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Author: Katie Andrews Potter

Katie is the mama of the Potter family.
Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

Hi friends! I been awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by an incredible blogger – and homeschool mama! As she says, “the encouragement, support, and friendships I am receiving from the Blogging Community means so much to me!”  Thank you so much to Becky @RussellsLoving1 for nominating me for this award. Just starting out it means a lot that I have found so much support among the parenting, homeschooling, AND mental health communities online. Thank you again! Becky’s Info: Blog: https://russellslovinglife.com/ Instagram:…

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Sharing our Struggles with our Kids – and learning to ride the waves together

Sharing our Struggles with our Kids – and learning to ride the waves together

“Ride the waves.”  My counselor gave me this piece of advice a few months ago in a session. I sat there and pondered this, wanting immediately to ask her what exactly she meant, but I stopped myself when I realized that I would need to figure it out for myself. And I knew, as someone with illnesses that have symptoms that come in waves, sometimes they don’t just go away with a wish or a pill… sometimes I just need…

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7 Truths to Remember When You’re in the Middle of Depression, Mama

7 Truths to Remember When You’re in the Middle of Depression, Mama

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, visit our policies page. Dear Mama,  Yes, you, Mama, struggling with depression. I am right there with you. I understand. And I want you to know that this is not a list of things you need to do when you’re depressed. I’m not going to do that to you. I’ve seen those lists a million times before. I’ve also been told by many well-meaning people lists of things I’ve GOT to do now in…

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Homeschooling & Mental Illness: From a Mom with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

Homeschooling & Mental Illness: From a Mom with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety

I have bipolar disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. And yes, I am a mom. And yes, I homeschool my kids. This post contains affiliate links. For more information, visit our policies page. In addition, I am not a doctor or mental health professional. The following is simply advice from my own personal experience, and is not intended to be taken as professional advice.  Can I Homeschool My Kids?? When I first caught the “homeschool bug”, I delved deep into research, reading books, blogs, and…

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Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Happy Thursday, everyone! I’m not normally going to post two days in a row, but today is special, because: we got nominated for an award! I’m so excited about this, because we just got started in this whole venture, so the fact that the lovely Suzanne at Teaching 4 Things nominated our blog for the Sunshine Blogger Award means so much! As Andy Griffith sings on his classic show, I always try to “spread a little sunshine every day” to…

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The Choice of Gratitude in Difficult Times

The Choice of Gratitude in Difficult Times

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, visit our policies page. This week, I am 35 weeks pregnant with Ben and I’s third child. This also happens to be my sixth pregnancy. I try not to let the fear and remembrance of the losses we’ve endured impact these last few weeks of what will likely be our very last pregnancy, but I admit, it has been extremely difficult. I also try not to let the fact bother me that we have…

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Our Homeschooling Story – and How It Saved Our Family

Our Homeschooling Story – and How It Saved Our Family

On a recent visit with my psychiatrist, in the course of asking how I was doing, she asked, rather seriously, if I had considered putting my children in public school when I have our third baby this fall. I stared at her, taken aback. “No…?” She quickly explained how she believed it would be easier on me, how it could lift a load of stress off of our family. Regaining my composure, I explained how it would be exactly the opposite,…

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Living Micah 6:8 – Day by Day

Living Micah 6:8 – Day by Day

This post may contain affiliate links. For more information, visit our policies page.  His name was Ramiro. He was six years old. I was helping him with his homework one day when he told me about how he hadn’t seen his father in months. He had been deported. And he had done nothing wrong. He was just his dad. And Ramiro missed his papa. This was 2006 – twelve years ago. And I have to admit – I have no idea…

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Messy House… Messy Lives

Messy House… Messy Lives

Looking around our house, you’ll see a mess.  Okay, lots of messes… There’s going to be a pile of shoes by the door, and above them on a table, a stack of unopened mail. Maybe an empty McDonald’s cup or two on the table, as well. Walk inside and look to your right, there may be blankets and pillows all over the family room floor, and the two easy chairs have big holes in the middle of their seats from…

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