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Real Living with Eight Children

When a Mama Has Needs

When a Mama Has Needs

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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Russ and I, married for almost thirty years, were out of whack for several weeks. I am not sure what happened, but both of us felt our relationship getting strained.

Little irritations became big irritations.

So, we made a date. Except instead of going on our date we decided to go to the Demolition Derby with our kids.

Actually, it went down like this: Russ said, “Honey, I know we were going to the movie tonight, but the demo derby is at the fair.”

Now, if you know anything about my family, you know they love the demo derby. As in bordering-on-obsession love it.

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How God Grows Mothers

How God Grows Mothers

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 one of my children told another one to go to hell.
Once I heard about it, I sat down by the child that was breathing fire and brimstone and we discussed what it really meant when you told someone you want them in hell.
Turns out he actually does NOT want his sister in hell.

I then went back into the kitchen and continued preparing supper. My 22-year old daughter, Rachel, was standing near me, cutting up the watermelon.
I spoke aloud and told her that parenting eight children is like playing Whack-a-Mole.
Seriously.

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Feed Your Spirit

Feed Your Spirit

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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As a mother, you have many concerns on your heart. You have much on your To Do List. You have much to think about. You are busy with many activities.

“It is good to learn new things but you should also have days when you allow what is already in you to swell up inside you until it touches everything. And you can feel it inside you. If you never take time to do that, if you just accumulate facts, they begin to rattle around inside of you. You can make noise with them, but never really feel anything with them. It’s hollow.” Mrs. Frankweiler from The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil Frankweiler.

Here’s the real truth of it: if you are out of sync and out of touch with that inner core of YOU, then you will not be able to touch others. It is only when we take the time to let what is already within us to swell up, touching everything, do we find who we really are and who we want to be.
That, for me, takes solitude.

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Knock if You Want to Stop Gossip

Knock if You Want to Stop Gossip

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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Okay, truth time.

Do you talk badly about other people?

I must admit that, even as a somewhat mature Christian, there are times when I talk about other people. But only the ones that annoy me.

Surely there is a clause in the Bible about gossip being acceptable if it is about annoying people.

I have tried to improve this fault of mine with varying success.

Then two kids of mine came home from college for the summer and I noticed something. They don’t talk poorly of others.

I can tell when they want to.

But they don’t.

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The Truth about Mothers of Toddlers

The Truth about Mothers of Toddlers

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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A long time ago, in 1997, I was 30 years old and the proud mother of one baby and two toddlers.

My husband and I had moved to Wichita from St. Louis and we had found some friends! Not only that, but those friends had invited us out.

Did you hear me? We, new people in town, were going OUT with new friends! All was right in my world.
I was giddy. Not that I hated being in, but my infant, Mitchell, had a gag protector that was flipping but not flapping and he projectile spit after every feeding. I changed his clothes about fifteen times per day.

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The Absolute Best Father’s Day Gift

The Absolute Best Father’s Day Gift

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 Absolute Best Father's Day GiftFather’s Day is the third Sunday of June. My husband, Russ, has been a daddy for 23 years. Fifteen years ago I started a tradition for Father’s Day; we began a Progressive Photo Album and it has been the ABSOLUTE BEST FATHER’S DAY GIFT.

I am not creative. Why did I do this? Out of guilt, really. I had several friends that scrap booked. I could not imagine putting that much time into a book. What happened if our house caught on fire and all that time went up in smoke?

But I had a ton of pictures, begging to be used. What to do?

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Why the Wichita Diocese has so Many Priests

Why the Wichita Diocese has so Many Priests

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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On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Bishop Carl A. Kemme of the Wichita Diocese ordained ten men to the transitional diaconate. God willing, those men, next May, will be ordained priests.

Just one week later, on Saturday, May 20, 2017, Bishop Kemme ordained ten men to the priesthood.

TWENTY.PRIESTS.IN.TWO.YEARS.

Twenty men have decided to follow Jesus no matter where He leads.

Which kind of begs the question,

what the heck is going on in the Wichita Diocese?

Why have so many men made this decision?

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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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