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This Thanksgiving, Give Grace

This Thanksgiving, Give Grace

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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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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Celebrating the life of Reuben Doerneman

Celebrating the life of Reuben Doerneman

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 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!

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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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

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 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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Lori.Needs.Your.Help.

Lori.Needs.Your.Help.

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 am struggling with my blog.

I will just be honest. I am trying to figure out What To Do With It.

As Eric and I work on The Parenting Dare, our lives feel crazy audacious.

We are climbing this massive mountain. With each move forward, we find an outcropping of rock, we grab it and pull ourselves upwards. We stabilize ourselves. We look up a few feet; we keep going upwards.

EVERYTHING IS NEW TO US.

EVERYTHING. It’s exhilarating and scary and demanding. Every inner resource is being tapped.

I know we are engaging the enemy. We both spend a lot of time in prayer every day. We ask for your prayers, too. St. Michael, defend us in battle.

Eric keeps working on the backside of our website. I keep working on the creation of content as well as learning how to market. We are now social entrepreneurs, using BUSINESS to change our culture. Isn’t that cool?

We are getting booked for speaking engagements. (We’d love to come and talk to your group/church/parent organization! See how good I am at this marketing gig? Our contact info is on our website: The Parenting Dare.)

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Every Problem has a Solution

Every Problem has a Solution

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 think I am screwing up my kids completely,” a friend confided recently.
“Why do you say that?” I asked.
“It seems like I am just putting out fires all day long. I don’t have time to focus on the things that matter.”
“Well, what matters to you?”
She pondered for a moment then said, “Basic values, golden rules type of stuff, respect of all life, gratitude, connecting everything to God.”
I get that. I totally get that.
And when I talk to mothers of young children, they all feel this to some degree. It’s like the day-to-day busy work overtakes everything and they fear that they aren’t emphasizing the right stuff.
As an OLDER mother, I have some good news for you younger moms:

Every problem has a solution.

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Mitch’s Third Year at Seminary

Mitch’s Third Year at Seminary

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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Mitchell Paul Doerneman is my third child and he just entered his third year at Conception Seminary College.

I dropped him off like.it.was.no.big.deal. YEAH!

He is doing well. I wanted to know more of the ins and outs of his daily life so we carved out an hour of time and he gave me the low down on Life as an UpperClassman.

First and foremost, much has changed in regards to the Wichita Diocese for minor seminary. We are not sending young men just to Conception Seminary; several are in Texas and Wichita just opened its own Formation House.

What that means for Mitch: less Wichita guys at Conception, which is a bummer but also interesting. He can tell they are going to form an even tighter brotherhood this year simply because there’re only five of them.

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My little Miracle – A Rosary Story

My little Miracle – A Rosary Story

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 daughter, Malaysia Marie, has been giddy all week. She loves birthdays and she has been hopping around saying, “It’s Mary’s birthday on Friday!”

Because of my hopping-around-excited child, I have been thinking about Our Lady all week.

In honor of my daughter’s excitement as well as Mary’s birthday, I want to share my rosary miracle story with you today. It’s a little miracle, as far as miracles go, no broken bones were healed, no thunder bolts were seen; but it totally strengthened my child-like faith.

My Little Miracle ~ A Rosary Story:

It starts, as most stories do, with my mother. I am the third of eleven children and we were raised by a wondrous woman.

In fact, if God grades on a curve, my mother has screwed it up for us. She’s that amazing. She has this heart that just loves. She doesn’t demand or control or belittle. She.just.loves.

It was incredible to be brought up by such a woman.

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The Most Amazing Job

The Most Amazing Job

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 weekend I went downstairs and almost stepped on an 8-year old hot dog.

For the next hour I’d hear a child yell, “Hey! There’s a hot dog down here.”

The Most Amazing Job

Today we celebrate LABOR DAY.

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Creating a Marriage that Inspires

Creating a Marriage that Inspires

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 have a fabulous message for all married women: If your marriage is suffering, it is because of you.

The reason the message is fabulous? If you are in a relationship that is tense, stressful, difficult, demanding, boring, distant, since you are the woman, you can transform your marriage to what YOU desire.

If your husband is a pretty good guy, meaning, he doesn’t hit you for fun, then you can make your marriage fantastic.

As a female, you hold the power. I know that’s a radical statement. But I believe it. I believe you hold the power in your married relationship. Why? Because you are prettier.

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