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

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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

gospel wednesday

GW

The love of Jesus.

Have you thought about it today, yesterday…ever?

It is my prayer that one lost soul would read this and come to faith, come to life, and deeply love Jesus. That one lost soul would read about the LOVE of Jesus and be humbled, amazed, and broken before the King of Kings. That one lost soul would be at peace in their Makers arms.

When I was fourteen I was brought to my knees by the love of Jesus. I always knew there was a God, but at that age I suddenly became very aware of love. Not just any kind of love, but the love of Jesus found in the gospel: forgiveness of sin, healing, comfort, freedom, rest, redemption, righteousness, and an everlasting relationship.

Enjoy this prayer about TRUE Love and believe.

LOVE

Lord Jesus,

Give me to love thee, to embrace thee,

though I once took lust and sin in my arms.

Thou didst love me before I loved thee, 

an enemy, a sinner, a loathsome worm.

Thou didst own me when I disclaimed myself; 

Thou dost love me a son, and weep over me as over Jerusalem.

Love brought thee from heaven to earth, 

from earth to the cross,

from the cross to the grave,

Love caused thee to be weary, hungry, tempted,

scorned, scourged, buffeted, 

spat upon, crucified, and pierced.

Love led thee to bow thy head in death.

My salvation is the point where perfect created love

and the most perfect uncreated love meet together;

for though dost welcome me … rejoicing.

this love is not intermittent, cold, changeable;

it does not cease or abate for all my eternity…

…Thy infinite love is a mystery of mysteries,

and my eternal rest lies in the eternal enjoyment of it.

– A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

Enjoy your Wednesday! If you would like to share when you first experienced the love of Jesus, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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

this abundant list

TAL 19

  1. 20 favorite cocktail recipes from 2 lovely bloggers.
  2. Intriguing take on food photography: a week of groceries from around the world.
  3. Blogging resources for the win.
  4. Stumbled across Brookie’s blog. I have probably listened to this particular Music Monday post 15 times so far.
  5. Be yourself!
  6. Sweet Mother’s Day post with a beautiful dress!
  7. I was inspired by joy this morning and made some yummy oatmeal. Strawberries instead of blackberries, flaxseeds instead of sunflower seeds, and coconut milk instead of almond milk.
  8. Making versus buying. Good read!
  9. A WEEK of Mother’s Day brunch Ideas from Honestly Yum and Joy the Baker.
  10. The Great Gatsby comes out TODAY!
  11. Excited to start reading this book. I really would love for praying to become more and more a part of our everyday life.
  12. How fun is this collaborative blog. These photographs are so real and sweet.
  13. Getting glasses inspiration today. The Girls with Glasses really helped me out!

HAPPY FRIDAY! Make your momma some bread!

xo sarah