Welcome Girlfriends! I’m Laura!
I am no different from you. I want to live the abundant and effective life God has planned just for me, to be in His perfect will – but often times I miss the mark. I am such a work in progress. The truth is: I talk way too much; I over-think everything; I have been called ‘flighty’; and (to quote Beth Moore) “I’m blonder than I pay to be.” Yet, in spite of it all, today I walk in freedom and joy in a way that escaped me for many, many years. I am so grateful!
Because of God’s love, grace, and healing, I have an unquenchable desire to know Him more deeply. I am committed to applying His Word to my life so I can continue to grow and mature. I feel compelled to testify to His character as a redeemer of broken thinking, broken hearts, and broken dreams. He certainly is all of those things to me – and dear friend, He is for you, too.
I’m married to Pat, the man I met when we both had parts in an Italian opera at our local community college. He had the role of a non-singing priest and I played an Italian peasant in the chorus! That meeting, when we were both 20 years old, led to a friendship – then a courtship – and now a marriage of 39 years. We are polar opposites of each other; he is laid back, calm and thoughtful – and I am…well, the opposite! We ARE the same on the important things, though – our lifetime commitment to the Lord, tending to our marriage, and devotion to our family. Many things have changed for us over the years – but those three things, in that order, have remained the same.
Just like you, I wear many hats! Along with being a wife to Pat, I am mom to Patrick, Grant, and Matthew, mother-in-love to Angela, and “Nonie” to our beloved first grandchild, Evelyn Grace.
I am also a speaker, author, coach, and host of the Still Becoming Podcast. I LOVE to encourage my sisters to grow up in spiritual and emotional health and wholeness, to become who God created her to be. It’s never too late! My first book, Still Becoming: Hope, Help and Healing for the Diet-Weary Soul was released in December 2022.
A few other favorite things… A fire going in our backyard fire pit on a cool Fall evening; sitting under our big old maple tree with a book on a warm day; any time we are together as a family; a long chat with a good friend; make-up, jewelry and all things ‘girlie,’ shopping at vintage markets and an addiction to all manner of British period drama and programming that took me away during the pandemic shut down!