i love lists : crafty friends

Happy Friday!

Today I want to share about some of my most crafty friends. These friends are lovely people making lovely things for this lovely world. Please enjoy this list and get inspired! Think about how you might be able to use their services and/or products to bless yourself and others.

  1. Hand Lettering Co.
    Our friend Chris Wright, along with his beautiful family, operates the amazing Hand Lettering Co. We met Chris over 5 years ago at our previous church. We served in Jr. High Ministry together, got to see Chris get married to his sweet wife Carly, and got so excited when Hand Lettering Co. began. When the Wrights started a business creating hand lettered Scripture art, Bret and I were so impressed…we still are! I love that the Wrights goal was and still is to use their God-given gifts for God’s glory and to encourage others. It’s no surprise we have an original piece, along with many other prints, framed in our home and offices. Follow them on instagram.
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  2. Make+Do Handmade
    Our friend Brittan Weaver is one of the most creative and passionate girls we know. She has never given up on her desire to make art and share it with the world. She has an eye for beauty: natural, soft, classic, and fun. Brittan has been a part of my life for over 8 years! She is beautiful inside and out and I am honored to call her friend. Head over to Make+Do Handmade to find calligraphy, invitations, watercolor prints, headbands, flower crowns, and seasonal gift items. Follow her on instagram!
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  3. The Trunk + Key
    Our friend Sarah Trunkey sells vintage maps from the 1930s. They are beautiful for framing in your home as decor or to be given as a gift. Her maps are perfect for weddings and house warmings. The most wonderful part of her products is that all profits currently go toward the Trunkey family adoption fees. What a wonderful use of funds! Bret and I have known the Trunkeys for over 3 years now and they truly have a special place in our hearts. Sarah is a self-taught bookbinder, a lover of beautiful paper, a vintage map hoarder, and a Hoosier Girl turned SoCal Gal. Trunk + Key is a representation of the amazing family of God.
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  4. Shamrocks & Tangerines
    Our friend Amanda Picard is a master crafter! Amanda is a full-time mom to her sweet baby James and wife to her husband, Jimmy. She is known for her quilts around our church family, but most recently she has been very involved in the diaper business and created her own brand – Lucky Diapers. Lucky Diapers are a one size pocket diaper. They have 5 waist positions and 3 rise positions. They are lined with suede cloth to help wick moisture into the absorbent insert to keep your baby’s bum dry. So cool, right!? Follow Shamrocks & Tangerines on instagram.
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  5. Mr. B’s Necessities
    Our friends Shem and Lara Gott started the most incredible company, crafting all-natural soy candles, soaps, and now deodorant made with essential oils. Lara also makes beautiful handmade jewelry. Their candles are in almost every room in our home, their soaps are out on the counter and in the shower, and we hope to have their deodorant soon! Mr. B’s new storefront in Oceanside is just perfect! We love that it’s right next to, not one, but TWO coffee shops. Shem and Lara are some of the sweetest and most genuine people you could meet. Their children are adorable and their passion for God’s glory is evident in all that they do. Shem and Bret serve in music ministry together at The Fields, which is a joy as well. Follow Mr. B’s on instagram.
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Aren’t these folks amazing?! I mean, seriously! And I have even more crafty friends out there too…but that’s another post for another time. Hope you enjoyed this list! And please, visit my friends on instagram and check out their amazing crafty products!

#write31days #31daysofwriting

xo sarah

i love lists : 5 favorite wedding details

Hi friends,

Better late than never! It’s day 29 of write31 at 9:30pm and I’m throwing together a post as quick as I can. This has been a wonderful challenge for me for sure! Today I’m talking wedding details.

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Pinterest wasn’t a thing when I got married. There were blogs, and catalogs, and magazines, but no Pinterest. I can’t decide if all the endless and amazing pictures of weddings would have been a good or bad for me in the wedding planning process. Nonetheless, I loved our wedding day and I think it would have been Pinterest worthy! So many incredible moments and memories, but like I said, today I’m talking details. Specifically, 5 of my favorite details from our wedding day.

  1. My Wedding Day Attire: I loved my dress! I wore a bracelet my dad gave me when I was 16, I was gifted a pearl necklace by my granny, I borrowed earrings from my sister in law, and I wore a blue vintage garter and blue suede shoes. It was all so special and beautiful to me. Bret’s Wedding Day Attire was SO handsome and dreamy too! attire 2attire 1attire 3
  2. The Flowers. Bret and I do youth ministry together and one of our students’ mother offered to be our florist. She is amazing! Especially because I was such an indecisive bride when it came to picking just one flower. flowers 1flowers 2
  3. The Music. Bret and I sat down one evening and picked all our songs. I can still rmember that night so vividly. We both were teary-eyed that night imagining what it would be like: the procession, the ceremony, the first dance, all of it! Bret is a musician so I can see why this was so important to him.
  4. The Espresso Cart and Donut Bar. Enough said, right!? It was amazing and people still comment on it. coffee 1coffee 2
  5. The Balloons. I loved these big yellow balloons I saw in a magazine. I am so glad I made the splurge.balloons 1balloons 2

There are so many more, but I decided to limit myself to 5. I could spend much more time telling you about the pinwheels, the hair barrettes my MOH made, the candy bar, dessert table, ice cream cart, the wedding wishes tree, the guest book, more of the decor, the venues, the invitations, SO MUCH MORE!

But I hope you enjoyed these 5. None of these details would have been captured without our amazing photographer, Jessica Davins (formerly Hannon). We are forever grateful!

Okay, okay…one last picture. The Kiss! Best Day ever ever ever! ❤

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p.s. can you see all the handmade pinwheels?

#31daysofwriting #write31days

xo sarah

i love lists : 10 fun dates

I love dates! Dating in the day, dating in the night, dating all day! Dates with Bret are something I really look forward to. To have specific time cut out just for us is so special and important.

I hope you enjoy these 10 tried and true fun date ideas!

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  1. Picnic on the beach. Grab a big blanket, your favorite foods and drinks, and enjoy the waves and each other’s cute faces.
  2. Breakfast at your favorite place and a walk afterward. My favorite is Claire’s on Cedros.
  3. Movie night IN. You can switch off between guy movies and girl movies or do rock-paper-scissors. Variety is good and so is the cuddling on the couch during the movie part.
  4. Adventurous dinner date. Trying new things together makes for great memories and whether it’s Argentinian, Japanese, or French – try something different!
  5. Build a puzzle, drink good coffee, and indulge in your favorite dessert.
  6. Hike! I love hiking because there is so much good conversation and a common goal. My favorite hikes are in Torrey Pines and Idyllwild.
  7. Relive your first date ever. Whatever it was, it can be special and funny to do all over again.
  8. Go restaurant hopping. This makes the night really stretch out (which I love). Appetizers at one place, main dish at another, and drive-thru ice cream cone or froyo on the way home.
  9. Seasonal Activities: carnival, farmers market, surf competition, fair, classic cars, etc.
  10. Live music! Another good one, just takes a bit of planning. Or you can grab the local brewery schedule.

P.S. Make sure you get your girl some FLOWERS, guys! 787a6f475325170b417479ec08056f9f

What are your favorite dates?

#write31days #31daysofwriting

xo sarah

i love lists : 15 ways to be hospitable

I have been told that I have a gift of hospitality. What a wonderful compliment!

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hos·pi·tal·i·ty – the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.
synonymsfriendliness, hospitableness, warm reception, welcome, helpfulness,neighborliness, warmth, kindness, congeniality, geniality, cordiality,courtesy, amenability, generosity, entertainment, catering, food

“The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It’s about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.” –Shauna Niequist, Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes

When people treat me with warmth and genuine friendship it is then safe to be me. Safe to share life together, to enjoy a meal, to stay a while, and to help in return. Hospitality is important because it is important to Jesus. Jesus has always been on mission to bring the Kingdom of God to this world. He came to serve and not to be served. That is the heart of hospitality: service.
I am by no means the best at this, but it is something I really enjoy. Making sure other people’s needs are met is a burden I gladly bear. I want the people in my life to be served, have joy, and live life abundantly. Whether it’s lighting a scented candle or serving the finest seafood feast, hospitality comes from the heart – not the pocket book. In addition, whether you are single, married, male, female, or a household of 15 – hospitality is important, doable in your own way, and is a good opportunity to bless the people in your life. So here are 15 ways to be hospitable:
  1. Host people! Whether you have a small one bedroom apartment like us, rent a room, or have a bigger home…open it up! Invite people in to your life. The invite means more than the size or looks of the space. People feel honored by an invite and parties/dinners/get-togethers are a great way to show people you are grateful to have them in your life.
  2. Give a tour. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel more comfortable in a space and with the person I’m visiting when I get to see their whole home. What’s behind all the doors? Maybe it’s a psychological thing. And, while difficult, I think it’s a good thing to let people see your mess. Life is messy – let’s just be in it together.
  3. Scented candles. I know this is so simple, but a great smelling home is inviting and restful for people. You could also try the stovetop potpourri method.
  4. Put glasses out on the counter when guests arrive with a couple of drink options available. It makes the “what would you like to drink” question less awkward for guests to answer. Most importantly – always have ice in the freezer, cold water, and room temperature water. I think if you have water needs under control, then the other drinks are not as important, but are the added bonus. I like having some kind of iced tea and beer available at all times.
  5. Having cute straws with your guest’s name on it is such a nice touch. Completely unnecessary, but special. I just went to a Southern-themed cooking club and our host did the whole name-tag on your straw thing and everyone loved it. And no one loses their cup or causes you to do more dishes than you need!
  6. While on the subject of drinks, always have regular and decaf beans at your disposal. Then you can grind them fresh and let people be picky with how they like their coffee. Half & half or whole milk is great to keep on hand as well. And what guests wouldn’t love some homemade creamer!?
  7. Serve good food…and good food doesn’t have to mean expensive. First thoughts: risotto, pasta with fresh sauce, simple green salad, roasted vegetables, roasted chicken, bread with cheeses, grilled sausage, fresh fruit, corn salad, chips & salsa.
  8. When people are in your home or at your gathering, dessert is always a must. Go simple or go extravagant, but it must be there. For a simple dessert, try my chocolate chip cookies. You could even put out a plate of Oreos and your guests will love it!
  9. Have blankets on the couch. People can get cold, but not want to trouble you. Blankets draped over the couch or folded up by your couch pillows is a nice touch.
  10. Background music. This is such a fun way to show hospitlity. It can set the mood, add energy, and start conversation. We really like playing Ray LaMontagne, Austin Stone Reveille, The Civil Wars, The Lumineers, and Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack.
  11. Make sure you sit down, too. If you are hosting everything, but never take the time to sit down with everyone, have good conversation, ask intentional questions, and listen to your company, then you are just an entertainer. Entertaining is great, but it’s not necessarily hospitality. And it can be exhausting. Sitting down communicates love and quality time.
  12. Let people help you. A family works together and people feel like family if they are able to contribute to a common goal. Ask for help with serving the plates, ask for a part of the meal to be contributed, or ask your guests to put their dish in the dishwasher when they are done. I wouldn’t mind being asked these things – it’s all for the goal of being together.
  13. If your guests decide to stay over, make sure you give them a fresh towel and washcloth, a box of tissues by their sleeping area, and offer a cell phone charger and a good book for them.  If you really want to serve your guests, then maybe you could put a small jar by their bed with some special treats: hotel sample toiletries, chocolates, and a sleep mask.
  14. There are also ways to show hospitality if you are going to someone else’s home. A great idea is to bring a house warming gift. Something you would want as a treat: a bottle of wine, a cinnamon broom in the fall, a baguette, a special soap, a bag of tea or coffee. (pictured above)
  15. Have fun! Relax. Play a game. Tell embarrassing stories. Let your guard down. Be in the moment as much as you can. Inspire and encourage your guests. Make sure they know there is something different about their time with you and that your hospitality comes from our awesome Maker.

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What ways do you show hospitality!? I know this list above is not extensive in the slightest. Fill me in on your secrets!

#31daysofwriting #write31days

xo sarah

p.s. FRESH FLOWERS! I love having fresh flowers in the house. I think my guests like it, too. There’s something special about the flowers being from nature and then brought into the home to enjoy. Trader Joe’s always has some inexpensive bundles!

i love lists : happy halloween

We still have a little over a week until October 31st and I am going to get you all set for Halloween! From costumes, to treats, to fun party ideas.

Bret and I are not huge Halloween people, but it is a fun holiday! Getting dressed up, seeing all the cute kiddos, and any excuse to eat some treats, right?

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  1. First, I wanted to share the treats I will be making for my office next week: Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats and Halloween Blondies. You’re welcome in advance, PCO.
  2. If you’re in the market for quality halloween make-up, scroll through this list from POPSUGAR.
  3. If you still don’t know what you are going to dress up as, here is a list of 31 Insanely Clever Last-Minute costumes. The Brawny Guy! Haha!
  4. And if you’re last minute with your pumpkins too, don’t even worry! Uber now has a service that will bring you pumpkins, a carving kit, and treats from your local Pumpkin Patch on demand. Check it out!
  5. Then host a Pumpkin Carving Contest and Chili Cook-off. I give you permission to use my Turkey Chili recipe. 😉
  6. I have a feeling Bret would LOVE the Zombie Crawl! If haunted houses scare you, maybe something with zombies is better…or maybe it’s worse, haha! Surprisingly, I love the show The Walking Dead, so zombie stuff just doesn’t get to me. Anyway, this will be the one “scary” thing I’ll insert into this Happy Halloween List.
  7. Okay, wait, I lied. One more scary thing…but for kiddos! How cool is this Worm Ice? I know I would have thought this was super creepy and fun when I was a kid.
  8. Maybe you’re the small-town Halloween type person? Doesn’t The Pioneer Woman’s Halloween look so fun! I love that they went to a nursing home.
  9. It wouldn’t be Halloween without the Plastic Pumpkin Bucket for Trick-or-Treating.
  10. And if you want to hand out something special and healthy this Halloween, Elana’s Pantry is your one stop shop.

Have a Happy Halloween, friends!

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p.s. If I wanted to spend bunches of my money on candy, I would pass these amazing truffles out to everyone!

xo sarah

i love lists : joy in all things

A few years ago, my close friend Susan invited me over for a craft day. We drank her most refreshing homemade lavender lemonade, ate paleo snickerdoodles, and assembled Joy Journals together. I can sill remember that day so vividly because I was just beginning my friendship with Susan. Susan has always been a friend that pushes me towards Jesus, reminds me of the power of prayer, and keeps me accountable to growing in discipleship.

Susan is a true friend for so many reasons. Making Joy Journals with her that day always reminds me of how our friendship began – following Jesus. A life following Jesus is a life filled with joy. And that is the intention of keeping a Joy Journal – reminding yourself that Jesus is our joy. Writing down every possible thing that brings you joy reminds you of how loving and sovereign our God is. Sometimes it’s a sunset; sometimes it’s a friend to pray with; sometimes it’s folding laundry and listening to music; sometimes it’s a trial that brings suffering. All the time, it’s knowing that God is by your side, faithfully present with you through all of it.
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The Bible has a lot to say about joy and how to practice it.

  • Psalm 95:2 – Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
  • Colossians 3:17 – And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
  • Philippians 4:6 – do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

So today I thought I would share a few things that brought me joy, thankfulness, and helped me to worship Jesus. Some may sound trite, but they are real ways that I have been loved by God today.

  1. A morning latte with a little honey
  2. Running work errands – getting out in the sunshine
  3. Walking during my 15 minute breaks
  4. Times of prayer throughout the day
  5. Reminders of the desire for children
  6. Relying on God for my strength and leading
  7. Really spicy Indian food for lunch
  8. A good annual review at work today. Encouragement in my work was such a blessing.
  9. Laundry to fold – clothes to wear
  10. Having the time to bake blondies after work for my Community Group
  11. Having a Community Group that we love to attend
  12. My husband comes home to me every single day. He loves me and gives me hugs every time he walks through the door. This is a huge source of my joy and I praise God for displaying His faithfulness to me in this way.

What brings you joy in this day?!

#31daysofwriting #write31days

xo sarah

i love lists : 15 encouraging verses

Our church, The Fields, is going through the book of Daniel right now. The tagline is “faithful living in difficult days”. I don’t think this teaching series could have come at a better time. Not just for me, but for so many of my friends and family.

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It just seems to be a season of difficult times, trials, suffering, testing, heart break, and waiting…for so many of us. If you feel like you’re in that season too, I want to present some encouragement and truth to you all today and hope that it brings a peace and comfort beyond understanding.

  1. But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
  2. “It is finished,”… John 19:30
  3. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103: 2-5
  4. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! Psalm 139: 23-24
  5. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. 1 John 3: 1-3
  6. Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Philippians 3:12
  7. You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottleAre they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56: 8-11
  8. I am feeble and crushed; I groan because of the tumult of my heart. O Lord, all my longing is before you; my sighing is not hidden from you. Psalm 38: 8-9
  9. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LordO Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities. Psalm 130:1-8
  10. There is a God in heaven… Daniel 2: 28
  11. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the Lord, who does all these things. Isaiah 45: 5-7
  12. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1: 17
  13. Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16: 34
  14. As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. Psalm 17: 15
  15. But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20: 24

Jesus loves His children so much. So much that he gave his life for them. We did everything to deserve death and nothing to deserve life. But Jesus didn’t give us what we deserve. He gave us grace. He gave us His own righteousness and faith. Jesus came and died so that we may have life and have it abundantly, and abundant life comes only from knowing Jesus. There is no greater aim.

#write31days #31daysofwriting

xo sarah

i love lists: coffee shops you’ll love

Hi friends!

Coffee! Coffee! Coffee! – Loreli Gilmore
…and no she wasnt asking for 3 separate cups of coffee.

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She, like so many of us, is just unashamedly excaliming how much she needs and loves her morning coffee. We, like Loreli Gilmore, just love our coffee, right!? While most of us have some kind of coffee/espresso maker in our homes, there is something so special about coffee shops. Maybe it’s just me, but I love going IN to coffee shops. The smell, the sounds, the drinks, and the people. Come to think of it, I don’t actually feel like I visited a city/location unless I’ve tried one of their local coffee shops. It’s a simple thing that actually brings me a lot of comfort and adventure.

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I’m no coffee connoisseur and definitely not a coffee snob, BUT I have had quite a few bad cups of coffee and that makes finding the right coffee shop such a priority. Below are a list of shops that I’ve been to that were not just good but GREAT. Some amazing! Then I have a shop at the end of the list that I would like to go to, but haven’t made it just yet. Please enjoy and please go visit these if you’re a local.

  1. This one is for all the coffee snobs and hipsters out there: COFFEE & TEA COLLECTIVE. Great atmosphere and even better coffee.ctc 10
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  2. The one I visit most often is LOFTY COFFEE CO.lofty friend time.jpglofty coffee april.jpg
  3. SImple & delicious. ZUMBAR COFFEE & TEAchai date
  4. This one goes under the radar, but over delivers time and time again: IRONSMITH COFFEE ROASTERS. Really cool roll up doors and design too.m6
  5. This place was a little parking lot drive thru turned big trendy store front. They’re honeybee latte is so yummy! BETTER BUZZ COFFEEa3
  6. This probably sounds crazy…but WHOLE FOODS MARKET COFFEE & TEA makes a good cup of cold brew. So I wanted it on the list.whole foods coffee.jpg
  7. This one is over by my dad’s house in downtown Escondido. I like their vibes and they always make my order just right! KETTLE COFFEE & TEA.kettle coffee trip 2.jpg
  8. San Clemente’s best coffee: ELLIE’S TABLE. Ocean view, wide open windows, and incredible baked goods/lunch items. A favorite all around.
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  9. CON PANE is pretty new for me, but it was one of those shops I just wanted to sit, read, and sip coffee all day. Which is similar to how I feel about # 8 ^^^.
  10. There is a cool collective of shops on India Street by the SD Airport and inside is JAMES COFFEE CO. Your barista may intimidate you, but they’ll make the heck out of a cup of coffee. Added bonus: f you like the sound of airplanes – this is your spot.
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  11. INTELIGENTSIA COFFEE for the real coffee experience. Cappucino all the way. Or pour over. Or americano. Or…i don’t know. Maybe all of it all day so I can’t sleep…which definitely never happened to me. 😉honey cap
  12. The next shop I plan to check out is REVOLUTION ROASTERS. They’re set up right next door to our friends candle shop in Oceanside! Maybe this weekend.

What did I miss!? Please tell me your favorite coffee stops/shops.

#31daysofwriting #write31days

xo sarah

i love lists : concert night

I knew writing for 31 days straight would be a challenge! I keep trying to write my post the night before the day I should post…but it just doesn’t seem to happen.  Life is very FULL. That’s what we like to call it – FULL rather than busy.

Anyhow, I am attempting to write this post in 10 minutes or less because we are off to a Florence and The Machine concert tonight at SDSU. We are SO excited! We saw her 3 years ago and knew from that point on we will see Florence Welch every time she hits San Diego no matter what. Her voice is unreal and the show is magical.

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This was us 3 years ago heading down to SD just like we will be doing tonight. We will have to take another car selfie as tradition. Things I’m excited for tonight:

  1. Spending hours and hours with the best guy in the world.
  2. Eating a yummy dinner…something fresh as I always like to say.
  3. Singing at the top of my lungs with the best guy in the world.
  4. Seeing all the hipsters all dressed up.
  5. Holding hands with the best guy in the world.
  6. Sitting in the stadium at SDSU will be cool! I’ve never been before.
  7. Laughing at the inevitable hilarious jokes told by the best guy in the world.
  8. Lisitening to Florence on the car ride home like we did 3 years ago.
  9. Kissing goodnight with the best guy in the world.
  10. Nodding off to sleep still seeing all the magic that Florence and The Machine created for us.

#31daysofwriting #write31days

xo sarah

i love lists: netflix binge watchlist

There are so many shows out there. Some great, some okay, and some pretty darn bad!

The Office, Hart of Dixie, Parks & Recreation, and Gilmore Girls are shows I always come back to. But my husband is going to go crazy if I go through Hart of Dixie one more time…because it would probably be the 6th or 7th time…yikes!

All that to say, I want some new shows. Variety is always welcome in my life. Below is a list of shows that either I have heard are good or that I know are really good because I have already started watching bits and pieces of them. I just hope it starts raining soon so I’ll want to stay inside and cuddle up for a few hours of Netflix binging.

  1. Chefs Table
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  2. Friday Night Lights
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  3. The Great British Baking Show
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  4. Fixer Upper
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  5. Heroes
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  6. Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
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  7. The Time in Between
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What are your favorite shows/binge watchlist on Netflix? Or hulu/amazon?

#write31days #31daysofwriting

xo arah

i love lists: 10 cookies i want in my belly

If you saw my post last weekend, then you are hopefully still using the list of remedies I gave you for the indian summer we’re still having in San Diego. This heat is brutal. Which is why I’m sitting in front of my fan with a cold drink and about to make sandwiches for dinner.

While I’m not suggesting that you turn on your oven, I am suggesting you day dream about the following 10 cookie recipes. Long for them, fantasize about the magnificent flavors, then in a couple weeks…bake them all! You know people will eat them. People love sugar…so just go crazy and bake. I chose to make a list of cookies because they are one of my favorite desserts and are usually pretty simple. These recipes can be trusted…no pinterest fail here!

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  1. Smitten Kitchen Black & White Cookies
  2. Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
  3. Barefoot Contessa Pecan Shortbread
  4. Pioneer Woman Citrus Butter Cookies
  5. Momofuku Milk Bar Marshmallow Cornflake Cookies
  6. Sarah Theis Chocolate Chip Cookies
  7. Joy the Baker Vanilla Bean Confetti Cookies
  8. White on Rice Couple Brown Sugar Butterscotch Slice & Bake Cookies
  9. Food 52 Salted Chocolate Espresso Brookies
  10. Martha Stewart Snickerdoodle Cookies

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xo sarah 

i love lists: sundays

Sundays. They’re some of the best days. Some people call Sundays the Lord’s Day.

Every day should center around the praise and worship of God. Every day we should wake up with grateful and humble hearts before our Maker, rejoicing that His mercies are new every morning. So, what’s so special about Sundays?

Sundays are special because it is a day that you can gather with other believers of God and worship Jesus TOGETHER. Gathering on Sunday morning is one particular expression of a life lived in continual worship of God. Scripture tells us to gather and to hear the reading of Scripture, to feast on the preaching and teaching of the Word. We can be singing hymns, praying together, and preparing our hearts to serve God in the week ahead. Sundays prepare us for a life lived in community and remind us of God’s amazing Gospel.

I have the distinct honor and pleasure of being married to a man gifted with musical abilities and leadership. I love how he leads our church family in songs of praise and worship to our King and Savior. He tries to pick songs that fit well with the Scripture we are going through. He also tries to pick songs that will stick with us throughout the week so we are encourging our hearts with melodies of truth and the Gospel. Today, I thought I’d share with you the music set he put together for The Fields this Sunday. So many people were encouraged by the theology of each song. It was a blessing for my heart as well.

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Here’s the set and a link to the versions of each song on YouTube.

  1. Before the Throne
  2. All Creatures
  3. We are Here for You
  4. Behold our God
  5. Oh God
  6. Though You Slay Me
  7. Psalm 145

Please listen to each of the above songs and be blessed! Pray about the Lord’s Day – for the service, the music, the pastors, your own family, and yourself. Ask that the Lord be glorified and that there would be great expectation and anticipation for the gathering. Ask that each Sunday – and every day – would be all about Jesus. Amen.

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xo sarah

i love lists: indian summer remedies

Happy Saturday, friends!

It’s back with a vengance. This years’ indian summer has lasted longer then any that I remember. The 80, 90, and 100 degree weather has been consistent through October. So what can we do to beat it? I have a list for that.

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  1. Go to the beach! Dive in, lay out, read a book, repeat.
  2. Make popsicles! Shutterbean has a great list of fruity and boozy ones.
  3. Take a hike out at Torrey Pines. The ocean breeze is incredible.
  4. Drink iced tea. Lots and lots of iced tea. If you need a recipe, I have a refreshing mint one you could try!
  5. Find some big trees, lay down a blanket, read more books, and drift off.
  6. Don’t use your oven. Make salads, sliced cheese, fruit. Maybe get the grill going.
  7. Walk around the mall with your favorite iced coffee drink.
  8. Set your self up in front of the fan with your colored pencils and coloring book. They’re not just for kids anymore. Check out this one from papersource!
  9. Head down to your local pool for a night swim.
  10. Hawaiian shaved ice or frozen yogurt is always a good idea.
  11. Go see a movie and eat popcorn for dinner.
  12. It’s an excuse to take things slow and rest. So, do that – REST!

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How are you spending this indian summer day?

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xo sarah

i love lists: weekend snacks

The weekend is apon us! That means movie nights, beach days, evening bbqs, birthday parties, football games, and midnight…snacks!

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This post ia all about snacks. Sticky, salty, sweet, spicy. Yum! Whether you need a snack to bring to a get together or chow down on while watching another Hunger Games movie, here’s your list.

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  1. Treat corn: popcorn with m&m’s & chocolate covered pretzels.
  2. Orange cranberry chex mix
  3. Sharp cheddar cheese crackers
  4. Coconut date rolls
  5. Seedy crackers, pepper jelly, sliced white cheddar cheese
  6. Veggie slices with homemade ranch & hummus.
  7. Dark chocolate dipped apricots
  8. Sliced apples & almond butter OR cookie butter!
  9. Lemon parmesan black pepper popcorn
  10. Pear slices with goat cheese
  11. Oatmeal cookie granlola on vanilla yogurt
  12. Raspberries with fresh whip cream
  13. Trix on a stick (but you could use any puff ceral you like)
  14. Hike trail mix
  15. Honey mustard roasted cashews

Get to snackin’!

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xo sarah

i love lists : things worth waiting for

There have been a couple of posts lately that I have alluded to some “news” I was planning to share. I haven’t been able to put the words together until now, I guess.

This year has been quite the turn of events. I feel like I just had my 27th birthday, and at the same time, I don’t even feel like the same girl who wrote this post 8 months ago: on turning 27. I felt so full of life, hope, and excitement. And just a few short months later, I felt so full of fear, anxiety, and confusion. I explained that whole experience in my post: not one single thing. I had to learn to lean into Christ and fix my eyes on Jesus like never before. I grew in prayer and in relying on Scripture. I was truly learning to need God every moment.

Then, in the first few days of August this year I had a baseball-sized cyst burst on my left ovary. Oh goodness, it was painful. It was also heartbreaking when the initial news was that there was a possiblity I had cancer, an ectopic pregnancy, and a bicornuate uterus (which makes having children difficult…and is probably my biggest fear in life).
Then I came to find out that none of this was true! Um, talk about a roller coaster! I had some CRY days…you know those days? Where you just ugly cry and weep and mourn. Doctors told me that my pain and injuries were abnormal, but normal (yeah…idk). They told me to wait and heal and come back in a few weeks because they weren’t exactly sure what they were looking at.

Well, it’s October now and the news didn’t really get better. I still have a very large black area on my left ovary. It could be a cyst and it could be some issue with my fallopian tube. They just aren’t sure. So now I have to choose: surgery or pills. I don’t want to do either. But either way…this, seemingly, puts having children on hold indefinitely. If you know me at all, you know that being a mother is one of the deepest desires of my heart.
Ultimately, I know that God is so so good and He already has this all figured out for us. Whatever the outcome, I belong to Him, He has given me all of Himself, and I have received the joy of Salvation. This is all my hope. But, yet again, I wait.

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I started saying this thing this summer, “I think the theme of my life here, that God is always trying to teach me, is to wait.” Today I thought I would share a list of things that have been worth the wait…and I hope to someday come back to this list and add “children” to it. Until then, here’s what God has granted me thus far, though the waiting was hard:

  1. My husband. He was my crush, my friend, and dream guy. He still is. Worth every bit of the wait.
  2. Friends. There were many times of loneliness before God brought the right friends into my life.
  3. Physical intimacy in marriage. I think we can all relate to why waiting for sex and connection is a challenge. Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.
  4. College acceptance. I know I ended up at the right school and program, but before I got there everything felt so big and unknown.
  5. Job. It took a while before I started working a full time job after college. I wanted it to be something I would actually really enjoy and that would utilize my strengths. And now I have a legitimately cool job! Although…I still don’t know “what I want to be when I grow up”, ha! (unless you count being a mom…but we went over that, hehe.)

The 5 things listed above may seem like a short list…but, goodness, so many many months and years went into each of them.
What can I see in all of them? God’s sovereignty, His faithfulness, and His love in all of it. So why wouldn’t that be true for my future “waits” as well?
Like I said before, I hope to come back to this list someday and add “children”. Maybe even adding more education through CCEF…owning my own bakery/coffee shop…being a missionary in a foreign country…

God has it all in His hands. And His hands are GOOD.

What are some things God has made you wait for? Can you see the value and worth in it after the fact?

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xo sarah