Author: Sarah

Sarah according to Justin - brings a kindness, compassion and empathy to every conversation she finds herself in. She has a remarkable gift for reaching out and leaving others better than when she met them. She's also a devoted, patient, and loving wife and mother with a passion for seeing God's love realized in this world.

Sex is for marriage. This statement is contrary to a lot of our culture. This statement is even frowned upon. Prude. Square. Boring. I would substitute those words with something else. Healthy. Freeing. Life-Giving. I understand this blog post isn't going to be a popular one. In my teen years, this view was a joke. No one thought I would really "save myself" for marriage. In my early 20's, this view was shocking. No one could believe I really...

Today is a guest interview with one of the most fun couples I know: Crystal and AJ Martin! From navigating time changes with littles, to puddle jumping, to marking special milestones and throwing parties, these guys know how to infuse fun into family life. But why does this matter? Think about the last time you had a good laugh. What did it do to you? When was the last time you had a good belly laugh. Ever laughed so hard that you cried? Fun does...

What kind of faith do you have this Easter? I love Easter. I love the power Easter demonstrates. I love the love Easter celebrates. I love the Jesus at the center of it. But don't get me wrong, I'm not always super spiritual. These days, just finding some quiet reflection space is a task-and-a-half, and my cellphone battles for it. My belly is bulging as our next baby is just weeks away. Our toddler is bursting with energy before the sun rises. I have a job I...

    Today is a guest interview with the lovely Melanie Faris! Melanie is a young mom with two babies at home under the age of 3. She's passionate about creating a healthy home, putting healthy food on the table, and building healthy habits into regular life that are actually do-able during this wild phase of parenting. But... it can be incredibly challenging to "do everything" we find on Pinterest from mom-blogger-extraordinaire types. And while it would be wonderful to have access to all the...

  There is this version of wife and mother and friend and young professional that I wish I was. And then there is this version that I am. How about you? Sometimes the woman I wish I was stares through the mirror at the woman I am. She doesn't scorn me, and I don't resent her. We make eye contact across strange planes of existence, but we never really meet. We're not in opposition to one other, we're not enemies or competitors... we're not...

  This is for anyone looking for a loving relationship, or know someone who is. I made a mistake in my dating years that I wish I had stopped making way sooner. I spent over a decade fumbling my way through first date after first date, and 2-month relationship after 2-month relationship. I made my share of mistakes, breaking hearts or getting heartbroken. Finding love is no walk in the park, pun intended. But if you're still reading to this point... you get that. There...

We're pregnant! 17 weeks to be exact. We're thrilled! And nervous. And thankful. And exhausted! They say first trimester can be tough... With our first, I was tired, but didn't experience the spectrum of symptoms that can plague the first trimester. Thankfully! But the last few months of this year were some of the toughest. Although I'm thankful I wasn't throwing up, queazy waves would hit. It was a struggle just to hold my head up off the table almost every day. I wanted to go to bed...

When are you having a baby? When is the next one coming along? This question has me fired up these days. Because this question causes too much pain for too many people I love and care about. And I get asked this ALL the time. By well-meaning, curious people that I genuinely like. It's often just "casual conversation." But you need to know - this topic is NOT casual conversation. In one question, you are asking a woman about: Her relationship with...

This recipe is tried and true - it's perfect. I've made hundreds of apple pies (no - seriously. I swear.) because for some crazy reason I find it relaxing. Therapeutic almost. Maybe you will too! So – I'm sharing these steps with you just in time for thanksgiving! I learned these simple steps to the PERFECT apple pie from my mother. And now – lucky you – you can too! Homemade. No Preservatives. All natural. It's almost HEALTHY! Haha. Almost. With no further adieu, I wish you the love of apple pie...

Today I turn 31. 31 used to seem old to me. But today, in many ways, I just feel like a better version of my younger self. And in the same breath, I feel like a completely different person. Sort of like the saying "it feels like yesterday" and "it feels like a lifetime ago" applies to the same memory. Anyways, here I am at 31. Maybe that's young to you, or maybe that's old. ;) But birthdays always make me reflect. I don't know...