Secret Mommy-hood Confessions Saturday

I really like that Kim does Secret Mommy-hood Confessions Saturdays.  I helps me vent out things that have been weighing on me all week.

So here is today’s:

I’m tired.

I know that is not a juicy one.  In fact, now you’re bored and will probably just move on, and that’s ok.

But I’m going to plunge ahead anyway, Ok?

This week totally exhausted me.  So much so that after getting out of bed this morning at 10:00 (thank you, Cort!), I played with Eddie for an hour and then passed out on the couch for THREE HOURS.

This week was hard on me even though it really wasn’t a bad week.  Ever have one of those?

I am tired of picking up after teenagers.

I am tired of students leaving things behind and then freaking out WEEKS later.

I am tired of having to say, “get back to work,” “let’s focus,” “talk while you work…WHILE you work,” among other things.

I am tired of giving a thousand chances to maybe get a D- instead of an F.

I”m tired of having to hound 18 year olds about graduation requirements.

I”m tired of doing more for less.

I also learned some exhausting lessons this week.

students never hear you the first time (this should not be knew, but in light of the week, it was frustrating).

adults can act every bit as immature as a 14 year old can.

adults can back stab you if they think it will get them in good with someone.

not many people can keep a secret.

massive week-long blog events that include a gazillion giveaways are incredibly rewarding…and exhausting.

I need to toot my own horn when I want to be recognized for something I am proud of.  Maybe others will pick up their horns for me too, but maybe not.  So I have to play LOUD–for myself.

It’s exhausting to be proud of yourself.  Many positive things happened to me this week–mostly in the blogging world–and keeping up with them left my head spinning.

But I will end this tired ramble with the things I am proud of, that I hope you will take the time to check out.

The first is huge.  HUGE.  I have a new button on my blog.  It looks like this:
I was syndicated on

That’s right!  I am on BlogHer with my post My Mother’s Hands.  Because of tons of encouragement from this lady, this lady, and of course this lady, AND with Cort rooting me on, I shoved all my fear of rejection down and submitted five of my babies posts to BlogHer.

Knowing the talent that they usually pick up, I really wasn’t expecting to hear back (I know, I know…lame of me), but when that email landed in my inbox?  I FREAKED OUT!

Cort was gone to class and I just scooped Eddie up and danced and cried with him.  He thought his momma had finally lost it.

So anyway, please go read my post over there…and leave me some love and sparkles if you like it.

I have also been adding this little guy to a couple of my posts lately:

 MommyofaMonster This post was featured!

That’s right, the sweet and talented Natalie has taken notice of me lately (which makes me blush), and has featured me two weeks in a ROW on her Monster Likes weekend round up of her fave posts.  This week my writing tips made the cut.  Go check out who else she likes this week (always good reads, by the way).

Third, in case you hadn’t heard, I am now on the team at The Red Dress Club

I am all sorts of honored and still blown away that Nichole and Cheryl–two writers I hugely look up to–would even consider me to be part of their team, let alone ask me!  To me, this is exactly the thing that has been missing from my writing life.  It pushes me to read more, contact other writers, and think outside of my own writing box.  I love it.

Speaking of The Red Dress Club, some of you may or may not know that I have this blog:

this is where I do my creative writing.  Right now there is a piece of fiction I just posted–and I almost never write fiction–that I feel pretty good about.  I’d love for you to give it a read and tell me what you think.  It’s called White Agony.

Since I am listing things I am proud of here, I also still have Katie’s Bookcase:

I haven’t posted here in a while since I am in the middle of reading books…as are many of my contributors.  If you have read a book that you would like to submit a review for, contact me, and we will set something up!

Lastly, if you haven’t entered all of mine and Miranda’s giveaways?   You can find a list of all the links here.

More than one person asked me this week asked how I do it all.  Even my therapist wanted to know.

And I just shake my head.

I don’t know.  I really don’t.  I all I can say is, if you really, REALLY love something, you will do it.  If something brings joy to you in spite of the challenges it causes, you will do it.

Or at least I will.

But?  It will still tire me out.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Wow, I would love to know how you do it AND teach too?? I only do two days a week and I am exhausted. I can sympathise with the things you’re tired of this week. I’m SO over asking my kids:
    what goes at the beginning of a sentence?
    what goes at the end of a sentence?
    why did you pull so and so’s trousers down (!)?
    and demanding:
    sit on your bottom
    close your lips
    cross your legs
    inside voices
    put your hand up if you want to speak to me
    I coudl go on and on and on!!!
    Focus on the positives! Your post my mother’s hands is simply beautiful and inspired me to write my baby’s feet. You are a talented writer and I am going over to blogher now to big up your post!!

  2. Wow, you have an amazing list of accomplishments in one short week. I have so enjoyed the Red Dress Club this week and now need to take a bit of time to catch up on reading all of your great writing which seems to be everywhere this week. Congratulations on everything, your hard work is definitely paying off!

  3. Great job, girl! You deserve it.

  4. My week with exams and teenagers went a LOT like yours. I’m SO sick of the students ignoring me when I say “You need to study for this exam.” SO sick of it. I had a student READING while I was reviewing for the exam. So I made it harder. I’m evil. And said student had the NERVE to tell me that it was too hard. GRRRRR…

  5. Hi there, and thanks again for stopping over to visit my blog. From the looks of things on your blog, you sound like a very busy woman! I will be checking out your Blogher submissions as well. Way to go!

  6. Yup…those weeks blow but look at all the good that came out of it. So proud of you and your accomplishments this week. You rock mah socks.
    Crack open a bottle of wine will ya 😉

  7. Could I just have half of your energy? You my friend, are doing it all and doing it WELL. Congrats on the BlogHer syndication! 🙂 That is fantastic!

  8. Congrats to you! How did you submit your pieces to BlogHer? I’ve been thinking about doing it, but not sure where to start.

    • they have a syndication editor you can send to. Check the very bottom of the site page…by the contact stuff. 🙂


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