Several weeks ago, I invited a mom of six small children into my home. Why did I want her to come over? I wanted to see if an idea I had was realistic or too idealistic.
See, I had been thinking about our world. Our Church is in crisis. I know that we, Christian families, are called to be a domestic church. (Everything starts with the family, don’t you think?)
The idea inspired me to focus in a different way in my own home, to think more intentionally, to truly see my home as a real, live, active church. But would that idea “work” in all homes? Would it be inspirational to a mom of many littles?
I am an idealist, a writer and a mother. That means I am not only working on ways to improve Home Doerneman, I always feel compelled to write about that process. I love thinking about the different ways to actively create a strong and beautiful family culture.
Now that my 8 children are older (and can all flush and brush by themselves), I have even more time to write but I don’t want to lose a sense of reality. That’s the danger, you know? I believe it is probably incredibly easy to lose sight of the juice-spilling, head banging stage.
Knowing that, I invited Hannah Arnold, mom of six children (in eight years), to come into my home and chat with me for an hour or so. I wanted to get her pulse and see if the ideas that I had in my head would float in her water.
Friends. As a mom of eight children, I have had some long years of mothering. However, I am beyond happy because I am now hitting The Reward Stage. My two girls (number 5 & 6) just graduated from high school. They are maturing and becoming. It is glorious to witness.
Two of my sons were married this year. Another is engaged. In my last post, I highlighted a bit about my son Mitchell’s new wife, Lucy. I wanted you to know her and be blessed by her witness. Read that post: Love, Marriage, and a Great Toast to Mothers Everywhere.
When my son Mitchell was leaving high school he told us that he was going to enter the seminary.
Now, that didn’t surprise me, at least on some levels. Mitch has this unique way about him; I once had a group of older women over for brunch and Mitch spent about an hour with us. Several of them told me later that they sort of wanted to confess their life story to Mitch. He has kind eyes and a safe-place-to-land type of heart.
So I knew he had some personality traits that would lend themselves quite well to the priesthood.
Friends, I love this life so very much. I love having eight children and I love that those eight children are older now and “making their way” in life. I have kids getting married and graduating from all sorts of places. That makes me happy.
My main focus in life is my family. And we have a busy May, with some monumental life changes happening. So that is why my blogging and other projects will slow down for a bit. I know you understand. That’s what we mothers must do.
Today's blog post is not written. I simply sat down at my microphone and recorded.
I did that because, truthfully, I have had kids home for days on end and I have not made the time to write this post. But I had some thoughts that I wanted to share, so I just shot from the hip. I hope you like this style of communicating.
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Lent begins Wednesday, February 17, 2021, and whether you are a Catholic or a non-Catholic Christian, it is a time to prepare yourself (and yours) for the Big Mystery: the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.
Now, for sure, there have been some Lenten experiences in my life that weren’t really well thought out. I was most likely in survival mode with my little family and well, that was just how it was, you know?
But now that my 8 kids can all flush and brush all by themselves, it’s nice to sit back and actually PLAN how we want to enter Lent.
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We (Lori/Eric Doerneman, mother/son duo at The Parenting Dare) are going to be delving into some deep areas this year, areas surrounding the challenges of raising children in today’s crazy world. Before we delve into those deeper waters, we thought it would be prudent to take a week or two and simply focus on the Heart of the Home: the mother.
One big theme we are going to be unpacking is how to parent from a place of love versus fear, which will change how you act and interact with your child/ren.
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This year my son Eric and I are going to be going into some deeper waters with our ministry The Parenting Dare. We feel called to really delve and will be going through a blog series entitled “Raising Strong Children in Today’s World.”
Before we get there, I thought it would be wise to take a couple of weeks and just explore the inner landscape of us moms. If you think about it, stepping back and getting some things in order is important because how we feel about ourselves shows up in how we talk, act and breath in our home and with our most favorite people!
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My son Eric and I have worked together in the ministry of "The Parenting Dare" and we both know it is time to go deeper with parents in the realm of raising strong kids in our culture. Before we go in that direction, we felt it would be prudent (because of all of the crazy that has happened in the last eleven months) to take a couple of weeks and attend to the inner hearts of MOTHERS.
This post is one in a series of four where I will invite you to look deeper into you.
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