When a Mama Has Needs

When a Mama Has Needs






Russ and I, married for almost thirty years, were out of whack for several weeks. I am not sure what happened, but both of us felt our relationship getting strained. Little irritations became big irritations. So, we made a date. Except instead of going on our date we decided to go to the Demolition Derby with our kids. Actually, it went down like this: Russ said, “Honey, I know we were going to the movie tonight, but the demo derby…

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Your Kid Screwed Up. Now What?

Your Kid Screwed Up. Now What?






On Monday of this week, my oldest son, Eric, and I gave a talk to a large group of young adults here in Wichita. The group: Theology on Tap. Our topic: The Brain and Porn Addiction. During the presentation, I shared my version of how I raised Eric and then he shared “the rest of the story.” I didn’t know my kid had a porn habit. When I found out, I handled it well. I cried for two weeks. I…

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How God Grows Mothers

How God Grows Mothers






Yesterday one of my children told another one to go to hell. Once I heard about it, I sat down by the child that was breathing fire and brimstone and we discussed what it really meant when you told someone you want them in hell. Turns out he actually does NOT want his sister in hell. I then went back into the kitchen and continued preparing supper. My 22-year old daughter, Rachel, was standing near me, cutting up the watermelon….

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How to Not Eat Sugar

How to Not Eat Sugar






I was given a super effective tool on how to NOT EAT SUGAR in tempting situations. The tool was given to me by Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson of Bright Line Eating. Susan taught me many things in her free 14-Day Challenge. One of the most long-lasting strategies: she helped me change my identity in regards to sugar. Say what? Let me explain. If someone offered me a cigarette, I’d easily say, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.” I would not say, “Oh, dang,…

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“Can I Take the Car?”

“Can I Take the Car?”






I am in love with my children. I have been with them, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. FOR YEARS. I have fed and watered them. I have changed their diapers, I have made them countless meals. I have loved them through all the ups, downs and sideways of life. One of my jobs as their mommy is to keep them safe. I have done that, at least for the most part. And then they turn 16 and…

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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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