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Author Archives: Lori

3 Things That Matter Most in Parenting

I took my older daughter to St. Louis this weekend for a soccer tournament. Her team lost the game that decided who would go to the finals. After two great games, they really didn’t play well in the last game. I took home a frustrated and sore young lady. As we were making the four-hour … Continue reading »

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What Are You Feeding Your Kids?

Yesterday at my moms’ group, we were talking about how to teach your kids about God. Most of the girls at my table have younger children than mine, so the talk revolved around story Bibles and object lessons. We did a lot of those things when the girls were younger, and they made an impact. … Continue reading »

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Don’t Wait

I believe in the power of words. Words can help and heal or they can hurt and harass. It’s up to us which one they do. On Sunday, the lesson in the middle school service was about the power of words to help and encourage other people. It’s an important lesson for all of us. … Continue reading »

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Grace and Love in a Lolaloopsy Cup

A friend of mine brought me a party on Thursday. She brought cookies, pink polka dot napkins, a Lolaloopsy cup with a striped straw (for the milk to go with my cookies), a princess tiara, and some Mardi Gras beads to dress me up. She didn’t bring me a party because it was my birthday … Continue reading »

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A Farewell to Cones

April means rain around these parts. And when I say rain, I mean rain. Imagine dogs and cats and then triple… No, wait. Quadruple it. We spend most of our month in soggy socks, walking on dirt-smeared floors and invariably waiting ‘til the eleventh hour to search for an umbrella. This usually leads to shrieking … Continue reading »

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What Our Kids Learn from Our Mistakes

I was at my moms’ group yesterday for the first time in a month. Between illness and spring break, I hadn’t made it in a while, and I was really looking forward to seeing some friends and enjoying some time to focus on God. About halfway through our meeting though, I got a message from … Continue reading »

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When the Day Goes Bad

Yesterday was a long day. It started with a frantic call from a neighbor needing some help, ended with being an hour early for hockey practice because I got the time wrong, and in the middle, I ended up with some smashed fingers from the front door blowing shut as I was trying to close … Continue reading »

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Dealing with Mean Words

This video came across my Facebook feed yesterday: For those of you who aren’t science fiction nerds, Wil Wheaton played Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the ’90s. He gave this answer at a Comicon gathering, which is a large convention for lovers of all things SciFi. The answer he gave to … Continue reading »

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Update on Sara

It’s been a busy morning around here. I didn’t get up in time to write something new. I’m trying to get my daughter in to see a doctor about her foot that doesn’t seem to want to get any better. So between making lunches, combing hair and getting everyone out the door, this post hasn’t … Continue reading »

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Moms Need Friends, Too

The girls and I went to the arboretum the other day with some friends. We spent hours there walking around. The kids explored the stream bed, watched birds and climbed rocks. My friend and I had a couple of hours to catch up with each other. This has been a whirlwind year. Between homeschooling, working … Continue reading »

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