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This Thanksgiving, Give Grace

This Thanksgiving, Give Grace

In my last post, Should You Correct a Sinner, I tiptoed into the arena of sin. When we see someone we love making choices that we know aren’t in align with the Gospel, what are we to do?

About a year ago, I made an appointment with a certified sex addiction therapist. I needed her help because in my work (educating parents on how to effectively communicate and educate and safeguard their home to raise porn-resistant kids) I hear a lot of stories.

Sometimes, the stories of ADULT sexual misconduct get to me. I want to rage. I want to judge. I want to hate.

So I made the appointment.

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Should You Correct a Sinner?

Should You Correct a Sinner?

When I was in my late 20’s, I read this quote, “Would someone, looking in on your life, have enough EVIDENCE to convict you of being a Christian?”

Hmm…I thought about that. My faith was all in my heart. Did I have tangibles for my faith?

I thought about the songs I listened to, the movies I watched, the books I read, the art in my home and the words out of my mouth. Nothing really said “CHRISTIAN.”

How does one begin to live a life of faith in a more purposeful way?

  • I joined a Bible study.
  • I read a TON of books.
  • I listened to tapes.
  • I prayed more.

It was a time of solid growth, a deepening of sorts.

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Create Chipotle at Aldi’s!

Create Chipotle at Aldi’s!

We love Chipotle.

But for our family of ten, buying Chipotle would cost over $100, with extra guacamole and chips all around.

Aldi to the rescue!

For those of you that do not have an Aldi’s in your town, I am so sorry. Aldi’s is a discount grocery store, a relative of Trader Joe’s. Their food is good and it is so.much.cheaper.than.a.regular.grocery.store.

One day I was browsing in my favorite Aldi’s and I really looked at their Mexican/Spanish food section. And my brain lit up with one thought: Chipotle. I grabbed some “copycat” Chipotle recipes off of the internet and began playing.

I will not lie; creating a Chipotle Bar takes some effort. But it makes me happy to feed my big people so much food at such a nice savings.

Bonus: This makes enough for the strongest to have leftovers.

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Chipotle “Copy Cat” Corn Salsa

Chipotle “Copy Cat” Corn Salsa

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Corn Salsa
Cook Time 10 min
Passive Time 20 min
Servings
people
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Cook Time 10 min
Passive Time 20 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add husked corn and boil for five minutes. Carefully remove the pot from the heat, put the cooked corn into bowl of ice water. When cooled, cut the corn off of the cob and place into a bowl. (This takes some practice. You want to get most of the corn but avoid cutting too deep and getting the cob!)
  2. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Keep away from little people because they will eat it all before supper.
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Chipotle Chicken

Chipotle Chicken

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Chipotle "Copy Cat" Chicken
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 min
Passive Time 90 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 min
Passive Time 90 min
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Make the marinade: put the onion, garlic, oil, sauce and seasonings into a food processor and process until smooth. Pour the marinade into a Pyrex or other measuring cup; fill with water to reach one cup.
  2. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces. Put into a resealable plastic bag; pour marinade over the chicken. Seal. Refrigerate for at least an hour. (Or overnight.)
  3. Prepare a wok or heavy skillet; heat it and add olive oil. Add enough chicken to cover the wok or skillet in a single layer. Cook until no pink remains in the middle. (We like our chicken almost crispy.)
  4. Another option: marinate the whole breast (or thigh), cook and then cut into pieces. I did this for awhile but we like the taste and texture of cutting the chicken into bite-sized pieces, marinating, then cooking.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker.

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Create Real Connection with Your Teen

Create Real Connection with Your Teen

If you have a teen that is struggling with sexual sin, I get your pain and your sorrow and your guilt.  I am a Catholic mom of eight children, aged 9-24. I have made tons of mistakes in my mothering. It’s not easy raising children in today’s world.

I believe that the biggest temptation facing our children today is the internet. Our children, young and old, are in the midst of massive temptations and pressures.

I have written extensively about two key components needed in this fight.

  • You must create a safe home, meaning no open access to the internet.
    • We recommend filtering AND accountability in the form of Covenant Eyes and possibly Open DNS.
  • You must intentionally talk to your child about love, lust, pornography and sexual temptations.

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A Divine Moment in Lincoln, Nebraska

A Divine Moment in Lincoln, Nebraska

Last Tuesday night I was in the middle of giving a presentation at St. Peter’s Catholic School in Lincoln, Nebraska, when I just stopped.
I stood in the middle of their gym, in front of 300 parents, and as I looked at my adult son, Eric, I had a Divine Moment.
Many of you reading this already know our story; for those of you that don’t know us, I am a large, loud Catholic mother of eight. I live in a small town west of Wichita, Kansas. I was happy living my life, hanging out with my husband, doing laundry and helping kids with homework.
One fateful night I was bringing sheets down into Eric’s room. When I opened the door I found more than I wanted to see.
My good, funny, intelligent child was looking at porn.
Thus began about a six-year journey, as we ventured into incredibly new and somewhat terrifying waters, at least for me, the mother. (Although having your mother walk in on you…in that compromising situation…is its own kind of terrifying.)

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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 many letters to females back home. Evidently not priest material. Good thing. I wouldn’t have my Russell if Reuben would have been ordained.

(Conception is now a college and our son, Reuben’s grandson, is studying there, which is so interesting.)

Reuben met Arlene Hegemann at a dance in Howells, Nebraska. They dated for six months. Then the Korean War started and Reuben joined the Air Force.

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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 know Shay. I wrote about her several times, starting with “The Womb is Not a Tomb.”

And long story short, many of you reached out to her in love. She was a stranger. Yet you reached out in love. You showered with the love every mama and her baby deserves.

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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 when I drop them off at Holy Spirit Catholic School, we do the “I love you, have a great day,” ritual.

Thomas gets out of the vehicle, waves to friends, saunters off.

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