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Author Archives: Lori

Body & Soul Review (and giveaway)

This post contains affiliate links. I have two girls in my house who take their sports seriously. A great portion of our time and money is invested in our daughters’ playing sports. And that’s OK. Our girls love their sports. They’re passionate about playing. They learn great things like how to be a leader, how … Continue reading »

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Christmas Priorities

Our Christmas tree is up and there are lights on the outside of our house. That’s about the extent of the Christmas decorating that has happened here at our house. I’m thinking I might get some more decorations out this afternoon, but I might not get there. And that’s OK. Usually by Dec. 8, Christmas … Continue reading »

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I wrestle with little white lights to cover the burnt-out section of a well-loved tree… And I find fingerprints. I squeeze underneath the bristly branches as the bell on the skirt sings a jingle jangle… And I find fingerprints. I hang each stocking marked with silver, glitter-splotched letters from berries of red… And I find … Continue reading »

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4 a.m. Mommy Moments

It’s 4 a.m. It’s dark and cold, and I should be sleeping. I’ve been awake for an hour. It’s one of those middle-of-the-night mommy moments when the weight of the challenges facing my daughters is keeping me awake. My older daughter is struggling to recover from an ankle injury and adjust to a new soccer … Continue reading »

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6 Steps to Help Your Child Deal With Difficult Situations

Two weeks ago, my older daughter was blindsided by a decision that adults had made. That decision affected a really big part of her life in a really big way. It caused a lot of hurt and frustration for my daughter that we are still dealing with. It forced my daughter to accept a new … Continue reading »

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Everyday Christmas

I had a great time today speaking to the ladies at the MOPS group at Lawrence Free Methodist church about how to incorporate Jesus into our existing Christmas traditions. If you’re looking for a Christmas devotional, check out my e-book Everyday Christmas, which offers food for your soul and some great ideas about how to … Continue reading »

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Something Precious

I have a mommy confession. Wait. Scratch that. It’s more like I have a mommy obsession. Every fall, I find myself in valiant pursuit of that one precious all-the-children picture. And every year, there is one backdrop that has never let me down… The Weston Red Barn Farm. It’s rustic and charming and surrounded by … Continue reading »

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Dealing with Suicide

It’s been a tough week around here. Two junior girls on the soccer team at our local high school committed suicide over the weekend. Neither of my daughters knew them, but my older daughter knows people who did. And the fact that they were girls who are very much like my older daughter has really … Continue reading »

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Is Your Love Dependent on Your Child’s Performance?

I made a parenting mistake this weekend. And my daughter called me on it. We were at my daughter’s very early morning, very cold soccer game. She was struggling with it being her first game back after several weeks off for an injury. The field was wet, and the ball was skipping. She went to … Continue reading »

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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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