Lauren and Mikaela--identical twins living on opposite coasts--blog about the story of life and their adventures in faith.


Looking Back and Looking Forward

Six years ago, on this exact day, we posted our very first post to "One Bright Corner." Since then, it's been an unforgettable experience. Through blogging, we've made friends with ladies we still keep in touch with to this day (we love you Keilah and Charae!), and we've gotten to know in-real-life friends all the better (we love you Elanee and Ruthie!). We got to ride the wild ride of being named Blogger's Blog of Note and have had the privilege of having many thoughtful people contribute to "One Bright Corner" in the form of guest posts.

We started our very first post only a year out of high school with so many events unexperienced, so many lessons unlearned, so many plans for the future, and so much love for writing. We've now completed 500 posts and find ourselves six years older with many experiences, lessons, and plans fulfilled. Yet life keeps rolling, the learning keeps happening, and our love for writing never wanes! We're so grateful for you, our dear readers, for supporting us, reading what we put up here (the good, the bad, and the ugly!), commenting, following, and sharing. Your encouragement is such a treasure.

Nine inches of snow and a week of temperatures in the single digits and teens have left Maryland a very frigid place (at least in comparison to the verdant, spring-like Washington State!). But good things do come of such weather: meet Hugo, the gentleman snowman. Isn't he cool? (Pun intended.)

Baby and I are now 17 weeks into the pregnancy and doing very well! Here, at his 14-week ultrasound, you can see him waving to his Mama and Papa, which of course prompted tears of joy, love, and awe. Is this truly our baby, already so perfectly formed yet so tiny, whom we'll get to hold in 23 weeks? Can he really begin to hear us now, with his fully developed ears, as the doctors tell us he can? What should we name him? Is that his tiny foot I feel, or merely lunch digesting? How can I love a little being so much, when I have yet to meet him or even know his name?

Becoming a parent is an incredible experience!


  1. Congratulations, Mikaela and Lauren, on your 6th "blog-o-versary"! You inspired me to begin blogging back in 2009 and yours is one of the few blogs that I read consistently because of your great, thoughtful, and thought-provoking posts. Thank you for your kind words above (I love you both, too!). Keep up the great work, and here's to at least another 500+ posts! :)

    1. Thank you, thank you Ruthie! What I like about blogging is the incremental approach--500 posts sure sounds overwhelming, but it's not when spread out over 6 years!

  2. Thanks for writing! I enjoy your blog very much. : )

    1. Thanks Kate--I always appreciate your comments!

  3. Ahhh, that hand picture!!! SO sweet! :)

  4. What a wonderful blog to celebrate. I have been SO inspired and encouraged by your blog over the years. It has been a source of encouragement, joy, insights, lessons, and most recently hope. You both are such sweet examples of Christlike servants, and I'm SO blessed to know you. Thank you for being willing to share your life with me. I have been forever changed. May God bless you as you continue to share your writings and lessons, and may you continue to glorify Him always.

    Lots of love,



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