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Author Archives: Lori

Lessons from Teenagers on Friendship

Most of you know that earlier this month, my older daughter spent four days in the hospital with meningitis. I blogged about the change in perspective it brought here. While we were in the hospital, though, I learned something else. I knew my daughter had some great friends. I knew that they enjoyed all the … Continue reading »

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The Measure of Success

I turn 41 today. And to be honest, I’m having a really hard time with this birthday. I didn’t have any trouble at all with turning 40 last year. I’ve always had the opinion that age is just a number. But this year, I think I’ve let the world’s definition of success creep in and … Continue reading »

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A Change in Perspective

We’ve had a rough start to summer around here. My older daughter spent the first week of June in the hospital with meningitis. It was a long, scary week that fortunately for us ended with a healthy kid. But I discovered during the past two weeks that there’s nothing like a sudden crisis to put … Continue reading »

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A Birthday Prayer for My 14-Year-Old

The child who made me a mom turns 14 today. I’m not really sure where the years have gone. It’s hard to believe the amazing young lady standing in front of me today is the same pixie-haired, wide-eyed toddler of just a few years ago. She has become a young lady that I am proud … Continue reading »

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When Parenting Just Stinks

Sometimes, being the parent just stinks. Watching your kids walk through difficult circumstances, watching their hearts break, watching their dreams shatter — none of that is fun. My mom once told me that something I was going through hurt her more than it hurt me. I didn’t believe her then. But after doing this parenting … Continue reading »

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Living Summer Day by Day

My kids got out of school last Thursday, and we left town for the Indy 500 that afternoon. We got home yesterday, which makes this the first real day of summer my kids have had. My younger daughter is currently lazing around in her pajamas, and my older one is still asleep (and probably will … Continue reading »

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The Teen Years Don’t Look Like I Thought They Would

The other day, a boy told my older daughter that she’s beautiful. I don’t disagree with the sentiment, and I like the boy. But when I heard that, I looked at my daughter, and I wondered where the days went. I wonder when this young lady standing in front of me grew up. I wonder … Continue reading »

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Why We Shouldn’t Fight Our Kids’ Battles for Them

A couple of weeks ago, my older daughter chose to have a very difficult conversation with her soccer coach. She was struggling on the field, and she felt like if her coach made a few changes in the way he was coaching her that it would make a big difference in how she played. But … Continue reading »

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Beautiful Together

Her sweet little hand grabbed tightly onto mine as she brought a piece of paper right up to my nose and said proudly, “This is me and you, Mommy. You are making me all better.” “From what?” I asked. “From this, of course,” as she shoved a little thumb in my general direction and pointed … Continue reading »

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What Defines Your Child?

If you’ve read this blog for very long at all, you know we’re a sports family. Both girls are heavily involved in sports, and they take up a big chunk of our time and budget. I love that my girls play sports. I truly believe that being on a team and competing has huge benefits … Continue reading »

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