April 2, 2014

Coffee Date // Vol. 1

Coffee and coffee dates. The taste, the smell, the coziness and the time spent with a wonderful friend. Everything is perfect about it. Well....at least if you add a ton of creamer like I do. 
Healthy right?
This morning I am linking up with my dear friend Rachel for a virtual coffee date. We really wanted to take this time to open up and share everything we have in our cup. After reading Rachel's coffee date post this morning, I realized like her, I never want anyone to come to my blog and think "wow, that girl has it all together!" Sometimes, it is easier to post about the good things and not the hard things. 
Because who wants to think of that stuff right?
As bloggers and ladies in Christ, I think it is very important to tell it all and let others give you the encouragement that you need. So, lets grab some coffee and have a talk. 

The first question most people ask their friends on a coffee date is "how is life" or "how are you doing" Well, normally I would throw out the traditional "i'm great, how are you?" 
But lets be honest, are things ever 100% perfect? 
heck no. 
I am doing pretty well. This weekend I was lucky to get many things done around our house like ripping up the last bit of carpet, moving furniture and redoing furniture. It was a nice, relaxing time finally getting the last bits of our home done. It left me feeling refreshed which I definitely needed because lately I have felt like I am drowning in a pool of nothing but stress. Remodeling our home. School is coming close to being done for the semester which means many projects and assignments are due. Work has been very demanding and a tough place to be in lately. The only thing that seems to keep me going is the thought of our anniversary trip in September. No phones, work, school, nothing. I have found my faith very weak and a bit of a distance from Christ. In all, it seems like March was a bit of a gloomy season. 

But with Spring approaching and being in the month of April, I feel a bit of a refreshment. Something about a new month really makes me feel better about any situation I am in. I often stop myself and wonder what He is trying to teach me through all of this stress. All that pops in to my head is  learning to be content, patient and build stronger faith. I have to reassure myself to put everything in His hands because with Him, all things are possible and everything will be okay.

On a happy note, marriage has been better than ever. It feels so good to finally be in a home with my husband where I have his shoulders to lean on 24/7. He is the most supportive and loving person I have ever met. I don't know what it is about that boy but he can make me forget about any stress that I have going on. 
Yes, it is a little uncomfortable admitting ways that we are struggling. But luckily I have an amazing group of you ladies who I know could encourage and help me any day. I am so thankful for you all! Sharing our stories help us admit our weaknesses and make us realize we just need to bring it all to Christ. It makes us aware that we need nothing but Him and in Him alone, we have everything. 
Oh Simple Thoughts


  1. Oh sweet Lauren! Thanks for your openness and honesty! I can so relate to the renewal that a new month brings! Praise The Lord for new seasons and that his mercies are always new! So happy to have this little coffee date with you! You are such a joy to know!! :) much love!

  2. I am so glad I found YOU via our coffee dates :). Thanks for the encouragement - and can't wait to follow you :)

  3. Found you through Rachel and I love your blog! So fun to meet other newlyweds going through the same life stuff. :)

  4. Hi, Lauren! Thank you so much for being so vulnerable. I love it when people are real, and I love meeting fellow sisters in Christ out in the blog world. You're so sweet and I'm glad I found your blog :)

  5. Lauren! Thank you so much for being open and honest! I love your heart! I love when people can be vulnerable enough to share their struggles as well as their joys! Praying for you in this stressful season. So glad marriage has been a blessing in this time. Have a great day girl!

  6. New months are always so refreshing, especially when it should finally be spring! Buying a house is so stressful and expensive, but it's such a blessing to be able to do that! Your September trip sounds amazing & so happy to hear that your marriage is well and you're able to rely on your husband as your shoulder to support you!

  7. Learning contentment and patience is never an easy task! I feel like it's one that I have to learn over and over. I'm so happy to be following along with you now! Bring on September! :)

  8. Thanks for sharing and for your sweet open heart Lauren! I am so glad that we are blogging friends!
    I am so thankful for you that your marriage is so sweet right now! What a huge praise! :)

  9. Hey Lauren :) Re-doing your house? I can totally relate...my husband and I did the same thing before we got married. Ripping up carpet, scraping popcorn, painting walls...it all feels so good when it's finally done!

    I hope that April brings lovely loads of refreshment to your soul...you're right, March was rather gloomy! Thank you for being honest and for being vulnerable. Perfect people are boring to read about ;)


  10. I'm glad I found your blog today :) you like coffee, I like coffee - we should be blogging buddies! haha. Anyways, you're right, spring is refreshing. Normally I'm 100% FALL LADY! however, this spring has me excited and I'm itching to plant some flowers. Hey, if you get a chance, stop by and say hi - I really do love making new blogging friends!

  11. Thanks for sharing about how you're really doing! I wish we could sit down for coffee for real:)