We’ll get to the secret in just a minute.
Are you like me, when reading blogs you imagine what life is really like for the mom behind the words?
Rarely do we ever get a clear snapshot of what life is really like.
You are in for a treat! I’m going to give you the nitty gritty about Autumn Beck and life as a homeschool mom of 5.
This is me and my family at church this weekend.
The overexposure does wonders for my pasty white legs.
Life with 5 children is pretty much always stressful. But, remember, not all stress is bad ;)
As I mentioned, I am a homeschool mom.
It’s funny how we choose to identify ourselves. At other points in my life as mom I identified more with home birth, breastfeeding or cloth diapering. Before children it was chiropractic.
Homeschooling is the biggest time chunk of my day so it gets top billing.
Do we all sit around the table joyfully and obediently everyday? Yes, for about 30 minutes then the whining and fidgeting begins.
Am I the perfect, never-lose-my-patience mom? Yes. HA! Just kidding. Sadly, I am still working on being gentle and patient when my children opt to walk away from the table as I’m reading to them.
Homeschooling brings many blessings to our family. I love teaching my children and quite honestly, learning right along with them. Who knew Roman history was so fun!
But, homeschooling is just one part of my life.
I am a Christ follower and our church family is very dear to me.
We also love to camp…yes, even with babies!
In 2009, my husband sold his chiropractic office and we moved to south Texas. Why south Texas? Because it’s gorgeous! There is an abundance hills, trees, rivers, state parks, deer…it’s the perfect place for a family that loves the outdoors.
My husband works from home which means we are together as a family 24/7. We eat every meal together, we run errands together and yes, at times we get on each others’ nerves (although that’s pretty rare).
Like every family, each child is unique and brings a special flavor to the family unit.
My girls are lovable, sweet and love to serve. They are learning what it means to be a woman of God. I don’t do the best job at teaching them the skills they need to learn because, well quite frankly, I haven’t mastered most of them!
My oldest, Haley, is 9 and all she wants to do is read, sew, draw and cook. Paisley, 4, is going through a transition phase. Definitely a miss sassy pants right now. Her crazy, curly hair and big brown eyes spares her the punishment she deserves too often.
My boys. Oh, my boys. They are my weak spot. Haven is 6, Sterling is 2 and Camden is 4 months.
Haven has grown me as a mother more than any other child. If I lack patience, God will use Haven to teach me some. If I lack grace, mercy, gentleness, self-control, joy… yep, Haven will give me an opportunity to learn to choose those over their counterparts.
Sterling is an entertainer, independent and intelligent. Nothing is too hard for him. Maybe that’s because he’s #4. Sterling will bring you joy by the love he gives to everyone. I crack up every time I see him on the potty. He’s so darn tiny!
Camden is a smiler. Always smiling for everyone. Kinda makes it hard to get homeschool done when everyone’s trying to play with the baby.
I’m sure you’re dying to ask “Will you have more children? or Are you done?” I get that question all.the.time.
My response is always the same–I’ll take as many blessings as God will give me.
Now on to the nitty gritty.
What am I really like?
- I love to give gifts. I love the joy it brings to others. I am always trying to find an excuse to buy someone that one thing they’ve had their eye on.
- I refuse to work in a nursery. I just can’t take care of other people’s kids.
- I cry over a lot of things. Things that make no sense to cry over. I still cry over my dog that died in February (at least once a week).
- I use paper plates often. It’s not unusual for us to use them for every meal of a day.
- I sometimes feel guilty asking my children to stop playing and come inside to do chores.
- It takes me about 10 minutes in the morning to wake up. I consider that pretty quick. I don’t stay cranky or sleepy long.
- If I know a child is doing something they shouldn’t be (like Sterling right now is behind me writing on every page of a stack of post-it-notes) but they’re quiet, I’ll ignore it.
- I have a hard time showing grace to people who are inconsistent. Like when they say one thing and the next week they’re doing a variation of the thing they said they hated. Really gets me irritated.
- I am a people pleaser although I didn’t think I was until I took a quiz that diagnosed me as so. I just thought my avoiding confrontation, buying gifts for others, smiling and saying “uh huh” and crying when someone I know doesn’t say hi in the grocery store was normal.
- If it wasn’t for my husband I swear I’d be a 200+ lbs, movie addict, Facebook junkie, never read a book, up to my eyeballs in consumer debt…okay I wouldn’t be that much of a loser but the point is my husband makes me a better woman. I don’t always appreciate his gentle guidance but in the end he’s pretty much always right.
So, what’s my dirty little secret??
Last week I told my husband I wanted to use disposable diapers (because of the frustrations I was having with Camden getting rashes from Bum Genius). Healthy ones of course. He looked up from his computer and said, “Autumn, don’t be dumb. You write a cloth diaper blog and you use cloth diapers for a reason.” *sigh* I told you he was pretty much always right.
That’s not a very dirty secret is it? I’m boring.
I am so grateful to have the readers I do. You care for each other, you care for me. You make me smile every time I see a reader answering another reader’s questions. Thank you!
We’re all imperfect mothers trying to do the best we can with these blessings we’ve been given. I’ll encourage you along the way and any you throw my way I’ll gladly accept.
Feel free to ask me anything else you’ve always wanted to know!
Autumn is a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, friend and most important a follower of Christ.