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Author Archives: Lori

Nobody Told Me It Would Be Lonely

I’ve been told a lot of things about having a teenager. I was warned about the hormone swings. I was told about the attitude. I was given great advice about choosing my battles. But nobody told me it would be lonely. Nobody told me that many of my mom friends would go back to work … Continue reading »

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Do Over Review and Giveaway

I received an advance copy of Do Over from  Family Christian and an appreciation certificate in exchange for a fair and honest review of this book. The opinions contained in this review are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. I spend a lot of time in this space talking about my role as … Continue reading »

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Glimpses of the Future

My younger daughter was walking to the mailbox. She had on shorts, her hockey warm-up jacket and a St. Louis Blues hat with her hair in a pony tail. I looked at her and was overwhelmed by how much I love this young lady who is truly her own person. My older daughter was sitting … Continue reading »

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What Happens When Mom Has a Meltdown?

This post contains affiliate links. I had a big meltdown the other day. There was nothing big that started it. Just one more expectation placed on me by my family that become one expectation too many. And it took me two full days to work my way out of my funk. Because this life thing … Continue reading »

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Here, Let Me

A few Sundays ago, the crew and I tried a new eatery in town. We laughed. We cried. We bonded. Okay, okay, I exaggerate. We really just gorged ourselves with ridiculously good burgers that only one person refused to eat. And that, my friends, is what we like to call an “eating out” win. So … Continue reading »

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It’s About the Big Picture

My younger daughter walked onto the stage for her choir concert on Monday night, and I didn’t recognize her. It wasn’t because she was wearing a costume or because she looked all that different. It was the distance. We were sitting near the back of the auditorium, and from that distance, it was hard to … Continue reading »

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Women Are Scary Review and Giveaway

I received a review copy of Women are Scary from Family Christian along with an appreciation certificate. The opinions expressed here, though, are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links. Women are scary. When I received a book with that title from Family Christian, I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to … Continue reading »

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What Do You Do When You Fail as a Parent?

Yesterday I sent my younger daughter to school in tears, and I came home a shed a few of my own. We had a really busy weekend — three hockey games (one at 6:45 a.m.), church and softball practice. By the end of the weekend everyone was tired and crabby. And Monday morning, my daughter … Continue reading »

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Let’s Talk about Sex

Our church is having a purity event tonight for the student ministry. Neither of my girls is going for a variety of reasons, but the event itself has led to some fruitful conversations with my older daughter. My 13-year-old daughter isn’t even really thinking about sex. She’s just now learning how to be friends with … Continue reading »

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The Truth about the Proverbs 31 Woman

For a long time after I became a mom I tried to live up to this vision I had in my head of being the perfect wife and mom. You know, the mom that had it all together — perfectly dressed kids, dinner on the table every night, clean clothes always in the drawers and … Continue reading »

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