our full life: week thirty nine

Hey there, hi there, nice to meet you!

Here’s what the past week looked like for us:

rbi aboveBret had a fancy work dinner this week at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. The Veranda where we ate was so gorgeous at sunset.

rbi husbandI am so grateful that this is the man God chose for me. He is so diligent, loving, and admirable. Oh…and FUNNY! ❤

snack lunch My snack lunch at work.

tradition drinks Road trip tradition. Treat yo’ self!

cheekysB is for…beautiful weekend getaway in the desert with Bret.

cheekys 1B is also for BACON FLIGHT!

parker 6The Parker Palm Springs.

parker 2I’m glad I don’t know how to make this crazy delicious mojito at home.

parker 1Loungin’.

parker 5Bret and I walked the grounds of The Parker sipping on cocktails and soaking up the sun.

parker 4 Giant game of chess, anyone?

parker 3We discovered a reception being set up for later in the evening. So pretty!

parker 8 One of my favorite plants/flowers/color combos ever.

parker 7Smiles & sunnies.

la quinta 1Sitting by the pool reading books was SO amazing. Even more amazing was having 3 days with the love of my life in desert paradise.

Now, back to the grindstone. God’s mercies are new every morning and every morning we can trust in Him.

Until next week…week 40!!!

xo sarah


summer is my jam

TREES-723x1024IT is here. I look forward to it all year long. It makes me smile, my heart beats faster, and I am giddy with anticipation. Summer…my favorite season. Summer is my jam.

This summer I am excited for a quite a few things.

  • Beach Nights. Every Thursday evening we head down to the beach with our friends to surf, eat, talk, and watch the sunset. It’s the best. Beach Days with my Jr. High girls are going to be pretty rad too!
  • Using the Grill. Most of the year we are indoors and I’m doing the cooking (which I love). But, in the summer I take advantage of my husbands grilling skills (which he loves…I think). I am excited to make white fish with lemon, olive oil, tomatoes, shallots, and garlic. You just throw it all in a covered pan on the grill and when it’s all done you dip crusty bread in the amazing sauce.
  • Wearing Dresses. I wear dresses all year long, but it’s nice to have warmer weather and not worry if I am going to get cold. Plus I love the beach bum style and more of those options become available during summer.
  • Neighborhood Walks. Looking forward to the night that we take a walk after dinner and it’s still 75 degrees at 8pm. Holding hands with the man I love and praising the God we love. So dreamy.
  • San Onofre Beach Camping. Camping 20 feet from the water? Sure…I mean YES PLEASE. My favorite camping trip ever has been to San Onofre State Beach. You’re in and out of the water all day, the sun is warm, the drinks are cold, and you get to hear the waves as you drift off to sleep. Plus, it’s just a 5 minute drive to San Clemente for a walk around downtown. AND this year I hope to try paddle-boarding for the first time ever.
  • Freckles & Sunscreen. I love getting a tan, for me, equals I love getting more freckles. I always say I like to get a little burnt so I can get a base layer of freckles. Ha! However, that can only last so long. With my milky white complexion, sunscreen is my friend. It smells like a tropical island or a coconut and it reminds me of childhood.
  • Popsicles. Watermelon, berry, lime, pineapple…cold and refreshing. It’s happening.

What are YOU looking forward to/excited about this summer? I would love to hear it!

xo sarah

{picture from: Dreamsicle Sisters}

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!


Until next week, friends!

xo sarah


our full life: week one & two

Our Full Life 2014…Here we go!

First, you will get a peek into our California Coast vacation (I hope to post a full re-cap here very soon). Second, you will see a week of me being laid out sick. It’s all about balance people. Enjoy!

Morro splashMorro Bay Beach break.

morro shadowsLooking up at Morro Rock and I just had to capture our crazy shadows!

morro lunchFresh fish, shrimp, and chips on the marina.

morro viewKiller view.

cambria pinesCambria Pines.

Hearst kitchenIn the Hearst Castle Kitchen. OHHHH my….it was so so awesome! They even had fresh bread baking to add to the experience.

oakland drinksVisiting our friends Tony & Tiffany!!! They took us to Chop Bar in Oakland. Crazy good mussels and burgers. And, yesI am aware of how many cocktails are at our table.

oakland ice creamLemon Sorbet in downtown Alameda.

SF friendTaking the Ferry to San Francisco!

SF buildingBrick & Blue.

SF bay bridgeBay Bridge at twilight.

NYE spreadNYE dinner spread (not pictured: champagne cocktails). Tiffany is an AMAZING hostess BTW.

CA coastThe views on this trip are unbeatable.

aquarium 1Monterey Bay Aquarium. Such beauty!

aquarium 2Up close and personal with one of my absolute favorite animals.

gracelyn visitBack home & visiting our best friends’ new baby girl.

juicer magicOur parents got us an awesome juicer for Christmas. Here we have fresh pear, pomegranate, and orange juice!

doctor visitEnded up in the doctors office this week. Acute bronchitis is NOT fun.

friendshipWe have some really awesome people in our life. One of which is my friend Susan. She left me this care package on our doorstep the other day. It had tea, soup, a candle, fresh baked cookies, and a much needed card of encouragement. THANK YOU friend!

sunny walkWhen you are glued to the couch, you don’t get much sun. This was a much needed sunny walk. Thank you Jesus.

Blessings friends!

xo sarah

our full life: week twenty-five

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While this week had miscommunications, lots accomplish, and a fair amount of busy-ness, I will do my part to remember the good things about this week. Beach, sun, good food, new freckles, family, and too much fun. Enjoy!

starbsEarly morning iced chai break with my co-worker. We have too much fun together. Wearing one of my favorite tanks: HE > i.

florasI hope that all of you reading can see that I will find any reason to celebrate a rejoice about the ABUNDANT life Christ has given me/us. These are the flowers my husband bought me to remember our engagement that happened 3 years ago on June 19th.

sunset 30The sun is crazy! Heading down to our normal Thursday spot. Taking it all in.

bendtec smoothieWe got a Blendtec! This was my first green smoothie in it: water, spinach, banana, pineapple, cucumber and ice. Very filling and refreshing.

the brigBest fish tacos EVER at The Brigantine. Even better that I was able to enjoy them with my amazing dad.

beach daySand. New freckles. High tide. Surfing husband. Good Friday!

beach walkNot too shabby. Hello pelicans.

bbq sandiesOven-toasted BBQ chicken swiss sandies on everything bagels.

bressi readingMy reading view Saturday afternoon. Almost done re-reading Gatsby.

treatMovie Treat!! Homemade salted popcorn with m&m’s and chocolate covered pretzels.

dwellDwelling in the Lord and finding my rest in Him.

What did you do for your week twenty-five? I’d love to hear all about it.

xo sarah

rosemary + strawberry sodas

It’s hot outside. It’s a gorgeous day. And anything could happen.

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Like rosemary + strawberry sodas.

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A sweet little treat for all of you. You will enjoy this!

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All you need is some rosemary, strawberries, sugar, club soda, and some cute straws! Sit back, relax, and sip on some yummy goodness. Throw in a good book or a friendly face and you are all set!

Rosemary Simple Syrup


  • 6 springs of Rosemary
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of white sugar
  • 2 cups of water

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  1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium until it begins to boil. All sugar should be dissolved.
  3. Remove from burner and cover for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain into a tight sealing glass jar. Store in fridge. Enjoy!

Strawberry Simple Syrup


  • 8-10 large strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water

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  1. Place all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium until it begins to boil. All sugar should be dissolved.
  3. Remove from burner and cover for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain into a tight sealing glass jar. Store in fridge. Enjoy!

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To make a rosemary + strawberry soda just add a 2-3 tablespoons of each flavored syrup to a glass, pour club soda, and stir! Garnish with a cute straw, a spring of rosemary and a single strawberry! Or keep it pure and simple without mixing the two syrups! Whatever way you like! You can’t mess this up.

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What a great way to kick-off  the month of May! Enjoy this weather and the syrups while they last friends.

And a HUGE shout-out/thank you/XOXO to my sweet friend Birttan, of What She Would Have Worn, for making these yummy sodas with me! What a lovely day! Can’t wait to see what we do next. ❤

xo sarah