The Absolute Best Father’s Day Gift

The Absolute Best Father’s Day Gift






Father’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.

7 (easy) Words That Will Change How You Pray for Others

7 (easy) Words That Will Change How You Pray for Others






I am a cradle Catholic, meaning I’ve been Catholic my whole life. I am loud but my prayer life is quiet. That’s how we Catholics, by and large, roll. My daughter, Rachel, just finished her third year at a private Christian (non-Catholic) college. Her journey has been perfect for her and I am incredibly grateful for those people that have built into my daughter. Her Christian friends do NOT only pray privately, they pray straight on up to Jesus Himself,…

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Why the Wichita Diocese has so Many Priests

Why the Wichita Diocese has so Many Priests






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…

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8th Grade Promotion and Mama Tears

8th Grade Promotion and Mama Tears






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.

The Daughter Dare

The Daughter Dare






Dear Mother of Daughters ranging from ages 11-14, You are invited to take THE DAUGHTER DARE. First, let me tell you my story. When I was mothering my first teenage daughter, I believed that it would be a difficult time and I parented as “the heavy.” I didn’t invest. I was not proactive. I guess I thought she’d just morph into what I expected of her. It wasn’t the prettiest time of our lives.

Eric is NOT Getting Married!

Eric is NOT Getting Married!






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…

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My Mistake in Raising Teens

My Mistake in Raising Teens






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….

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May 1st is About LIVING

May 1st is About LIVING






Today is May 1st. I love, love, love May 1st. This is the day that has given me an extreme amount of insight. This is the day that asks me to step back and take the long view: Am I living my life to the fullest, using all of the gifts God has given me? Am I processing my feelings and communicating with others or am I numbing my way through life? Am I seeking God and His Will? Am…

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How to Make Stromboli

How to Make Stromboli






Last week my son, Mitch, was home from college. He is our Stromboli Maker. Last Friday he made five loaves of it, one for a friend and four for our family of ten. (Plus we had guests!) My husband walked in the door after work and about died of happiness when the smell of baking Stromboli hit his senses. I have been eating Whole 30 with no sugar and flour. Our meals have been super clean. Russ literally hugged and…

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Mothers are Amazing!

Mothers are Amazing!






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

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