Hey, I'm Lauren. Writer, mama to Margaret, sewist and quilter, frequent crafter and artist, voracious reader, and collector of quotes, washi tape, and dust bunnies under my couch. I'm happy to be a Lutheran of the ELCA variety.

 photo credit Caroline Howard and Riverland Studios

I have Bipolar Disorder. I was formally diagnosed in December of 2008. You can read more about it through the labels (right sidebar at the bottom) and the Bipolar tab at the top of the page. It's an ever-fluctuating disorder, but I try to take it in stride and do the best I can. I'm currently in a stretch where things have been very, very good.

This is Thomas, the cheese to my macaroni. He's the cutest and sweetest. We met online (gasp!) in April of 2011, wasted no time in getting engaged that October, and swiftly got married in February of 2012. No, I was not pregnant. He does crazy smart nuclear engineering stuff in the Navy and being unpredictable is Navy life. When he's not running a nuclear reactor and teaching other people how to do the same, he changes diapers, runs, does a million projects around the house, is a kick-butt co-parent, and plays video games.

Next is Margaret. She's the sweetest two year-old ever. She kindly puts up with Thomas and I staring at her all of the time and telling her we love her approximately a hundred times a day. She has some seriously crazy and awesome hair that is her trademark, but she's smart and curious. She loves blue whales, sharks, asking "why?" to everything (have you explained the solar system to a two year-old before?), being read to, doing anything art related, and learning how to write the letters of the alphabet. She would be content to be outside every day of the year.

Moby is our large, sweet/protective family dog- a giant German Shorthair Pointer dane mix(?). He's super protective and loyal and he and Margaret seem to share their own bond. He's a total goofball and we can't imagine life without him.

I've had this blog since February of 2010. A lot has happened since then! I started out as a way for family and friends to keep in touch with me. It's grown to be so much more than that. I try to write as honestly as I can. My experience is what it is- and sometimes it's poetic and sometimes it's raw emotion. I write about my life, my experiences, my thoughts, and my beliefs. Lately it's been a lot about pregnancy and my daughter, as it's a rather consuming thing, to be a parent. But it varies- stick with me and you'll get a bit of everything. I'll be honest, sometimes I use this blog as an online journal. Not all posts have premeditated thought and planning (though some do). Sometimes it's an attempt to explain what I'm feeling. This blog is not a blueprint for Bipolar Disorder or depression. Every case is different. I simply seek to organize my thoughts. I've gotten a following around the world, from every continent. Lots of people have a mental disorder and come to find a community, or just someone else who is going through medication changes, doctor visits, and sometimes the unexplainable. Some come because they know and love someone who has this. Everyone has their own reasons. But this is not just a "Bipolar blog." I've posted craft projects, my favorite music, random lists in the sidebars, and sermons.

I write a lot about my faith. I'm not trying to sway you, just present things as I see them. Sometimes I point out the things I find funny in faith. I think God has a sense of humor (have you seen a giraffe?). I think faith is everywhere you look and can be anywhere you put it. It's beautiful and weird and mystifying. I love religion and its delicate intricacies and I'm fascinated by the way people express it- through all the denominations of Christianity and through the other world religions. I try to love everyone and I try not to judge. I'm an idealist and somehow believe in innate good. Call me crazy. 

As for the future: I'd love to go back to school one day. I love traveling- I want to go all over the States, South Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand, Mongolia, China (Tibet specifically), Sweden, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, Morocco, Greece, Spain, Nepal, and a million other places. I have loved my travels to Alaska, California, Maine, the rest of the East Coast, Scotland, France, and Italy. And now our new adventure in Washington! For now, I want to raise a family with Thomas and keep living this wonderful life I have been blessed with.

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  1. I have nominated you for the Liebester Award, because I think you are pretty swell. I have just posted about it on my blog. Go check it out: http://dontcallmekate.blogspot.com/

    Hopefully you are flattered and don't think that I am just some weird stalker. That would be awkward.

    1. Aww thanks! I'm going to try and get to it soon, but don't hold it against me if it takes a while!