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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.

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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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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 or could be.

Russ and I, once we got over the surprise of this turn of events, have one emotion: gratefulness.

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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.

For those of you not familiar with a sin of omission, I shall explain. Sometimes we fail and sin with full knowledge, doing the bad that we know we should not do, which is basically a sin of COMMISSION. Sometimes we fail by NOT doing the good that we ought to do, a “sin” of 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 I striving to be a better wife and mother every single day?
  • Am I engaged?
  • Am I growing, learning, loving and laughing?

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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!)

How to Make Stromboli

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 kissed me all night long. Sometimes going “off plan” is well worth it for the sake of kisses Family Traditions. Because of my husband’s reaction, I am officially reinstating the tradition of Fridays = Pizza Night. I will eat my fabulous food and make them their version of fabulous. Win, win.

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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 love love love that.

Dear Mothers of Large FamiliesI also know (from personal experience!) that she will be tired and cranky and she may need a smile, a meal or a bottle of wine every so often. Life is messy and mothers of large families will have more “mess” to deal with. They will need more help. I get that.

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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 envy.

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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.

I need to get inside your brain

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 have just been busy.
However, that has come at a cost.

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