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California Dreamin’ or Not?

[This post is the LAST post in this blog series to get to know each other better. Not that we don’t want to get to know you better…we do. But, we are running out of ideas of things to ask and have decided to end this series. We’ll keep asking questions here and there. Just not in a formal every week on a particular day way. Thanks for all of your participation over the past couple of years!]

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A recent poll found that California is the least popular state in the United States.

Rubbish! I’m calling jealousy. 🙂

We’ve only been here 7 months but we LOVE California. The sunshine, the perfect 72 degree plus or minus 10 degrees weather, the laid back atmosphere, the friendly folks, the year-round fruits/veggies, the access to the beaches and the mountains, etc.

Obviously California has a reputation among non-Californians (land of the fruits and nuts?).

Today’s More About You Monday question is: When you think “California” what do you think? (Say whatever you must…we will not be offended!)

By |2021-07-08T21:45:36-07:00February 27th, 2012|Community|58 Comments

Do You Dream?

[This post is part of an ongoing blog series to get to know each other better. Have you read and participated in the other “More About You Monday” questions?]

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Yesterday we got home from church and lunch and dove right into our beds for long naps. Lauren took a two hour nap. Dave, Hope and I slept from 12:30 to 4:30pm. It was blissful.

I don’t normally remember dreams but I had a really vivid one. It went something like this:

Lauren suddenly became a huge St. Louis Cardinals (sorry Uncle Steve) and Mark McGuire fan. She started praying that Mark would accept Jesus as his Savior. We decided to fly to Hawaii for a Cardinals game and while on the flight, Lauren saw on the news that Mark had indeed become a Christian. She was so excited! Apparently he had gone to a Billy Graham type crusade at a swimming pool where the Gaithers were singing and someone was doing cartwheels. That did it for him and he marched right up and accepted Jesus! All of a sudden we weren’t on the flight anymore but driving around the desert in California. Hope needed a nap so we stopped at a Bed & Breakfast that looked like something straight out of New England (big Victorian house). Dave and Hope laid down for a nap and Lauren wanted to read out on the big wrap-around porch. I decided to keep driving around. (That right there would never happen as I get lost. A lot.) I drove up a mountain and found snow all over. The car was slippin’ and slidin’ back down the mountain but I finally made it back to the B&B. That’s when we realized that we hadn’t checked into a room. Dave and Hope had just marched right in and taken a nap in an empty bedroom. So, we found the owner and paid and went on our merry way. Then I was reading a journal written by a farmer from back east who had traveled by covered wagon in the 1800s all the way to California. He kept talking about stopping in the desert and building a home because they were so tired of traveling and I was thinking, “NO, NO, keep going!!! You are almost to the coast. You can do it! You’ve got to get to the coast. Get a big plot of land on the coast and your descendants will be sooooooooo rich!”

Right then Lauren tapped me on the shoulder, jolting me right out of my most wondrous dream.

Today’s More About You Monday question is: Do you remember dreams? Any funny, strange, scary, etc. dreams you want to share?

By |2021-07-08T21:45:38-07:00January 16th, 2012|Community, Lana's Journal|1,274 Comments

Free Stuff. We All Like Free!

[This post is part of an ongoing blog series to get to know each other better. Have you read and participated in the other “More About You Monday” questions?]

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I’m working on a big, long Christmas post but in the mean time, how about something free?

My MOPS group had a Scentsy fund-raiser. Uh oh. Me and strong candle smells do not go well together, starting all the way back in 9th grade. Why 9th grade? Because my 9th grade English teacher kept mulberry potpourri in her classroom, which introduced me to ocular migraines.

Nonetheless, I picked a few Scentsy bars for the fund-raiser thinking just maybe I would be able to handle yummy food smells. Unfortunately, that’s a no. They do smell delicious but not delicious enough to warrant a headache.

So, if you don’t have any problem with fabulous candle scents, leave a comment telling us about your hopes and dreams for 2012 and you’ll be entered to win the following:

1. Scentsy Bloom Plug-In Warmer

2. Extra Light Bulb

3. Mochadoodle Scentsy bar

4. Peach a la Mode Scentsy bar

5. Sugar Cookie Scentsy bar

Today’s More About You Monday question (which, if you answer, will get you one step closer to free Scentsy stuff) is: What are your hopes and dreams for 2012?

We will pick one winner (randomly, of course) on Wednesday and announce on Thursday.

By |2021-07-08T21:45:39-07:00January 9th, 2012|Community, Lana's Journal|106 Comments

What Can We Pray for Today?

[This post is part of an ongoing blog series to get to know each other better. Have you read and participated in the other “More About You Monday” questions?]

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The holidays are a time of excitement and cheer but for many they are also painful.

Do you have anything you would like us to pray about? Do you need a job? Are you fighting an illness? Do you feel discouraged? Is a loved one going through hard times?

Lauren, photo by Rashmi Pappu

Today’s More About You Monday question is: What can we pray for today?

By |2021-07-08T21:45:40-07:00December 19th, 2011|Community|95 Comments

What is Your Favorite Christmas Cookie?

[This post is part of an ongoing blog series to get to know each other better. Have you read and participated in the other “More About You Monday” questions?]

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I am making cookies for a cookie exchange this week. I think I am going to make Chocolate Chip Mexican Wedding Cookies.

Today’s More About You Monday question is: What is your favorite Christmas cookie? (And please feel free to share a recipe!)

By |2021-07-08T21:45:43-07:00December 12th, 2011|Community|248 Comments