The real world

Brace your self inter web… I haven’t checked in on social media in three weeks! I just know I missed a birth, probably a pregnancy announcement, some must see video that went viral, birthdays and anniversaries, a new fad and every amazing thing that Pinterest has inspired all of my friends to be perfect at…

It’s ok… I wouldn’t have joined the Jamberry party anyway… my nails are broken. I’ve been chasing chickens, planting in the dirt and sawing plywood. For the life of me, I can’t keep up with IF: Equip or that devotional app that everyone keeps telling me about. But I did recently read through Exodus and Leviticus (definitely not as glamorous), and I’m reading through a book with a group of girlfriends and really treasure the times we get together to discuss it. We’ve been reading back through the Jesus Storybook Bible with the kids and I’ve been learning all about Nancy’s fancy words. I may not be up on everyones latest party, spectacular date night and awesome road trip, but I have enjoyed a few Insta worthy moments of laughing and crying with my crazy awesome husband and a few of my in-the-flesh girlfriends. And when I do see your pics, this time I’ll treasure my own memories and won’t long to have been involved in yours but will share in your joys. I may not have posted any photos, but we’ve done a little remodeling and rearranging too (yup, again!), and I’ve appreciated enjoying our home with others… I’ve decided that I prefer in it in fact over any number of “likes.” I’m sure I missed a post showcasing the most fabulous fall homeschool projects… we’ve been learning about chlorophyl and why leaves turn colors in autumn, playing board games, cleaning messes, cooking chili, tackling laundry, teaching the kids to crochet… teaching the kids the value in not giving up, cuddling ducklings, mending arguments and navigating disagreements, battling a gluten allergy, recovering from two miscarriages, planning costumes, navigating Costco, drying tears, loving neighbors…

And now that I think about it, maybe my hiatus from social media was just what I needed. It’s easy to get swept up in a world where everything is shiny, easy-peasy and put together. The real world requires authenticity and sacrifice. I applaud social media for allowing me to “catch up” with family and friends we don’t have the pleasure of seeing more often, but I do think it’s better to be present and vulnerable with the people the Lord has in my community now. It’s just not as fruitful knowing all the sparkly highlights of all my online friends and sifting through image after image in search of the project that I could tackle and post and wait to see how much attention it draws.

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I own a Cafe and Community Center in Kathmandu, Nepal where I teach Parenting and Childbirth Education. I'm also a Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

2 thoughts on “The real world

  1. I think the hardest part of miscarriage is reentering the living world that carries on in spite of our pain. People unwittingly walk by and offer a smile. I didn't want to smile…I wanted to scream and cry and tell passersby about my sadness. How it seemed that no one cared that I had to go one living a life that was devoid of the life within me. 😥 My heart and arms ached to hold my little angel baby. My heart breaks for yours today, mama. Know that I know the hurt you feel. God will fill your house with joy and laughter and the sound of a sweet baby again. Take heart. He will heal your hurt. ❤

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  2. When I was really sick, and would sometimes not leave the apartment for weeks at a time, I would often look at FB and felt like the world was passing me by. Was bitter, and always longed to be out there (cue Little Mermaid song). But God does things with us, and our hearts, that isn't perceivable through social media ❤ ❤ ❤ Also, I am taking Biology, and have some mad (basic) crochet skills, if you want a guest teacher. 😀

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