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G R A T I TU D E 

Happy belated Thanksgiving and first day of December, friends! I hope you had a delightful day of turkey and family that hopefully included a few extra moments to count your life’s blessings. Alex and I spent a few days in Arkansas with our families, and it was a joy. And to top it all off, our family and friends showered us with gifts and love for Juniper. We are grateful!

Speaking of gratitude,  it’s surely never too late to compose a gratitude list. Here are a few I’ve been thinking on lately: 

  • A God who is faithful and near no matter the season, never holding back His lavish love and perfect will. 
  • My husband, who is full of patience and humor and is so good at living in the moment and trusting God for the future. These 4 1/2 years with him in marriage have been a greater gift than I ever imagined.
  • Juniper Kate, who is 6 weeks (give or take hopefully not too many days) from making her grand debut. I’m so curious about who she is, and I pray she will be a bright light in this weary world. 
  • Friends near and far (including friends like you who encourage me to blog!)
  • Good health, especially during this pregnancy. I’m grateful to feel up for staying active (most days). 
  • God’s financial provision during Alex’s and my marriage and especially these last few months as we have moved to one income. 
  • The simple joys in life: a cold glass of water, the perfect planner, awesome Tex-Mex, an hour spent outside reading in the sunshine, the uncontrollable giggle of a baby. There is so much pain in life, and no one is immune. Yet God gives us joys big and small. Thank you Lord.
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What are you grateful for? I’m not sure whether you’re in a season marked by pain or joy, loss or expectancy. With the official Christmas countdown on, let’s find a few sacred moments to slow down and soak in the wonder of this season. Thanksgiving may be over, but I find more and more that every season is one for G R A T I U T U D E.

xoxo,
Sar

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1.14

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Favorite Things Friday

Happy Friday! We’ve arrived!

Even though I’m no longer at the office on Fridays counting down the hours until the weekend, Fridays will always hold a special place in my heart. Here’s what’s up with me + a few things I’m loving lately:

A T T E N D I N G  birthing prep classes. What is life that Alex and I are at this stage? I’m full of emotions lately as I think about labor and all of the “unknowns.” But when I fix my eyes on God it is all so much less scary. I believe there are some sweet times ahead.

R E D I S C O V E R I N G  tried and true Crock Pot meals like this and this. I recommend both 100 percent. This girl’s back and tummy start feeling it lately when I stand over a stove too long. Thankfully there is no shortage of Crock Pot meals in the world with little prep and lots of deliciousness!

T H A N K I N G  God more regularly for His gracious gifts during this month of Thanksgiving by writing down at least one thing I'[m grateful for each day. Just takes a minute, yet it changes my whole perspective.

P R A Y I N G for a deeper love for God’s Word and for spending time in it. BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is a huge blessing in my life right now and is teaching me to dig deeper as we study Romans. Having access to the living Word of God is awe-inspiring!!

C O N S I D E R I N G two DIY projects: this wreath and this banner.

A D O R I N G  our baby girl’s name after months of tossing it around with Alex and waiting to see if it’s “the one.” Turns out it is! And check out this amazing sign my sweet, thoughtful friend Emilee made for Juniper! It’s surreal to think that in just a couple of months, this sign will be on the hospital door with all of the details filled out.

Your turn. What’s something you’re loving lately?
Happy weekending, friends!

xoxo,
Sar

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Why We Should Care About Having Fun

Stop what you’re doing and listen to the latest Journeywomen podcast with Annie F. Downs that came out yesterday. I’m not usually one to boss friends around, but trust me on this. It’s all about fun! As simple as the topic of “fun” sounds, the episode really impacted me.

Nashville based author and speaker Annie defines fun as “a shift in how you see the life you already have.” You mean I can think of the everyday tasks and “little” experiences I’m already having as fun?

Here’s a glimpse into Annie’s start to each day that I think we all can learn from:  “Waking up for me involves asking, ‘What is happening today, how is that fun, and what’s good about it?’Can I look at the life that God’s given me and find love and joy and peace in it?”

Can you imagine waking up every morning and asking yourself, “What’s going on today that will be fun?” Maybe you already do that. I don’t. This outlook reminds me of Christy Nockel’s quest to seek out “the glorious in the mundane,” which is something I feel God is nudging me to do lately.

But it’s not about having fun for self’s sake. Annie believes that her life’s calling is “to bring joy and fun into the lives of other people so that they will see God.” I love that. For more on Annie and the topic of fun, listen to her really, really good weekly podcast appropriately named That Sounds Fun.

And of course, listening to that podcast yesterday got me thinking about the everyday things in my life that can and should be fun. Today, that’s:

  • Feeling the cool fall air (something that’s new to us here in Texas) on a walk this morning
  • Doing yoga on a mat in the middle of my baby girl’s room
  • Writing a blog post
  • Going to the doctor’s office to check on Baby B.
  • Cozying up with a blanket, pumpkin spice tea, and a library book
  • Cooking dinner

Other recent/upcoming, everyday fun things I’m thinking about:

  • Going to the grocery store and picking out all kinds of colorful produce
  • Walking the trails near campus with friends
  • Organizing and setting up our baby girl’s room
  • Memorizing scripture
  • Seeing my belly grow beyond what seems possible
  • Attending childbirth classes (neeeever until now did I think this would go on a “that sounds fun” list)
  • Going on an evening walk with my husband
  • Dare I say it? Doing the dishes and wiping down the kitchen counters at the end of the day and facing a clean room in the morning

It’s your turn. What sounds fun to you??

xoxo,
Sar

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