One December Evening

holding hands quote and photo 2014

I don’t know what other couples do, but my husband and I make it a point to remember those smaller events that led up to the wedding day, and today is one of them…our first date 30 years ago. We were 26 & 27 at the time, and we vividly remember that evening…the amazing restaurant for dinner, then driving up the mountain to The Baldy Lodge for dancing.

If you’ve followed me for awhile, you no doubt know that I’m a big hopeless romantic, and this night was definitely a magical one. During that evening of romance, we both experienced the incredible feeling that we might be “the one” for each other. That may sound silly, but…

As it turned out, we were “the one” for each other because six months following that night, he proposed. Then six months after that proposal, we were married. And here we are…grateful to still have each other and our two beautiful children, who are now 22 & 26 years old.

our wedding

This isn’t a post to brag though. We’ve experienced loss throughout our years together. So, we don’t take anything for granted because nothing is guaranteed. Instead, we cherish each moment of every day and continue to count our blessings. 

So, I’m wishing my Husband and Best Friend a very Happy 30th-First-Date Anniversary!!


“I thank him for making my life the best and for bringing out the best in me. I love him even more now, and I hope we have the chance to celebrate many more anniversaries as the calendar pages continue to turn.” 

summer patio time 2016



Welcome December!

Hi Everyone!

It’s hard to believe we’ve turned another calendar page, which means Christmas is only 3 1/2 weeks away!

I want to thank those of you who have already purchased a copy of my book. You are my amazing cheerleaders and I will always be humbled and grateful! Please know I appreciate YOU! ♥

“New Day, New Dreams”  would fit nicely on a coffee table, maybe accompanied by a compelling mystery or romance, flowers and candles. It would also make a great gift for someone special. 

So I invite you to visit my Published Works page…(at the top of my blog, the 4th tab over). On this page you’ll find all of my book information, including the links to order. Feel free to “like” or “comment” too! 🙂


Also, for your convenience, I’m including the links below:


Barnes and Noble


I also have a small favor for those of you who have already purchased a copy…If you could leave a review on the site you purchased my book, I would greatly appreciate it…but most importantly, I hope you enjoy reading my poetry. I hope my words resonate and touch you in some way and I hope they make you giggle, too.

May the spirit of this season bring love and happiness for all of you and not only in the month of December, but for always. I’ll end this post with a classic Christmas Carol by Mr. Sinatra, something I’ll be dreaming of this holiday season…:) Many Hugs and Blessings, Lauren ♥