our full life: week twenty six

Happy Monday Friends!!!

This week was the week of yummy drinks, I guess? It was also the week of being TREATED to yummy drinks…so fun!

work treat.jpgI picked up my coworker from her mechanic and she treated me to Lofty Coffee. SCORE! I got a delicious whole milk latte with honey.

miguels date.jpg This week I had to take a computer test. Excel, Word, and Tying…blerg! Bret said I deserved a margarita after that. I didn’t argue…that much.

lofty friend time.jpgThird yummy drink of the week. ANOTHER Lofty Coffee treat from my sweet friend Nicole. She got their famous salted caramel latte and I got an iced chai.

brody time.jpgThis is Brody. He is seriously cute and seriously sweet.

word burning art.jpgWood burned latte art. Pretty.

stamped.jpgStamped concrete all the way.

new digs.jpg A new place opened up and their going to serve affogato! The view is pretty great too.

pot pie saturday.jpgChicken pot – chicken pot – chicken pot PIE!

rwbyear2.jpgPlanning our 2nd annual Red, White, & Brunch by reviewing last years notes and consulting The Pioneer Woman.

Have a wonderful week! Enjoy this last day of June, make something magical happen on the 4th of July, and spend time with those you love.

xo sarah


our full life: week twenty five

Week TWENTY-FIVE in 25 words: beach, goodbyes, Lucy, work, walking, Susan, goodbyes, friends, kayaking, BLTAs, praying, reading, memorizing, swimming, gold medal ribbon, guitars, coffee, shopping, beach, walking, mom, dad, & Freddy.

wedding walk.jpg Walking with Susan, seeing the place where we both got married (on different days, of course) and praying for each other. ❤

parent goodbye.jpgTissues + a glass of wine = an easier time with saying goodbye. It was hard holding back the tears. It’s surreal that this was the last time we got to sit with Bret’s parents in that house. 😦

friday with friends.jpgFriends. Tony & Tiffany are wonderful friends and a sight for sore eyes. Sitting, kayaking, and drinking margaritas with them was just what the doctor ordered.

martin taylor guitars.jpg Martins & Taylors.

martin taylor guitars 2.jpgI love him so.

car collection.jpgGoodbye also meant Hello to some of Bret’s childhood keepsakes and toys.

beach day june 22.jpgJr. High Beach Day/Scripture Memorization! We swam for hours, ate starbursts and popcorn, drank pacific coolers, and discussed Psalm 19. SO fun!

carlsbad.jpgPsalm 19: “The heavens declare the glory of God and the sky above proclaims his handiwork..”

Enjoy week 26, friends!

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL June 14.jpg Saturday morning. We all know it and we all love it. The day you (hopefully) sleep a little later, move a little slower, and laugh a little longer. Enjoy the weekend list of links! If you didn’t know already, I love lists.

  1. CUTE summer shades!
  2. Thinking of making your own sunscreen? My friend Nicole gives us her recipe!
  3. Scrapbook envy! I want to do one so bad. I’m going to need this punch though.
  4. Peaches + Iced Tea = done & done! Perfect Peach Iced Tea.
  5. This lunch has so many things I like: mango, lettuce, ginger, DIPPING SAUCES!
  6. Dear Kitten, you are the best commercial ever. Love, Sarah.
  7. Getting rid of some old T-shirts? Have a little extra time? DIY braided rug!
  8. Our annual 4th of July Brunch is coming up…maybe I need to do this.
  9. Loving the hanging utensils in this apartment/kitchen.
  10. 8 tips for shooting stellar still life photos. Helpful!
  11. I’ve been in a popcorn mood lately and this recipe is perfect for summer.
  12. If you didn’t catch it on Wednesday, please take a few minutes and be encouraged in the truth about your suffering.

Happy Summer Weekend! Enjoy the longest day of the year today!

xo sarah

gospel wednesday


This particular season in life has been pretty rocky. With our whole family moving across the country, fires hitting North San Diego County, miscarriages of friends, and the mass of tissue that was found in the skull of our sweet student, Katherine…it’s been emotional to say the absolute least.

I know that those of you reading this have faced your own suffering as well. Whether that be death, sickness, divorce, betrayal, abandonment, failure, depression, anxiety…Whatever the case may be, we have all faced suffering head-on. The Bible tells us to endure suffering. Hard as that may be, it produces the character of God in us. Jesus came and died for the ungodly and related to us in our suffering:

  • For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. Hebrews 2:10
  • Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinLet us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of needHebrews 4:14-16
  • And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

If you have been reading for a while, then you know I like to share psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. They are a source of encouragement and connection for me. I love seeing the character of God displayed in words and melodies. Everything else around me may be shaking or in ruins, but God remains faithful and true, pouring out His great love for me in the gospel.

The song I want to share today comes from the new King’s Kaleidoscope album. CLICK HERE to hear the song “Fix My Eyes”. I bolded some of the words I connect to.

When my heart is weary, when my soul is weak
When it seems I can’t traverse the trail before me
I survey the glory of Your agony
And I find the will to fight for what’s before me
Cause You ran the race enduring for Your glory

I fix my eyes on You, the founder and the finisher of our faith
I fix my eyes on You, the solace in Your suffering is my strength

As I fight to follow, You’re my righteous guide
And You train me to delight in all that’s holy
Heal my broken body, cure my crooked stride
Throw off every weight and sin that clings so closely
I will run the race enduring for Your glory

I fix my eyes on You, the founder and the finisher of our faith
I fix my eyes on You, the solace in Your suffering is my strength

You help me breathe, You’re the only life I need
You died for me, You’re the only life I need 

Lastly, I want you to KNOW this: your suffering is NOT meaningless. If you have just a few minutes, please listen to this song/message. It was such a reminder of the truth and a comfort to me in my suffering. Let it be the same to you.

xo sarah

summer is my jam

TREES-723x1024IT is here. I look forward to it all year long. It makes me smile, my heart beats faster, and I am giddy with anticipation. Summer…my favorite season. Summer is my jam.

This summer I am excited for a quite a few things.

  • Beach Nights. Every Thursday evening we head down to the beach with our friends to surf, eat, talk, and watch the sunset. It’s the best. Beach Days with my Jr. High girls are going to be pretty rad too!
  • Using the Grill. Most of the year we are indoors and I’m doing the cooking (which I love). But, in the summer I take advantage of my husbands grilling skills (which he loves…I think). I am excited to make white fish with lemon, olive oil, tomatoes, shallots, and garlic. You just throw it all in a covered pan on the grill and when it’s all done you dip crusty bread in the amazing sauce.
  • Wearing Dresses. I wear dresses all year long, but it’s nice to have warmer weather and not worry if I am going to get cold. Plus I love the beach bum style and more of those options become available during summer.
  • Neighborhood Walks. Looking forward to the night that we take a walk after dinner and it’s still 75 degrees at 8pm. Holding hands with the man I love and praising the God we love. So dreamy.
  • San Onofre Beach Camping. Camping 20 feet from the water? Sure…I mean YES PLEASE. My favorite camping trip ever has been to San Onofre State Beach. You’re in and out of the water all day, the sun is warm, the drinks are cold, and you get to hear the waves as you drift off to sleep. Plus, it’s just a 5 minute drive to San Clemente for a walk around downtown. AND this year I hope to try paddle-boarding for the first time ever.
  • Freckles & Sunscreen. I love getting a tan, for me, equals I love getting more freckles. I always say I like to get a little burnt so I can get a base layer of freckles. Ha! However, that can only last so long. With my milky white complexion, sunscreen is my friend. It smells like a tropical island or a coconut and it reminds me of childhood.
  • Popsicles. Watermelon, berry, lime, pineapple…cold and refreshing. It’s happening.

What are YOU looking forward to/excited about this summer? I would love to hear it!

xo sarah

{picture from: Dreamsicle Sisters}

our full life: week twenty-four

Hello Monday morning! Here we go again.

IMG_7127Fire drill at work = coffee run. Also, overtime at work = caramel macchiato. Right?

del mar goodbye 2.jpgMy sweet friends enjoying their little ones.

del mar goodbye.jpgFirst, how lovely is my sisters new haircut!? She can pull off short hair like no one else! Second, I am desperately going to miss these two. Eight of our family members are moving to Alabama! I am praying God blesses this new chapter for all of them. It will be so hard to not have them close anymore, but we will just have to save up our pennies for plane tickets! We had a “goodbye” beach morning making memories in Del Mar.

1 peter 1.jpgHis word remains forever. 1 Peter Chapter 1.

goodbye orchid.jpgSpeaking of the flower falling…I hope I don’t kill another orchid.

freddy.jpgThis is Freddy – my dad’s gigantic goldfish. I am doing everything I can to keep the thing alive while he is away on business.

meal prep june.jpgChanneling Shutterbean and doing meal prep for the week. Sliced kiwis, chicken salad with celery, salt & pepper popcorn, basil spinach pesto, and a variation of granola bar glory.

my daddy-031911.jpgHappy Father’s Day to my wonderful dad. He is a humble and tender hearted man. Always supporting me, pursuing me, and reminding me of God’s awesome power to save and restore the broken. I love you dad. ❤

Have a fabulous week, friends! Taste and see that the Lord is good!

xo sarah

our full life: week 21, 22, & 23

Hi again, friends!

Here is what the past (VERY busy/overwhelming/sad/happy/blessed) three weeks looked like:

monday chores.jpgMonday = chores & 5 loads of laundry day. Little did I know that this one of my last Mondays at home for a while. I was asked to pick up more hours at work and while it keeps me away from what I love doing most (home-making), I am earning a little extra money for the future. 🙂

restraunt dinner at home.jpgThe picture doesn’t really do it justice, but this dinner was, in the words of my husband, “restaurant quality.” White wine braised chicken thighs, savory wild rice, and steamed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.

new starbucks.jpgStarbucks has been tempting me lately.

tues dinner.jpgDinner when Bret is gone: Eggs. Every. Single. Time.

neighborhood.jpgThe neighborhood.

dessert night.jpgI work within two (now three) separate youth ministries. Sometimes the same type of events fall at the same exact times. This time it happened with a Parent Dessert Night that I helped put on. Costco run to the max!

peets deal.jpgPeet’s always gets me with their coupons. Free vanilla macchiato? Don’t mind if I do!

mussels .jpgMussels in the Harbor. It was great to have lunch with our sweet Nannie.

nannie date.jpgChula Vista Harbor boat life.

peony season.jpgPink Peonies, take me away.

kettle date.jpgMy sister in Christ, walking pal, thrifting buddy, and beautiful friend Luanna.

taco tues.jpgTACO TUESDAY!!

granny's view.jpgI will miss this view. Not nearly as much as the people leaving it.

GBD2.jpgBaking Day with The Fields youth girlies! ❤

GBD.jpgThe “fruit” of our labor: chocolate pecan banana bread, chocolate oatmeal cookies, mint fudgey brownies. I just wish we had used more chocolate…


xo sarah