Monday, September 19, 2011

My inner voice...

I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever. I won't be pregnant forever.

My motto to get me through the aches. Already. 7 more weeks to go. OH baby!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Waiting for August...

We are now just one day away from being 33 weeks pregnant and I can't tell you what a relief I feel that we have made it this far without complications! God has comforted and answered so many of our prayers and we are filled with gratitude.

Here's a belly pic at almost 33 weeks.



I don't think we will be changing his name, so we are confident putting it out there for you all: August Matthew David Larsen (Matthew David is Matt's first and middle name). Can't wait to put a face to his beautiful name.

Hope you all are doing well! xoxo

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On Friendship

Seize the day, Lauren!

I hear my inner voice shouting to me often during the day if I find myself living in fear or the what-ifs of this ever changing, unsafe world. It beckons me to stop and give time, love and service to those around me. In a sense, to me "seizing the day" has meant "be thankful, child."

We spent the Fourth of July with some of our best friends like we have done for the past few years and it is always sweet to just be with them. This year, we were missing one dear couple because they moved to London. Through their absence, I was reminded that our time here together is short. We are not promised our comfortable life together forever on earth. God may call us to different places (gasp!) and we may move on...

But, in my reflection of what friendship is, Matt brought up some interesting thoughts from C.S. Lewis:

Christ, who said to the disciples "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you," can truly say to every group of Christian friends "You have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another." The Friendship is not a reward for our discrimination and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each the beauties of all the others. They are no greater than the beauties of a thousand other men; by Friendship God opens our eyes to them. They are, like all beauties, derived from Him, and then, in a good Friendship, increased by Him through the Friendship itself, so that it is His instrument for creating as well as for revealing.


Friendship is a unique kind of love. I hope to experience it ever more so deeply as I grow older...

The common quest or vision which unites friends does not absorb them in such a way that they remain ignorant or oblivious of one another. On the contrary it is the very medium in which their mutual love and knowledge exist. One knows nobody so well as one's "fellow." ... If, at the outset, we had attended more to him less to the thing which our Friendship is "about," we should not have come to know or love him so well. You will not find the warrior, the poet, the philosopher or the Christian by staring in his eyes as if he were your mistress: better fight beside him, read with him, argue with him, pray with him.


Better fight beside him, read with him, argue with him, pray with him. To know the inner thoughts and ideals of another person is to begin to be friends. To relate to those thoughts and ideals is to be friends. I'm thankful for my precious friends whom we relate to and have the cornerstone of our friendship in our Triune God.

Monday, June 27, 2011

What is the sex of baby Larsen #2? And what's up with us...

I think about this sweet blog every now and then and what it's purpose is in our busy lives. I haven't decided if I'm going to keep posting on it or just combine my personal blog with it. Who knows, but for now, I wanted to bring the few of you who might check this up to speed on what's going on with us!

- We found out 2 weeks ago that baby #2 is a BOY! We weren’t going to find out, but after a series of events, we felt like it was necessary to know the gender. And I’m SO glad we know! I was teary-eyed for about 30 minutes after we found out that it was a boy. I don't think I ever processed what it would mean to have a boy. I'm excited and up for the challenge of raising a little man. Matt is so excited about man-to-man conversations that will happen. He will be an amazing dad to a little man.

- We have been traveling A LOT. Our summer started with a trip to photograph a wedding in Belize. We came home and quickly left for a friend’s ranch in central Texas to celebrate our anniversary. After that I photographed a wedding in Stephenville, TX and in Oklahoma. Came home after that and left for Colorado so Matt could speak at a camp. We are home for the next few weeks until we are on the road again and I hope to get tons of work done and even start on this little BOY’s nursery!

- On Thursday, Matt takes the GRE so that he can begin the process of applying to PhD programs. We would appreciate all your prayers for his success on the test.

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Thanks for keeping up with us through this little blog. I hope you're doing well!

~L

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baby Larsen # 2!



Matt and I are excited to share that we are expecting our 2nd child come November 8th. We are now 13 weeks pregnant and thankful for how the first trimester was easy, healthy and full of energy. Please begin praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Our doctors give us every hope that this will be a healthy and normal pregnancy and we trust that God will provide for our every need and take care of this precious baby. I feel great and have had my normal energy level and only 4 days of nausea. The start to this pregnancy has been a great gift filled with feeling great and lots of energy. A huge answer to our prayers. Couldn’t be more thankful for that! Life is super excited about this little baby, too!

God is good! Thanks in advance for your prayers…

Thursday, February 17, 2011

On Becoming Anglican...

I recently started a blog that documents my thoughts and learnings on our Canterbury trail. You can read, if you like, here: http://misseslarsen.tumblr.com/

Blessings to you.