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Author Archives: Lori

A Birthday Prayer for My 13-Year-Old

My baby girl turned 13 yesterday. She’s officially a teenager. There’s something about having your youngest child enter her teens. Childhood in your house is officially over. You’ve got five years left until they’re 18. When my girls were babies, people told me the time would fly. I didn’t understand then what they meant. Sure there … Continue reading »

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Embracing Your Season

The sun is shining, and it’s warm here today. We’re probably still in for some more cold weather, but it’s clear the seasons are changing. Spring is on its way. My writing in this space has been sparse lately. Those little girls in the header picture at the top of the page aren’t so little … Continue reading »

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When You Don’t Know What to Do

I have this daughter. She’s 12. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s compassionate. She’s stubborn. She’s challenging. She sees the world through a lens I don’t have and marches to a beat I don’t hear. And she is, oh, so hard to parent. She makes me think hard every day. She makes me question whether I’m … Continue reading »

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When You’re Too Tired for Christmas

Christmas is in four days. My house is decorated. My kids are excited. And I am tired. This year has worn me out. 2015 has been a long, hard slog from January to December. Every time I thought we had conquered the mountain in front of us, we reached the peak to find a taller … Continue reading »

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The End of Me

The FTC requires that I tell you that I received the book The End of Me for free in exchange for a review, and I was compensated with a gift certificate. The opinions in this blog are my own, and I would never recommend something to you that I don’t love myself. With the formalities … Continue reading »

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When You’re Not “Fine”

This space has been empty for a while. Life has been crazy — some of the good kind of crazy, and it seems like more of the bad kind. I’m kind of to the point where I’m almost afraid to get out of bed in the morning to find out what new crisis is going … Continue reading »

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Something to Sing About

I could hear her saying something as I buckled the baby into the shopping cart. Okay, so it was actually more like yelling but bless it if I could even tell. I had totally crossed over into the Mom-Zone. You know, the place where the world could be ending but all you hear is the … Continue reading »

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When Mom Isn’t Enough

“I didn’t get invited to the birthday party.” “My friends were mean to me at lunch today.” “Everyone else has a date to the dance.” Any one of those statements is designed to break a mom’s heart. And over the 14 years I’ve been raising two girls, I’ve heard each of those and many more. … Continue reading »

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10 Things I Wish My Kids Knew

In our house, we’re in the midst of the tough pre-teen and teen years. The easy days are few and far between. If it’s not one child having a crisis, it’s the other. Hormone-induced tears are a part of nearly every day. Some days I’m my girls’ best friend, and others, I’m the worst mom … Continue reading »

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Not So Picture Perfect

  Once upon a time I loathed being the girl in the photograph. I hid behind so and so. I offered to take the picture. Or I’d excuse myself to the restroom to the point I’m sure everyone in my family thought I had a bladder problem. This at a time when I was the … Continue reading »

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