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Author Archives: Lori

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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One Easy Day

I sat on my front porch the other day, looked at the sky and prayed this prayer: “Lord, can I have one easy day? Please?” I’d been trying to navigate through the waters of a kid recovering from surgery while dealing with some other drama in her life and dealing with the other child who … Continue reading »

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10 Things to Teach Your Kids about Texting and Social Media

  My kids are 12 and 14, and they have their own cell phones. The deal around here is that when you go to middle school, you get a cell phone. When you turn 13, you get limited and monitored access to social media. Your phone is always subject to being monitored by mom or … Continue reading »

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When Your Child is Drowning in the Tough Stuff

My 14-year-old daughter has taken a beating in the past few weeks. She’s been sick for so long that she doesn’t remember what it feels like to feel well (she had her tonsils taken out yesterday, so hopefully, she’ll be on the mend soon). She’s learned about the ups and downs of a relationship with … Continue reading »

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Why Target Taking Down a Few Signs Doesn’t Bother Me

I wasn’t going to write this post. I usually like to stay away from controversial subjects in this space. But I found that after thinking about it for a while and praying about it that I feel the need to write about it. What is it, you ask? It’s Target’s announcement that they are moving … Continue reading »

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Jesus, Please…

Life around here has been a bit of doozy. You know that tummy-twirling ride where you spin and spin and spin and the floor drops out? Yeah, that’s pretty much our summer. And the grand total of my contribution to my children’s spiritual and educational enrichment? My mad skills and ability to push play on … Continue reading »

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Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Parenting — The Rest of the Story

A little over a week ago, I wrote this post about not letting fear rule your parenting. The next day, I got a phone call from my 14-year-old daughter in Ecuador saying her throat felt like it did when she had an abscess in it. If you want to know fear, send your child to a … Continue reading »

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Don’t Let Fear Rule Your Parenting

A little over 12 years ago, I sat in a doctor’s office and was presented with the fact that the baby I was holding in my arms shouldn’t be here. I was told that 99% of babies with her particular health issues miscarried before they were born. In the weeks that followed, as a young … Continue reading »

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