Category Archives: THINGS I LOVE

DANIEL MORGAN COX

On March 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm, we welcomed our beautiful son Daniel into the world. He has changed my life in so many ways and all for the better. People try to explain how much you’ll love your babies, but it’s impossible to anticipate that love until you experience it for yourself.

We chose his name shortly after we got married. Daniel is one of our favorite books in the Bible. It’s a beautiful reminder of what it looks like to be true to your faith, obedient to your leaders, prayerful in times of trouble, and loyal to God above all else. Daniel in Hebrew means God is my judge. As Daniel grows, I hope he knows just how important prayer life is and how effective we can be when we surrender everything to God.

Becoming a mom is hard work – both mentally and physically. He changes into a completely different little person each week. It’s so fun watching him grow, but with every new beginning there’s also an end. He started smiling right about the time he outgrew his newborn diapers. Tears. He spent a few hilarious weeks with his left fist in the air, but that came to a screeching halt right about the time he wiggled his way into 3-6 month clothing. Tears. I could go on, but you get the picture.

God has blessed us incredibly though. He’s been happy, he’s been healthy, and I’ve gotten to be home with him to watch all these changes come about. As fleeting as the first few months have been, I’ve loved every second of it, and I know I’ll cherish all the upcoming milestones just the same.

One piece of advice I’ll give you moms is this: make time. If you’re in the middle of doing the dishes and you get the sudden urge to hold them, do it. If your laundry has piled up, let it sit. And if your house has been a revolving door of visitors, it’s ok to say no. These days may seem long, but they’re not as long as you think. Squeeze that tiny human as tight and as often as you want because they grow so fast.

Daniel, mommy loves you. You’ve taught me so much about Jesus in these first few months, and I can’t wait to teach you about Him, too.

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever, wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he disposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells within him.” Daniel 2:20-22

 Photographer Kellie Conlon

JORD WOOD WATCH

Well, as expected October flew by, and now the holidays are upon us. Pretty soon the hustle and bustle of the season will hit us along with the “Shoot, I haven’t gotten my shopping done yet!”

I’ve never been a big online shopper until recently. I don’t know exactly what I was doing with my life until now. Actually driving to the mall? LOL! Thankfully, we do have the wonderful web to help us out when the hustle and bustle gets too hard.

If you’re like me, it’s tough choosing a fun gift for each loved one year after year. Before too long, you’ve exhausted the sweaters and mugs and holiday inspired knick-knacks, and you’re looking for something new. Something exciting.

Look no further!

This Christmas, I invite you to check out JORD Wood Watches. These beautifully crafted watches are fresh, affordable, and add a fun new twist to any outfit.

JORD watches come in many different shades and styles making them a perfect fit for any shopper wanting to personalize their present. These timeless pieces are stunningly unique and very versatile. I’m able to dress mine up for a night out or dress it down while I’m working from home.

Up to this point, I haven’t had anything resembling a wood watch in my accessories, and I’m really enjoying this new piece.

There are countless things to brag on with these watches but instead of carrying on, I’m going to invite YOU to join my friends and me at JORD to enter for a chance to win a $75 e-gift card! And for those of you that are grumbling because ‘you never win anything’, every person that enters gets a $20 gift card just for signing up!

Trust me, you won’t want to miss out.

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This will remain open until midnight on Dec. 18, 2016. The gift code expires Feb. 28, 2017.

 

Don’t miss out on this amazing holiday deal! Your family and friends will love it.

MEN’S Watches  //  WOMEN’S Watches  //  MY Watch

*This post was sponsored by JORD Wood Watches.

RINGING IN 2016

Oh 2015, the year of new adventures.

It was interesting for sure. I became an aunt, booked a few jobs, lived alone for the first time, and drove drove drove til my tush was numb – all while spending 1/3 of the year away from my husband. It was rough. But it was a good rough.

I mean, let’s face it. No one’s year turned out like they would have envisioned. May it be good surprises or tire-popping potholes, we all encountered something unexpected, and the same thing will happen next year. The best thing we can do is be ready to face the giants of 2016 head-on while paying attention to the little details along the way.

Today has been entertaining though. It’s the last day of the year, and everyone is reflecting on what happened the last 365 days. I could join in by listing what I did, who I met, where I went, and how I changed, but I’ll spare you the gag sesh. I know what I’m proud of. I’ll keep it to myself. Instead, I’d like to share with you some things I learned + precautions I will take in 2016. Feel free to take notes.

Lessons from 2015

Your hair can and will get stuck in a blowdryer. I’m not the exception to the rule.

Not everyone loves my dog as much as I do.

Selfies are ok as long as you use a tripod.

Ticks are real. Very real.

75% of what comes out of my mouth at home is completely ignored by my husband. I’m ok with it.

You should keep your eyes open at all times while singing in the car.

It may take buying seven or eight lip stains to find the right shade. Oops.

Living alone is fun. It only takes 3 weeks to stop crying!

You won’t ‘literally die’ from giving up a TV show or two.

And lastly, it’s ok to touch other people’s pets and babies. Just ask first.

Goals for 2016

Go on more hikes.

Eat less bread and cheese. And tator tots. No more tator tots.

Try my best to actually use the 100 bottles of nail polish I own.

Get more than two haircuts a year.

Give gifts and compliments often.

Wear more sunscreen – not because I need to, but because apparently it’s healthy.

Say yes to everything. But not drugs. Don’t do drugs.

Take more pictures with Morgan. 

Give away more clothes. Give away, like, all my clothes.

Love everyone. With all that you have. No matter what.

I hope you all have a blessed New Year. Be safe. Have fun. Keep my lists for future reference.

Love,

Lauren

Photos by Anna Grace Photography

EXPLORE MORE

Welcome to Owings Mills, MD, the last place on earth you’d expect to wind up in a scene like this one. And believe me when I say that my mouth hit the floor when I stumbled upon this little corner of the earth. It’s incredible. I’ve visited this trail a few times lately, and I find myself thinking about it all the time.

It’s pet friendly, too!

As I get older, I find myself wanting more of this – more adventure, beauty, solitude, peacefulness, and reminders of God’s love. It’s places like these that cause me to think of how big the world is and how small I am. But it also shows us how much we’re loved.

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?” Job 12:7-9

God is the only one responsible or capable of such beauty. It’s a beauty we should constantly seek and never stop giving thanks for.

So grab a friend and go exploring! You never know what you may find out there.

Jacket | Francesca’s

Sweater | H&M

Pants | Garage

Boots | Target

Hat | Under Armor

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CHRISTMAS ANTIQUES

I wandered the aisles looking for little trinkets to bring home and make my own. They were things that had been long forgotten by their original owners, but they were new to me. The Island of Misfit Toys had nothing on Sheffield Antiques. I had hit the jackpot and lost all self control.

If you’re old school like me, try wandering around an antique store near you for your next Christmas purchases. Macy’s is great, and Nordstrom has some really nice decorations, but nothing fills a home with Christmas cheer like the secrets hidden in an old ornament that once hung joyfully on someone else’s tree.

There are so many treasures to be found, but we always tend to draw to what’s shiny and new. Why not dust off that 1950’s Santa on aisle E that’s been waiting to cheer someone up for the past ten years? I think you’ll find he does a really great job.

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