I wish we could meet in person and chat over a cup of hot cocoa (I’m a bit of a connoisseur), but, for now, digital introductions will have to do. My name is Lynnette Sheppard, and I am the resident blogger here at Simply for Real, where parenting with purpose, faith, and humor is the name of the game.
Here’s My Story in a Nutshell…
A few weeks after my 20th birthday, I married my best friend, Greg, whom I met when I was 16-years-old. We’ve been married for 20 years, which means I am now 40. That makes me feel a tiny bit old, but don’t tell my kids. To them, I am the epitome of young and cool. You will have to take my word on that one because they will likely never admit to feeling that way. I’m not sure why.
Speaking of kids, we have five, the eldest of which is 19, so we are officially in the launching stage. (Heaven, help us!) The youngest is nine, so we have a few years to go. Most of them are teenagers. They keep us on our toes. (If you’d like to see what my kids really think about me, check out this post. It is about as real as it gets!)
On this website, you will find a variety of articles about parenting, motherhood, and purposeful living. Since my kids are getting older and leaving home, my parenting posts are geared mainly towards moms of older kids and teens. I like to look forward and not back, so I’m not much help in the realm of babies and toddlers.
My writing style falls somewhere between inspirational and humorous, depending on the day. Humorous essays are, hands down, my favorite posts to write.
One thing I feel strongly about is keeping things real (hence, the name of this blog). My little corner of the Internet is a place for real life, real stories, and real growth. Hopefully, my words will leave you saying, “Me, too.”
I have a few core beliefs that govern my writing…
- Life is too short to take seriously, especially when children are involved.
- Motherhood is a divine and fulfilling calling, but it can be difficult at times. Sometimes, knowing you are not alone is half the battle.
- We have a loving Heavenly Father who cares deeply about our lives and our families. I cannot imagine attempting this parenting gig without His help. (I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You can learn more about what I believe here.)
- Parenting is about teaching kids to fly. There is zero helicoptering going on around here. In fact, I created a free email course to help you raise independent kids. You can sign up right here:
In case you were wondering…
Before my kids were born, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University. My education taught me a thing or two about raising children and creating a strong family. Most of my practical knowledge, however, has been gained in the trenches of parenting five very different kids.
Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to meeting you.
Check out my most popular posts here. (Some of them have appeared all over the web…)