Saturday, September 8, 2012

coffee date: {grateful}

It's been a while since I've linked up with 
Alissa @ Rags to Stiches for a coffee date, 
but I'm totally in a fall coffee kind of mood and I want to share today.
Over a venti Pumpkin Spice Latte 
(my favorite coffee ever! oh my be still my beating heart!!!)
I'd tell you: 

I did the math last night and realized that I am working a 70-hour work week this week.  
It's kind of a hazy blur, and yeah it's a lot of crazy hours, but I'm managing OK.
It'll make my weekend that much sweeter when it finally gets here.

I'd tell you that in what down time I had this week:

I've caught up with old friends in email and text, 
checked a few things off my to-do list
(like renting a textbook for my new major in Business Marketing:
 back to school after 10 years of this full time+ career and I'm excited!)
read some great new blogs, made myself a blog button, 
and finally caught up on my She Reads Truth Proverbs Daily. 

I'd share that today was Proverbs 27 and verse17 has been finding me all yearlong.

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."  

A constant reminder that the people who are falling in & out of my life 
in person & here in the blogger world are all there for a purpose.
I'm starting to see how some of the dots of sadness and disappointment are connecting 
into a bigger picture kind of woven story that's all my own.

I'd tell you that despite these long days: 
I had a great dinner with my friends Carrie, Jacob, and their baby Olivia. 
I woke up to a picture of cute baby Owen the other day. 
The clouds and sky all this week have captivated me.
I made it to the gym to run twice early in the AM after my shift.
I saw my childhood friend who was having her first kind of great day after the last couple of months of chemo/radiation.
I spent time with my Uncle.  Time with him will be gone sooner rather than later. 
It's bittersweet.  We have peace in knowing he'll go to a better place, but we will miss him. 
Our law enforcement community lost another patrol officer due to a senseless gunman.  It is happening to often and a loss of one is a loss to us all.  It makes my heart heavy.
I held back tears when a friend told me nonchalantly that she prays for me everyday. 
I didn't hold back tears when another friend thanked me for loving her and her family unconditionally and that a quick email to check in on her early at 5am was a major comfort to her when she really needed it. 
My other lesson this year.

Finally, I'd tell you that this has been a busy week but when I sat down to write this coffee blog, 
I realized how grateful I really am and should be. 

I have a good, reliable job, a house of my own to live in, 
precious friends & family that love me, and I have a lot of:
goals, ambition, dreams, and opportunities that have yet to come to light. 

I hope you all have had a great week and good weekend that is still yet to come. 


  1. Lauren! Thank you for sharing from your heart! I'd join you for a Cinnamon Dolce Latte. :) And tell you that I'm learning the lesson of timing this year too.

    1. Always! I saw a pin that reminded me of you today. I'll have to find it and link it to you.

  2. Great blog post!!! I'd def have an iced coffer with ya!! :)

  3. Hi Lauren, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

    1. Thanks Chris! I'll come check you out now.


  4. Love your passion! Sounds like you have some pretty tough stuff happening around you; you have such strength. That is one long work hour week. I hope you have a safe and smooth flowing week.

    1. Awww, thanks girl!!! I made it through and honestly, it's just life, I don't think that I (we) see the totality of it until we step back and take a look at it. It's nice to get it out in writing some days too. I hope you had a great week too!!

  5. Its always so nice to catch up with friends! Thanks for sharing!
    If you get a second, i hope you'll check me out too! Just posted an awesome brownie recipe!

    xo Rach

  6. love your coffee talk... i especially love what you said here:
    I'm starting to see how some of the dots of sadness and disappointment are connecting
    into a bigger picture kind of woven story that's all my own.
    i needed to hear that. funny how God brings us across the paths of people the things we need at the right time.

    1. I couldn't agree with you more Julie!!! Timing is everything...I'm overdue for my coffee date this week. I need to write it now. I have somethings on my heart. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. That's great that you are back in school! I hope to finish with my degrees before my kids graduate college. Or before I die. lol

  8. Let the tears come. They come from the depths of your soul and are meant to be released. When we contain them we are holding on to something that needs to be shared and when they aren't they turn into bitterness. Even happy tears can turn into something ugly inside our soul if we don't allow them to come.