our full life: march, april, may

Hello again!

I’ve missed this. It’s been a while since I have posted and I am looking forward to writing and sharing some things here! Finding time to keep up with blogging is difficult, but I recently had a surgery that has forced me to rest. So, silver lining, folks!

In March we enjoyed lots of celebrations:

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  • A beach birthday party for one of our favorite 12 year olds
  • Started two very different, but very good novels: Landline and The Nightingale
  • Went to dinner and a Jose Gonzales concert with one of our favorite couples ever
  • Celebrated 5 years of marriage with my sweet, handsome, enthusiastic, funny, strong, kind husband
  • Spent a weekend away in Las Vegas on the lake, enjoyed a Gordon Ramsey burger, and the best breakfast I’ve ever had at Bouchon Bakery
  • Bret treated me to some shopping and I ravaged the Anthropologie sale rack
  • Date day at VGs, Zumbar, SD Zoo, and El Indio
  • Celebrated EASTER SUNDAY at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad
  • Celebrated my husband turning 30 years old! Whoa…good thing he has the best baby face I’ve ever seen.

In April we enjoyed:

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  • Co-Birthday 30th Birthday Party for Bret and Steve
  • Beach walks and runs
  • 2 Fountain Valley girlfriend dates
  • Fun celebration work dinner
  • Guy and Girl hang outs with our Jr. High kids
  • Candle making class at Mr. B’s Necessities shop
  • A beach birthday party for one of our favorite sweet 16 year olds
  • Broke my pinky toe playing beach soccer
  • Spanish themed Cooking Club – I made olive tapenade toast and mushrooms sautéed in garlic and white wine
  • Spike ball Sunday
  • My mom came to visit from Idaho! We had a beach day, watercolor night, Community Group, and dinner together at Benihana (her first time hehe).

In May we enjoyed:

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  • Bret traveled with one of our Pastors to Reno for an Acts 29 Conference
  • Primos tacos and gelato with our Community Group
  • Date Night at Target and The Flying Pig
  • Mother’s Day dinner at my oldest and best girlfriend’s house
  • Book Club meeting for The Nightingale with the best french food spread ever
  • Said goodbye to the palm tree outside our front door…I loved that thing
  • 8th Grade Graduation party with our Jr. High kids – SO fun!
  • Lofty Coffee with Jocey
  • In home massages (late Christmas present for Bret)
  • Memorial Day appreciation and BBQ with friends

Something else that happened in March and is just now beginning to wrap up is an unexpected health update. My GP looked at my neck back in March and she thought my thyroid gland looked enlarged. She ordered an ultrasound which revealed that my thyroid was normal size but they could see there was a mass growing on the right side. I was then sent to a specialist. He did a biopsy and recommended I get it removed due to its large size. The biopsy came back a few weeks later as negative – PRAISE THE LORD! But I still had to consider surgery. I felt the most peace with moving forward with surgery and I am sure glad God directed me that way. Just this last week, they removed the mass and the Doctors laughed to each other when my husband asked how big it was. They said, “That thing was impressive!” So the mass is gone, it’s not cancerous, and I still have most of my thyroid intact. Recovery isn’t fun, but I am so grateful for God putting good doctors around me and for helping me to get healthy. I’m also so grateful for all the people who have prayed for me – God heard all of those prayers. And for those who have brought me flowers and food and cards and blessed me with your company. THANK YOU SO MUCH. My body is in pain but my heart is full.

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Until next month…I hope you enjoyed hearing about “our full life” over the last few months.

xo sarah

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our full life: january & february

Hello friends!

Can you believe February is already over!? What happened to the time?? Now, March brings Daylight Savings and EASTER! Wow…2016 is flying by. I wanted to share what the past couple of months looked like in the Theis Family.

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In January, we enjoyed:

  • LOTS of rain and hail at the beginning of the month
  • Yummy gelato at the shop down the street from us
  • Annual Tea Party with my friends from OC
  • I celebrated 1 year working for Planning Center Online
  • I also celebrated my friend Stephanie and the coming of her sweet baby Poppy Marie
  • We had dinner at a co-worker’s house and got to meet his sweet family
  • We went to Winter Camp up at Mile High Pines with our Jr. High students
  • I got sick…the cold, the fever, the whole thing everyone is getting
  • This is the best news of all right now: I had the OBGYN appointment I had been waiting for and we saw that ALL my abnormal cysts are GONE! Praise the Lord!!!! The doctor had all good things to say and I go back in 3 months for another check-up to see if anything else that may have changed. To say I was shocked is an understatement.

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In February, we enjoyed:

  • Our Community Group women started gathering every Saturday to share the stories of how Jesus saved us
  • I had some fun beach days
  • Bret started an apologetics class at Talbot
  • My Book Club gathered to discuss “The Lake House” and eat all the yummy foods that came up in the book
  • I had some crazy, fun, wonderful weeks at work culminating in our Planning Center University event
  • Bret got a new position and a raise at his work!
  • Bret and I celebrated Valentine’s Day on Coronado Island
  • My dad and I shared our birthday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • I finished my second book of the year…trying to read 12+ this year
  • Bret and my CG Leaders threw me a Birthday Party with all my favorite things and fun games
  • Bret and I have gone on 2 Saturday coffee dates and finally checked out Local Tap House together…look at this silly, wonderful, best friend of mine!

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I’ve kept up the Bible reading that I started in January which is such an accomplishment for me. I hope I can keep saying that as this year progresses! And February was a wonderful month for celebrating and making memories. I won’t soon forget it.

Goodnight from here!

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

our full life: july & august

Welcome to the last two months! Holidays, birthdays, beach bashes, family, community, and work celebrations…big months! I will be posting again this week about some other news from August, but until then – Enjoy these little snapshots. This is our (VERY) full life.

j1 Our annual Red, White, & Brunch party went off without a hitch!

j2 Four girls in red, white, & blue…and a photobomber!

j3 A Wednesday latte, crumble, and good read before dinner.

j4 We went to Disneyland with our family this July. So many good memories made!

j5 Jr. High photo scavenger hunt in The Village. This was worth a lot of points so they had to strike a pose and flex.

j6 Just a normal day at Moonlight…just kidding! The Switchfoot Bro-Am brought out crazy amounts of people. It was a good day.

j8 Bro-can at the Bro-Am.

j7 Sun, surf, and clear horizons. :sigh:

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All kinds of FUN-FETTI up in this birthday party.

j10 Sweetly reading together about spiders.

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Summer salad: romaine, blueberries, cucumbers, tomato, and goat cheese with a homamde creamy herb dressing.

j12 This cutie was in trouble. He was having silent time and looking quite adorable to me.

j13 Friend time at Tower 30 Beach Night!

j14 Breakfast is served on a late Saturday morning.

j15 Enjoying a staff dinner at Bagby’s in Oceanside. Good friends, food, and drink for the win.

j16 Gelato with the Fandeys. We were all trying to decide which is better – this place in The Village or the little Florida shop we go to every other year.

j17 My cute date at golden hour. Let me tell you…this is guy is so good to me.

j18 Youth Summer Camp never looked better.

j19 My watermelon fell apart into this heart! The kids were so amused. ❤

j20S’mores and chats and waves crashing in the background. Summer at its finest.

a4 Succulent love.

Childrens Hunger Fund 2015 - bPacked some huge pallets full of food for the hungry in our San Diego neighborhoods with my coworkers. Great day and a great cause!

a1 Enjoying a margarita and waiting for all our Family Fun Friday guests to arrive and events commence. :deep breath and exhale:

a10 Looking fancy dancy at Agave Del Mar for the annual work dinner.

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Splashing around in the Carlsbad Lagoon at PCO’s Family Fun Friday. It took ALOT of planning to pull this day together, but it was SO fun and one I won’t forget! (photo by R.Helms)

PCO FFF 15-96-bPCO volleyball! Again, SO fun! (photo by R.Helms)

a2Much needed relaxation after a crazy couple of days.

a3Better Buzz coffee drinks on a lazy Sunday. I got a honeybee latte…YUM.

a5Finishing up Bread & Wine at Pannikin in Encinitas. If you are looking for a good iced tea, the sport tea there is my favorite.

a6I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a7I had four drinks at my desk…I’m blaming it on the heat.

a8 Little cutie Lucy! She is so funny! I have missed her so much and her and her family is visiting from Alabama this week. Trying to soak it up where I can.

HEY – Let’s start this full month of September right! My recommendation: 100 days with Jesus. It leads up to Chirstmas time! Let’s do this together and be encouraged. Sign-Up HERE.

Until next month for more fun photos!

xo sarah

our full life: may

I started May in the best way.

m1On the beach, with my friend, and some good books. ❤

m2Friends Forever. Thank you for celebrating me, girlies! xo

m3 Best Drink Ever? Should have used whole milk. Loved the little drive thru though.

m4 Foggy mornings call for a frothy cuppa in pajamas.

m5 Best lunch ever. So happy Bret liked this place!

m6 Wine & Cheese night with The Lists. Long overdue and more than worth the wait.

m7 Good reads & coffee. If only I made it habit to start every morning like this…

m8Rainy day = Pho for lunch.

m9 Girls be shoppin’…the sale rack at Anthro.

m10Happy Birthday Naomi! xo

m11“Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the game!” (another P&R reference)

m12Resort life. My kind of errands.

m13My favorite Hotel and I still haven’t had the chance to stay a night here. I can dream…

m14Raspbery mint lemonade with a side of love-birds.

m15Omelette & frites for lunch. Still thinking about this meal.

m16Coffee & Tea Collective stop for the office.

m18Wedding planning with the future Mr. & Mrs. Tarpley!! Bret is cracking jokes, I’m taking pictures, The Crandals are keeping everyone on track…sounds about right.

m19 Scattergories & Bananas Foster. Goodnight!

m20Walk to the beach, walk on the beach, dinner by the beach, I love the beach.

m21The last Friday in May included danish, softball practice with my office, and lots of to-dos getting crossed off the list.

m22Burrito Bowl Fixings.

I ended May in the best way.

Now it’s my goal to post again before June! Who’s going to hold me to it? Hehe!

What was your favorite part of May? Graduations? The gloom? Trader Joe’s Peonys? What?

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

our full life: week thirty four

ONE MORE WEEK OF AUGUST. Live it up people!new chapel Looking up at the future chapel.

eliies Really fun latte art at Ellie’s Table.

sc parkSouthern California for the win.

drink station Cooking Club starting with a bang!cooking club 1Preparing the toasted cous cous veggie salad…and some mascarpone dip for dessert.

cooking club 2 Megan making some DEE-licious bruschetta.

cooking club 4Cooking Club friends. ❤

sunset strollI love where we live.

stone fruitsGrilled stone fruit.

communitySunday beach day with friends & baby JUNE! There were tons of blue jelly fish in the water today…eeek!

Enjoy week 35! Rejoice and be glad in it!

xo sarah

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 seventeen

This is week seventeen. One I will never forget. It started like any other…quite enjoyable, in fact. However, it ended with suffering. Suffering that I wish I could just hit rewind on. Suffering that causes me to lean on God deeply in desperation. I will share more on that at the end of the post.

prom.jpg Prom? Bret and I spotted this public display and reminisced on High School days.

date night sunset.jpgThis is what God meant when he said that creation speaks of His glory.

editing.jpg Editing. Remembering Easter.

coffee and a cutie.jpg Bret’s off Fridays are my favorite. He suggested we use our giftcard to Vinaka. Yes!

the privateer .jpgChecking out a new dinner place: The Privateer. Coal Fired Pizza and other delicious eats.

duarte dinner.jpg Stamped concrete, surfing art, good food, and even better friends.

staff bowling.jpg Staff bowling night. Blessed to be on such an incredible team.

youth breakfast.jpgJr. High Breakfast Bible Study. Studied Colossians and ate to our hearts content.

katherine's day.jpgRemember the beginning of my post when I mentioned suffering? I would love if you took a few moments to read where our hearts have been lately.

This last weekend was heart breaking. Our pastors’ beautiful and kind hearted daughter (one of the students in our Jr. High group) was faced with life changing news. What was thought to be a sinus infection turned out to be much different. After a CAT scan on Friday, neuro doctors informed the family that their daughter has a mass at the bottom right side of her brain (middle cranium fossa) that would need to be removed. This news was absolutely crushing and came the day before Katherine’s 14th Birthday.

While there was still a lot of questions to be answered and things to pray for (the mass to disappear, the doctors to be strong and capable, the surgery to go smoothly, the mass to be removed and not cancerous, life preserved in good quality, God glorified, and more), Katherine’s amazing parents still wanted her birthday to be special. SO, we made that happen! Katherine had her 14th Birthday in the hospital with some of her closest girlfriends. We decorated a waiting room, ate pizza, spent time with her, sang Happy Birthday, and spent time praying for her. She was tired and we could feel the sadness weighing on everyone, but ultimately God was present and Katherine was so blessed by the time we all spent together.

This was something her dad emailed us about where Katherine was at mentally with this heart breaking circumstance: “Katherine loves to play soccer and surf. She has always looked up to Bethany Hamilton. We watched Soul Surfer again last night before the surgery. She told her mom yesterday that perhaps God can use this situation to bring Him glory like He did with Bethany. I told her that God is already doing that!” What a blessing.

It has been so comforting to know that thousands of God’s people from around the world are desperately praying for this beloved family. We have been praying constantly and our hearts long for relief. If you would like to pray for this family, please do! Katherine had her surgery today and things went very well and she was sustained by the Lord. The Doctors removed what they could of the tumor and are waiting for more results. Here are some of the prayer requests:

  • That the doctors got all of the tumor out
  • That the remaining pain in her face/head will go away permanently
  • Speedy recovery
  • No cancer found in the removed mass
  • No infections or complications
  • long and full life ahead for this beautiful girl

This has been a heartbreaking and discouraging time. Deeply felt grieving, weeping, and aching. Even still, my pastor and his family are giving thanks to God for his grace and provision. They continue to worship the God who is always present. They hope people will see His glory through this.

If you have faced suffering in your own life, I am truly sorry. Your suffering is not something I or anything in this world can fix. Please hear this message on God in the Midst of Suffering and see that there really truly is hope and rescue.

xo sarah

our full life: week sixteen

This was week sixteen of twenty-fourteen.

It was Holy Week on the Christian Calendar (the week leading up to Easter). During Holy Week we remember the most important week of the most important person who ever lived: Jesus Christ. Take a moment to reflect on this short quote:

“There was never any love like the dying love of Jesus. It is tender and sweet. It serves. It loves even unto death. Jesus had nothing to gain from us by loving us. There was nothing in us to draw us to him. But he loved us still, while we were yet sinners. At the Last Supper, in the garden, at his betrayal, facing the Jewish leaders, before Pontius Pilate, being scourged, carrying his cross, being nailed to the wood, breathing his dying breath, forsaken by God – he loved us.

To the end.

To death.

Love shone best and brightest at Calvary.” – Kevin DeYoung

easter greetings.jpgMaking Robin’s Egg Nests for neighbors with a friend.

luannas house.jpgAMEN! This was written by my sweet friend Luanna. It beautifully hangs in her dining room where she feeds and cares for her family.

fence walking.jpgWalking by fences and capturing the shadows.

home to me.jpgThis is home to me.

sunburst.jpgSunburst!

nordstrom date.jpgAn afternoon date with the man of my heart. Honey almond latte….say what!?

sunrise service 14.jpgHAPPY EASTER! IT IS FINISHED! HE IS ALIVE!

Here is Bret leading music with an amazing team at our Easter Sunrise Service at The Flower Fields. What a joy it was to sing praise to the King of love!

family easter day 14.jpgMarrying Bret was the beginning of all kinds of joy that I had never experienced. One of those joys was becoming a part of this incredible, beautiful, and loving family. Yet another example of God’s amazing grace that I do not deserve. Also…I love my brothers’ face in this one!!!

easter dinner 14.jpgEaster dinner at 8pm (after a LONG nap): turkey vegetable soup & buttermilk biscuits.

HAPPY EASTER everyone!

xo sarah

 

our full life: week fifteen

This life is abundantly full of God’s grace.

While this week had tears, conflict, and stress…it also had laughs, rest, and beautiful people. I can truly see the goodness of my Savior and His amazing grace in this life. I hope you enjoy week 15!

iced latte for here.jpgIced latte for here…at home, that is! I add some honey while the espresso is hot and then pour whole milk over ice.

going greek.jpgGoing greek. That jar has some pretty killer salad dressing!

lofty coffee april.jpgLofty Coffee work meeting.

thursday singing.jpgSinging hymns at home.

essential oil rubs.jpgI made my friend some essential oil coconut rubs. They smell amazing!

sister & hazel.jpgMy beautiful sister and baby Hazel at her baby shower. ❤

korean meal 2.jpgFirst time eating Korean food. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait to go back.

korean meal.jpgLots of carbs & veggies!

april birthday cake.jpgChocolate cake with fresh whipped cream and strawberries. Thanks for the perfect recipe Shutterbean!

jocelyns 26th.jpgThe beautiful birthday girl! ❤

the snows.jpgSome of my favorites: The Snows.

bret & gigi playing.jpgMy husband is going to make a really great father one day. Here he is playing with our buddy Gigi.

May the peace and grace of God be with you in the week to come!

xo sarah

our full life: week six & seven

Get ready for A LOT of pictures! It was a FULL and wonderful last two weeks. The first week was filled with good friends and good food. The second included Valentine’s Day and my Birthday! Enjoy.

OSIDEDowntown Oceanside is so much prettier than I remember.

wall osideWhite as snow.

le petit bakeryTreats, almond iced coffee, and two super cute boys!

swings osideThis park is amazing: Swings, the Pacific Ocean, and the pier!

tower 1 osideFluffy white clouds on a gorgeous Monday afternoon.

set cloudsI love the sunsets and clouds I get to see when I am leaving work.

talbot nightVisiting Talbot while my hubby takes a test. I loved reading in the library and watching the sun go down.

KS dateKarl Strauss double date. I realized how much I like the Windansea Wheat. Yum!

tea partyThis was such a special day. My friend Paloma and I took a drive out to see our friend Brittan and had a tea party. Her place was so beautiful.

anthro lustI found the next books I’m buying (off amazon) at Anthro.

tea party 2There was a second tea party too! Visiting my friend Elise was such a blessing.

bakery goodsI loved this little tea/flower shop & bakery.

pj breakFresh squeezed pineapple juice break at work.

lunch time goodiesMy favorite lunch from this week: tuna salad, peppercionis, carrot sticks, potato chips, and iced green tea.

donuts valentineValentine treats for my co-workers.

blaze pizzaThis new place opened by our house – Blaze Pizza. We got the Art Lovers pizza. Pretty darn good!

la jolla seal dateValentine’s Day date to La Jolla Cove to see all the seals.

my valentineMy best friend and only Valentine.

seal shotRusted from many years of wonderful sea weather.

bliss cafeAny one ever heard of Pirch? It is a home design showcase and it’s incredible.

pirch complimentsThey serve complimentary coffee drinks. I got a caramel latte!

end of the bayThe end of the San Diego Bay…about to go see some Whales! More on that later.

SD cityDowntown San Diego. I love this city.

54 26 birthdayLast, but certainly not least, birthday lunch with my dad was a perfect end to a great Birthday weekend. He and I share the same birthday, so we always try to do something special together. He turned 54 and I turned 26. I think there will be some big things ahead for both of us this year. God is always good and works all things together so we can be transformed into the image of Jesus. I am thankful for all the years God has given to us both.

Until next week!

xo sarah

this abundant life: best of 2013 {instagram edition}

Here is what 2013 looked like for me as captured by instagram.

I love how I can look back and review the year. See the highlights. Remember how I felt in each season. See how often I took pictures of my food, ha!

The year starts and ends with the gospel for me. I can’t be saved with out it and I can’t live each day without it. Jesus is so good and I need to remember His truth each moment that passes. How can I love if I do not first understand His love?

2013-01-09_1357748454Gospel.

2013-02-25_1361762734Snow and Jr. High Winter Camp.

2013-04-03_1365024212Lots of working.

2013-05-04_1367627987New blogging adventures.

2013-02-01_1359755775This is my best friend, my love, my one and only.

2013-02-28_1362033585Lucy is growing up beautifully. (Can you tell I just want to squeeze her?)

2013-05-10_1368223254Bret started seminary at Talbot.

2013-02-26_1361842428I made pans and pans of these in 2013.

2013-02-10_1360486613I turned 25.

2013-04-01_1364844845We tried our best at clean eating.

2013-02-03_1359869044We played together.

2013-07-16_1373957653Replanted our pallet garden with succulents (that I can’t kill).

2013-06-04_1370316682Two visits from mom this year!

2013-06-07_1370622336Romans.

2013-06-23_1371961221New invention: treat corn.

2013-01-31_1359607297I made apple crisps for dinner guests quite a few times.

2013-05-06_1367866512We bought a Blendtec and made lots of green smoothies. I ironed weekly.

2013-07-13_1373687883Jr. High Ministry in our apartment – going strong.

2013-01-20_1358663168He is my sunny day.

2013-10-16_1381902267Gained new friends and grew in community.

2013-08-01_1375337043We experienced the loss of a dear loved one.

2013-06-22_1371872801We spent more time at the beach than ever before.

2013-07-03_1372836564We drank lots of coffee & tea.

2013-05-13_1368414862My life-long friends blessed me with their love.

2013-06-10_1370823511We learned how to surf.

2013-08-02_1375407827Surfing and beach camping in my new favorite spot.

2013-08-18_1376786366My close friend got married to her one true love.

2013-08-23_1377299725I learned more about photography and had great adventures.

2013-10-05_1381003942We picked apples and learned about fruit.

2013-12-11_1386786993Gracelyn was born. Isn’t she lovely?

2013-12-16_1387174956Christmas Under the Stars with The Fields.

2013-12-27_1388183211This is where we lived.

Instagram makes life’s memories so tangible! AND fun.

What was your favorite memory from 2013?

xo sarah

this abundant list

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  1. If you can’t be around a campfire, these smokey s’more squares can be made right in your oven.
  2. What a beautiful way to decorate for a special event or shower. I love color!
  3. Make it on your own: super simple cold brew ice coffee.
  4. Mac & Cheese + Sriracha…I’m drooling over this combo.
  5. Ever wondered how to properly throw a mexican fiesta at home? Real Simple makes it really simple. See what I did there?
  6. Is your artistry an idol? Good read.
  7. Getting ready for the fall TV premieres never sounded so awesome, until now!
  8. Looking for a great coffee and tea spot? Best shortbread I’ve ever had, to date.
  9. The coolest 18 features about iOS7 that you probably didn’t know.
  10. Don’t throw away all those leftover pumpkin seeds. Bake them!
  11. THIS MONKEY BREAD. It’s bonkers good.
  12. I need this shirt. It will match my California birthmark!

Enjoy the links, friends! HAPPY FRIDAY!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-four

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34 weeks in this year so far, and summer is practically over. I love summer so much and I can’t believe its almost gone. Time goes by so quickly, and I am very glad to have these photo-documented posts to remind me of life’s joys, challenges, and changes. I hope your week was blessed with God’s grace! Enjoy all the coffee….

cornerbakeWork meetings usually include coffee. A perk I truly appreciate.

tea with friendsTea and raw desserts with some of my besties and our moms.

raw dessertsA closer look: apple crisp, fudge brownie, and strawberry shortcake.

ceilingSometimes the ceilings fascinate me.

leesh& momSuch pretties.

shavediceGreen tea shaved ice for Joce.

IMG_4824More coffee. On an adventure with Paloma!

claytonsIced teas in Coronado.

orderingLunch order.

scrabble with nannieScrabble with Nannie.

addictionYes…more coffee.

sunday cocktailSunday Cocktail: fresh lime juice, honey whiskey, and ginger beer. Next time with fresh mint and a ton more lime juice.

pizza nightHomemade pesto garlic chicken pizza. Winning.

xo sarah