My Twentysomething Life

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25 People who have Impacted my life in Positive ways

David and Phyllis Eversole  My parents are amazing people.  I am so thankful for them and all that they have done for me.  I am the person that I am today because of them.  They raised me well and I learned a lot from them.

Adam Tomlinson  My husband has had a positive impact on my life because he encourages me to be the best I can be and he brings out the best in me.  There is no doubt that when he asked me to marry him he impacted me for the better.

All four of my Grandparents  Your grandparents can teach you a lot of important things if you let them.  I know that mine have.  My grandparents have always been very important to me and they make me a better person.  They build me up and encourage me and they are always there to love and support me.

My sister  Amanda has made a positive impact on my life because she has always been there when I needed her.  She has become one of my best friends.  I don’t know what I would do without her.  We are so unalike that we make each other better.

Jim and Stephanie Dalrymple , Derik and Jen DeVries  These four people were the best mentors and spiritual guides that I ever had.  I looked up to them so much and they are all instrumental in shaping me into who I am today.  I have learned so much from them and I miss them being a part of my daily life.

Megan, Kylee, and Rachel  These three were my best friends in high school and are still some of my best friends today.  I have always been able to count on them and they were there for much of my amazing memories from living in Monticello.  Their friendship has meant so much to me.  They were with me when I married Adam and I know that they will always be with me in the future, even though we are far apart.

Janna Peterson  Janna is my longest friend.  I do not remember a time in my life when Janna was not my friend.  She has taught me that long distance doesn’t have to end a friendship and it certainly hasn’t for us.  I think that when you compare the time we spent as friends living in the same town and friends living apart from each other, we have been apart longer.  I think that is a great testament to our friendship.  I can’t imagine not having her friendship.

Lauren Albrecht  Lauren and I haven’t been friends for very long if you’re counting, but it feels like we have been friends forever.  Lauren quickly became one of my best friends.  She encourages me, builds me up, and keeps me accountable.  I am better because I have her as a friend.  I don’t know what I would do without her.

Grandma Watkins  For most of my life, I had the blessing of knowing my great-grandmother.  We would get to see her several times a year.  She was a great mentor and encourager to me.  From her I have learned constant love and devotion.  She passed away a few years ago and I have never stopped missing her.  I hold her close to me every day.

Last, but not least, Bethany, Josie, Christa, Mindy, Lauren, Lyndsay, Kyle and Stephen  I may have only been at Anderson for a year, but I consider all of the friends I met at Anderson to be lifelong.  Some of the most fun that I have ever had happened with these people and some of my most cherished memories as well.  I wish I could see them more.  I really broke out of my shell because of these wonderful people and I miss them very much.  They have changed my life for just the one year at school with them.

All of these wonderful people have made a huge impact on my life.  I do not know where I would be without any of them.  I am the person I am today because all of these people have touched my life.  And I am so thankful to have known all of you.  You are huge blessings in my life and I thank God for you every day.  Thank you for everything you taught me and for your love and encouragement.

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I’m Struggling With

Recently I have really been struggling with contentment.  I feel like I am at a standstill in my life and I am ready for it to start again.  I’m having a hard time being content with this time in our life of Adam working through seminary.  I’m ready to move on and get on with our lives.

I am so glad that Adam is in seminary.  I am really glad that we are able to make it work for him to go to seminary, but I’m anxiously awaiting our future.

I’m really trying to work on this, but it seems the more I consciously try to be content then the more I’m thinking about it and the more discontent I become.  What a vicious cycle.  I really am glad that Adam is able to go to seminary, but three to four years is starting to seem like a long time, and I’m not even the one in school.

While thinking of writing this post, I came up with a plan.  One reason I think I am not content is because of Pinterest.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest.  I think it is awesome.  But all it does is make me wish for something that I don’t have.  So starting today I’m going to spend 30-days without Pinterest to see if that makes a difference.  During this time I am going to try and study and really dig deeper into contentment.  Hopefully at the end of these 30 days you will see a happier, more content Lauren.  I sure do hope so!

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I miss…

I miss Janna.  She has been my friend for almost as long as I can remember.  And soon she will be leaving and going to teach in Indonesia.  I am seriously going to miss her then!
I miss my sister.  She is in Lexington with my parents for the summer and I can’t wait for her to come back to Milligan!
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I miss all my lovely Anderson friends.  My freshman year of college was amazing, largely because of my amazing friends.  To all of them reading this, I am so sorry that I am not so good at keeping in touch!  I miss you all.
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I miss all of my bridesmaids!  I wish I lived closer so I could see you more often!
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My husband is my partner in crazy

As I told you before, I am currently reading Julie and Julia, which if you do not know, is about Julie Powell cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.  And I am really enjoying it.  Today while I was reading, I ran upon this paragraph that I would like to share with you.

Right before this paragraph, Julie is making a very delicate sauce for her mussels and is trying to add just the right amount of spices.  Her husband Eric is standing beside her while she cooks.

I was Tom Cruise hoving with a bead of sweat.  I was Harrison Ford in a battered fedora, weighing a bag full of sand in my hands—and Eric understood.  He was my partner.  It occurred to me, as I beat my rebellious sauce into submission, that my husband was doing more than just enduring this crazy thing I had gotten myself into, doing more than being supportive.  I realized this was his Project, too.  Eric wasn’t a cook, and like Isabel, he only care about Julia Child because I did.  And yet, he had become part of this thing.  There would be no Project without him, and he would not be the same without the Project.  I felt so married, all of a sudden, and so happy.

I really enjoyed this section because 1-of the movie references and 2-because her realization of marriage.

I know I have had this same realization of marriage many times.  Adam partners with me in many crazy things: crafting, scrapbooking, my movie lists, to name a few.  And while he is not as invested in them as I am, he shares in the good and the bad with me.  Adam is not just my partner in crime, but my partner in crazy!  He truly is my partner in life.

Yay for realizations of the amazing men in our lives!

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