our full life: week forty nine

Week 49 friends! Wow…only 3 more weeks until the NEW YEAR. What?!

This week had a lot of dark spots. Without getting into the details, here are some of the bright spots:

dropsRain! A reason to rest and feel refreshed.

shoe shoppingBoots! Only $10.48 and extremely necessary when you: 1. Wear flats and get soaked during a downpour and 2. Have no time to go home before community group.

lofty latte Lofty Latte! Very good coffee on a very good day off.

lofty sandwichBreakfast TO-GO! A very treat-yo-self moment.

date A handsome date! He really is the best.

pizza nightHome-made pepperoni pizza! With some tuscano cracked pepper cheese on top.

wonderlandBaby Gracelyn turns 1! Wonderland birthday party + girlfriends = ❤

shortiesMy homemade pecan shortbread! The perfect cookie for the perfect crowd.

Hopefully you can see the bright spots in your life in the midst of any darkness. Suffering cannot be ignored, but God’s grace is always present. Until next week, friends!

xo sarah

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gospel wednesday

GWGood morning friends,

I am so excited that December has started. And what did the first few days out here in sunny San Diego bring? RAIN, sweet, rain! I love how it feels chilly and fresh outside. I can hear it dripping outside my window and I love every second of it.

I am also so excited I started reading a devotional for the month of December. It’s called The Dawning of Indestructible Joy and John Piper wrote it for the advent season.

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From the definition above we can see that advent means the arrival of something amazing. Something beautiful. Something new. Or should I say someONE.

As a follower of Christ, I celebrate advent in December because of the arrival of Jesus . The arrival of Jesus provided the most notable thing to have ever happened – the gospel. The arrival of Jesus provided us with an indestructible joy – the gospel. The arrival of Jesus is why we celebrate Christmas at all – the gospel.

Please join me in reading this daily advent devotional. It’s not too late to catch up…it’s only December 3rd! Click the picture below or HERE to download the FREE PDF.

full_the-dawning-of-indestructible-joyIn closing, I hope to encourage you with a Scripture from the book Introduction:

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we
have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the
Father, full of grace and truth. . . . For from his fullness
we have all received, grace upon grace.”
JOHN 1:14–16 AMEN.

I will praying for FULLNESS for you and your family this advent/Christmas season.

xo sarah

our full life: week forty six through forty eight

I’m baaaaack y’all!

I apologize for being out of the loop for a few weeks. I guess Thanksgiving took more prep than I thought it was going to. Either way, I’m happy to share with you what our life looked like the past 3 weeks. Please enjoy!

puffsGod provides such joy in the sky above.

tabbyI had trouble getting him to stay still, but S’CUTE!

lake SMLake San Marcos at dusk. Just before going to sushi with a friend.

seaviewOcean view on the way home. Taking in the crazy beautiful sky…again!

brunchIced latte & toast at noon. Just what the doctor ordered.

community projectOur Community Group served a park in Carlsbad a few weeks ago by planting & beautifying. Also, some of the men built fences. 😉

RV CupcakeI had a gift certificate for a cupcake that was about to expire. RED VELVET!

sourBret made me a freshly squeezed whiskey sour while I made my DIY “Give Thanks” banner. I thought it was appropriate…and quite tasty.

CUTS practiceMusic men. Creating sets and making my ears glad.

the sauceCranberry-Pear sauce. My personal additions: lemon peel and a cinnamon stick.

the tableThe Thanksgiving Table. It was so fun to host this year and open our home! And the food was delicious!

fall saladFor example: A fall salad with homemade maple-mustard vinaigrette, homemade maple candied roasted pecans, gorgonzola, dried cherries & cranberries, and honeycrisp apples!

thanksgiving asparagusRoasted (and quite steamy) asparagus in a buttery-herby-garlicly sauce.

the birdAnd TURKEY! Brined for 24 hours then roasted while being basted with a lemon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, butter sauce. We’re loving all the leftovers we got too!

the centerpieceWe had more food…but I only pictured a few dishes and just enjoyed the rest – like homemade white wine gravy, buttermilk biscuits, and more!

best everThe day after Thanksgiving, Bret and I had a mini “vacation” down in San Diego. We had to hit up one of our favorite places for lunch.

little houseWhen I see little shacks like this one, I envision the “first house” Bret and I might enjoy one day. We both love simple and small…we shall see!

balboaBalboa Park for stunning views and beautiful weather.

planesWe enjoyed seeing planes fly overhead and the jet stream rushing through the trees!

relaxI felt like I was in a storybook. It was lovely to relax with Bret here.

marshmallow tutus Marshmallows in tutus at a sweet 3 year olds b-day. ❤

cleaning dayBack to work today. Cleaning away and listing to APJ podcast. Now on to DECEMBER!

Hope you are getting ready for CHRISTMAS! Thanks for reading.

xo sarah