Hi, I’m Lauren. I am a child of the 80’s and 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 is a Chaplain at a military college after spending four years in seminary and as a Youth Pastor. Being a pastor’s wife is a weird feeling, mainly because growing up I thought the wives of all my pastors were perfect and basically Mrs. Claus… and I am so not.
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. It might also be a bit of shifting hormones… I had a total hysterectomy at 32. You can read about that here.
I’m a 9 (Peacemaker) on the Enneagram and an INFJ. I love making my house a home and am perfectly happy in an old paint-stained sweatshirt, painting the walls or a piece of furniture. I am also pretty minimalistic so you won’t find a lot of clutter or “stuff” in my house.
I’m a wife, a mom, and a friend. I am deeply loyal and struggle with panic and anxiety. I am a Christian and try to live out Matthew 6:33-34, but fail daily. Mostly my life journey so far has taught me about grace and pain and hope and redemption.
Life is hard, but good.