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?

#31daysofwriting #write31days

xo sarah

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our full life: week forty & forty one

Hello there! Welcome to the last 2 weeks of our life:

surfer sessionSunset walks with Susie Q. and some surfer dudes.

vital picBouldering with some awesome Jr. High peeps.

protonLast proton therapy (we PRAY!) for this beauty. Please keep praying for Katherine.

loss notesIt is hard to put into words how much the Loss Conference blessed my heart. I will be writing about the things I learned and some relationships I love in weeks to come.

loss lunchMy food theme last weekend was carbs. And boy oh boy, it was delicious!

sunshineYou are my sunshine, my only sunshine.

ctc 10 Coffee & Tea Collective for iced cold brew.

morning timesI love arugula on eggs and iced tea in jars. I also really love my new book : Prone to Wander.

nektar date Nektar date. Love these huge prints.

hs ceilingWork from above.

erosion I love living here.

music prepMusic prep for The Fields. One of my favorite parts of the week.

cooking club 10Cooking Club going strong with this dish. Butternut squash soup topped with walnuts, blue cheese, and granny smith apples.

paradise Bird of paradise for my pleasure while I lounge and read.

rest dayThe perfect Sunday afternoon.

Enjoy & rejoice the week the Lord has made!

xo sarah

sick & resting

Hello friends!

Well, my goal to be posting more regularly in 2014 came crashing to a halt. However, that does tend to happen when you pick up a case of acute bronchitis…booo. I’m getting better day by day. Drinking lots of hot tea and asking my hubby to do little things for me. He’s the best. He even puts up with me taking a million instagram pictures of him (see below):

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The biggest part of getting better is REST. Hitting the pause button on “life as usual”. This is hard for me to do. I am not a workaholic, but I do tend to have lots of plates spinning all at the same time. It’s very hard for me to let my home get out of order or tell people no. I need to grow in this area.

So what has rest looked like for me the past couple of days? I’ll tell you.

Sleep. Water. Prayer. Green tea. Honey. Homemade OJ. Vitamins. Watching movies. Inhalers. Reading. More prayer. Tissues. Magazines. Naps. More prayer! I know God will heal my body according to His purposes. I trust Him. So, until then, I am resting.

As I said, I have watched some movies. A couple of guilty-pleasures: The Parent Trap (Lindsey Lohan version) and She’s The Man. Also, a great heart-felt comedy with Paul Rudd and Tina Fey: Admission. And of course, I had to get a romantic drama in there too: The Lucky One (a little too raunchy for my taste, though). Four movies people…that should be a cure in itself!

I also spent some time reading. I have read through a few magazines (mostly Martha Stewart & Real Simple) and tore out what I like. My stack to go through is becoming unbearable, so making a dent in it has been nice. I am also reading two devotional type of books: Comforts From Romans and Abundant Life Day Book. I hope to get through more of East of Eden as well. Lastly, I spent time in the Bible meditating on Scripture. I refreshed my mind with a chapter out of Genesis, and then dwelled on the attribute of God as Creator. Time well spent and very restful.

Something I have been learning for a while now is that true rest comes from God alone. Knowing that He is always good and faithful. Enjoying Him and His abounding love. Believing that He is always with me is a constant comfort. His graces are new for me everyday and I can safely abide in that truth. The Gospel tells me that I am saved, made new, and belong to Jesus. He quiets my soul and brings peace to my heart. Ahhhh…just writing that out is restful for my spirit.

You can expect a new post from me later on tomorrow though! I will be writing a new This Abundant List post…because clicking around the internet can be pretty restful at times like this as well!

P.S. – I totally wanted to add one more instagram of Bret, but I held back the urge. You’re welcome.

xo sarah

our full life: week forty-five

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I was looking forward to week forty-five for weeks! Week 45 meant date night in LA for a concert with my hubby and a weekend in Big Bear with our Community Group! However…as life goes, week forty-five actually meant Sarah is sick with a cold and not enjoying the concert as much and then stuck on the couch for a fews days missing Big Bear. It was a bummer, but I think it was exactly what I needed. I got to watch a few movies (like The Well Diggers Daughter…MUST WATCH AGAIN!) and spend quality time with Bret. It was nice to be forced to just rest up/get healthy again.

Either way, one thing is true: God is always good and I trust Him through each season: sickness, despair, stress, frustration, etc. He never changes and is always by my side. Here was week 45:

Tuesday meetingWork/lunch meeting at the local coffee shop.

tuesday teachingGetting my car washed and studying truth.

whisky girlWaiting in line outside the Whisky-agogo. We saw Reign of Kindo!!!

whiskyagogoSeedy. But the band was awesome!

thursday dinnerBret was gone Thursday night…so I made breakfast for dinner. Inspired by THIS.

november magazineRemember how I said I had a cold? Well at least I got to catch up on laundry and magazine reading.

coffee before churchHis and Hers salted caramel mochas before church. Sunday coffee is better than any other day in my opinion.

bible loveI just loved the afternoon light coming through my windows. Shining on the pages, my ring, and a treasured note.

GBG mix upI mixed up my classic granola bar recipe and added our favorite chocolate chips and raisins. Win!!!

Have a blessed week, friends!

xo sarah