The Life of Lauren-Lenten Writing #10

I believe God gives us what we need, not necessarily what we want or what we pray for each day.  It has taken a long time to understand that.  Twenty-four years ago in Melbourne, Florida, I gave birth to Lauren Kelly Davis.  She was in many ways a wonder baby.

I had serious difficulties carrying pregnancies. Amber, my first successful pregnancy, was born in 1982.  By 1992, I had two children but had seven pregnancies.  I had surgeries and treatments but another baby was out of the question it seemed.  I took a new, high pressure job at a hospital in Florida and moved across the country.  A few months into the new job, I just wasn’t feeling well and found out-surprise-that I was four months pregnant.  With some serious medical intervention I delivered a three week premature baby that was alive and kicking and has never stopped since!

Florida baby Lauren loved the water, the pool, the ocean.

This photo was taken at a topless beach in St Bart’s –like a native


From that moment on, Lauren was on the go.  She loved animals and the water.  Lauren was dragged to her sister Amber’s softball games and her sister Ally’s riding lessons.  Lauren had no (zero) interest in baseball but tons of excitement around the horses.

Lauren’s focus face

Lauren like all of her sisters just had an innate ability to work with animals. Here she is with her Irish Wolfhound, her bearded collie and our shih tzu.


My Florida baby looked the part with her blonde hair

Christmas photos 1996 with sisters


 Lauren got on her first horse at age five and rarely looked away.  Lauren also pushed the envelope in terms of what type of riding she would do.               

First Christmas

The rest of us were content to ride English some but never had been big jumpers.  Lauren only wanted to ride English and has worked her way up through the rings in terms of height.

Lauren pushing to higher heights with Mick.

Abirthday card Lauren made for my 50th. Note the words across the top. It is a note from lauren saying happy birthday from all my horses at the time.

My three daughters on my 50th birthday

Happy birthday to my last child Lauren.  I was blessed to have you join me in this world.

Winning USEF Zone7 Finals with Feather.

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