Last Call

LAUGH WEAR 2017

Last Call on 2017 LAUGH Wear!!!

Not only will you find amazing LAUGH apparel that looks great and speaks volumes, but because we do not charge for LAUGH you will also be supporting our LAUGH ministry through your purchase.  We truly desire for ALL women to know how amazing they are and to live a vibrant life right here and right now!

 

 

Did you hear about our Hoodie Giveaway? Were you disappointed since you ordered prior to the promotion that you wouldn’t be entered into the drawing? Never fear…if you placed a LAUGH Wear order this season, your name was entered into a drawing for other FABUOULS PRIZES! Winners will be announced tomorrow evening.


LAUGH WEAR ORDER FORM – PICK-UP AT LAUGH ON JULY 20

LAUGH WEAR ORDER FORM – SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOUR HOME 

Thank you for partnering with us in this endeavor!  And might we add “sister-friend, you look good in that LAUGH wear!” LOVE IT!  Life is better when you’re LAUGHing!

 

LAUGH 2017

Our season is Now Open

Today, we kick off our LAUGH 2017 Summer Training – Press On!  We can’t wait to see those who are returning and meet those who are joining us for the first time!  You will be SO glad you came!  Our start time is 7:30.  We try to be very punctual because we know that you, like us, have plates that are overflowing and to get out for just that one hour takes a bit of maneuvering and planning.  With that in mind, to keep things on schedule, please plan to come a little early this week if at all possible.  We will be awaiting your arrival anytime after 7:00 and we will have you on your way home by 8:30 unless you want to stick around and chat.  Many of us love to just hang out with one another for a few, eat some fruit and commune with the Mosquitos!

I Want My Mommy!

“I want my mommy!”  There, I said it!

I’m 47 years old, and the ache in my heart for my mom is still so raw, just like it was on the day we said goodbye 13 ½ years ago.

I was pregnant with our first born daughter, Izzy when my mom received the diagnosis of stage four metastatic breast cancer.

For many years after my mom’s death, I would avoid being in public on Mother’s Day. If someone happened to tell me happy Mother’s Day. I would say thank you, but that was NOT what I was thinking in my head. The loss for me was so big, I couldn’t see past my own grief to celebrate being a mom myself.

I would have these conversations with God, asking how He could leave me motherless when I was a young mother myself. I was so caught up in grief I couldn’t see what he had given me in return.

Slowly, over the years I have started to see the blessings he has given me in the women he has placed in my life.

When we moved to Kalamazoo just as my mom was diagnosed with cancer I met this wonderful woman and next door neighbor. Over the last 17 years, that neighbor named Leone became way more than a neighbor. She is one of my most cherished friends. I’m not sure if she would appreciate being called a motherly figure to me because she is only a few years older, but she is the one I call when I have a sick kid, I need extra help with my kids and she even stayed in my home when I had surgery. She is also Godmother to my son Max.

17 years ago we also found an amazing church family and over the years I have developed a very special relationship with Pastor Becky. She now plays the role of my spiritual mentor. She pushes me out of my comfort zone, continually prays over my family, taught me to bake bread and mentored both of my daughters.

I’m not certain where or when our relationship started, but her name is Linda. She has the biggest servant heart of anyone I know.  When she called me on the phone last fall and said, “I have these hostas that need splitting, do you want them?”  I thought I heard my mom’s voice as she said it. When we spend time together in her garden splitting plants I can easily go back to when my mom and I shared this same activity.

My sister has stepped in with my kiddos. Just like my mom, she has this amazing ability to purchase the perfect gift. My mom would often call me and say, “I bought ya something!”  Whatever the gift was it was always perfect. I often tell my daughter Tori, she has inherited this same gift giving ability.

I have this crazy cousin Tina that lives in San Clemente, California. Tina’s dad and my mom were siblings. My mom was the baby of eight kids so I have a bunch of first cousins on my mom’s side of the family. Growing up Tina and I didn’t spend much time together. On a spring break trip to Southern California 7 years ago, Tina and I spent a considerable amount of time together. Our relationship has never been the same (but in a good way). She taught me how to make my Grandma Baugher’s sweet tea and shared family stories that I have never heard. Spending time with her is just comfortable.


It’s been 14 years since I have celebrated an earthly Mother’s Day with my mom. But in the midst of a loss, you can have an unexpected gain. It may have taken 5 women to only slightly fill the void of losing my mother but, the Lord did not leave me, he did not forsake me. If this Mother’s Day finds you with an ache in your heart, lean on your Heavenly Father who wants more for you than you could ever ask or imagine and when the time is right, accept the love, help, and support of a motherly role model. 

Happy Mother’s Day Mom!

Meet Kari Wildner

 

  • Tell us a little about your family

I am married to my best friend Rory and we have one kiddo/daughter Lea, who is 11 years old. We have an adopted cat named Luigi and we love him (even tho we are really dog people at heart) Our family likes to run and we especially all like to get our goofy/silly on together. Fun fact: my husband ran in college so he really introduced me to running. At first, I could not run for more than a few minutes and my breathing was just so horrible. After training for a few months though, I ran my first 5k without stopping and could not believe how far I had come. Now I am training for my 4th half marathon!

  • Tell us about your LAUGH journey

Last year was my first year at LAUGH and I kind of joined in on a whim after hearing about it at church and seeing posts on Facebook about it. It sounded like something that would be uplifting and also would serve as a time every week to get outside, to get moving, and to get to know other Christian women. I, unfortunately, missed out on the LOL 5k last year, but am really looking forward to running it this year along with the other women I meet!

 

  • What are you currently reading or listening to (podcasts, books, blogs etc)?

I just finished reading Fervent by Priscilla Shirer with a girls Bible study! It was such a great read for anyone looking to really dig into prayer and to look at prayer with a fresh perspective. I also just got Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist and am ready to jump into that and to try some new recipes, spending time in fellowship and enjoying good food with friends and family. As far as podcasts, I am a big TED talks listener and tune into all things NPR!

 

  • What are some of your favorite quotes or words to live by?

Oh man…favorite quotes…I really like Brene’ Brown’s work and one of my favorite quotes of hers is “Let go of who you think you’re supposed to be; embrace who you are.” I feel like we as women place so much pressure on ourselves and I know that when I focus on letting go of those self-expectations, I am kinder to myself, I am a more present wife and mom and friend and co-worker, etc.

 

  • What are some of your favorite go to meals when time is tight and dinner must get on the table?

You can never go wrong with brinner! Breakfast anything for dinner is always a win at our house, breakfast burritos, pancakes, French toast with some fruit…all super quick and easy and comforting We also eat a lot of homemade Mexican too, black bean tacos, taco salad, tostadas, guacamole or pico on everything! Pretty quick as long as all of the ingredients are in the pantry!

 

  • What is a fun LAUGH memory you have?

One of my favorite/most meaningful LAUGH memories I have was during a run with my group and I was just really struggling/having a hard time keeping up. My group leaders Lisa and Brienne were so kind and supportive and they would just take a few minutes to walk and talk with me. To me, that really summed up what LAUGH is about, lifting one another up, encouraging each other as women while getting to know one another. I had a lot of fun pushing myself to try harder and felt so welcome in my group

 

  • What music do you like to listen to when exercising?

I actually have been trying to go without music lately, just to allow some quiet mental space during my long runs. But, for regular exercise, I love One Republic (those beats!) and also Sia (Titanium anyone??!) It definitely gets me going when I need that extra push! My close friends and running buddies know when a Sia song comes on my playlist because I am not above dancing/running

 

  • What is your favorite running apparel or must have?

I have come to realize just how critical having a good pair of running shoes is! So, always good shoes that are fit for my feet and gait as well as my flip belt. It holds everything you need for any type of run or activity!

 

  • What one thing would you want the world to know about LAUGH?

LAUGH is truly for every woman, any age, any fitness level. If you are just a little curious or interested, I challenge you to show up and find out what an awesome community it is! Be prepared to hear authentic, personal stories and testimonies from women who will inspire you and to encourage you on your own health journey. And, of course be prepared to have fun and for a lot of laughter

 

  • What does living a VIBRANT life look like to you?

To me, living a VIBRANT life looks like being comfortable in your own skin, using the talents and gifts that God has given you to be a blessing to those around you, to uplift others, and to have the courage to just be yourself and to be vulnerable. When I strive to live this way, I definitely feel like I am focused on letting God use me to fulfill His purpose!

 

  • What advice would you give to a new LAUGHer?

You are already more than enough, so show up/don’t be afraid! I think it is really easy to doubt ourselves and to talk ourselves out of doing something new or different, maybe because we are scared to look silly or out of shape or whatever. The best thing about LAUGH is that is really is a place where women are welcomed, where encouragement is everywhere, and where so much FUN happens!

 

  • What is your go to source of exercise, your favorite workout, or regularly scheduled workout?

Right now I am logging a lot of miles running, but my favorite workouts are group fitness classes like Body Pump or RPM/spinning. I am definitely the person who works out harder when I have a teacher or instructor calling me out and pushing me to give it 110%! I need that accountability, which is another reason why running and moving with a group of women is such an awesome workout for me!

 

  • What is your guilty pleasure food?

Oh man…so many delicious foods to choose from! I am more of a savory food person, so like movie theater popcorn with real butter or some serious pizza is what I like to indulge in And, now I am hungry!

Rise Up and Pray

It was one of those nights.  I went to bed later than my husband, trying to get some work done in preparation for the coming day.  Though I had only slept 4 hours, I was awakened by it.  You know, “it”.  Not worry, not panic.  Just the deep need to pray.

I poured my heart out to God as my husband slept next to me.  So much was on my mind, and every bit of it I knew I had no real control over.  I had so much to be thankful for yet so many concerns to lift to my Creator and Sustainer, my Abba Father.  Jeremiah 29:11 immediately played in my brain.  “For I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you.  Plans to give you hope and a future”.  I laid there acknowledging the Lord’s words, asking if there was anything that I could do to assist Him with His plans.  Nothing.  Silence.  Though I almost felt a laughter stirring somewhere.  

As I entered the shower, I began repeating the concerns weighing heavily on my heart.  Again, Jeremiah 29:11 filled my brain.  I knew this time there was no need for me to ask if God needed my help with anything.  The verse consumed me as the water poured over me.  “I know the plans I have for you.”

I know them.  You don’t need to know them.  Do you trust Me?  Have I not proven Myself to you?  Aren’t you living a vibrant life, despite the damage you tried to do to yourself early on?  Didn’t I give you a man of integrity to become your spouse?  Did I not see you through hazardous situations with not even a scratch?  Have I not provided for you when you were not sure how to pay the bills?  Did I not give you two beautiful children, though you were infertile?  Didn’t I open a door for you where there was none?  Have I not shown you that you are far stronger and more capable than you ever believed yourself to be?  Why wouldn’t you trust me to have plans for you that are good!?  Haven’t I proven My plans are greater than yours!?

The words of Psalm 5:3 took over my thoughts.  “In the morning, Lord, You hear my voice.  In the morning, I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly.”  I had poured out the concerns of my heart to God and now I had to leave them at His feet.  The running water refreshed my weary eyes and the burdens of my heart began to lift as I started to ponder the Truths of my God through the experiences that we have had together.  He is trustworthy.  He always provides.  His plans are better.  He is faithful to completion.  He is my Rock in times of trouble.  He is the same today, tomorrow and always. I can do far more than I ever thought possible through Him who gives me strength.  

One of my friends always says “If He brings you to it, He will see you through it.”  Isn’t that the truth!? I am not sure exactly what this year holds for me nor for you, but I do know that we have a God who has good plans for us.  Plans to prosper us, not to harm us.  Plans to give us hope and a future.  He has those plans already worked out.  He doesn’t need my assistance but He does ask that I know who I am – in and through Him.  This changes daily for me, but today…..  today, I am His.

As you look into what this year has for you, I hope you are saying bring it on, because I am…..