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Lauren

Hi! My name is Lauren and I am a 26 year old wife and mama of two. I was born in Austin, TX in the summer of ’92 and I’ve stayed here ever since, though we live half an hour north in the great city of Georgetown these days. My life is an interesting one, and by the grace of God, or the universe, or the flying spaghetti monster, it’s also a fantastic one! I have many stories to tell, so I’m incredibly excited to be here and share. FYI, I’m going to be brutally honest (sorry mom and dad!). Oh, and I might cuss a little.

I met my husband, Jacob, when we were just 12 years old, our kids, Aiden and Emilia, are soon to be 10 and 5 (I’m not crying, you’re crying!). I have a dog named Abby, and two small kittens, Goldie and Summer. I work for Apple. I’m a Cancer if you’re into that. I believe in soulmates. I love junk food. So. Much. I love trivia and challenges. I LOVE LISTS! I steal forks from fancy venues. I work out often-ish. I have ADHD.

My grandma is the best person I have ever known in my life; I’m like her in a lot of ways, but different in as many too. My mom is best described as a free spirit, she marches to the beat of her own drum and won’t be held down. I see a lot of her in myself, most are things I wish I could change. My dad is a goof, he is where my creativity and sense of humor come from. I now know I was an unintended, unwanted pregnancy, and if I’m being honest, I don’t really think either of my parents were cut out for parenthood. Naturally, I was raised by my grandma in the beginning, followed by my best friend’s mom, and finally my own mom. The first five years of my life were mostly normal, I lived with my mom and grandma and saw my dad on the weekends. I had my first best friend. We didn’t have cable, my mom slept til noon most days, and I was often bored.. The next 5 years were okay, my mom and I got our own place, we moved away from my best friend, I still saw my dad. We finally had cable, my mom still slept til noon, and I was still pretty bored all the time. This is where the train begins to fall off the tracks. My mom’s house was foreclosed on, I wound up living with my best friend, and my dad moved away. I can’t say my mom was a bad one; she didn’t beat me or hurt me or starve me, but man I wish she had tried harder.

At age 11, my mom and I moved in with her boyfriend in a new town, where we stayed awhile. I started at a new school in seventh grade and met a girl who would become the best and closest friend I have to this very day. I stopped seeing my dad. The summer before ninth grade started, I had my very first boyfriend, it still makes me smile to think about him. Young love is such a treat. By tenth grade I had a new boyfriend, and he knocked me right up. Side note: Texas sex education laws are bullshit, and you’ll find it’s a subject I’m very passionate about!

At 16 years old I gave birth to my son, Aiden, who changed my entire life completely. Starting out, I don’t think I was the best mom, I was just a kid myself, and was way too focused on boys, friends, and high school drama bullshit. But hey, I graduated from high school on time, I got a little college under my belt, and I grew as a person. I had a handful of other pointless boyfriends (between my lingering daddy issues and my mom bouncing around from boyfriend to boyfriend, I think somewhere deep down I was filling an empty void with those boys), and I learned how it feels to get dumped. Through all of it, I reconnected with a guy I knew back in middle and high school, and we started dating. We adopted a dog together, I took him on his first airplane, he asked me to marry him on the football field of the school where we met, and then he too, knocked me right up! We had a baby girl and a few months later, a gorgeous wedding. Today, we’ve been together for over 7 years and recently celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. Life isn’t always easy, but it’s oh so sweet.

I’m not a very religious person, I don’t know if I believe in God, but I know there’s a higher power out there who is orchestrating this whole wild world we live in. I know each moment which passes is a gift and everything, everything, happens for a reason!

I’ll say it again, I’m so excited to be here and I can’t wait to start writing and sharing my experiences (and sometimes opinions) with you guys. Now that you know a little bit about me, I hope you’re excited, too!

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