About Me

I should make this short, maybe a few sentences, but here’s the first thing you can learn about me. It’s quite difficult for me to write much of anything short. So, here’s a snapshot of who I am, and you can scroll down to read the rest, if you’re really interested in knowing any more. 😉

~ Snapshot ~

I was homeschooled with my two sisters (I’m in the middle), was raised on a Nebraska farm, moved to the Rocky Mountains at eighteen, and moved back to Nebrasaka at nineteen. I haven’t gone to college, have no plans to, and at nearly twenty-one I’m living at home with my family and learning to appreciate and be content with life before the next chapter opens. I have a 40-plus-hour-a-week job as Executive Assistant at my family’s business and I love it! I’m constantly  learning new lesson at work and at home… Sometimes these lessons are fun and exciting, other times they’re hard and painful–but always good.

~ Still Reading? ~

April-001“For indeed my life is a perpetual question mark – my thirst for books, my observations of people, all tend to satisfy a great, overwhelming desire to know, to understand, to find an answer to a million questions. And gradually the answers are revealed, many things are explained, and above all, many things are given names and described, and my restlessness is subdued. Then I become an exclamatory person, clapping my hands to the immense surprises the world holds for me, and falling from one ecstasy into another. I have the habit of peeping and prying and listening and seeking – passionate curiosity and expectation. But I have also the habit of being surprised, the habit of being filled with wonder and satisfaction each time I stumble on some wondrous thing.” —Anaïs Nin

Wood fires and candles, warm socks and blankets, and a pile of good books make me feel all glowing inside. I like to live simply. I decorate simply, I dress simply, I cook simply, I spend my leisure time simply, and I want simple, basic, relationships–nothing complicated. Simple things make me happy. Check this out for a better “picture” of what describes me.

I dream. I speak of my dreams to few people, and the list is longer than my arm, but some of my biggest dreams are to marry the man I love, write a book with him, and raise children with darling, meaningful names. I want to teach my children to love Jesus and to see beauty in the world, but more beauty in heaven; I want to help them learn to bring beauty and joy to the lives of others through an overflow of love and kindness my children receive from God. I want to have tea time with my little girls and build tree houses with my little boys, I want to read fairytales and poetry together as a family while we cozy around a fire.

Besides long-term dreaming, I also daydream about silly happenings. On the way to work everyday I pass a sign for the town of Stockham… I like to pretend, just for that moment along the highway, that I’m traveling through Stockholm, Sweden, instead of passing by a mid-western town with a population of 45.

There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books I have read were composed by generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, teachers and disciples. I am the sum total of their experiences, their quests. And so are you.”–Elie Wiesel

I appreciate music and enjoy learning about it, but I have little musical talent. My sisters sing beautifully, and play a few instruments, and I’m content to listen to them and sing along when my voice isn’t heard too loudly.

People interest me. The way their personalities are formed, what their strengths and weaknesses are, how to interact with them, how different personalities relate to each other, how environment and major life changes affect people . . . ah, I’m sure I could study people all my life and stay interested! I think this is an important “hobby” to have because I’ve found one of the best ways to grow is to learn about, understand, and identify with many different kinds of people. Having an objective view and understanding of the world is healthier than the easy and narrow view of subjecting what’s around me to only what I know and have experienced.

I like to know people with imagination, wisdom and wit who love deeply and act kindly, I know many and I want to be like them.

I tend to be extremely serious, but I love to laugh and I love to make other people laugh. I really enjoy witty banter. 🙂 I also love to smile, and my baby nephew is probably the one to encourage the most smiles from me. To see his eyes light up and see his baby smile steal across his face brings me such joy. He is a beautiful blessing I am deeply thankful for. I love our little darling with my whole heart.

I feel like a rather adventurous spirit (I love to travel and explore), but I’m not usually up for physically adventurous things. I’ve tried water skiing, snow skiing, and rock climbing, and I’ve ridden on mildly wild fair rides, so I can honestly say I dislike all of that. I’ll stick with the bunny hills and Ferris wheel… and believe me, I really am happy. I’m sure my zero-degree of athleticism contributes to my shying away from such activities. I play no sports, and I’d almost always rather watch a physically active game than participate in it, though I’ll most likely join in for bocce ball or disc golf and I do like kayaking and 4-wheeling.

I like my alone time, when I can think and study, but I still love to have a few close friends around to share1381501_10152227888718696_1131344239_n my ideas and thoughts with. I’m excited and thankful when they affirm my thoughts or share their contradictory ideas and bring new insights to my already formed conclusions . . . even with strong convictions I try to stay open to considering I may be wrong. That’s part of the reason why I like to blog and hear from my blogging friends!

I am God’s and my ambition is to let him use me in restoring what is lost and broken. He has restored and transformed my heart so now it is my turn to give some love and grace to this hurting world. Christ has given me wings; now I am learning to spread them. I have so much to learn but I want to help as I learn to fly.

I hope you enjoy perusing my thoughts. Please comment, I’d love to hear from you.

Laurel

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~ More Connections ~

More of my writing can be found on my Tumblr, The Singer.

Have a Pinterest account? I’d love to interact with you there as well! Check out my boards here to see what visually inspires me, brings laughter, and a quickening of my heart. 🙂 These pictures are my favorite… I dream of living these moments.

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9 responses to “About Me

  1. can I link to your blog?
    also every time I read the ‘Learning to Fly’ title I think of the movie, “Land before Time’–the kids movie with the dinosaurs. the flying dinosaue has to learn to fly–when he does, he yells out, “I am a flyer!” I murmur that to myself when I read your blog. ;>)

    • Sure, you can link to my blog.

      Haha, that’s pretty funny. I used to LOVE the Land Before Time movies but I tried watching one last year and couldn’t get through it because it was so boring . . . figures though, it was made for five-year-olds.

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