Blog Partayyy!!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I love a good blog party! 5 minutes for mom is hosting this one and it's sure to be F.U.N! Lot's of giveaways and new friends to be made! : ) Just click the button above to join in!

For all you who are new to my blog today I would love to give you a quick intro to who I am and what this blog is all about! : ) For those of you who have been following for awhile - there still might be a random tidbit to pick up! : )

First off, I'm Lauren ... this is me...

I'm a stay at home Youth Pastor's wife. For those of you who might wonder if I just watch soaps all day while I sit on the couch and eat bon bons... ha.ha. There's no time for that! Between serving my husband, keeping house, serving in ministry to the teens, doing Bible Studies for the girls, and several other odd jobs, I've got plenty to keep me occupied!

First on my list is being a helper to my amazingly wonderful husband John.  He is a full time Youth Pastor at our incredible church. He loves working with the teens and I love helping him! I also love being with the teen girls and planning things for them. John is also a full time seminary student. He's just finishing up his first year in the Master of Divinity program. That means he's one busy guy ... and handsome too... dontcha think?

My number one passion? Jesus Christ. I am head over heels and live each day with undying devotion to Him. He's the One who brought me life and picked me up out of the pit I'd jumped into. I owe everything to Him. He's also given me a purpose and direction for my life: to spread His love and compassion to as many as I can. This has taken on a few different meanings. 

I'm all about orphan care! ALL ABOUT IT! We're adopting a precious baby boy from Ethiopia and can't wait to meet him! We're hoping for sometime before Christmas this year to bring him home. This is our first time adopting and we love it so far! We've also been foster parents in the past and plan to do that again in the future. You'll get many adoption updates if you follow along here.

I also love love love to write and share Christ's love through my blog and through my articles for the amazing Exemplify Online Magazine. It's been such a fun and incredible journey. I write for the family channel over there and much of my focus is on infertility and pregnancy loss. I have vast experience with both. You'll find me writing about that occasionally here, too.

Other than that I am obsessed with  passionate about my home (cleaning, decorating, painting, rearranging, etc...) I love to sew, quilt, scrapbook, garden, paint, cook, and read! Old movies are my favorite veg-out activity. My favorite book is Little Women. I'll write about all this stuff every so often here, too.

So there's the run down... hope you decide to stick around for awhile because I LOVE to make new friends! If you want to get to know me a little more, check out to tabs at the top. "My Story" has more details about our journey toward parenthood and our experience with miscarriages and infertility. "Our Ethiopian Adoption" is about just that! If you want to send me an email, just click "Contact." And THANKS for stopping by ... you look lovely today! : )


He & Me + 3 said...

I have been around a while, so I knew most of the information you shared. You two are so precious. Praying for baby Tucker and your ministry.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Loved visiting your blog and am now a follower!

Jen said...

You're such an inspiration. I, too am a stay at home wife because we can afford too and because I cannot find a job. It's definitely a social stigma to live up too, but honestly I love it most days.
We, too are also struggling with fertility issues and have considered adopting but with the constant moving of the Marine Corps, we're quite limited. So, hopefully once we're stationed someplace for a longer than 2 years, we'll look deeper into it.
I'm praying for your lil man!


SnoWhite {Finding Joy in My Kitchen} said...

It was fun to learn more about you :)

Ashley said...

Glad you joined the party!

Michael and I are starting to consider adopting from Ethiopia! We are very excited!!!

I didn't know your husband went to Seminary! That's why we are moving to Louisville, my husband is going to start!

I am enjoying getting to know you!


Franchesca Cox said...

I heart your blog, Lauren!! :)

Kelly said...

Yay for blog parties!!! Isn't it crazy how people think stay at home wives and moms do nothing?! We never run out of things to do! :)

Hope you have a great day!

The Kirk Fam said...

Loved reading a bit more about you! I loved when my hubby went to seminary. It was some of the sweetest years of our marriage. I am so eager to get our new numbers...have you heard anything?? Trying not to be too impatient!

Barbie said...

Hi Lauren. So glad you jumped on the party wagon. I've been following your blog for a little while, but did learn some new things. Can't wait to meet your little boy when you bring him home! Blessings to you!

Cole said...

Enjoyed reading your blog today. So positive and inspirational. :)


Bonnie said...

Just stopping by from the UBP. Looking forward to reading your blog. :) God bless.


Critty said...

I always enjoy reading about you and your life :)

Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

Betty said...

I love your blog. Your love and faith in God flow from it. Thanks. I am passionate about God too. I am now following you on GFC. Good luck with your adoption. I will be praying for you. Our pediatrician just brought a sibling group of 3 home for Ethiopia right before Christmas.

Mrs. B said...

Hi! Nice to meet you, I'm MrsB!


Andrea said...

I love Little Women!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

i love this post! you just would totally be my friend in real life!!! especially with both of our hubby's being in full time ministry. happy weekend!

dealightfullyfrugal said...

Stopping by from the UBP-Have a great weekend.

Three Beautiful Children said...

Hi, stopping by from the UBP! Nice to meet you.


Layton Family Joy said...

soaps and bon bons - ha, we all wish!!

best of luck with the adoption!! I think that is absolutely wonderful!

from - UBP

Stacey said...

Hi there!

Visiting by way of UBP 2010 from http://imalazymom.blogspot.com/2010/04/welcome.html

It's nice to "meet" you!

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

I loved reading this! Thanks for introducing yourself. I stopped by from the UBP, and it sounds like we have a lot in common.

Congratulations on being an expectant mama; I pray the rest of your adoption journey goes well! :)


Brandi said...

Nice to meet ya! Lovely blog you have!


MommyTopics.com said...

Hi Lauren. I found you through the UBP! What a great site you have! I can't wait to do some more exploring! Come visit me too!
Party on!
Rachymommy - MommyTopics.com

Bridgette said...

Dropping in from the UBP to say HI! :)

bigguysmama said...

How exciting to be waiting for your son to come home and be with you! I'm sure you both are so excited. I bet it's fun to be able to write for a Christian magazine! Really feel at home at your site. Can't wait to see more.

~Mimi @ Woven by Words

Tracey said...

Visiting from the UBP2010; what a lovely blog you have! You sound like quite a busy lady! May God bless in the adoption journey you have undertaken!

Lauren said...

Hey Lauren I'm Lauren too :-) LOL I stopping by from the BLOG PARTY. I've just started reading through your blog and I already LOVE it!! A friend of mine is also adopting from Ethiopia. Nice to "meet" you.

Alicia said...

You know I think that you and your hubby are wonderful!

Tamara B. said...

Blowing in from the UBP to say hi :)

Jenn said...

Awesome! I always wanted to be a youth pastor's wife when I was younger!! :)

Hope you are having fun at the BLOG PARTY!

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by and say hi! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Your blog so touched my heart...so
glad that I stopped by

Party hopping and having a blast.....so many great blogs....I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
I am number....294 and 295.....Stop by and see me at either blog...Happy Saturday! PLUS I JUST PUT UP A SURPRSIE GIVEAWAY FOR TONIGHT. ......you still have time to enter
Blessings, Teresa

Theresa said...

I think its great that you stay at home and don't yet have children. Actually I dream of the day that will happen, lol. I love being home with my children and homeschooling them but there are certainly days when I think about how much I will get done and how much time I'll have for prayer or reading. :) I'll enjoy my children while I have them because already the years are moving so fast.


Lena said...

Happy UBP!! I am so excited to meet another soon-to-be adoptive mom! I am definietly going to follow your blog.

feel free to join my party!

or follow my adoption journey

Joyeful said...

Lauren, my favorite book is Little Women too! It's crazy how much we have in common! I heart your blog, dear. And being a youth pastors wife is nothing to sneeze at! Teens take a lot of time and attention!

Linda said...

Love your blog and your posts! You are so inspirational.I am looking forward to following you and getting to know you.
Please drop by my blog and hope to see you there!
Blessings and have a great day!

Cascia said...

Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.

The Healthy Moms

Katie said...

Hi Lauren, I love the Lauren shirts the Kristin made. They are super cute. You will have to get one soon (: Hope your doing well, what a cute picture of you in this post. Your so pretty!

Stephanie said...

Hi! I recently found your blog and enjoy reading about your journey! We are also adopting from ethiopia with CWA. I hope you bring your son or daughter home soon!

Rachel said...

I was so excited to find your blog on the UBP....I am an associate pastor's wife, and I'm excited to learn more about you through your blog!! Have a great party week! =)

Warren Baldwin said...

Hats off to your husband. I was a M.Div. student, too. Finished up (levelling) last year. Now, D.Min.?

I like your blog. I linked here from Steve's blog where he has your blog featured as a blog he reads.

I would like to ask you and your husband to do a guest post on my blog. You can do one together or separately. I'm asking readers to submit their favorite book on marriage(by email) with a 2 paragrpah summary on the book and one paragraph on how it was helpful to them. If you guys choose to participate your submission will probably run in about 3 or 4 weeks (I'm doing it on Mondays). The first of the series is posted now on Family Fountain.

Best to you and your husband in your ministry. Cheryl and I have been at it now for 28 years and wouldn't change it.


sanjeet said...

what a lovely blog you have! You sound like quite a busy lady!
post free classified ads

preschooljoy said...

Hey, appreciate your blog and your desire to honor the Lord through it! Found you through UBP10. Blessings!

Kathy C. said...


How fun to learn all this about you! You sound like someone I could hang out with. :)
I understand the bon-bon comment all too well, as I am often asked why I don't work now that my son is away from home...ugh...I WORK! I clean, cook, sew, love, garden, keep my home and hubby happy....that's a good kind of work and I wouldn't want any other. :)

Tina Hollenbeck said...

Hi, Lauren, from another Christian mom! I, too, have experienced miscarriage. I'm going to bookmark you and come back later after the hubbub of the UBP. I hope you will visit me (#225): http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/04/2010-ultimate-blog-party.html.

Kristen said...

Hi Lauren, you have such a lovely blog! I actually didn't come over from the Blog Party (although I did participate). I came over because I saw the "To Love Their Husbands" button on Kelly's blog (Joyful Adorations). I am now a follower and can't wait to read more!

You can stop by my blog if you'd like! www.BringingUpBenjamin.com

Have a great weekend!

e-Mom said...

I think we've met already, Lauren... but I just wanted to say Hi!

Just popping by today from the Internet Cafe, and I noticed you had a UBP10 party post up.

Come party with me at Susannah's {Kitchen} Aprons... or visit me at Chrysalis when you have time.

Blessings on you and your DH's ministry. LOVE it!


Mama D.'s Dozen said...

I look forward to reading more about your story. I LOVE your passion for all things godly.

Just want to tell you ... when I was 21 I was told I needed an immediate hysterectomy. I went to a 2nd doc. and he told me that he would hold off on surgery, but that I had a 2% chance to ever get pregnant. Then ... the Lord stepped in, and I gave birth to 5 babies in the next 4 years.

After baby #6 (in 6 years) ... I too dealt with the loss of a pregnancy (and a D/C to remove my child). We were sure we were done, then.

After baby #7 ... I went into the hospital for a hysterectomy (for severe endometriosis), but the doc discovered that I had been healed (after battling the disease for 12 years).

3 more babies followed.

Then, the Lord led us to Africa ... where a sibling group of 3 joined us from Ghana.

So ... no matter what your story ... no matter what % the docs have given you ... I pray that you will continue to allow God to work out His plan for your family. It's an amazing journey of FAITH, but I wouldn't want it any other way.


Laurel :)