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

our full life: june

Here is what June looked like for me: restaurant tours, softball, friends, Jr. High Ministry, hubby dates, and summer fun.

Be warned…there is lots of foodie pictures this month. I am surprised I didn’t gain 100 pounds from all the yummy food.

j1Softball! A first for me, but work put together a team and I joined in. Pretty fun!

IMG_8807Blurry but besties. I love dates with this guy. ❤

j2 Talking about joy and soaking up the sun down at Tower 30 with the cutest Jr. Highers.

j3 Beach life. Living the dream.

j4Fine Dining in La Jolla. The view was so beauiful.

j5Fine Dining in Downtown San Diego. Eating shrimp and enjoying another gorgeous view. Yes…I love my job!

j6Bacon wrapped stuffed dates. Like whoa.

j7Mayyyybe, just maybe, the best poke I’ve ever had. Thanks Pacifica.

j8Summer time means ceviche. Salmon ceviche to be exact.

j9Special treatment with a cappucino and tiramisu. PCO, you spoil me.

j10 Red, orange, yellow, green, blue…

j11First time at Lemonade! I loved it. Bret ended up getting me their cookbook! Also, how cute is this guy!? He is always smiling and excited and I LOVE that.

j12For sure ice cream.

j13 I wish I could have taken them all home.

j14 Earl Grey, Strawberry Buttermilk, and Lavender & Honey.

IMG_8913Loved our sweet and fun family time in LA. ❤

j15 Bret is good at accessories. Please and thank you.

j16Girls night at Compass. I ate a million roasted shishito peppers.

j17 All of us have been friends for 8 years!! So much love.

j18Our parents took us out to the ballgame! VIP seats baby! 🙂

j19Cooking Club June! Theme: French Food. Outcome: Complete & Total Sucess.

I do have to admit…June looked pretty fabulous. And it was! But don’t let me fool you. It had it’s hard moments too. Really hard, actually.
I will be writing more about that this week. I am going through a season that I know a lot of people face, but it’s new to me and hard to walk through.

We are already 6 days into July and I’m taking pictures getting reading for the next full life month. I’m sporadic, but sticking around. I am SO grateful and give many thanks to you faithful readers. Much love!

xo sarah

our full life: week 31, 32, & 33

Slacker! Yup, that’s me. Summer has been a wonderful season of busy. Please enjoy our full weekS!

bread sd raisin Sourdough six grain raisin bread.

katherineMilkshakes and smiles with this girl. ❤ Praying for Katherine everyday. She is 14 years old and just had her second brain surgery to remove a tumor that keeps growing. Praying for the tumor to be gone, safety, successful proton therapy, wise doctors, complete healing, and for her heart to stay strong and at peace. We are all trusting in God and have hope in his glory.

rubys dateRuby’s with some of the sweetest girlies.

budsMac & Samantha: Best Buds.

san o sunsetSan Onofre Sunsets are my favorite.

s camp 2014 Boys rule!

s camp 14Summer Camp 2014! Rejoice!

steak nightNY Strip and balsamic roasted veggies.

surf seshOur Tuesday surf spot.

adams skySmiling about these clouds.

tin leaf lunchFree Tin Leaf lunch! I was really into the little side of basil mayo.

Costco Run 100Yeah…so I’m not even done yet. Work errands at their finest.

sushi date Sushi date night. Boom!

DP 2 Dana Point Marina.

DPOh to set sail.

adams streetDown the street and up above.

raw cumbleRaw Strawberry Nectarine Crumble.

bpkNew breakfast place by work.

bulletin boardReorganized my bulletin Board at work.

IMG_7415I love eating outside.

IMG_7416One of my oldest friends is PREGNANT! ❤ Katie is such a beauty!

Here’s to getting back into the swing of things!

xo sarah

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

 

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 twelve

Welcome to OUR FULL LIFE! This is week twelve.

lu & granny.jpgWe threw a little birthday dinner at our place for our sweet Granny. And of course Lucy is way too cute for words!

beach view workout.jpgI just really like working out by the beach.

breakfast of champions.jpgBreakfast of Champions! Bran flakes and freshly squeezed tangerine juice.

bday lunch.jpgBrian and Willie turned 38 this week! We celebrated together at Tin Leaf.

sleepy baby.jpgBaby Eden.

cloudy evening.jpgCloudy evening with a silver lining.

treetops.jpgJr. High Photo Scavenger Hunt!!! Our teams were Girls vs. Boys.

pyramids.jpgPyramid in the sand…I don’t know why they thought me on top would be the better option! HAHA.

iced tea time.jpgBrewing.

balance.jpgBalance, right?

moiola girls.jpgElise is having a BABY! Over 13 years of friendship in this picture.

iced tea 1.jpgIced Tea recipe coming at you THIS week! 🙂

What were your picture-worthy moments from the week? It’s always fun to look back and remember them. I’d love to hear!

xo sarah

our full life: week eight, nine, and ten!

Hello again friends,

I took a pretty big break there…and now I’m three weeks behind. I’ve really missed posting, writing, keeping up with this creative part of my life.

As you will see below, we have been pretty busy. I hope you enjoy these pictures from a life lived fully!

brunch viewThe view from our work brunch. We said so-long to a truly awesome member of our team.

beach walk nightWalking never felt so good than during a sunset like this.

new shoesBrand new boots from my sweet love.

drying in the kitchenDishes and citrus hanging out to dry.

neighborhood flowerA delicate pink flower I found on the ground in my neighborhood.

sushi treatMy boss treated me to sushi for my birthday. SUCH a treat!

new favorite cheeseMy new favorite cheese from Trader Joe’s. So yummy with salami, peppercioni’s, and cherry tomatoes.

hot cocoa nightPioneer Woman got me craving Hot Cocoa!

sledding in arrowheadCrazy fun weekend with some Jr. High and High School student up in Arrowhead!

snow loveLook at that green-eyed hottie! How did I get so lucky?

winter warmthKeeping warm in the cabin.

sticky cactiPretty sticky cactus.

rainy day gamesHanging out with my babysitting buddies, playing in the storm.

babysitting buddiesCalifornia storms with two sweethearts.

God's promiseRainbow!

Peets morning My regular spot with some good friends. Enjoying coffee & pastries.

UNION Lunch Union Kitchen & Tap : Butternut Squash Pancetta Flatbread with Arugula.

UNION BDAY We ran into a professional photographer and she got a great shot of us five.

window sceneThrough the screen and into the storm.

rainy day treatsAlmond Butter Jelly Bars + Blue Bottle Tea. Perfect pairing on a rainy day.

sunday rainfallIt was POURING outside during our Sunday service.

new treatMy latest grocery store splurge! I had a coupon and thought I’d give it a shot.

waitingWaiting…enjoying the day.

How have YOU all been? I’ll post again next week!

xo sarah

our full life: week forty-six

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potato 46I made a crock pot potato cheese soup on monday. We loved it. Definite making it again/posting recipe soon.

PSCC 46Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake! SOOOO yummy.

sunset 46The sky & sunsets week incredible this week. Am I right? 

sick 46The cold I has last week came back again…boo. But I watched lots of Call the Midwife on Netflix and drank hot tea.

food huntOur Jr. High students did a scavenger hunt to collect food for families in need. They did such a great job!

ice cream 46The aftermath of making homemade pumpkin ice cream. Cant wait until it’s ready!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-nine & forty

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What have we been up to lately? Lots. Jr. High Ministry, community groups, hosting events, Seminary for Bret, birthdays, and keeping our marriage a priority.

It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post. I miss writing. I most definitely miss documenting “Our Full Life,” and the events God involves us in. Please enjoy these photos. I hope they inspire you to live abundantly – in love, in community, and in His beautiful creation.

Coffee GrindingI have never used the coffee grinders at Costco before. I liked it!

Miguels Date NightDate Night at Miguel’s. Their white sauce is out of control. We each ask for our own.

waffle sandwichBOXED in Carlsbad makes breakfast waffle sandwiches out of their food truck. They are so good! This one has crunchy PB & strawberry jelly and Bret’s had scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheddar.

jr. high sleepoverWe had a Jr. High girls sleepover last week. We had a station for make-up, nail polish, hair, and face masks. They had such a wonderful time. They looked like they were heading to homecoming!

jr. high sleepover 2And some of the girls went for more of an edgy look. It was awesome.

cinnamon bunsBreakfast is served.

LOTUS THAILotus Thai for a happy reunion.

NCCC WorkSometimes I forget how beautiful it is where I work.

big breakfastEggs, toast, avocado, cherry tomatoes, and a cinnamon honey latte.

apple barrelsThis week’s menu will consist of crumbles, crisps, and PIES!

fallen applesFallen fruit.

half peckJulian apple picking was a success! Half-a-peck of antique delicious apples.

cider tastingJulian Hard Cider tasting: Apple, Cherry, and Black & Blue.

julian pie coSlices & coffee for two. His: Dutch Caramel. Hers: Boysenberry Apple.

sage leavesSage is just the prettiest.

herb bouquetHerb bouquet class taught by pop-up restaurant owners at Patchwork Edible.

completionSage infused olive oil = yum!

zekieThese two. My heart is gushing.

Until next week! Love you, friends.

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-two

OFL 32I dont know about you…I’m feeling thirty-two! Week thirty-two was busy, and that’s what we signed up for. I love our life of community, ministry, family,  and the random things God throws our way.

cappuccino time with grannyIced cappuccino for my sweet Granny. I love her!

treasuresMy Great Grandma’s memorial service was this last weekend. I was given some little treasures to remember her by.

homeworkMy first time working from home was a complete success. Honey bran muffin along side a homemade latte makes answering loads of emails a breeze.

girl with glassesI’m a girl with glasses. Shopping for them is hard work!

concertJon Foreman came to work this week. Yup…it was awesome.

boomers natureLoved the colors of this. Made me feel like summer is going to linger for a bit longer.

ice cream barClassic ice cream bar for a classic girl.

haircut dayI got a haircut! I like how she styled it with a middle part.

mini golfMini golf with some of my favorite Jr. Highers! They’re champs.

boomers girlsWaiting in line (for an hour) for the go-karts. Never a dull moment with these girlies though.

ice cream partyIce cream party with our favorite staff! The wonderful Wilma made mocha, chai, butter pecan, and mint chip.

Enjoy the summer while it’s still here!

xo sarah

our full life: week thirty-one

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This life is ours, not mine. This life is full, not empty. This life is true life!

goldGOLD.

milkshake nightMilkshake night: chocolate, peanut butter, and banana.

pour overPour over at Kettle Coffee & Tea.

lavenderMy first Lavender Latte. Not too bad!

vineyard Home vineyard.

vine ripenedVine-ripening tomato goodness.

girls nightGirls dessert night. I brought those mini lemon tea-cakes.

family timeTrue beauties. I love you sis & Lu.

grasshopperHello office visitor. You’re welcome to fly away whenever you like.

addictionAddiction. So bad…but I can’t stop. Hubby bought me this mini pack.

roof reflectionReflection.

treat timeTreats with my sweets.

sealifeSealife in San Onofre.

surfer girlsThe sweetest little surfer girls. Beach camping with these Jr. High girls was the best part of summer by far.

firebreatherThat, there, is my husband the fire-breather.

san onofre sunsetThe highlight of the week.

Love you!

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty-eight

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Summer, sun, walks and babies. Enjoy week twenty-eight…even if it is a little late!

morning rosesRoses and ivy on my morning walk.

retro bagRetro bag from my decade. I bought it in High School and now it’s appropriate to break out again.

cucumber smoothieCucumber for my smoothie.

burger saladThis is my husbands FAVORITE dinner: Burger Salad. It’s literally a burger on top of a salad. I added some grilled summer vegetables and called it a day.

pink sunsetPink sky making the ocean pink. I love pink. I really loved this sunset.

hudson babyHudson keeping it real in his make-shift “hat.” The sun was beating down hard on our walk to the park.

movie nightBret led a Movie & Theology night for our Jr. High students. Finding Nemo and Luke 15.

toast breakfastToast Breakfast: smashed avocado & sea salt on one and crunchy peanut butter & banana on the other.

bach toesJr. High girls beach day! SO much fun!

pixiesThis is Frankie. This is his first pixie stick. It was magical!

Love you!

xo sarah