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Author Archives: Lori

Lessons from a Blue October

My kids went to bed late last night. And they went to bed sad. Our team lost the World Series by one run. I don’t know how many of you readers are local, but this town that we live in has been on a wild, crazy ride with our hometown Royals for the past month. … Continue reading »

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5 Things Your Middle-Schooler Needs

I have two daughters in middle school, and I have to tell you, this middle school thing is tough. From the social to the academic to swimming in PE, there’s more drama in one day than I need in a lifetime. As my daughters work their way through middle school, I’m reminded that while so … Continue reading »

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The Small Moments Matter

I’m going to the World Series tomorrow night. I’m a little excited. Not because I’m a lifelong Royals fan. (I’m not. My first love is the Red Sox, but after living in Kansas City for 20 years, I’ve become a Royals fan as long as they’re not playing the Sox.) Not because it’s the World … Continue reading »

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A Mom’s Prayer

Here I am again, God. Here, on my knees. Asking for help. You see, I’ve got these two precious daughters that you somehow thought I was equipped to raise. The thing is, though, I’m kind of lost. One of them is struggling to see you, hear you and know you. She asks me questions like … Continue reading »

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They Don’t Need Supermom

I want to be supermom. I want to be able to do it all. I want to have cookies after school and homework without tears. I want to have a successful blog and write a book. I want to be a great writing teacher who inspires kids. I want to make nutritious dinners and have … Continue reading »

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First Friday: The Mess Upstairs

Life. Is. Messy. And nothing in its wake escapes this truth. Relationships. Faith. Circumstance. All that and more call out for us to wade into that which cannot be packaged into a pretty box or bound together with a neat and tidy bow. For years, I fought against it. I thought to be a mess … Continue reading »

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Sometimes We Need to Bench Our Kids

My older daughter played in a soccer tournament last weekend and had an experience she hasn’t had in a while. In her game on Friday night she spent a good bit of time on the bench. It’s been a long time since my daughter has to ride the pine. She had gotten to the point … Continue reading »

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5 Things I Want My Kids to Know About God

My girls are 11 and 13. They are both in the midst of trying to figure out who they are, who they want to be and how God fits into the mix. My older daughter has a giant faith. She believes with her whole heart that God can do anything. She has no trouble believing … Continue reading »

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A Square Peg Won’t Fit in a Round Hole

Square peg. Round hole. Two things that will never fit together. Yet sometimes, we try so hard to make that square peg fit in a round hole. There’s a scene in the movie Apollo 13 where the engineers in Houston had to figure out how to make a square air filter fit into a round … Continue reading »

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Whose Approval Are You Seeking?

I wear a lot of hats these days. I’m a wife. I’m a mom. I’m a writer. I’m an editor. I’m a teacher. I’m the primary chauffeur. I’m the cook. I’m the house cleaner. I’m the birthday party planner. I’m the keeper of the calendar. Of all those jobs, one of the most important is … Continue reading »

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