What I See

The Last of October

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Happy Halloween! I’ve seen some good costumes this year so far, but I have laughed the hardest at my eight-month-old niece’s little old lady costume. Props to my brother and sister-in-law on pulling off such a spectacular first Halloween. They are rocking this parenthood thing!

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Alex and I dusted off our hillbilly “costumes” for a costume party at church.

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Anyway, the end of another month has me reflecting on some of my favorite October moments…

• I spent a weekend in Phoenix with five of my best friends from college and Casie’s baby, Addy, as well as the other littles who have come along. The Lord has been so kind to sustain our friendships. Five years ago, we couldn’t see all that’s happened since college coming. Now, with husbands and careers and [for some] babies, it’s awesome to see God’s gracious hand in getting us to where we are as 27-year-olds. Lord willing, we still have a whole lot of life to live together.

• Alex and I started going to a track Tuesday evenings to do speed work with a local running group. This has been a big brave step for me, as I’ve been terrified of running with other people and especially pushing my pace limits with them. It has been so good for me mentally and physically. When Coach Andy tells me to run 800 meter repeats at 3:40 pace, I just file in with the people in my group and get it done. It’s not quite that simple I guess, but then again it kind of is.

• I ran in the Houston Half Marathon Sunday, and even though the weather was very unfallish – humid and 70ish degrees – I felt good and enjoyed it so much! I shaved a mere 2 seconds off my PR with a time of 1:48:11. I’ll take it!

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What do you want to remember from this month?

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1.17

What I See

Favorite Things Friday

Who doesn’t love a solid recommendation? And on a Friday? “Favorite Things Friday” is an established thing according to the Internet. Here are three things I’m loving lately that are either free or cheap. I feel like it’s unfair to hold them back any longer. They’re that good. I hope you love them too.

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The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey: Go subscribe to this podcast TODAY. Whether you’re a mom, a single girl, married without kids, whatever, this podcast will encourage you to no end! Each week, host Jamie Ivey invites a guest to chat during a “happy hour” style conversation. She . The guests are entrepreneurs, writers, speakers, artists, wives and moms. They are normal women who are living out their dreams, saying yes to God, and seeing where it takes them. Two of my favorite episodes so far are #90 with Lauren Chandler and #98 with Katherine Wolf, but really I have enjoyed each one. The content is true to real life and at the same time opens my eyes to new businesses, issues and books. Jamie is funny and kind and just so real. I listen to a couple each week while running and is always a bright spot in my week.

 

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Cucumber slices with lime and salt: Yes, for real. I partly love this simple snack because my friend Lindsay served it when I was at her house one grand summer day. Wash, peel and slice a cucumber. Arrange slices on a plate, sprinkle with sea salt and then squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lime over the top. So refreshing!

 

 

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Starbucks 2016 Fall Blend “Hearty with Spice Notes” K-cups: My sweet stepmom sent me a fall package in the mail chock full of fall goodies, including these k-cups. The taste is bold, smooth and harvesty. A sip from your favorite mug will make you go, “Ahh, fall.”

xoxo,
Sar

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Home Sweet Hot Springs and Two Must-Stops

So here we are. It’s October 20th, and fall is in the air! Just kidding. It’s been in the 90s this week. THE NINETIES. But pumpkin recipes and cozy autumn decor surround us all. I look forward to the day (soon please?) when the weather matches our fall interests, but for now, I’m okay with forging ahead with the fall things anyway.

Speaking of fall things, Alex and I have a fall tradition of making a super quick weekend trip to Arkansas each year for one thing or another. Some years it’s for a wedding. Last year we got together with Alex’s family for some Magic Screams at Magic Springs. This past weekend, Alex and I road tripped for Alex’s 10 year high school reunion. Alex and I attended the same high school, so I got to see some familiar faces too. I’m not sure if there’s any way around the awkward of suddenly being in a room with people you mostly haven’t seen or talked to in 10 years, but that didn’t stop everyone from having a great time.

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In between family visits, Alex and I had a lunchtime hour to spare, so we did the best possible thing: We stopped into McClard’s Bar-B-Q for lunch. If you ever, EVER find yourself in Hot Springs, Arkansas, you must go here.

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Alex and I shared the Whole Spread, which may look like more than two small people could devour, but it wasn’t, especially after going yeeeeears without it. This amazing pile-style (“layered” might be a less country way to say it) dish starts with a base of two tamales and is topped with beans, chopped beef, onions, Fritos and grated cheddar cheese. It’s one of those dishes that if I had discovered later in life, the “healthy Sarah” might pass it up, but it was so a part of my childhood that I can see it only as normal and right.

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I have one more rec for you, as if McClard’s isn’t enough of a reason to stop whatever you’re doing and get on the road to Hot Springs. Alex and I also stopped by Mug Shots Express for the first time. This coffee shop is a drive-through shack. Quaint, no? Their menu signatures include the Arkansas Honey Latte and Blackberry Sage Mocha. I had a Pumpkin Pie Latte, because fall. It’s made with real pumpkin, not the syrup. So good!
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After a very full 34 hours, we were on the road again. While it made me sad not to be able to stay longer and fit in visits with friends (sorry friends), we just can’t do it all . . . this is something I’m beginning to learn.

Arkansas, you have my heart.

xoxo,
Sar

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Welcome!

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Welcome to my new little corner of the web. I’m grateful you stopped by! (Even if it’s just you, Mom. Still grateful.)

Why Blogging?
I want a place to put my thoughts out there in an effort to share what I’ll call “an inch of daylight,” a phrase I love and totally got from singer/songwriter JJ Heller. They are lyrics in her song “Daylight:”

There is an inch of daylight underneath the door
It’s enough for me to fill up my canteen. 

Why aninchofdaylight.com?
I love the imagery light portrays in literature and especially throughout the Bible. I love the way it links light to life (John 1.4) and Jesus Christ as the true light (1.9) that came and broke through the darkness of the world. The idea behind the phrase is that even an inch daylight brings such life, such hope. And in his mercy, God showing me even “an inch” of Him changes everything.

Why the Move?
In 2009, the summer after my sophomore year of college, I started a blog here. It was a great outlet those last two years of college. Then I went to Australia for a year and of course had to write about my experiences Down Under. Side note: All you have to do when you move overseas is recap your day, and it’s an instant hit for friends and family back home (travel! accents! kangaroos!).

This new space reflects a life stage change from my 2009 beginnings as I continue on through adulthood. I’m no longer Sarah the college student or Sarah the Australia adventurer or the even Sarah the newlywed. While I absolutely adored those seasons, I’m 27 now and in a new one. I’m not sure what this season is called, but  I am still growing in faith, in wisdom, and hopefully in love toward God and others.

I’m starting to see how life can fly by. Sometimes I get caught up in my routine and find myself struggling to pay attention to what’s going on both around me and in my own heart. I want to stop. I want to remember what’s happening now and not wait until I’m a more polished writer or a wise scholar or a mom or . . . whatever. I’m searching out how to live well in the sometimes stressful, sometimes mundane days. Can you relate? I want to write through it.

What’s Ahead
I don’t promise to have a tidy focus as far as what I post. It might be about running or a recipe or things I’m loving or a DIY. I might even try out my short story fiction writing skillz here. But I do promise to invite you along on the journey as I seek to soak up life and share what I feel is worth remembering with the truest words I have.

So, here we are. Grab a piping hot cuppa and join me as I continue on this beautiful, messy journey through life.