Showing posts from March, 2015

My April Poetry Challenge!

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?

Well, I'm going to do something here on my blog next month that I've never done before. I've set a goal of writing and posting a new poem EVERY DAY during the month of April. But I need your help! I'm in need of some great poem prompt ideas! Share yours in a comment below.

To whet your appetite, here's are two bonus poems that I wrote a while back that I haven't shared with you yet.

Death Sonnet

When death like shadowed curtain falls
And casts its doom upon my face
I can’t resist its urgent calls
To follow to that unknown place.

The breath of life death slowly steals
And covers sight with jet-black ink.
The warmth of joy death does not feel
Of evil work alone it thinks.

As poison counts the beats of heart
So death will take its time to kill.
It will in due time play its part
In making life turn cold and still.

Now, death will not sit by and wait
For me to set the time and date.

Penguin Poem

Slipping, sliding

A Blast from the Past

I started keeping a journal when I was 7 years old. My family took a trip out west when I was that age, and I made sure to write down what caught my interest. It's neat for me to be able to relive memories through the eyes of my young self. Just for fun, the rest of this post is excerpted from the journal I kept on that trip. Enjoy!  - Laurel

We packed lots of things. We had Fanny Fae along. She is funny. She is a stuffed bear. She is mine. I got her for Christmas. I like going on trips.

There is a lot of corn there. I like corn. Do you? There is a place that has a silly name. I think there is 10,000 corn there.

We are going to the Badlands. I can’t wait until we get there. I can already picture it in my head – it looks bad. That is why it is called the Badlands because it looks bad. Get it? M-m-m-m. It was time for water and a snack. It was good. Then we went on our way. We were at the Badlands. We climbed a Badland mountain. They are high mountains.

At Wall Drug Store, I bought …

Celebrating 2 years of marriage!

Dave and I dated for 8 months.
We were engaged for a little less than 3 months.
And now we've been married for 2 years!

I've shared about our love story before, but I couldn't resist posting a few more photos from our fairy-tale-like wedding day ... a day full of memories I will cherish all my life.

 He makes me smile. Like this.  :D

 March 16, 2013. The date imprinted on my heart.

Happy 2nd anniversary, my best friend and my love. I am proud and happy to be your wife.

- Your Laurel

50 Things About Me

Just for fun, here’s a list of 50 random things that you might not know about me:

1. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t an avid reader. (When I was in elementary school, I vividly remember picking up a large stack of The Boxcar Children books at the library. At checkout, the librarian looked me up and down and asked, “Are you sure you can read all of these in two weeks?” Yes. Yes I can.)

2. My favorite color is red, and it was the prominently featured color at my wedding.

3. I like tea. I don’t drink coffee.

4. I first tried Nutella when I was in Europe. (Does anyone else feel like Nutella makes all bread taste like a chocolate donut? Soooo good!)

5. I have never had a cavity.

6. When I was a child, I was obsessed with cats. (I was given a kitten for my birthday by a family friend one year. My parents didn't know about the gift until it was already given ... and I was so excited that my parents were nice enough to let me keep the cat, which I named "Butterscotch." The…

Dear Me: A Letter to 16-year-old Laurel

What advice would you give your teenage self? In celebration of International Women's Day coming up on March 8, I took part in Youtube's #DearMe initiative. I apologize for the lack of video quality, but I still thought this was worth sharing!  :)

Our Summer Bucket List

It's still cold ... and the ground is covered with snow.

But seeing as March 20 is officially the first day of spring, I think now's as good a time as any to start thinking about a summer bucket list. (Plus, the thought of doing anything outdoors in the sunshine fills me with warm fuzzies right now!) I created a list of things I was looking forward to doing last summer. I carried some over from that list to this one ... and am adding in a bunch of new ideas!

1. Mini-golf and/or regular golf.
2. Kid stuff. Like sidewalk chalk and bubbles.  :)
3. Canoeing.
4. Blueberry picking. (I enjoyed doing this last year. We picked so many, I still have a little left in our freezer!)
5. A picnic in the park.
6. Lots of visits to the beach!
7. Hike in the woods.
8. Go swimming and/or visit a splash pad.
9. Enjoy a sweet treat at an outdoor ice cream shop.
10. Go to a baseball game!
11. Make a sand creation.
12. S'mores!
13. Water park.
14. Read outside.
15. Visit the dunes!
16. Rent a popu…