Almost 10 Years

Each year with Wes has been an adventure, a blessing, something to be infinitely grateful for. I’m so happy to have our little family, our lovely home and our beautiful life together. We celebrate 10 years of marriage on May 22 and I have listened to this song lately as a connection to this special milestone.

“North” by Sleeping at Last
we will call this place our home,
the dirt in which our roots may grow.
though the storms will push and pull,
we will call this place our home.

we’ll tell our stories on these walls.
every year, measure how tall.
and just like a work of art,
we’ll tell our stories on these walls.

let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.

a little broken, a little new.
we are the impact and the glue.
capable of more than we know,
we call this fixer upper home.

with each year, our color fades.
slowly, our paint chips away.
but we will find the strength
and the nerve it takes
to repaint and repaint and repaint every day.

let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.
let the years we’re here be kind, be kind.
let our hearts, like doors, open wide, open wide.
settle our bones like wood over time, over time.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.
give us bread, give us salt, give us wine.

smaller than dust on this map
lies the greatest thing we have:
the dirt in which our roots may grow
and the right to call it home.

13. May 2014 by Sarah
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Personal Lent Traditions

Though our church as a whole doesn’t participate in giving up vices as part of the Easter season, over the past few years I’ve made the personal choice to forgo two things.

First, I gave up fast food. Without going into detail, there is a pretty specific reason I give this up. It’s a practice in discipline for me to commit to the 40 days without “drive-thrus.”

The other thing I go without is iPhone games. I spend HOURS each week tapping away at my screen. Hours that are relaxing and enjoyable, but of all the things I do that are not adding anything to my life, this is the biggest one. I’ve read at least 10 books during this year’s 40 days, a testament to how much time I could be playing Pocket Mine or Candy Crush.

The odd thing about giving these things up, is I miss them… EVERY DAY! It’s not like when I hear some people say, “After the first few days without sugar (or whatever), I don’t even miss it anymore.” I really want to eat a chicken biscuit. I really want to play games on my phone.

All this to say, I don’t do these things to make myself a better person. I can’t do that, only my Savior can. I do this a a tiny, small, itty-bitty sacrifice to remind myself of just how much he gave for me. The things I give up hurt; they have value in my life. They are personal things, often not understood by someone else. I am okay with that, because it’s not about someone else understanding. It’s about the reminder that my amazing, beautiful life and everything in it is a gift bestowed upon me by someone who loves me more than I can even imagine.

If you need to find me Saturday, Apr. 19 (after Lent is officially over), I’ll be at Chick-fil-A, with breakfast in one hand and my iPhone in the other.

15. April 2014 by Sarah
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Masters is Coming | Be Ready

I’ve had a few people ask how my husband and I prepare for our Masters renters. Below are the basics. The most important thing is to start prepping MONTHS ahead of time. The last few days before check-in are stressful enough.

First, we compile a list of home improvement tasks that lead up to the renters arrival about 2 months beforehand and share that list via and app called Wunderlist.

Then, we actually write down a list that we sit down and compile together that covers linens, cleaning, drawer and closet prep. It’s important to go area-by-area, including hallways, linen closets, storerooms, etc. Even if the area is small, it helps to keep from overlooking something like making sure your guest doesn’t get avalanched by that “out of sight, out of mind” area of your home.

A few things to remember above and beyond really cleaning your home well:

  1. Take down the personal photos that aren’t hung on walls. When you go to vacation rentals, there is usually a lack of personal items.
  2. Remove clothes from a few drawers and a section of the closet in each room. Mark those drawers and closet doors by tying a ribbon on the handle. Let your renters know that is the signal for areas of use. (This is a good time to store all the winter clothes for the year. They take up SO MUCH room.)
  3. Make sure you write down instructions for media use (television, stereo, computers) and leave a wi-fi password.
  4. Put linens for the week on the fully-made bed in each room. For an extra touch, roll them and place them in baskets.
  5. Make sure your storage closets and pantry area are in order.
  6. Make space in your fridge and freezer for your renters. A great way to do this is by removing things you don’t want them to use: liquor, food stuff, medicine, etc.
  7. Leave instructions for finding hidden items. In our home, the trash can and microwave are in cabinets. They will need to know where these things are. Also, direct them to extra toilet paper, paper towels, napkins.
  8. Another nice touch is to leave out a boxed bar of soap and any small toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, lotion) in each bathroom.
  9. Do you receive the newspaper? Have a goldfish? Is your trash day during their stay? Leave any notes about these tasks that your renter will need to know.
  10. Ask a neighbor, friend or family member to watch your home/get your mail if you are heading out of town.

24. March 2014 by Sarah
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Settle Down | The 1975

I love this band. I love the singer’s voice. I see a lot of comparisons to Fall Out Boy for some reason. I guess because the songs are catchy and he has a great tone, but I don’t find them similar.

08. March 2014 by Sarah
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The Walker | Fitz & the Tantrums

Ruby and I cannot help but dance each time we hear this. Which is a lot, because we both LOVE it.

10. January 2014 by Sarah
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