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8th Grade Promotion and Mama Tears

8th Grade Promotion and Mama Tears

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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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Eric is NOT Getting Married!

Eric is NOT Getting Married!

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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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Mothers are Amazing!

Mothers are Amazing!

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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.

Mothers are amazing!

As we have observed her, we’ve been mystified at her willingness to stay on that nest.

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The Question That Will Change Your Life

The Question That Will Change Your Life

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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…

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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

Lori Doerneman

Lori Doerneman

I love my marriage consummated and my Jesus consecrated. I also love seeing the eternal in the ordinary tasks of every day life. That's why I write.
Lori Doerneman

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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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