Since there are so many of us that reside in LL, I thought I should post a bit of her background. I hope not to offend anyone ... it's not pretty, but a lot of things in life aren't. I know that these are just our dolls, but for many of you they have a 'life' too. So here goes: Lauren Had a VERY happy childhood. Her Mom & Dad were completely in love & adored their only child. Lauren & her mom would spend hours playing with dolls when she was little. Her mom was a house wife & every week Kiera's mom & Jason's mom would take the 3 kids to give the other moms a break. The 3 of these kids grew up from baby-hood together, shared a play pen & learned all the usual child hood stuff together. They were & still are as close as close can be. Jason's dad left the family when Melody was born. She's now 12 years old. His mother Mary is the local bank manager. Both of Kiera's parents are medical scientists at the UW. They expect a lot of Kiera, but are a very loving & happy family. Lauren's dad is a history professor at the UW. Her parent's had always made her birthday very special & taken her out to a fancy restaurant for her birthday. On Lauren's 12th birthday, her dad left work early just for that ritual. Since he left early on that day, he had to stay late the next day to make up with canceled appts & assignments. Lauren & her mom were in the kitchen cooking dinner & singing together, as they always did, when there was a knock at the door. Marnie, (Lauren's mom), went to answer the door. Lauren followed, as she always like to. A strange, disheveled man pushed his way in & shoved Marnie onto the floor in the living room. Lauren tried to pull him off of her, but he pushed her so hard that she fell & hit her head on the fire place & passed out. When she came too, she saw the stranger chocking her mother to death. She had been raped & murdered. When Lauren had fallen, a letter opener had fallen off the mantle. Lauren grabbed it & ran for the front door. The stranger ran after her & caught up to her at the door. Lauren, in a state of shock & panic, stabbed him over & over & over & over. When he collapsed,(dead), she ran next door to Jason's house, where they tried to comfort her as best they could. Mary called the police & Lauren's father. The police arrived immediately, but Lauren wasn't in a state to talk until the next day. It took her dad an hour to arrive home, while Jason held her wrapped in a blanket. No words were, or needed to be spoken. All was understood between them. The days & months that followed were kind of hazy for Lauren & her dad. Lauren never entered the house again, & Sean only did when he had to. They ended up buying a home several blocks away & starting over. Lauren required years of therapy, & neither could function very well for the coming year. Kiera & Jason were their saviors during this time. They were there almost daily doing the house work, cooking, laundry, etc.. even though they were only 12 also. They are like her brother & sister, & Sean's other kids. He has always carried on the tradition of L's birthday, only with these two as the family guests. Lauren one day was going to give her dolls all to charity, but when she saw them all in the box, they reminded her of her mom. The dolls looked so lonely, so she built them a house. She was 15 at this time. It was such good therapy for her, so she continued with other doll diaramas & homes. Jason & Kiera, (without Lauren's knowledge), faxed a lot of Lauren's work to 'Doll Obsession' magazine. Several months later, they contacted her & hired her to work from home on a diarama spread every month. She has made tons of money doing this, which after graduation and a lot of smart investments, allowed her to buy the town house. Through the years, she has never really trusted anyone, except Jason & Kiera, along with their families, & of course her dad. Then in the summer of 2009, she met Keith. He had lost his mother in a car accident in Ireland, so him & his dad moved here to get away from the memories for a time. Kiera was gone for the summer at her grandmother's ... Lauren was lonely, & the two of them hit it off fairly quickly... Keith, being an avid musician, along with Jason became the best of friends too. So 'the Three Musketeers' soon became the 'Four Musketeers' at school. Lauren has come a long way since those days, & now travels to NY periodically for the magazine. She still suffers from nightmares, although they are farther in-between that before. When Jason & Keith formed their band, "Time Out", & were signed to a record deal a year ago, Keith bought the cottage in Underhill Homesteads so that she would be closer to her dad while he had to be away. Connie (mini-me) was Lauren's 'big sister' when she started high school, & they became very close at that time ..... they even share the same birthday! Connie is 4 years older than Lauren, but the two are still very close. Lauren's & Keith's love has grown deeper & stronger through the years & continues that way. So I think that brings her up to date for now! More to come ..............