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Thick and Thin

When I first introduced you guys to Dave and I, I mentioned that we had been through some rough times together. Well today is your lucky day. I’m about to go a little deeper into what I mean by tougher times. Please feel free to smile and share tears with us. We have become better people because of the ones we have lost and because we have gone through times with each other.

Since the beginning of our relationship, David has been very open with me about his father who passed away about 5 years ago. We have spoken in little doses about him and his circumstance, but also about what he has taught Dave. We keep his memory with us, yes, even I keep a memory or two of Mr. Petterson. He has been a huge influence on Dave and there a little reminders that he is watching us from heaven. Even though he is not here with Dave, Mr. Petterson is helping Dave become a responsible adult, even if Dave doesn’t realize it. I get to see it every day.

This past fall I lost someone very close to my heart. My Poppop passed away of cancer. My Poppop was an amazing man and he battled cancer for a few years before it became too much for him. He was strong right up until the very last moments. I was lucky that Dave was able to meet him during our last family vacation to Sea Isle City, NJ with him this past summer. During this vacation we were able to play beach games with Pop, go into the ocean with him (not as far as we used to), and just have fun. I think that Pop knew it was going to be his last vacation but I feel blessed that these are my last memories of him. When I saw my Pop at the hospice, literally a few hrs before he passed, he couldn’t even open his eyes or speak to me. It was heart breaking. This was the one man I wanted to be at my wedding besides my groom, my father, and my brother. My Pop has always been my inspiration in life and my mom says that each of us grandkids have a little bit of him in us. My brother, being the only boy of the bunch, is pretty much the spitting image of my Poppop, personality and all. Even though Dave could not get the time off of work to come home with me for my Pop’s passing, I knew that he was there for me every step of the way. From the day in March, when my mom pulled him aside at EPCOT and told Dave before she told me that this might be my Pop’s last few months with us, Dave has been there for me. I feel so blessed and extremely lucky to have found someone that is going to stand by me through these times. I also feel consoled that Pop really liked Dave, especially the food he cooked for him. I am truly a lucky girl.

Now, a mere 6 months later, I am sitting in another hospice. This time I am in Phoenix, AZ and it’s for Dave’s Grandfather. As my Twitter followers know, I was supposed to go to St. Augustine this week with Dave and some of our friends. However, a few days ago Dave received a call that his grandfather was going into a hospice and if he could visit, he should. Praise the Lord that we already had this week off. This way we are both able to come together and I can support Dave and his family through this tough time. Today I was able to meet Dave’s grandfather for the first time and he shook my hand and we spoke like old friends of the places Dave and I would visit and see while we were here. While I still feel like being in a hospice is a little too close to home for me, I will do it because I need to. Even though Dave hasn’t really had time to see his grandfather, it’s still family. It’s close family and it’s never fun to be in this situation. I have never been to Phoenix before and I am looking forward to our planned trips, and our unplanned ones. I don’t know if I’m ready for what lies ahead of us, but I’ll find out when that time comes. I guess you are never really ready when these things happen.

So even though we have hit our rough spots, we are doing just fine. I think its great that we have had these things to get through with each other. It has bonded us in many ways and made us both stronger people. We understand what each other is going through and respect that sometimes silence is enough. I am very lucky to have been able to meet Dave’s grandfather and will have a sweet memory of him to hold in my heart.

If you pray, we would like to ask if you would just say a prayer for Dave’s grandfather and his family. Prayers for peace and comfort are always welcome. Prayers for good health and strength are welcome as well. We would also like to ask for your prayers for safe travels for us and for family and friends that may visit.

If you are not a religious person, if you would please ask just keep us in your thoughts.

On a personal note, thank you all for your love and support. I have made some great friends through the birth of this blog. Your love and support for all things PDP and Lauren life related are breathtaking. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

~This one goes out to all of us who have lost someone close to us. We know that they will always be in out hearts.~

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A Day of Love

Happy Valentine’s Day Friends!!!

I hope this day has found you immersing in all the love that is in your life. By love I mean all the family love, friendship love, and of course, the Love Love. This day brings so many joys, but it also tends to be a day of disappointment and loneliness for many. I would like to take a couple of minutes to share my thoughts on that.

Thought #1: Love is not just in relationships. Love is all around.

I am a HUGE fan of the movie Love Actually. It houses some of my favorite movie quotes and also shows that love doesn’t always appear to be what we may think it is. In the very beginning of the movie we get this lovely paragraph spoken by the character of The Prime Minister. It goes a little something like this….

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.

Now I must clear something up. He says: “If you look for it” and I must tell you that this phrase does not mean what you think it means. It does not mean to search for love. It does mean to look desperately. It simply means to “open your eyes to”. It means to open you mind and heart to what love is. You do this my friends and you will find it all around you.

Thought #2: Love Fully and Completely

Pull out all the stops for love. Would you take a bullet for your family? Would you go to great lengths to help a good friend? This is what loving fully means. When you find something you love, give it your all. When you find the one you love, pull out all the stops.

Perhaps one of my most favorite quotes from Love Actually is this one:

“Lets go get the shit kicked out of us by love.”

Why do I like this quote? Because the character is saying, “Let’s do this. Let’s pull out all the stops.” Nothing is going to stand in their way. They are in love and nothing is going to stop them from showing that. This is how we should approach all things we love.

Thought #3: We can confuse love with other things

In today’s world, love has taken on new meanings. We tend to mistake lust for love. We are told what we should love and what we shouldn’t. Our minds are confused and sometimes we aren’t quite sure what is love and what isn’t. That’s ok. WE are not perfect. Our stories are NOT perfect. Today’s world is so corrupt and so misleading. There is a song by Switchfoot called Easier Than Love in which is the chorus states: Everyone is scared to death of leaving here alone. She is easier than love, is easier than life, is easier to fake and smile and lie. It’s easier to leave, it’s easier to lie, it’s harder to face ourselves at night.

This is what our world has become. A confusion of love. But we are much more than that. We are Worth more than that. We deserve more than that. And I think as humans, we know the difference between pure/true love and love we are just settling for. So DON’T SETTLE! If it’s not real, it’s not worth it.


So this Valentine’s Day, I went to work and spent some time spreading pixie dust and love. I also made sure I made time to catch up with some friends at work and get their opinions on some next steps I am getting ready to take. But I also made myself fully aware of the love that is around me. This Valentine’s Day was not at all what I had planned. I wanted a nice dinner with David, maybe some flowers and chocolate. Maybe a ring?

About halfway through my day, something was weighing on my heart. So I took a moment to peacefully relax in silence and a verse popped into my head. It is a verse from the Bible.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans for hope and a future.”

So maybe this Valentine’s Day wasn’t what I had planned. However, it really doesn’t matter what I have planned for my life. My plans for my life aren’t perfect, but the Lord’s plans for my life are perfect. So when things don’t go my way, I just have to remember that it’s not my plan. I am a big believer in “everything happens for a reason.” This goes hand in hand with God’s perfect plan.

When I look back on today: It was perfect. I had work. I had friend bonding time. I had me time. Now, I get to finish it up with David time. Well, the 5 minutes I see him before I sink into my pillow and fall asleep anyway.

Happy Valentine’s Day friends. I hope that you have found love. That you are living a life of Love. And that you realize that you are Loved. Even if it’s not in the way that you want or think.

Sending Love

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PDP: Being Pixie Dusted

So over the course of the Pixie Dust Project, I have found that there is a lot of things that one can do to help spread some Pixie Dust and a little cheer in the world. I’ve worked with some pretty amazing charities that do some pretty awesome things. I’ve met some great people who do some inspiring things. Trust me folks, pixie dust is EVERYWHERE!

Today I was Pixie Dusted. I was completely blindsided by it. It was just one of those “woah” life moments. So let me take you back into my world at a lovely 9:50 am this morning…

I had a rough start. For the past few weeks I have had a growing pain in my lower back. With moving (into a new place) and all the work I have been doing over at Goofy’s Barnstormer (lots of up and down movements to check lapbars), I have been putting a ton of stress on my back. This morning my back was killing me. I took some meds and went to work. I was completely out of it. I fell trap to feeling the everyday routine and going about it in a mundane way. Perhaps it was because I was on pain meds, perhaps it was because I was tired. But I could make a list of excuses, I wasn’t my cheerful, magical self.

As I was pressing buttons and making honey pots move, a little boy looked up and smiled at me. He reached up over the big panel I was working and handed me a little baggy and said, “Thank you. Have a magical day.” I smiled and said thanks, still watching ride motion to make sure everything was going ok. They got into their honey pot and off they went into the ride.

After I was rotated out of that position, I was able to look at my little bag of pixie dust that was given to me by a guest. It had a little note attached that read: “Thank you for making our vacation magical. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to keeping the magic. Here is a little pixie dust in return for all that you do.” Holy smokes! A guest thanking me in this big way! I’m the one supposed to be spreading the pixie dust. Even at the moment that little boy saw me, it was probably pretty clear I had no desire to be at work today and yet, I was still given this amazing gift!

Let me tell you how my attitude shifted for the day. Even though I was, and still am, in a good amount of pain, I smiled and waved to everyone I saw. I made sure that I was helping guests have a good time. I made sure that I was spreading some pixie dust.

Sometimes we all need a little Pixie Dust.



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The Unexpected Proposal

Since Valentine’s day is right around the corner, I have decided to write about the unexpected proposal. These happen a lot and tend to be even better than the planed proposal. I find that when I look at proposal stories that have to do with Disney, the unexpected proposal tends to happen more often than the planed proposal. So why go through all the planning?

Proposals are supposed to be special. Every guy who has planned a proposal has had this perfect day or time in their mind. Girls, we do it too. We may imagine how our perfect proposal would be and then we would hope that our best girlfriends tell our future fiance about it. In a perfect world, perfect proposals would go exactly as planned and would be amazing. But we don’t live in a perfect world and we all know that proposals rarely go exactly as planned. But sometimes, it’s the unexpected moment that makes a proposal perfect.

The most important part of a proposal is making sure that you propose at the right time. You want to make sure it is the right moment, one that is worth remembering. Don’t worry guys, there’s no need to stress. If you plan a day or evening full of things both of you love to do, the right moment will just happen.

At Disney, you might be meeting your love’s favorite princess and that princess begins to talk about you being her prince and her hoping that you live happily ever after. That would be a perfect moment to just say, “well actually, *enter name here* I was wondering if you would let be the prince charming in your happily ever after.” Ok that is cheesy, well I think it’s cute, but you get the point. You may plan an evening at the beach and be taking a walk at sunset and she makes a comment about how beautiful it is and then your perfect moment arrives. I guess my point is: the perfect moment is usually isn’t planned.

As a treat…check out this video of a proposal that happened after a couple ran into Push the talking trash can on the Tomorrowland Bridge in Walt Disney World. It’s pretty awesome

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David and Lauren: Little Moments

It’s been a while since I posted something in the David and Lauren section so here we go! I’m excited to write more about our love story here with the hope of inspiring others and giving others hope that there is someone out there made for them. Today I am going to write about little moments. Those moments when the smallest thing can just steal your heart.

Now, not all relationships are perfect and we have our fights. Dave and I don’t always see eye to eye. Dave is also a guy, so I tend to sometimes get annoyed with little things that he does here and there. However, all those moments when we do fight or get annoyed with each other are erased when a little moment creeps it’s way into our day.

Little moments are great! I love them! For example, when Dave cooks dinner and he gets excited over the way something tastes or smells. Or when he’s chopping herbs and plays the guessing game with me. When Dave comes home from work and he walks over and gives he a kiss on the forehead or a prolonged hug right before he leaves for work.

Little moments like freshly shaved kisses and making a small joke. I’ve learned to appreciate every moment that makes me smile or makes my heart melt. Especially because they outweigh the moments where I am angry or upset or frustrated and annoyed. They make my heart grow with love every time they happen (and they happen a lot). They make me smile or laugh. They make me feel like we are perfect.

Brad Paisley has a song called Little Moments. It describes perfectly how I feel about little moments between Dave and I. Before I leave you with the lyrics, I want to leave you with this advice: Don’t ignore the little moments in life. They are some of the most beautiful things life is made of. Take them as they come. Enjoy!

Brad Paisley

Little Moments

Well I’ll never forget the first time that I heard
That pretty mouth say that dirty word
And I can’t even remember now what she backed my truck into
But she covered her mouth and her face got red
And she just looked so darn cute
That I couldn’t even act like I was mad
Yeah I live for little moments like that

Well that’s just like last year on my birthday
She lost all track of time and burnt the cake
And every smoke detector in the house was goin’ off
And she was just about to cry until I took her in my arms
And I tried not to let her see me laugh
Yeah I live for little moments like that

I know she’s not perfect but she tries so hard for me
And I thank god that she isn’t ’cause how boring would that be
It’s the little imperfections it’s the sudden change in plans
When she misreads the directions and we’re lost but holdin’ hands
Yeah I live for little moments like that

When she’s layin’ on my shoulder on the sofa in the dark
And about the time she falls asleep so does my right arm
And I want so bad to move it ’cause it’s tinglin’ and it’s numb
But she looks so much like and angel that I don’t wanna wake her up
Yeah I live for little moments
When she steals my heart again and doesn’t even know it
Yeah I live for little moments like that

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