So, about me: I grew up in a small Czech town in Nebraska. I was the third of eleven kids. When I was 18, I was eager to leave home and go to college. I wanted to not only get a teaching degree, I wanted to meet Mr. Right.
Lucky for me, I met another small town boy while at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
What I enjoyed most about Russ Doerneman was his drive to have a better life, deep morals and sweet humility. I knew I wanted him to be the father of my children. (He also had my two MUST-HAVES: he was Catholic and his feet were bigger than mine.)
We were married in 1988, the summer before our senior year; I knew he was The One. Why not just got married?
So, about the actual day; you know those people who have all sorts of money and get every fabulous accessory for their wedding day? Well, that wasn’t me. One of my sisters (I have seven!) designed and made my wedding dress. My $1 string of pearls came from K-Mart.
I really wanted a beautiful strapless bra but it was simply not in my budget. So a sister came up with the idea of using duct tape. It was hilarious but did the trick of holding things in place.
Just in case you were wondering, duct tape is easier to put ON a body.
Our marriage has been about a free spirit (slap it together and call it good) becoming one with a precise engineer (research for days, measure and remeasure). We have eight children who are an interesting mix between our two extremes.
Our one goal is to raise our children into adults that love Jesus with their entire being. We want them to be strong enough to embrace the Cross. And we want them to not only be responsible, but to be funny, attractive and bold.
The spiritual life is a never-ending beginning. I learn from my big crazy family every single day. The lessons are unique and universal at the same time. My prayer is that my observations will speak to other moms and dads raising their babies.
Ultimately, we are all walking each other home.