraged you today. I pray that you, like all of us, will constantly be reminded of our Savior's love.


Thanks for getting real girl! I needed to hear that today of all days. I struggle with all of those things and more. Especially now when I am pregnant and getting our house ready to sell and have no idea where God will plant us next. I have even been thinking that I can't homeschool next year given all my imperfections and responsibilities. This is not great faith that I am exhibiting and I know it! Thanks for the reminder that I am not alone. You are just what I prayed for today, a little camaraderie and reminder that I am loved and accepted just the way he made me. I can do all things through him!!

MEGAN RESPONDS: Marni, I am so happy that you were encouraged on a day you really needed it! And I know what you mean about trying to balance it all - I would surely fail if I tried to do it on my own! Are ya'll moving from CA? Praying for you during this stressful time.


I have a few comments from this blog.
1. Are you concerned with what I think about you? I thought I've always done a good job especially when we were younger of telling you exactly what I thought about you. ha ha I'm kidding. You're a great sister!
2. I'm making a mental note of the tapping with the fingers. It is quite possible that I might use this technique to get your attention in the future. :) :)
3. Even when frustrated you should give thanks to God for all of the amazing blessings he has given to all of us. I know I'm not telling you anything you don't know but you have a great husband and 2 fantastic children.
4. Barry Manilow? Tears? We have to talk further about this at a later time. He makes me cry too but probably for other reasons.


good job megan! i feel like shouting these things from the rooftop; oh, and add that i eat most of my meals from the stuff the kids drop on the floor (just had a pop tart from under the table). i want to be real for other moms for so many reasons...none of which include the fact that it looks like i have it all together and need to demystify the perfection so as not to become a stumbling block!

i think the main reason i want to be real is because i'm somehow holding out hope that someone will return the favor with a confession so ghastly that i can, once and for all, feel like i've got it together because i'm better than that poor schmuck.

oh, if we were all to compare ourselves to christ alone and admit that we have nothing good in us so that we could receive the grace that only he can give. then, we could focus on something other than our shortcomings and on someone who is perfect and true and worthy of our praise. liana found a broken toy this morning, and lamented aloud, "EVERYTHING'S broke-ing (broken)!" all i could say was, "amen, sister!"

Sara Bouman

LOVE this Megan. Oh and don't worry about Barry Manilow. I cry with that too!


Good post, Megan! Love the dose of "REAL!" You're absolutely right about the blog world often being too pretty and perfect. Thank you for helping the rest of us feel normal again. And hooray that we have a Savior who never got impatient, was never selfish, never missed an opportunity to serve with joy. Phew! :-)

Tiana Greiner

I love you!!

Leigh Ann

Great post, Megan! Thanks for being real. I think blog world is easy to paint a picture of what you "want" to be like. It's always a breath of fresh air when you meet a mama like you! Oh, goodness...look at the time. I'm supposed to be picking Ansley up right now, not talking to her Mama. :) Love you, and again, great post!


Hi Megan. Thanks for being real and for the reminder that God's grace is so real for you and for me. Thanks.

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