March 5, 2010

Faking it.

I liked this idea.
When I read blogs it does usually seem a little like the fake side of the person writing. Like it's their happy side, or their clever side, or the 'who people think I should be' side. I try to be real on this blog. I try to be open and really honest about my feelings about things, or what I am really thinking when my kids are driving me up the wall.
But we're all a little fakey sometimes. (yes, fakey is an adjective. It's just a fake one.)

So, here it goes, I'm gonna be real with ya.

  • That wonderful, patient husband I've told you about? Well, yes, he is wonderful and patient. But me? Not so much. Probably I show my worst side to Mr. Popp more often than he would like. I'm grumpy, I get an attitude, I roll my eyes. God is clearly using marriage to refine me, and I just haven't quite gotten the hint. If there were one area that I wish my stubborn-ness would let a little light in on, this would be it, because I regret my grumpy side more with him than in any other area of my life.
  • I am really awful about calling people. People in general, but really, I'm not even good at calling my friends. Back when the girls left, I went through a really hard time of loneliness - and even though I was lonely, I didn't call anyone. I always assume they already have something to do, I don't want to be a bother, or I feel like they'd be inconvenienced some way by my need for fellowship. But we all need fellowship, yeah? So, if I know you, and I don't call you, we should hang out.
  • Speaking of when the girls left - I've had some seasons in my life where it has been seriously difficult for me to find joy. I think that in general I always try to seem happy to other people (except for Mr. Popp - see bullet number one.) - and I AM happy most of the time - but there are seasons where joy is hard. I think most people, especially women, struggle with this sometimes. And I think most of us try to hide it, which is silly. If we shared this struggle, we'd probably all find a lot more joy.
  • Sometimes I don't like being a foster parent. Whew. This is a tough one. Because I want to always like it. I want to be completely selfless and never think of it as a sacrifice. (Because really, truly it is just a giant blessing.) Sometimes though, my heart gets hard, and selfish Maggie shows her ugly face, and I just wish our life was normal. Whatever that means. If it were not for God and His love, there are times I would have quit. Ugh. I hate this side of sin. Let's stop talking about this real part of me.
  • I lose my patience with my kids sometimes. Not that this is a newsflash. I try to go with the flow most of the time, not get flustered, but sometimes the flow is just heading the wrong way. Or I am. There are days when Brian walks through the door, and I have to hand him whichever child I am holding, and I have to go sit and not be a mom for just a few minutes. I wish this weren't true. I wish I had unending patience. Parenthood is also rather refining.
Sometimes I wish we came pre-refined.
But that's kind of the point - It's why we need Jesus. I need Jesus, because sometimes I fake it. But like I said, I'll try to be real with you here, because I think the refining might be a lot easier if we were all real, so we could see that we're all broken. Let's quit faking it, I'll be real with you, you be real with me. We'll lift each other up in our broken realness.


  1. is a process we all go through until we get to Heaven. Thank you for being real!

  2. I love it! I totally agree with you too... I think there are a lot of fake bloggers out there. I try really hard not to be one of them. What you see is what you get. Love the new design.. by the way. :)

  3. It's hard...I am really open on my blog too... the good, the bad, the ugly. But sometimes I just want my blog to be a reflection of what is going right in my life, because reality is so much harsher! That way I can scroll back through it when i am having a hard day and see my happy kids and think, "well I am doing something right!":)

  4. Love the honesty. And girl, I'm right there with you on point number one. Something I work on every day.

  5. Honesty is refreshing- good for you!

    P.S. I quoted you in my latest post.

  6. Mommy Trib- Thanks! It is mostly thanks to my husband, after I designed the new blog on a demo program - and when I published it it said "DEMO" over every square inch! He went through and got it all off!

    Stephanie - Let me know when you find the secret! Ha!

    Mary- Thanks for the mention in your post!


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