Hi, I’m Lauren. I’ve been blogging here since 2009 – back when this was a journal of sorts. Then it became more of a community, and here we are today! I grew up in a military home which makes the question, “Where are you from?” tricky. I was born in Maine, lived in Bermuda, Monterrey, San Diego, the D.C. area, Va Beach, and the Shenandoah Valley. Every military kid is different and in one family you might have 3 different kids give 3 different answers to where they consider “home” to be. I currently live in the lovely Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, but “home” is still Southern California.
I’m a writer. I’ve authored one book, am currently working on my second, and have a rough outline for my third. I write about faith and loss and motherhood and adoption and hope and community and more.
I spend most of my time taking care of my two beautiful children. It’s a special gift that I’m able to work from home. After years of infertility and two miscarriages we chose the path of adoption. Our children were both born in Ethiopia and then came home with us in 2011 (Mareto) and 2012 (Arsema). They bring me more joy and hope than I ever imagined possible. We love their heritage and consider it a special responsibility to honor that heritage in our home and lives.
My husband was a Youth Pastor, and is now a Chaplain at a military college. I have a love/hate relationship with being a pastor’s wife. Ministry is hard. But then, so is life.
I cry a lot. My tears aren’t always sad: I also cry when I’m extra excited or happy, when I’m totally overwhelmed, when I’m tired, when I’m moved by a story of resilience, when I’m angry, or when I’m talking about something that just matters to me so much.
I’m a 9 (Peacemaker) on the Enneagram and an INFJ which surprises my family (parents and siblings) who don’t think I’m introverted at all.
Sometimes I’m asked to speak, which always makes me nervous but I say yes anyway.
I don’t know what brought you here, but I’m glad you came. I hope you find encouragement, hope, and maybe even a little peace.