this abundant list

TAL 27

Happy Saturday and Happy Weekend! I hope you enjoy these links, spend some time with family, read a good book, drink iced tea, and take a nap. I will…

  1. Thanks Williams Sonoma – give me all the healthy snacks, please.
  2. CRISIS ALERT…these photos will make you cringe.
  3. But then THIS will make you feel all better.
  4. Only a few days left for this FREE treat!!
  5. I’ll just be heading to Oaxaca, okay? Thanks.
  6. The lyrics we’re singing throughout the day this week. So good.
  7. A restaurant recommendation I’ll have to head to Texas for. Thanks Danna!
  8. I think I have decided. My favorite band ever award goes to these guys.
  9. I like using this day-planner for my work life and this day planner for our personal life…I mean, in case you were wondering (because you were, right?).
  10. Why did I decide no sugar & grains, again? Bad decision….YUMMM.
  11. Starting a swimming routine next week! Let’s do this.
  12. I’ve never backed a Kickstarter until today. You should too!!! WELL worth it.

Thanks for reading, friends! Do you have any swimming tips, haha!?

xo sarah

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on turning 27…

SO, I turned 27 this week. And it feels good. No, it feels very good.

When I was in Jr. High, I thought 27 was OLD. I also thought that I would probably have, like, seven kids by now. But that’s a whole other story. All that to say, I haven’t always had the best expectations when it came to my age. So…as a 26 year old, I was freaking out about turning 27. Dumb, I know. But it felt so much OLDER in my head.

Well, surprise-surprise, I was wrong again. I just feel good! Excited, hopeful, peaceful, and humbled.

27 adventures[Picture from a birthday hike with my sweet dad. He and I share the same birthday!]

I received so many sweet and caring birthday texts/calls from people on Monday. I loved each and every one. My favorite came from my sister in Alabama (love you Sare) and my other favorite came from my friend Luanna. She said “Happy Birthday” and proceeded to tell me why I am now her favorite age. I asked her why 27 (she is now in her early 30’s) and this what she wrote:

Lots of reasons. Seemed like I was finally old enough to have some wisdom/life experience under my belt, but still carefree (no kids). We had a tight group of friends we did real life ministry with and I finally had a job I wanted that paid more than just peanuts. Also, I was in super good shape. Yep, 27 was a good year for me. Plus, I mentally got stuck there so now you’re my age. ūüėČ “

Luanna has been a friend of mine for only a few¬†years, but it has felt like longer, in the best possible way. She is my peer and also someone I really look up to. She is a lovely person and wonderful friend. I am so thankful God placed her and her family in my life. Plus, she really makes me laugh…like, big belly laughs and long silent laughs. The best.

Anyway, back to the text. This text was so interesting to read because I could relate to it 100%. It’s a really true depiction of¬†how I am feeling about 27 right now. Here’s how I relate to Luanna at 27:

  • I love where God has brought me, what He has taught me, how He has challenged me, and the ways He is transforming me. All glory be to Christ.
  • I absolutely cannot wait to have children. I am still waiting for that blessing to come, but until that day, there is a lot my wonderful husband and I can be care-free about: schedules, dinner times, date-nights, having a nightcap, reading books, spontaneous adventures, binge-watching Netflix, and being bride & groom.
  • I am at an awesome church with an incredible community. So many brothers and sisters to support me, love me, pray for me, do ministry with me…and vice-versa. God regularly blows my mind with this reality. He has made me very rich.
  • I just got a super cool job at a local software company. At first, it felt like I was living someone else’s life. Now I’m in it. And I’m loving it so much. It’s challenging for sure, but it finally feels like I’m where I want to be.
  • I just started pouring more of my time and energy into eating really well¬†and working out more. It’s been fantastic and just what my husband and I are needing right now. And I’m really excited that one of my birthday presents was a fitbit!
  • I also plan on having lots of adventures this year: Texas, surfing, Florida, Disneyworld, Alabama, camping, and COOKING. A creative kitchen goal for me this year is to cook/bake 29 adventurous things before I turn 28. I want to make macarons, my own cheese, chocolate croissants, cornish hens…oh the possibilities. This will most likely happen on what we like to call “cheat days”. I’ll try my best to post the outcomes here.

So there you have it. 27 is already shaping up to be a good year. A very good year.

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What did you like about being 27?

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL 2 2015

I loved this photo so much I used it twice in one week! Let’s get to those links though.

  1. Trying to find the perfect white t-shirt. Any other suggestions?
  2. I’m so excited to check this brewery¬†out next week!
  3. Our friends gave us kale fresh from their garden. This looks like a good use!
  4. Stoked to find a new (to me) show to watch. The Paradise!
  5. Need a Valentine’s Day idea for your guy? You’re covered with this gem.
  6. My new favorite soaps are by Mr. B’s. My face is so much clearer and they smell UHH-mazing!
  7. Drooooooling…over these earrings.
  8. Fasting from sugar seems impossible when I see this yummy treat.
  9. I feel like I can relate to a celebrity for once.
  10. Try something new this week as a side to dinner. Creamy Cauliflower!

Enjoy your weekend, friends!

xo sarah

our full life: january

Hello friends, readers, loved ones,

I have missed you. I have missed posting and writing and sharing life here. Here’s a good start though. I hope you enjoy and relate on some level to what my January looked like. I started a new job, had some fun, got sick, drank lots of coffee, and made sure to take in creation every so often. Here we go!

cookie breakThis sugar cookie was visually irresistible! But¬†to be honest…not that good. I took it back for the snickerdoodle.

drops keep fallingI ‚̧ raindrops.

goodbye waffles My old office took me out to a goodbye breakfast. I indulged and it was DELICIOUS. It was a wonderful morning with great friends, good food, and bittersweet goodbyes.

goodbye deskGoodbye student ministries desk. I hope my old office is still enjoying my tea cabinet.

baby silas The things that amuse little ones: blanket fringe.

bb graceyToo much cuteness. I can’t take it.

pco day 1 First day as the new Office Manager at PCO.

market dateDate Night at Market. SO fancy and SO worth it.

you mule That Mule though.

pho sho Getting strept throat was really terrible. 102 degree fevers are THE worst. Having friends who bring you soup is the best though.

2015-01-22 17.22.16 The picture did not do it justice.

2015-01-24 17.46.30So glad we stopped to take this. I never want to live anywhere else.

sortingBuilding shelves and sorting lots of…stuff. Three days of it helps you understand the band-aid and coffee. Necessities people.

it's a boatI see a tugboat.

it's saturdayMy Saturday just got better with this cup of joy.

squirrel Hi there Mr. Squirrel. He was so close!

the bandThere’s my man and the team. Making beautiful music in a potentially beautiful place.

now at new buildingPraying for and singing with The Fields.

January was an interesting month because it meant finding a new normal for our family. I am so excited to see more of what God will do in this next season of life.

What was your favorite thing about this January?

xo sarah