I’m Lauren and I’m guessing you clicked on this tab because you want to know a little bit about me, right? Well, I’m not sure if it’s possible to sum up my whole life in one page, but I’ll do my best to give you a quick overview of me.
I’m a Christian
I’ve been raised in a Christian family since I was born, and I can’t claim an exact date for my salvation because I have always believed in Jesus as the Son of God who died on the cross to pay for my sins. However, I can tell you that on September 1, 2007, after having to decide to put my goat down and thereby recognizing in part the sacrifice God made in killing His own Son, I finally started living for God rather than only believing in Him. My spiritual walk since then has been a series of valleys and mountains — I haven’t always focused on God as I should, and I have a horrible knack for being the little lost sheep who wanders away. I am so thankful that God is a forgiving Shepherd who repeatedly forgives me and takes me back to the fold, and that each time He brings me back my relationship with Him is strengthened. The past five years living on my own in the college environment have truly developed my relationship with Christ, and I am so excited to see where His path for me continues to lead in the future.
I’m a Wife!!!!!!
On May 20th, 2016, I married my best friend and the love of my life — Alexander. I am so blessed that God put this wonderful, godly man in my path. Together we’re figuring out married life and discovering all of the adventures that life has to offer us. We’ve settled down in Casper, Wyoming, where Alexander’s work is; I’m a stay-at-home wife who gets to take care of my hubby, our house, and our dog — and I love every minute of it! Alexander is a very willing guinea pig for lots of new recipes. 🙂 Plus he’s an awesome handyman and we love spending our free time walking, biking, hiking, camping, and road tripping together.
I’m a Writer
Fiction short stories, Christian devotionals for kids, research papers, literary analyses, nonfiction newspaper articles, blogs…. I kind of write anything and everything God tosses my way. Writing and story-telling have been ingrained in me since I was little — I used to tell my younger sister crazy stories before we went to sleep at night. I still tell stories to people, only now they’re more often on paper rather than by speech and they aren’t quite as crazy as they used to be. One of my goals in writing has always been to change lives; so many authors whom I’ve read — Jules Verne, Leo Tolstoy, and Will James — had such significant impacts on my life that I hope to pass along that touch — the power of the written word — to change somebody else’s life. My first published book, Mounting Up: A Horse-Themed Christian Devotional for Youth came out in print just this spring!
I’m a Runner
I’m not super fast and I regularly struggle with IT band issues, but I still run. And I love it. Running is honestly one of my favorite parts of the day — just the freedom and exhilaration of flying along for minutes or miles at a time is utterly life-giving. I generally run 3-4 times a week, 3-6 miles at a time, in addition to other workouts. Zip practically always comes along on my runs as well — he loves it and it’s practically one of the only ways to use up some of his energy! Now that I have more time to train than I did at school, I hope to improve my times and increase my mileage, as well as maybe enter a race.
I’m a Recent College
In May I graduated from the University of Montana Western in Dillon, MT — it’s a little school in a little town and I loved it. I double-majored in English (with a Creative Writing minor) and Equine Studies. And, yes, I know what you’re thinking — “How do those two go together?” Well, for one thing, I really enjoy writing about horses. However, beyond that, I really just desired to improve my writing skills through the English program and to expand my knowledge of horses through the equine program. Additionally, the rationality and conservatism of the horse classes provided a nice balance against my liberal, often foul-mouthed and foul-reading-material English classes.
I’m an Animal Person
I don’t think I could imagine my life without animals. They have been such a fundamental aspect of my life — teaching me, comforting me, loving me, providing for me…. Because I live in town at Casper, we currently only have a dog — Zip. My parents, however, have 5 horses, 3 dogs, several sheep and goats, 1 rabbit, and 2 cats (some of which technically belong to me). I won’t name them all, but I’m sure a few of them will pop up on this site! Someday I hope to bring one of the horses and some goats to Casper, once my husband and I have a place to keep them.
Other Tidbits about Me
- I eat lots and lots of carrots…sometimes so many that my face turns orange (I’m not joking!).
- I’m fairly shy and quiet, although I can get extremely boisterous around friends I know well.
- I am not a late-night person but I am an early-morning person.
- My favorite color is blue.