I am thankful for sweet friends of Lauren’s who still contact me with funny stories and memories…inspiring devotionals…dreams of her…and just to let me know they are thinking of her…and us. I have had two contact me in the last two days…Katie Anderson Kelley and Elizabeth Lishewski. I am so thankful that they stay in touch…I like knowing how their lives are progressing. Katie is married and has a precious baby boy on the way…Elizabeth is getting married in January…both went off to college and graduated…they are living full, happy lives.
I like to imagine what Lauren might be doing now…
Would she be the Event Planner she aspired to be… Yes, I’m sure.
Would she be working and living in a big city…she liked Austin… Probably so.
Would she have a steady boyfriend, be engaged or even married… I know at least a boyfriend.
Would I be a Grandmother yet…Probably not…she was scared to give birth and wanted to adopt…I assured her when the right man came along she would want to bear their children and she could adopt too…of course after getting married…lol.
I am thankful they are leading wonderful lives and still think of Lauren…their friend.
I was thinking about you today and wondering how you were doing. I’m sure some days are better than others, but you are unbelievably strong and inspiring. I hope that your days are filled with sunshine and joy and that they remind you of your beautiful daughter. I also hope that Taylor and Bryan are doing well, too.
KatieHi there!After I read this forward from my mom I started thinking about things I am thankful for. The holidays are always stressful around our house every year and especially this year with my wedding in January. Randomly, I have been thinking about Lauren lately. It seems as though I’m thinking of her more especially when I visit home and see your family’s old house every time I turn the corner onto Paintbrush. Just wanted to let you know I am thankful for the time that I was able to spend with her and that I will always think of her. I’m happy that I was able to know her even if it was for a short time in the grand scheme of things. I seem to worry about very small, minuscule things and I know I should be grateful for the things in my life and there are far more important things to think about. I thought about your family and wanted to let you all know I am praying for you because I know the holidays are probably more difficult than usual. Hope you like the post below!ElizabethP.S. Lauren also introduced me to the band Modest Mouse in high school and especially a song she loved called “Float On”. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, but I always think of her too when that comes on the radio. 🙂So… today I am thankful for these young women…for their friendship with Lauren…for the silly nicknames they gave each other…for riding to school together and singing out loud to the radio…for their mutual love of pickles…for the secrets they shared…for their laughter and good times together…for signing their names on a napkin at Sonic…for taking the time to let me know they still think of her….AND I am thankful for the 21 years and 10 months that I had Lauren Alizabeth Alston in my life.