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.
You are probably wondering who I am and what I’m all about, so 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 a junior in high school. 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.
When the kids are at home, I am a housekeeper, chef, taxi driver (the mini-van variety), referee, project manager, and life coach. While they are at school, I make sense of the chaos by writing it all down. Writing helps me process the world.
I am fluent in the language of good-natured and silly sarcasm and am naturally a little (or maybe a lot…) on the sassy side. You will see that shine through in my writing. Life is too short to take everything seriously, especially when children are involved. And let’s not even get started on the teenagers, bless their hearts. They are from another planet.
Here at Simply for Real, I write about motherhood, family life, self-worth, intentional living, and faith, but I don’t lock myself into those topics. This blog is a place for exploration, for thinking outside the box, and for laughing about the messiness of this beautiful thing we call life.
One thing I am passionate about is keeping things real. My little corner of the Internet is a place for real life, real stories, and real growth. It is peppered with perspective from things I learn in the midst of ordinary life. And, let me assure you, my life is about as ordinary as they come. Except that I have five kids. While some people think that decision was slightly insane, I like to think of it as adventurous. Plus, it makes life a whole lot of fun and provides me with some great stories to tell.
There is no pressure to be perfect here, so come as you are. Hopefully, my words will leave you saying, “Me, too.”
I have a few core beliefs that govern my writing…
1. Motherhood is a divine and fulfilling calling, but it can be overwhelming at times. It helps to know that you are not alone in your struggles.
2. The purpose of parenting is to teach children to fly.
3. There are too many voices trying to convince women that they will never be good enough, smart enough, successful enough, thin enough, fashionable enough, or enough in any other way. Those voices are wrong.
4. We have a loving Heavenly Father who cares deeply about each one of us. He will help us become the best version of ourselves if we turn to Him. (I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and my faith plays a huge role in my life.)
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