As I mentioned in my last post, I had several photos of Lauren that I wanted to share, but they would have exceeded my self-imposed fifteen photo limit. I thought I’d fit in with “Throwback Thursday” and share some of them today…along with a few others I came across. πŸ™‚



I was so excited to be able to set my six month old Lauren down on the floor to play with toys one Sunday morning, that I snapped a photo of it! The church in West Virginia had just completed this new nursery and Lauren had just learned to do something new – sit up all by herself! Hard to believe this girl is wanting to start driving now!




Lauren and her dad showing off her new purple coat, Christmas 2000.



Lauren is one year old in the above photo, and I just love her little face as she sees the lit candle coming her way!



Great Grandma got Mitchell (3 months old) laughing so hard when we visited her and Pawpaw in Mattoon in November of 2002. Mitch still has the same sweet smile – except with teeth! Lauren isn’t quite so sure what to think of Great Grandma’s silliness. πŸ˜‰



Lauren’s first VBS at Hot Springs Baptist Temple, summer of 2001. She was two years old.


Lauren, taking a break from bubble mowing, in Topeka, Kansas, 2003.



I showed a similar photo yesterday which had Terry in it. Terry and Lauren were getting ready to go out witnessing in Burnet, Texas. She was so excited to get to go for her first time! She put a pen in her shirt, to be like Terry, who always had one in his shirt pocket. It was so sweet, I had to photograph the moment. She was seven years old.



Mitchell is all decked out for church on a Sunday morning in Burnet, Texas. He was about four years old.



Mitchell got this HUGE icicle off the house when we lived in Hope. We had something like eight inches of snow in one night and it pretty much shut down the town. Which was fine with me. πŸ™‚


Last, but not least, I found this old photo from our one and only trip to Florida in April 2004. Unbeknownst to us, it would the last time we’d all be together with Dad on this earth. This was taken at a restaurant in Titusville, Florida. I didn’t think I had many photos of that trip, since I didn’t own a good camera back then. Stumbling upon this and a few other photos from that time is like tripping over a block of gold! It makes me gasp, stare, smile and want to tell the world.

So world, thanks for letting me share. πŸ™‚

With a heart of joy,


2 thoughts on “Vintage Valerie: Lauren and More

  1. Carolyn Courtney says:

    I love the trip down memory lane! I must have been the photographer of the restaurant photo. Was that place called Dixie Crossroads?
    I love you.


    1. I do not remember the name of it. Several were missing from that photo, not sure where they all were.


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