My name is Lauren Woodring. I was practically born and raised in Madison. Aside from some moving around in my pre-teen and teen years, I have always called Dane County my home. I have two young boys, Cameron and Ethan. They are the light of my life, and truly my purpose, and the reason I persevered and continued to push through some of the hard years of my life. Everything I do is for them, to follow my calling and to give them a hope and a future!
I was raised in a middle class home with every opportunity for greatness. But, as many do, I took all of the luxuries I was provided for granted and ended up making choices that ultimately lead to many years of struggling. At a young age I was a far beyond my years mentally, and no one’s advice or intervention attempts would hinder me from taking the road I ultimately wanted to travel.
When I was 25 years old, I found out that I was pregnant with my oldest son Cameron and it was the happiest day, ever! Little did I know that this single event would have a domino effect that would change my entire life! Leading up to this time, the lifestyle that I was choosing was toxic to not only me, but those around me. All of a sudden I realized that there is more at stake than just my own selfish wants and needs. I was about to bring a handsome, bright, lively, smart caring and kind young man into this world, and I did not want him to choose the same path that I had so foolishly chosen, or suffer at my expense. While attending a friend’s baby shower in 2012, I met my son’s Godmother and the rest is history! I developed a relationship with The Lord Jesus, started attending church, and growing in my faith!
Today, three years later, I have been blessed with an amazing job with The State of Wisconsin. I am a passionate member of my church, R Church, located on the west side of Madison. I serve on the host team as well as in media. I enjoy volunteering with The Pregnancy Helpline of Dane County as well as the various activities my children enjoy in our community. In September 2014, I gave birth to my second beautiful son, Ethan. He is such a happy, funny, smiling ray of a sunshine baby, and as a single mother I want to be able to give my boys a stable home environment that I was given growing up.
Owning a home to me is more than just four walls. It is safety and security. It is memories and laughter, discussions around the dinner table and the place you always return to. Home is where the heart is, and I am so incredibly thankful that I was accepted into the Habitat for Humanity program. It was truly a gift from God, and the more I learn about the program, the more my heart desires to give back to this charitable organization. Watching videos of other families giving their testimony, and seeing them build their homes from the ground up brings tears to my eyes. I can hardly believe that this is becoming a reality for me and my boys, and I am over the top excited for what the future holds for us!
Habitat’s mission and purpose is truly benevolent and selfless. You are changing people’s lives and making a difference. From the bottom of my heart, thank you! We are so appreciative for all that you do for our family, and other families in Dane County, and around the world!