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My Life as a Redhead


Life with Lauren Blog

I have grown to love my red hair, but it hasn’t always been this way. As a child, I begged my parents to let me dye my hair blonde or brown, basically any color but red. I would plead “please, all the kids are making fun of me and I just want to be normal.” Normal is such fallacy. The truth, is there is no such thing as normal.

IMG_2439As a child, I was bullied mercilessly for having red hair. However, it comes to no shock that elementary school children are mean. Anyone who is different is called out. So much so, that in 2016 there was a fake story of a kid who sued his parents for giving him red hair *insert eye roll. Apparently, a believable enough scenario for people to think it was real. Hate crimes like “Kick a Ginger Day” inspired by South Park…

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You Are Still With Me


Mary E. White Ministries

Happy Thanksgiving (Thursday)! It’s a wonderful day to know that the Lord is still with us.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up, you are still with me!” Psalm 139:17-18 NLT 

If no one tells you today, know you are precious to the most powerful King in the universe. He knows you by name. He knows your every pain. He sees all your flaws. Yet, His thoughts are precious about you.

No matter what transpires today, our loving Father, King of kings, Lord of lords and our precious Savior will still be with you. Today, be at peace, accept his forgiveness and love toward you.

Father God, thank you for waking us up this morning. Thank you for giving us another opportunity…

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Seaboard Southern NMRA show, 30 September 2017



Saturday was the local NMRA group’s annual meet at the Charis Centre in Crawley.  I’ve missed the last two Seaboard Southern shows, as they clashed with other family commitments, so I was pleased to get to this one.  An easy run down the A23 past Gatwick got me there just before opening time – those coming on the M23 had to crawl past the usual accident near Gatwick.

I spend a pleasant couple of hours at this little show, and even managed not to buy anything, except some more storage boxes from Jon the Blue Plastic Box Man.  I spent as much time talking as looking, as apart from having a long chat with Jon (‘Why weren’t you at TINGS?’), I also ran into Simon from ESNG (who was trying very hard not to spend £60 on a half-price book on Santa Fe locomotives), and I then spent time talking…

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Pinup Marghe


Full Of Daisies

Last week I cashed in one of last year’s Christmas presents. A pin up photo shoot in Madrid.

I was so, so nervous that I went alone and didn’t smile for the whole ride there and for the first half an hour. After trying on a few dresses, however, I started feeling better about myself 🙂 The whole experience was, honestly, stressful at best. It was hard to keep a straight face, to do what the photographer said and “look natural”, which I wasn’t feeling at all. She was really good though, and managed to make me look decent in a few shots…

Here are my favourite. The last ones especially, but these aren’t bad either.

I strongly recommend the experience, especially if you’re shy or hate it when people try to take photos of you. It will be awkward and horrid and you’ll be nervous and hate the…

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