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.

Eric is NOT Getting Married!

Eric is NOT Getting Married!






My son, Eric Doerneman, was going to get married in a month, on June 10th. Plans have changed. Eric and Jillian Prather are no longer getting married. When Eric told us this news, I was shocked. I did NOT see it coming. However, as the story unfolded, both Eric and Jillian saw it coming. And they were strong enough and courageous enough to step back and assess their relationship, knowing that it wasn’t exactly what they had hoped it would be…

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My Mistake in Raising Teens

My Mistake in Raising Teens






When I was a young mom, with my first batch of four kids under the age of seven, I could not wait for them to be teens. You heard me right. I prefer teens over toddlers. Now, that does NOT mean that I have parented my teens perfectly; I want to pause right here and tell you about a MISTAKE I made when my first child, Eric, was a teenager. Actually, it’s less of a mistake and more of an omission….

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May 1st is About LIVING

May 1st is About LIVING






Today is May 1st. I love, love, love May 1st. This is the day that has given me an extreme amount of insight. This is the day that asks me to step back and take the long view: Am I living my life to the fullest, using all of the gifts God has given me? Am I processing my feelings and communicating with others or am I numbing my way through life? Am I seeking God and His Will? Am…

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How to Make Stromboli

How to Make Stromboli






Last week my son, Mitch, was home from college. He is our Stromboli Maker. Last Friday he made five loaves of it, one for a friend and four for our family of ten. (Plus we had guests!) My husband walked in the door after work and about died of happiness when the smell of baking Stromboli hit his senses. I have been eating Whole 30 with no sugar and flour. Our meals have been super clean. Russ literally hugged and…

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Mothers are Amazing!

Mothers are Amazing!






Mothers are amazing. All mothers. Even bird mothers. Two weeks ago we found a mama dove nesting on our back porch swing and we made the decision to allow her to stay. As we have observed her, we’ve been mystified at her willingness to stay on that nest.

The Question That Will Change Your Life

The Question That Will Change Your Life






Dear Mothers of Large Families, Several years ago I went to Mass at a neighboring parish and I sat behind a large family. I literally had a front row seat to their family dynamic. Now, if you know me at all, you know that I have a freakishly special place in my heart for mothers of large families. I love being Catholic and I love Natural Family Planning. I love when a mom of nine is pregnant with number ten. I…

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Entering Into Good Friday as a Family

Entering Into Good Friday as a Family






When I was a young mom with four kids under the age of six, I had one emotion: OVERWHELM. I distinctly remember wanting to wear make-up or exercise or plant flowers. Mostly, I had a baby attached at the hip or the breast and toddlers in various stages of mess and undress. I.Was.Neck.Deep.In.Survival.Mode. SO, when I would hear of a mother and how she had created this beautiful Easter project for her two angelic kids, I would have this instant…

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I Need to Get Inside Your Brain

I Need to Get Inside Your Brain






Hello. My name is Lori Doerneman, I am a wife and mother living in Kansas. I have five sons and three daughters. This post is designed with the parent in mind and not appropriate for children under the age of 12. Please and thank you. Okay, parents, confession time. I have been busy. BUSY BUSY BUSY for YEARS & YEARS & YEARS, just more or less surviving under the CONTINUAL of PARENTING. It’s not that I’ve a bad person, I…

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