Celebrating the life of Reuben Doerneman

Celebrating the life of Reuben Doerneman






My husband’s father passed away last week, on October 2, 2017. Reuben Doerneman was a kind soul. He was born on February 5, in 1932 to Theodore and Amelia Doerneman. They were a farming family in northern Nebraska. Reuben was the first child in his family to go to high school and they sent him to Conception Seminary High School. As the story goes, Reuben was basically asked to leave his senior year because he was writing a few too…

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Update on Shay and her Baby Boy!

Update on Shay and her Baby Boy!






Shay Plunkett is a brave young woman and many of you have been following her story. Many of you have asked about her recently. You want an update! For those of you that didn’t walk on this journey with us, Shay was a former basketball player on my daughter’s college team; when Shay became pregnant, Rachel reached out to her. Rachel was highly concerned about the baby. She knew that Shay was not sure what she should do. I got to…

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Run, David, Run

Run, David, Run






I love being a mom, especially now that all of my kids can feed and wipe themselves. I love my three bigs. They are confident. Funny. When they visit, it’s a party. I love my three mediums. They are in high school and they are emerging as people. It’s been fantastic to watch. They are gaining confidence in themselves and in their choices. I love my two littles. Thomas is in seventh grade, David is in third. Every single morning…

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Lori.Needs.Your.Help.

Lori.Needs.Your.Help.






I am struggling with my blog. I will just be honest. I am trying to figure out What To Do With It. As Eric and I work on The Parenting Dare, our lives feel crazy audacious. We are climbing this massive mountain. With each move forward, we find an outcropping of rock, we grab it and pull ourselves upwards. We stabilize ourselves. We look up a few feet; we keep going upwards. EVERYTHING IS NEW TO US. EVERYTHING. It’s exhilarating…

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Every Problem has a Solution

Every Problem has a Solution






“I think I am screwing up my kids completely,” a friend confided recently. “Why do you say that?” I asked. “It seems like I am just putting out fires all day long. I don’t have time to focus on the things that matter.” “Well, what matters to you?” She pondered for a moment then said, “Basic values, golden rules type of stuff, respect of all life, gratitude, connecting everything to God.” I get that. I totally get that. And when…

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How you can be happier. Instantly.

How you can be happier. Instantly.






In my last post, I wrote a simple explanation of the Four Levels of Happiness. Today I want to apply that information and show you HOW YOU CAN BE HAPPIER. By understanding the Four Levels of Happiness I AM happier and if I am off-kilter, by implementing one simple strategy, I easily get back to my center. As we all know, a happy mommy = a happy family. This information is worth knowing! So let’s dive in.

The Four Levels of Happiness

The Four Levels of Happiness






What the heck is happiness? I mean, isn’t that just some silly little flip thing? Who has time to be happy anyway? I have supper to get on the table. I have emails to answer. I have homework to monitor. Who has the TIME to think about something as frivolous as happiness? That was how I used to think about the concept of happiness. I mean, nice and all, but I have a family to run here. Then I heard…

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Parenting is an Explosion

Parenting is an Explosion






As a mother, you want many things for your children. You just do. That’s who you are and how you are. If every Christian mother would sit down and write a list of “What I Want for my (eventual adult) Child,” I believe the lists would be pretty darn similar. Responsible. Hard-working. Honest. Christian. I have been a mother for 131 years. If you add up my kids back to back, that’s how many years of experience I have. It’s crazy….

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Mitch’s Third Year at Seminary

Mitch’s Third Year at Seminary






Mitchell Paul Doerneman is my third child and he just entered his third year at Conception Seminary College. I dropped him off like.it.was.no.big.deal. YEAH! He is doing well. I wanted to know more of the ins and outs of his daily life so we carved out an hour of time and he gave me the low down on Life as an UpperClassman. First and foremost, much has changed in regards to the Wichita Diocese for minor seminary. We are not sending…

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My little Miracle – A Rosary Story

My little Miracle – A Rosary Story






My daughter, Malaysia Marie, has been giddy all week. She loves birthdays and she has been hopping around saying, “It’s Mary’s birthday on Friday!” Because of my hopping-around-excited child, I have been thinking about Our Lady all week. In honor of my daughter’s excitement as well as Mary’s birthday, I want to share my rosary miracle story with you today. It’s a little miracle, as far as miracles go, no broken bones were healed, no thunder bolts were seen; but…

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