Wednesday, October 2, 2013

a little about Lauren

I love that Lauren is always so aware. She notices everything and cares for the sweet details. I found her bed made perfectly for her soft friends.
They were all tucked in all perfect for the day.
Because it matters.
This is her moment and it is special for her.
It puts the "happy" in her day.

She draws. Only when she wants. Sometimes all over her hand. 
Sometimes on anything she can find at the moment. The moment needs to be inspired though.

Hearts. She notices them. Even a small pickle on her sandwich.

She also notices others hearts. Here is one of her new friends. 
New to town and a heart to be blessed.

She's blossoming into her own person. Just how she wants. Her timing. 
With her own individual confidence and creativity. 

She has chosen to adopt a slower pace in which to navigate life. We often call it "dilly dallying". She has that down. This allows her to keep an eye on her surroundings and the people around her. To take the time to care for not only herself but to keep her heart completely open for others. Room for her to haven fun and stay sensitive, courageous, helpful, gifted, delicate and smart.
She pays attention. 
And it connects to the center of her heart.
Stay true to yourself, dear Lauren. 

In your journey of growing and changing and learning, 
keep staying aware and delighted in the small things in life. 
These are the things that matter. 

The details are where your smile is. 
Protect it because it is special and needs to be shared.

Glendo Reservoir

 We headed out one weekend with family and some friends to a lake about 3 hours from here. We were so excited to find a big, deep, great fishing lake AND a beautiful campground. My brother heard of this great town and lake. Yay! This was our view from our campsite!
Got the boat in... very carefully I might add.

Suited the troops up in their gear.

We stopped at a HUGE beach-- like soft ocean sand beach-- for the big and little kiddos to play and dig and throw and build get the idea.

Then to the tubing...

The relaxin....

More relaxin...
Cliff jumping. THAT would be my crazy husband.
Then it started clouding up. Then crazy cold...

Colder. Then rain. ON THE BOAT.

So back to our campsite dripping wet and COLD. To be united with our dripping wet tent, chairs, etc.
Luckily our "Boy Scouts" Steve and Josh were prepared. They had covered the food and went on a search for dry firewood.

They made fire like real men do.

And we cuddled and laughed and chatted ...and slept with the earth.
This is what camping out is all about.
Being together, enjoying the outside and making memories to last.

See you next year Glendo Reservoir
You were spectacular.


Forever is a very long time. How is it that people can talk so casually about a concept that we cannot even wrap our minds around? Sometimes we have a friend and we sense that our souls are very closely connected. We know that the connection is above time and space. We know that wherever we are in our lives we will always remain friends. Even if we do not see each other for months or years we are able to pick up right where we left off. This is what people mean when they say friends forever.

These types of friendships can start at a very young age, and last a lifetime.

These friendships are fun...

Full of laughter...

Girl time...

It's holding close...

having adventure...

catching up and staying connected...

Loving through it all.
Even the miles and miles between us.

I love forever friendships.
They are the priceless treasures and gems in life.

We LOVED having all six of the Youngblood's stay with us for the week. 
A taste of Texas and a sweet time for all.

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