For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Friday, December 30, 2011
I promise that even though it took me so long to blog about it, it WAS really fun. Mostly because it was warm. Like Nike shorts and a tshirt kind of warm.
It was pretty depressing to fly back into Atlanta where it was cold.
I didn’t bring my camera on the trip, so all photos were taken by my mom. She’s pretty much the best.
We didn’t take many pictures because we were busy relaxing. But, Mom did bring the camera when we drove down to Key West.
These are some pictures from the Southernmost Point. Interesting fact. At this point in Key West, you are closer to Cuba than Miami. I tried to talk Desmond into going for a little swim- I mean, 90 miles isn’t THAT far- but he wasn’t interested.
There were chickens everywhere in Key West. Apparently they are native or special or something, so the people that live there aren’t allowed to remove them or anything. Desmond decided to go run out in the street and chase one around a bit.
We couldn’t go to Key West without having some Key Lime Pie! We visited a little shop that Bobby Flaw did a throwdown at one time. Can you tell that we are huge Food Network fans in our house?
We saw a pretty sunset.
And we saw some street performers. Let me just say- Key West is crazy. Like voodoo lady and drag show kind of crazy. Not exactly family friendly. But, it was fun to go on an adventure.
We stayed at a little place called Hawk’s Cay.
Desmond did a SNUBA lesson the morning we left. He thought it was the coolest, even though it was just in swimming pool.
Then, we drove back to Miami so that we could catch our flight out in the morning!
Overall, I’d say it was a good vacation. I mean, it was warm. It’s hard to eat gluten-free on vacation though, so I ended up sick a few times. We flew back on Christmas Eve, so the Miami airport was crazy. The culture of entitlement at resorts isn’t something I’m fond of. I missed southern accents. Fun? Yes.
How do you balance things though? How do you deal with watching African-American and Latino workers board a bus to Miami every night (in a scene that looked eerily like “The Help”?) How do you deal with seeing all the strip clubs as you drive down the road knowing that it is likely that sex slaves are trapped there? Girls that have been promised a future in America that were tricked? It’s hard to look at people spending so much money on vacations knowing that there are children starving across the street. It’s hard when you know what you ought to be doing conflicts with what you are doing. How do you find balance in your life?
Monday, December 26, 2011
Merry Christmas! I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas Day celebrating the birth of our Savior and spending time with family and friends.
I love Christmas jammies pictures. They make me smile and I love looking at them year after year.
Last week, my family and I spent some time in the Keys. Vacations are fun. Especially when they mean 80 degree days and laying out in swimsuits. Obviously, I didn’t want to post all the details on here before we went (just in case one of you dear friends is really a creepy old man that wants to break into my house or kidnap me). But, now that we are home again, I decided that some details could be shared. I’m still editing up some pictures, but here’s a sneak peek into last week!
Saturday, December 24, 2011
What kind of old memories do you have of Christmas morning growing up?
Friday, December 23, 2011
Things to Note:
- I really could read. Promise cross my heart. I was super genius. But, have you ever tried to read presents with names written in cursive on them? I thought so. You understand my predicament then.
- My nightgown was handmade by my Mom. She had loads more time to do crafty things before the boys came along. Which means I better sew all I can when I have first future child because I won't have time when the others come along.
- My nightgown's pattern was not upside down like my cat dress a few days ago. I'm pretty sure someone didn't want all my clothes to have upside down pictures. That would just be awkward.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
- I was in awe that I got a "Teddy Bear Tamp". I didn't know that punches held that much excitement.
- What mother gives a three year old an ink pad? Mine. It's either because I was a super responsible child or that I was the firstborn and therefore could do no wrong. This was in the days before the boys came along. Thus, this super responsible child got an ink pad for Christmas.
- Little Mermaid was the coolest Disney Princess ever back then. She was even on my birthday cake when I turned four.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
- I had a stutter. It's definitely because it was so smart that my mouth couldn't keep up with my brain. If you notice, sometimes I still get a little caught up in my words when I think to fast. Sorry, it's a smart people thing.
- I wasn't real great at sharing. But, I was all into people sharing with me.
- Daddy gets clamps every year for Christmas now. Most of the time, it's just a joke. But, it all goes back to the Christmas when he told me "Lauren, you can never have too many clamps". Daddy liked working in the shop and building stuff.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Things to note in the video:
- My dress has upside-down cats on it. Originally, it was supposed to be right-side up ones like normal people have. But, seeing as my mom sewed, it didn't turn out that way. We're not going to mention who's error of judgement that was- but I wanted the cats facing me so I could look at them right-side up. Yep. I was that girl.
- My theology is horribly incorrect. Let it be known that after taking a course in Christian Theology, I can assure you that my belief that "Everybody loves Jesus, because Jesus loves me and I'm the princess" was definitely heretical. Shh. Don't mention my past to future employers. I was FIVE for goodness sake!
- I wrote my song myself.
- I choreographed that dance at the end myself. (Myself being the girl that dropped out of dance class every time her mother signed her up for it and the girl who had absolutely no rhythm.)
- Video services provided by Daddy. We didn't have webcams back in 1995. I'm not even sure we had the web?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
- A Mommy.
- A Princess.
- A Disney Princess (like at the parks!).
- A Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher.
- A Children's Director.
- A Children's Ministry Curriculum Writer. (Is that what they're called? I don't really know. But, I'd love to write curriculum)
- A Cupcake Shop Owner.
- Run an "Imagination Shop".
- Work for Compassion.
- A Social Worker.
- A Campaign Manager. (Haha. I know. Lauren + Politics= Dangerous.)
- A Footie Pajama Designer.
- A Footie Pajama Model.
- A Cupcake Taste-Tester.
- A Nanny.
- A Writer.
- An Etsy Shop Owner.
- The Person That Comes Up With TLC Shows
- Hannah Montana. (That's a joke...promise?)
- A "Baby-Rocker" at an Orphanage (That's ROCKER, not ROBBER)
- A Wedding Planner.
- A College Professor.
- A Bridal Boutique Owner.
- A Professional Monogrammer.
- A Baby Panda Trainer.
- The Person on "Extreme Home Makeover" That Leads the Crowd in Saying "Move That Bus!"
- A Fairy Godmother.
- The Wish Giver-Outer for Make-A-Wish
- Abby Cadabby. Fancy Nancy. Or Pinkalicious.
- A Clown. (I know that sounds creepy. But, I just want to hand out the balloons. I'd be a nice, non-creepy clown. Promise.)
- One of Santa's Elves at Christmastime at the Mall.
- A Tiara Tester.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I've realized that I need to get over myself, because there's people out there--at least I'm pretty sure--that don't always want to see a shimmering little life where my nails are always an unchipped You Don't Know Jacques and my new little Atlanta home looks like Pinterest knocked on my door and said "GIRL, get out da way I'm here to decorate." And where it's really easy to be 23-and-a-half because you were pretty good at college and then lived by yourself on the road for a year. This stage is more like the junior high of adulthood. And that's okay!
Monday, December 5, 2011
- We're going to do a bullet point list today because that's really as far as my brain can go.
- I had my first final today. Professor showed up 30 minutes late, but it only took me 5 minutes because it was easy. That's good, right?
- I watched Eloise at Christmastime this morning. It's pretty much my favorite Christmas movie.
- On another related note, I watched Rudolph and Polar Express tonight. I promise I'm studying Mom.
- I have about 1/2 of my Theology study guide done and that's not even until Wednesday.
- So, I started a gluten-free experiment last week.
- Hence the reason I have a bunch of gluten free pins on Pinterest.
- I already feel somewhat better, but it's hard to tell. I'm pretty sure I'm sticking with it though.
- I miss cupcakes the most. I'm going to have to make some GF ones ASAP. Come on Gigi's, get with the picture and make some yummy gluten free food for me.
- Oh- and mexican food. I had a Moe's craving today. And Pizza Hut- don't get me started on that one. The dough...
- I'm pretty sure that I'm about to go to sleep. I've been in jammies all day and in bed for most of it too. But, I was productive (aforementioned study guide + finishing a term paper).
- I really need some Christmas socks.
- I'm feeling more than slightly nerdy today. Bahaha.
- If you haven't heard of Nicole's "Big Give", you need to check out her blog ASAP. Pronto. Um, go!
- And...goodnight. :)