our full life: week eighteen & nineteen

Blog burn-out. This is what happens to me when life is sad, confusing, and hard. I don’t feel like writing and sharing as I normally do. I know there is probably others out there that can relate.

If you read my last blog post you saw that my sweet student Katherine was really in a scary place with an intensive brain surgery and threat of brain cancer.

I felt like I couldn’t live life normally. My days felt sad. I wanted to hit rewind before all this happened. Still, I believed God is good. We were all waiting on Him. Here is some incredible news her father shared with us:

The oncologists called back…and here is what we learned. The mass was so unique, it shows up in less than one in a million, that they sent it to the top clinic in Boston for a second opinion. They are actually going to write an article on it. We are praising God that it’s not malignant. It was some sort of vascular malformation that they don’t even have a name for yet. We are rejoicing over this news! Thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying for her full recovery. They will continue to do MRIs on her, the next one in three months, to monitor her head, but they are projecting a full recovery. When Katherine got the news that it was not cancerous and the prognosis was good for a full recovery, she couldn’t stop smiling. Tonight when I prayed with her before bed, she actually thanked God for using this to grow her faith and trust in God. Wow! The first thing she wants to do when she’s all better is to go surfing.

Amazing amazing news. I was blown away and brought to tears. Our God is absolutely in control and deeply loves us! It was a joy to hear of her smiling. I love that smile! Now we continue to pray and lean on God for the days to come.

Here is a glance at what the past couple of weeks looked like for us.

crates and barrel.jpgWork errands at Crate & Barrel. Sometimes work errands are awesome.

Sweet Kathernie.jpgVisiting this sweetheart was a blessing. Her hope in God is inspiring and profound.

student bowling.jpgBurritos & Bowling!!! Our girls definitely missed Katherine.

porch sitting.jpgPorch-sitting in my new sun dress. Enjoying the heat. Giant glass of ice water in hand.

dads jungle.jpgMy dad’s jungle of a backyard. I think I have taken pictures of it before…but it sure is growing!

Dads flowers.jpgTake me away.

snack texture.jpgNight time snack. So many textures.

red fix.jpgNot my usual coffee order. Eliminating caffeine, sugar, and acid for a few weeks. Good thing I love all tea.

p&r marathon.jpgParks & Recreation marathon last weekend. We love Lil’ Sebastian.

That’s about it everyone. I think I’m slowly coming back into the swing of things so hopefully you will hear from me more.

I wanted to leave you with some of the lessons Katherine’s father has been learning that we can all relate to.

Here are some lessons we learned, or relearned that I would like to pass on:

  1. When Jesus says follow me, the story is about Him and not us. God has so graciously written us into that story, but it is His story.
  2. Our sovereign God is a good God and He can be trusted, no matter what may happen.
  3. He will always be walking with us, even if we are not walking faithfully with Him. It’s not so much that we are clinging to God, it’s that He holds on to us.
  4. The trials we face are never wasted by God. Therefore, let’s make sure we don’t waste those either.
  5. Those with a limp lean hard into God. We have been leaning hard!

AMEN!

Until next week, friends!

xo sarah

 

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this abundant list

TAL 2014 2

  1. Valentine’s Day was last week, but it’s never a bad time for heart-shaped treats.
  2. This song has been on my heart and mind lately.
  3. I love lists and this clean eating list is a great one.
  4. I should introduce these polka dots into my card writing duties at work!
  5. Why did Jesus die? Check out this great article.
  6. I was introduced to a beautiful blog this week by my sweet friend.
  7. 8 ways to make your lemonade that much more delicious.
  8. Love the design in this home and the article that follows.
  9. Let’s throw a party! I’ll bring these.
  10. Mental note for the future kiddos.
  11. A gorgeous DIY inexpensive kitchen makeover.
  12. Gotta make this sushi inspired salad asap.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully you are inspired and really liked the links.

xo sarah

this abundant list

TAL 44

  1. Another cute bar cart idea. Such a lovely look for parties.
  2. Breakfast is served! What a fun and yummy idea.
  3. I want these dishes. They remind me of childhood.
  4. My next homemade pizza will have potato and thyme.
  5. I’m thinking of asking my dad to make me this fun planter box.
  6. Free desktop & iPhone Scripture wallpapers from my friend’s Hand Lettering Company. I like the pink coffee mug one!
  7. How good does pumpkin coffee cake sound? Yeah…it’s going to happen.
  8. Recommended reading from my friend Nicole: A Homemade Life & Orangette.
  9. Scones made with three delicious flavors: almond, orange, and fig. YUM.
  10. This post has not only 2 yummy recipes I want to try, but a whole week worth of clean eating meal plans laid out. Pretty cool!
  11. My consistent reference guide to LA. Someday I will be able to hit all of these places.
  12. Seriously, EVERYTHING you need to know for Thanksgiving.

Do you have any links you would recommend or like to share? Have a happy Saturday!

xo sarah

blog love

There are some new blogs I have stumbled across and I wanted to share them with you! I cant wait to read more from these amazing fellow bloggers.

  • How Sweet It Is blew me away with the gorgeous yummy food and fun conversational writing style.watermeloncaprese-4
  • Wit & Vinegar introduced me to a weekly grocery list that’s to live for!624x804xgrocery-list-25.png.pagespeed.ic.4FJEaRwbvU
  • Southern Souffle has a beautiful brightness in their photos while their food packs a big punch. SB1
  • Happy Yolks invites you into a happy marriage of nature, food and beautiful photography.Happyolks-Pizza-On-The-Grill-14-1024x682
  • A Cozy Kitchen has me swooning over honey with berries, homemade orange sherbet, and delectable dinners.Blackberries

Enjoy!

xo sarah

this abundant year

One year ago, today, I published my very first blog post.

I didn’t know what to expect. I loved reading blogs, but I never thought I would be the one writing one. I was really excited, and I knew it would be fun to try something new.

Before my first blog post, I wrote on a small piece of paper the reasons for wanting to start writing and I took a photo of it:

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Basically the paper outlined my priorities and values in my life: Jesus, the gospel, living life abundantly, my husband, my role as a wife, taking care of and pouring into my home, and being inspired by Gods design for biblical womanhood. My about page says more.

I think I have accomplished my goals for what I originally set out to do here, but it was not all by myself. I did have a clear vision and some specific goals to accomplish, but definitely needed help making it all happen!

I am so grateful to my friend Nicole of Gidget Goes Home and a contributor on Simple Mom. She helped me set up my WordPress account, showed me some photo editing websites, and helped me with getting a Gravatar. She is such a sweet friend and a true sister in Christ. I really couldn’t have done it without her! I also couldn’t have done it without my husband. I had not written much since college and was a little rusty…slash…very rusty! He is such a word guy and he truly helped me with editing my grammar, sentence structure, and flow. Thanks husband!

I hope you all have enjoyed reading and seeing this blog grow. I have!

A little side story…I really wanted to reach 100 followers before my one year anniversary of starting this blog, and I did! A couple of days ago, I reached 100 and that’s all thanks to God and you readers! I was so excited to get that notification and I hope to reach more and more people each day, week, month and year! God is so good and I feel so blessed to be able to do this.

Check out some of my most visited and favorite posts:

Happy one year anniversary to This Abundant Life!

Thanks for reading everyone! Love you!

xo sarah

i love blogging!

Only blog if you LOVE it.  Only make it if you want to eat it.  Only photograph it if you think it looks pretty, sparkly, or otherwise awesome.  Only write about it if you’re really into it.  Only wear it if you think it’s major.  When it comes to blogging… only do it if you love it. – Joy the Baker

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Confession: I LOVE blogging. It’s my new thing. Not only is it super fun, but it is also a really cool outlet for creativity. A new found and fast developing passion. Jesus, life, food, sun, love, freckles, lists, tea – these are just a few of things I love to write about.

This week was a bit of a whirlwind. In a good way. I made grilled cheese and tomato soup two nights in a row…there was no need to write out a recipe on here because it was Campbell’s and sourdough with cheddar. Dill pickles on the side. Simple. As I thought about what to write about today, I was at a loss for words. Life was neither too boring nor too overwhelming. There just wasn’t much to say. Except that…I really love blogging!

I read a couple of posts from one of my all-time favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker. She is always super inspiring and encouraging for me in my pursuit of this whole blogging thing. Even if you are not a blogger, you will get a kick out of her witty point of view. Here is Part I and Part II on 10-Real Talk Blog Tips.

Another confession: I am still figuring out editing (words and photos). I am still developing my personal style. I am still trying to make time. I am still making it a priority to learn from and be taught by those further along in this whole sphere. So, bear with me. And while I am still figuring all of this stuff out, I am going to enjoy the heck out of it!

My biggest inspiration will always be my God. He has given me absolute freedom and grace and says, “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.” Colossians 3:17. He also says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. So let’s eat, drink and be merry – and I’ll blog about it – ALL to the glory of God!

Happy Valentines Day!!! ❤

xo sarah