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Author Archives: Lori

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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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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