Monday, December 8, 2008

Up and Running

I got honey off to work and came to check here and found four comments. It felt like Christmas:)
So now I know I have the bare essentials and will build from here as I get more confident. This will be all over the place but as time goes on, I will settle in I promise.

As for the title of my blog, I got all psyched about it not sounding like yours. All of yours have a direct purpose to your lives. It doesn't sound spiritual or heavenly like some, but I got to thinking, (more like" mind bending "myself) last night, I am not you. I am me and my title says who I am.
I live in a Coke House. I have collected Coca Cola advertising for over 40 years now. It is all over my house, in every room, even the bathrooms and outside. I don't drink but maybe 3 or 4 in a week but it is my collecting path. Share is what I love to do, it has become my passion to share in your lives through the ups and downs, praying for you, rejoicing with you, building treasured friendships of the heart. Smile is what I do in my heart when I share myself with others. Whether it be here with each of you, time spent with my best friend honey, time with my precious grandkids and anybody elses kids and strangers. So, with that said, the title of my blog best describes me. As time goes on and I figure out how to post pictures, you will see what I am talking about.

Romans 8:28 is the "Life Verse" my mother gave me at the height of my rebellious teens before I moved out. "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them." I really resented her for "putting" this on me, as we were not close and it seemed to be her answer for me and who I was.
Psalms 46:10 was and is the "Life Verse" that God "branded" in my heart. "Be still and know that I am God. Everywhere I went, there it was. I was in my 40's by the time I stopped running from these verses. I had to be still first so He could speak to me, and undo my past, and show me that I mattered to Him and He really loved me. He shed His light on Romans 8:28 and little by little it settled in my heart and is still settling to this day as changes come.

My granddaughters first birthday was December 3rd, but her party was yesterday and was so much fun to watch her be celebrated. She was clueless as to what was going on but had so much fun partying anyway. She was not into her "Princess Tiara", even for a birthday picture and kept ripping it off her head. Babies and toddlers everywhere, noise, squabbles, moms chasing them, sound familiar to anyone?:) Being I am a grandma now, with my twin boys being 37, I saw just how demanding my life was with them. I had forgotten. It was a good feeling to know I got through and now this season of my life is a bit less demanding. I love it, being able to slow down a bit and take in life around me. And I love the new generation of moms, my kids included, and I understand the demands and the joys, struggles and heartbreaks, hopes and dreams, it is still the same journey. Motherhood is and always will be (in my book) the hardest job with the least pay but the biggest rewards. I toast my coffee cup to you all.

One last thing, if you are still with me here is my name I sign with on your blogs. Laurie in Ca. is only this because there are many other Laurie's out there in blogland. And I didn't have a blog.
And my honey and I were born here, same with our sons, and now our grandkids. Three generations of Californians. So, there you have it! First Post, All Over The Place.

Love and Hugs, Laurie in Ca.


julie said...

Welcome to the blogging world!! I'll be back to check on you again.


p.s. I love the name you picked for your blog.

Barb said...

I think your blog title is perfect, Laurie.

Welcome to Bloggityville! It won't take you long to feel very comfortable out here. :-)

Donnetta (momrn2) said...

Welcome you to the blogging world!!

Jessica said...

Ok... Welome to the blog world! I have always thought of you like a sweet angel b/c I have seen your comments on so many of my friends/aquaintances' blogs. (Stephanie Vasofsky, Poppy Joy, Living in Grace to name a few). Thanks for being such an encourager!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to blogging! I hope you enjoy it. I've been at it for almost 4 years, and I love just being able to journal my thoughts. Well, I love 'decorating' my blog too. It's cheaper than redecorating the house!

Linds said...

I think your blog name sums you up beautifully after reading this!

Kelli said...

I cannot tell you how much UI look forward to finally getting to "read" you ... it's been such a long conversation we've had!

Thank you for posting your "life verses". I truly needed to hear them today. It's been the pinnacle of "all crashing down", from every direction since last night. So, thank you. It's a thread on the end of a rope tied to the tree I needed to reach for in this moment of time.

Though I Cannot share that Coke with you til after transplant, I Will certainly have some tea and look for your smile.

Love you,

another CA Baby

Tee said...

Welcome. I have you marked on my favorites and will be checking back. I just laughed about your Coke collection since I grew up in Atlanta, home of Coke--it's always been and always will be just "Coke". When we want a "soda" we alway ask for a Coke, is there anything else to drink?

Linda said...

Welcome from me too! I love your title and the fact that it says so much about you.
I am a grandmother too - so we have that in common already. I know you will enjoy all of this wonderful interaction. So glad to meet you!

Pigtails & Pearls said...

Hi! I love your blog....I know that you will be a great blogger! I will stay tuned.

Cathy said...

You are such an encourager to so many! Thank you for letting us share parts of your life. Can't wait until you post the pictures. I am so visual that I love pics on blogs. Did you see the pics of Zoe and those beautiful eyes. I am so glad she is doing better and becoming much more stable. Keep blogging my dear friend.

connie said...

I have to echo the comments about your encouragement. You are a constant in our lives. I told someone once (maybe Leah?) that you were a gift I wanted her to have for herself.

I am so glad you have a blog, and even though I'm not keeping up so much lately, so glad to know you are there, always.

I love you.

TurtleDK said...

Wow, Laurie.....looks like you are going to have a huge blog and following. I have to add with everyone else how encouraging you are and have been to me - especially these past 3 years. God definitely has a plan for both of us and I am so excited to see just where it will go. It's hard to believe how long we have been out of high school because after hooking up with you just seems like yesterday!! I'll definitely be following your blog and see how it goes. I'm also on Facebook under my name so you can follow my little blogs there. Love you girlfriend & will send you an update soon.

Paulette said...

welcome! I love California, I was in Orange County this summer for a Summit at Saddle Back church and of course we had to see the sights. I will be going back this next Summer as well.
Blogging is a great outlet, I have been blogging 2 years almost and you have more visitor's then I ever have had! I blog for myself and something for my kids to hang on to one day, and I have friends who live in other States so we can keep in touch, and I really do enjoy it!
Blessings Laurie in Ca.

Kenzie said...

YAY Laurie!! I LOVE that you have your new blog and can share your heart and those requests on the hearts of others. You are such an amazing prayer warrior and friend- THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Love you!