Let’s Stop the Crazy Train. Take the Dare.

Let’s Stop the Crazy Train. Take the Dare.






When I was in grade school a teacher was walking down the hall in a green dress. It had a zipper in the front, but it had obviously broken. As she walked towards me, I saw her black slip. I knew she would want to know. So I walked up to her and said, “Mrs. Tenopir, your zipper broke.” She looked down, horrified. She ran home in her trench coat (she lived three doors down from school) and came back,…

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Got Romas? Make Fresh Salsa!

Got Romas? Make Fresh Salsa!






Several years ago our family investigated and then invested in Square Foot Gardening. The first year we had a BUMPER crop of everything we planted. It was crazy. Last  year we ate cucumbers every day for weeks. We had a ton of carrots. We grew lots of lettuce. Tomatoes? Well, my garden yielded a total of four tomatoes. And those were harvested in NOVEMBER. I talked to many gardeners and they said they had the same dismal experience, due to the colder…

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Creating a Marriage that Inspires

Creating a Marriage that Inspires






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…

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When a Mama Has Needs

When a Mama Has Needs






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…

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Your Kid Screwed Up. Now What?

Your Kid Screwed Up. Now What?






On Monday of this week, my oldest son, Eric, and I gave a talk to a large group of young adults here in Wichita. The group: Theology on Tap. Our topic: The Brain and Porn Addiction. During the presentation, I shared my version of how I raised Eric and then he shared “the rest of the story.” I didn’t know my kid had a porn habit. When I found out, I handled it well. I cried for two weeks. I…

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How God Grows Mothers

How God Grows Mothers






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….

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How to Not Eat Sugar

How to Not Eat Sugar






I was given a super effective tool on how to NOT EAT SUGAR in tempting situations. The tool was given to me by Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson of Bright Line Eating. Susan taught me many things in her free 14-Day Challenge. One of the most long-lasting strategies: she helped me change my identity in regards to sugar. Say what? Let me explain. If someone offered me a cigarette, I’d easily say, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.” I would not say, “Oh, dang,…

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“Can I Take the Car?”

“Can I Take the Car?”






I am in love with my children. I have been with them, moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. FOR YEARS. I have fed and watered them. I have changed their diapers, I have made them countless meals. I have loved them through all the ups, downs and sideways of life. One of my jobs as their mommy is to keep them safe. I have done that, at least for the most part. And then they turn 16 and…

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Daring to Parent

Daring to Parent






My husband, Russ, and I have eight children, ages ranging from 8-23. Our parenting has radically changed over the years. We are now DARING TO PARENT. I will make an extremely important point about why it had to change, but first, Russ and I are blessed to have several go-to priests. Their hearts are set on God and they have a relentless pursuit of all that is good and holy. They are also fun and we love to hang out with…

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Feed Your Spirit

Feed Your Spirit






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,…

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