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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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Out of the Mouths of Babes…

Out of the Mouths of Babes…

Yesterday I had the privilege of watching a four-year old while her mommy ran an errand. This little delightful girl made me smile all morning.
Now, truth, I love the fact that my kids are now OLDER, ages ranging from 8 to 23. But age four has its own magic.
During the course of the morning this little girl and I were talking about my daughters. She didn’t know I had three daughters, she didn’t know the “college one.”
We kept talking about the two she did know, Bridget and Malaysia; seems my daughters have made quite the impression on this little girl.

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The Best Part of Being a Mom

The Best Part of Being a Mom

The best part of being a mom is MY BIG PEOPLE.

Oh, how I love love love my bigs. (For those of you that don’t know me, I am a mother of three bigs, four mediums and one little.)

the best part of being a mom

And I want to share with you WHY I love my older kids because I am sure it is not what you think it is about.

I would guess that you might think Lori Doerneman is in love with her older kids because of something they have achieved, or some great medal of honor they have won.
Nope.
Maybe you think they have saved the poor in their city or started Bible studies or are teaching others to plant trees and save the earth.
Nope, nope and nope.

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Dana Altman and The Final Four

Dana Altman and The Final Four

I love March.
It’s the best time of the year. The NCAA Men’s Division I semi-finals (Gonzaga vs. South Carolina at 5:09 p.m CST followed by North Caroline vs. Oregon) are on Saturday, April 1, 2017, with the winners of those games going head-to-head on April 3 in the Championship Game at Phoenix.
If you are a basketball fan, you look forward to filling out your brackets and watching basketball non-stop for three weeks every spring.
In my house, laundry is folded during time-outs; supper, when actually thought about, is made during the half. It’s called March Madness for a reason.

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At What Age Should a Child Be Expected to Do Chores on Their Own?

At What Age Should a Child Be Expected to Do Chores on Their Own?

At what age should a child be expected to Do Chores On Their Own?
Now to be honest, on some levels, I don’t really care. I mean, really? Who cares when a child picks up a broom and can sweep the floor, right? You do you and I will do me.
However, if you find little understandings about child development helpful and you want to keep building your family in a positive way, then read on.

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Hardened Cheese is Our Vocation

Hardened Cheese is Our Vocation

Over our last break, I opened the meat and cheese drawer and about choked. One of my eight kids had opened the provolone cheese, taken a piece, then just chucked the opened package back into the drawer.

I picked up the package, which had transformed into one piece of yellow granite and whirled around, angry.

I put the package under 20-year old Mitchell’s nose, home from college, and said, “Do not have kids. They ruin everything.”
Now Mitch is actually in the seminary, discerning if the celibate life is for him. He has the possible option of NOT having kids. He waited a half second then calmly said, “Yes, Mum.”

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I Suck at Grace

I Suck at Grace

Grace.

I want to learn you, grace.

This weekend I facilitated a retreat for parents of 8th graders. One of the parents asked how he could help his child learn about service. He knew there was an easier way than hauling him to a soup kitchen.
We discussed some options. I shared how our family gives to those in need.
It was nice.
I felt good about it.

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ERIC IS GETTING MARRIED!

ERIC IS GETTING MARRIED!

Holy Hannah, life is spectacular.

My oldest son, Eric Scott Doerneman, is marrying the most amazing woman, Jillian Claire Prather!

Eric is getting married!I love, love, love Jillian. She is a perfect match for Eric. They met at Kansas State University; Eric graduated from the college two years ago with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Jillian will graduate in May with a degree in Industrial Engineering.

I know, I know, two engineers. How will that work, right? Well, neither one is your typical engineer. They both have personality! They are fun and funny. They are wicked smart. They have vision. They are full of life and I love them both to pieces.

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