Daring to Parent

Daring to Parent






My husband, Russ, and I have eight children, ages ranging from 8-23. Our parenting has radically changed over the years. We are now DARING TO PARENT. I will make an extremely important point about why it had to change, but first, Russ and I are blessed to have several go-to priests. Their hearts are set on God and they have a relentless pursuit of all that is good and holy. They are also fun and we love to hang out with…

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Feed Your Spirit

Feed Your Spirit






As a mother, you have many concerns on your heart. You have much on your To Do List. You have much to think about. You are busy with many activities. “It is good to learn new things but you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time to do that, if you just accumulate facts,…

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Healthy Greek Layered Dip

Healthy Greek Layered Dip






I love 7-Layered Mexican Dip, affectionately called “GOD DIP” at my house because my brother-in-law will stand near the dip and just say, “Oh, God, This is So Good.”  Not sure if that’s blasphemy or a compliment. Anyway, I have been making “God Dip” for about thirty years and thought it was time to try something new. I found it. Oh.My.Stars. I am in love with this Healthy Greek Layered Dip. I was hesitant the first time I tried it;…

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Knock if You Want to Stop Gossip

Knock if You Want to Stop Gossip






Okay, truth time. Do you talk badly about other people? I must admit that, even as a somewhat mature Christian, there are times when I talk about other people. But only the ones that annoy me. Surely there is a clause in the Bible about gossip being acceptable if it is about annoying people. I have tried to improve this fault of mine with varying success. Then two kids of mine came home from college for the summer and I…

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The Truth about Mothers of Toddlers

The Truth about Mothers of Toddlers






A long time ago, in 1997, I was 30 years old and the proud mother of one baby and two toddlers. My husband and I had moved to Wichita from St. Louis and we had found some friends! Not only that, but those friends had invited us out. Did you hear me? We, new people in town, were going OUT with new friends! All was right in my world. I was giddy. Not that I hated being in, but my…

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The Absolute Best Father’s Day Gift

The Absolute Best Father’s Day Gift






Father’s Day is the third Sunday of June. My husband, Russ, has been a daddy for 23 years. Fifteen years ago I started a tradition for Father’s Day; we began a Progressive Photo Album and it has been THE ABSOLUTE BEST FATHER’S DAY GIFT.

7 (easy) Words That Will Change How You Pray for Others

7 (easy) Words That Will Change How You Pray for Others






I am a cradle Catholic, meaning I’ve been Catholic my whole life. I am loud but my prayer life is quiet. That’s how we Catholics, by and large, roll. My daughter, Rachel, just finished her third year at a private Christian (non-Catholic) college. Her journey has been perfect for her and I am incredibly grateful for those people that have built into my daughter. Her Christian friends do NOT only pray privately, they pray straight on up to Jesus Himself,…

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Why the Wichita Diocese has so Many Priests

Why the Wichita Diocese has so Many Priests






On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Bishop Carl A. Kemme of the Wichita Diocese ordained ten men to the transitional diaconate. God willing, those men, next May, will be ordained priests. Just one week later, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, Bishop Kemme ordained ten men to the priesthood. TWENTY.PRIESTS.IN.TWO.YEARS. Twenty men have decided to follow Jesus no matter where He leads. Which kind of begs the question, what the heck is going on in the Wichita Diocese? Why have so many…

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8th Grade Promotion and Mama Tears

8th Grade Promotion and Mama Tears






This mama bear is a hot mess of emotions. Bridget and Malaysia Doerneman graduated from 8th grade at Holy Spirit Catholic School on Saturday, May 20, 2017. My girls are beautiful. They are BEAUTIFUL. But the feelings that I had on Saturday night were about SO MUCH MORE than just watching them be promoted into high school. When we first adopted Malaysia, we wondered if it would be fair to raise an African American Baptist as a Caucasian Catholic.

The Daughter Dare

The Daughter Dare






Dear Mother of Daughters ranging from ages 11-14, You are invited to take THE DAUGHTER DARE. First, let me tell you my story. When I was mothering my first teenage daughter, I believed that it would be a difficult time and I parented as “the heavy.” I didn’t invest. I was not proactive. I guess I thought she’d just morph into what I expected of her. It wasn’t the prettiest time of our lives.

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