Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year!!! Hard to believe it's 2016 and that we are already well into the new year! I'm back after a rather lengthy break from the blog world. There is so much going on right now that it's hard to get back into posting, but I have missed it! While searching through my post drafts I discovered I never published a post I wrote around November of last year! It was a little update post that you can read, here. There are so many things I want to write about and share. I'm having a hard time deciding what to post! Perhaps I should start by finishing my Across the USA series! For now I'm going to share some photos I took as part of a seven day nature photo challenge I did on Facebook.
Day 1: We had a light snowfall one morning, which made for a lovely backdrop for this pretty red cardinal and his mate.
Day 2: At first I thought these pine cones were birds!
Day 3: Spotted this pretty birdie on an unusually warm February day.
Day 4: Buds on the dogwood tree in my backyard.
Day 5: Snapped a pic of this eerie crow on my way to work.
Day 6: Such a pretty blue sky.
Day 7: Took a picture of these deer out at my workplace, which is located on a beautiful college campus.
Nature is one of my favorite things to take pictures of so when a friend tagged me in this challenge I was thrilled. It was a great motivator for me to pick up my camera after quite a long period of not using it. Hope you enjoyed this little photo challenge. I would love to do more photo challenge in the future!

Have you ever done a photo challenge?
What's your favorite thing to photograph?
Which photo is your favorite and why?
Love in Christ,

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2015 Reading List

Here is a list of the books I read in 2015. Hope you will read and enjoy some{if not all} of them too! With that being said, please use your own judgment when deciding which books you read. I know everyone's standards are different.
  1. The Bible: God's Word{reading daily as I encourage you to do also!}
  2. A Room with a View: EM Forster
  3. Eric Liddell{Heroes of the Faith}: Ellen Caughey
  4. C.S. Lewis{Heroes of the Faith}: Sam Wellman
  5. David Livingstone; Africa's Trailblazer: Janet and Geoff Benge
  6. Women in White: Wilkie Collins
  7. Prison Letters: Corrie ten Boom
  8. The Prince and the Pauper: Mark Twain
  9. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Howard and Phyllis Rutledge
  10. David Copperfield: Charles Dickens
  11. Mere Christianity: C.S. Lewis
  12. The Count of Monte Cristo: Alexander Dumas
  13. My Anchor Held: Stephen R. Harris
  14. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Jules Verne
  15. Pilgrim's Progress{Part 1}: John Bunyan
  16. Honeymoon in Bermuda: Carol Morris
  17. Just So Stories: Rudyard Kipling
  18. Mystery Flowers: Grace Livingston Hill
  19. Journey to the Center of the Earth: Jules Verne
  20. The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank
  21. Anne of Green Gables: L.M. Montgomery
  22. Anne of Avonlea: L.M. Montgomery
  23. Anne of the Island: L.M. Montgomery
  24. Anne of Windy Poplars: L.M. Montgomery
  25. Anne's House of Dreams: L.M. Montgomery
  26. Anne of Ingleside: L.M. Montgomery
  27. Rainbow Valley: L.M. Montgomery
  28. Rilla of Ingleside: L.M. Montgomery
  29. America; Imagine a World Without Her: Dinesh D'souza
  30. America the Beautiful; Rediscovering What Made this Nation Great: Dr. Ben Carson
  31. Nicholas Nickleby: Charles Dickens
  32. A Prisoner and Yet: Corrie ten Boom
  33. God's Smuggler: Brother Andrew
  34. Where Two Ways Meet: Grace Livingston Hill
  35. Christy: Catherine Marshall
  36. Amazing Love: Corrie ten Boom
  37. The Hobbit: J.R.R. Tolkien
  38. The Fellowship of the Ring: J.R.R. Tolkien
  39. The Two Towers: J.R.R Tolkien
  40. The Return of the King: J.R.R. Tolkien
  41. In My Father's House: Corrie ten Boom
  42. A Man Called Peter: Catherine Marshall

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Lately {#4}

Lately I've been...

Working a new job at a beautiful place called WinShape Retreat.
Reading Anne of Green Gables novels.
Wearing a lot of navy blue.
Waiting to go on a hike with my cousin, but it seems to rain every day now! ;)
Enjoying sunsets{like the one above}as I walk into work.
Remembering moments with my sweet aunt.
Watching the new Disney Cinderella with my mom and sister.
Buying bunches of books.
Needing a bookshelf for all those books. 
Finding the perfect fall skirt at Goodwill.
Praying for direction.
Eating lots of ice cream with crushed Oreo's in it.
Hoping to get back on track with my blog...was I ever on track to begin with?!
Meeting tons of new people at work.
Shooting a gun for the first time!
Drinking more coffee then tea.
Building fairy homes with my niece.
Enjoying cooler weather.
Trying to exercise more...because of all that ice cream! ;)
Listening to the Boyer Sister's CD.
Looking forward to wearing my leather boots I bought during the summer.
Driving... FINALLY got my license!
Hoping, once again, you enjoyed this post!

What have you been up to lately?

Love in Christ,

Monday, August 24, 2015

Life Quickly Changes

Hello there dear readers! I've been absent from my blog for several reasons. I've been traveling a lot, in fact from the end of June to the begining of August I was back on the road with the missionary family I nannied for. The last post I wrote, about Utah, was written not too long after arriving in British Columbia, Canada. After only a week there I flew back home to Georgia from Seattle. The travel has made me a bit weary and I have taken lots of time to rest. But more then the busy travel schedule there has been a major change in my family. I don't like to share sad things here, but life is filled with sad and happy moments. I what this blog to uplift and encourage my readers, but I also want all of you to know that I have hardships too. My life is far from being perfect. That being said, my family has just dealt with one of the hardest things a family can bear, the lose of a loved one. One of my dear aunts has passed away after a very short fight with cancer. Thus my reason for flying home. I'm still getting used to the fact my aunt is gone and it doesn't seem real that I'm writting this post. Although this time is hard, I have peace and hope beacuse I know I will see my sweet aunt again! I will more then likely be staying home and not be rejoining the family in BC. I truly enjoyed my time traveling with them and caring for their children. I miss them and hope our paths will meet again. My plans were to return home around Christmas and then see what God opened up for me. It seems He wants me home now and that's where I want to be too...near my family. It might be awhile before I get back into the swing of things. I would appreciate your prayers for my family. Also, would like to ask for prayers for God's direction, that His plan and will be done in my life. Thank you all for your friendships through this blog. Thank you for always encouraging me with your sweet comments. What a blessing it is to have dear sisters in Christ from all over the globe!

Love in Christ,

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Across the USA {Utah}

Hello there! Here I am for another, "Across the USA" post! In my last post the Mutanas and I were driving through Idaho and making our way to Utah. We stayed with a lovely family of seven{with one on the way} in Clearfield, Utah. This was the first  family that hosted us through A Candle in the Window. It's an incredible online network of Christians who open their homes to show hospitality through a meal and/or lodging. Be sure to check out the link if you or your family travel a lot through the US. It's a great way to meet fellow Christians!
Now that is a serious Jurassic Park fan!
So it seems like I have some dinosaur theme going on here! ;)
The day after we arrived we went to Hill Aerospace Museum, a fascinating museum filled with vintage military planes and is located on Hill Air Force Base. Of course I had a blast looking at all the old planes, helicopters, and other Air Force related items!
Thought zippers on a plane was pretty funny to see! Those are the guns sticking out of the front of the plane.
I hope this isn't the closet I get to England! ;)
I didn't get a good picture of the inside of the phone booth, but it had various war-themed posters in it.
An MK 7 Atomic Bomb. 
We also had a great time with our host family! We enjoyed delicious meals; I tried German pancakes with powder sugar and lemon for the first time! The children{and I} had a fun time playing with each other. They had a giant doll house which I played with..ahem... I mean helped the children set up! ;) The Mutana children and I also tried out Wiggle Cars; that was a ton of fun even if I was a bit big for it!
While driving through Utah I was amazed to see how much the mountains changed! The mountains in northern Utah were very much like the mountains in eastern Washington and Idaho. Then as we traveled closer to Salt Lake City they were capped with snow. As we neared Arizona they turned bright red or were layered with different colors of various stone. It reminded me of the pictures I've seen of the Grand Canyon.
The seagull is Utah's state bird.
A Mormon tabernacle, one of many I saw surrounding Salt Lake City.
Yes, that is a camel! While driving out in the middle of nowhere, we had to pull over at a gas station to fuel up. What an interesting and unusual site met us has we drove up to the gas station. Right next to it was a petting zoo filled with exotic animals! Other than the animals it was deserted. I felt so bad for the animals out in the cold especially when hail began to fall down.
See the gorgeous tall feathers of that peacock behind the sheep?! It must have been shy because it would not show it's whole body! ;)
I couldn't believe just how red these mountains were in southern Utah!
There was a town we drove through right before entering Arizona which had huge homes, like this one, built right on the edge of the cliff!
Once again another Mormon tabernacle. Also note the large D on the cliff. I noticed several white letters on cliffs while driving through the western states. Each letter was the first letter of the town/city name. Hope you enjoyed this post about my time in Utah. Stay tuned for the trip through Arizona on our way to Nevada!

Have you been to Utah?
Ever been to a plane museum?
Did you play with dollhouses when you were little?
Have you seen red mountains?
Have you seen an unusual sight like the exotic petting zoo?
Please leave your comments below!
Love in Christ,

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Timline

Hello there dearies! I've been thinking that my blog posts might have you, my lovely readers, a bit confused. With all the travel updates and writing about things way after they happen{eg; my Adventure in Tennessee posts and the Across the USA series} I decided to write a little timeline from 2012 to now. Why from 2012? That's because I started volunteering for Above Rubies in 2012! {Wow! That is crazy to think about!} Since then I've been a bit off track with keeping up to date with my posts. So hear we go, a timeline of the events that have taken place the past few years til now, July 2015, with the corresponding post links.

January- Above Rubies
August-Above Rubies
October- Left Above Rubies//Home in Georgia
November-Home in GA
December-Home in GA
January-Home in GA
March-Home in GA
April-Home in GA
August- Left Washington//Nanny in British Columbia, Canada
September-Nanny in BC, Canada
October-Nanny in BC, Canada
December-Road trip across USA//Home in GA{for 3 weeks}
January-Home in GA{continuation of 3 week stay}//Road trip to Ontario, Canada
March-In Ontario, Canada
April-In Ontario, Canada//Home in GA{on vacation}
May-Home in GA{on vacation}
June-Home In GA{still on vacation}//Meet Mutanas in Tennessee// Road Trip to BC, Canada
July-Road Trip to BC, Canada

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Christmas in July?!

Hello again! No, your eyes are not deceiving you that is a Christmas tree! I know this is an unusual post but I wanted to share about my time home last year and specifically Christmas. I realize I'm a little late! ;) After the road trip in November/December of 2014, which I'm currently writing about, I spent about three weeks home. I spent lots of time with my family and of course celebrated Christmas with them! Here are a few photos of the fun things I did!
I had fun with my brother and niece at the park. 
Baked dinosaur shaped cookies with my oldest nephew. It was so much fun making these with him!
Now these would be great to eat while watching the new Jurassic World! ;)
"I have a big head and little arms!" Know what movie that's from?
Meet Miss Tri-sarah-tops and Mrs. Terri-dactyl. By the way my name is Sarah{as if you didn't know that!}and my mom's name is Terri!
Got these at a thrift store for less than two dollars!
This was an accidental shot!
One my favorite things to do is decorate the Christmas tree with my mom. We listen to classic Christmas songs. Every time "Rockin Around the Christmas Tree" comes on, we stop what we're doing and dance...around the tree! ;)
This is me at two, I think.
One of my favorite ornaments.
Our tree isn't some show room tree, it's made up of ornaments crafted at school by my siblings and I. Ornaments gifted to us from friends and family, some are vintage and belonged to my great grandmother, others are new and from places like Wal-Mart. Some ornaments even came in Happy Meals we got as children from McDonald's. However they came to my family, they each hold a special memory, a story, a frozen moment in time that's long gone. Our tree may not be the most trendy or stylish themed tree there is but I wouldn't want to change it at all! 
I celebrated with my mom's side of the family for our annual Christmas Eve party. We've been having these parties for as long as I can remember!
My delicious Christmas morning breakfast!
One of my gifts to my mom was a scarf from Canada. She collects scarfs!
On Christmas Day my siblings and their families came over. We had such a good time exchanging gifts!
         And I wrapped up my time home by celebrating the new year{2015} with my littlest nephew! Hope you enjoyed another little glimpse into my life and family. 

What does your family do for Christmas?
Do you have a particular theme for your tree or is it like ours?
Please leave your comments below!

Love in Christ,

PS: I don't do the whole Christmas in July thing, shopping sales/parties, but it just happened to fit! I don't even sing or listen to Christmas music til after Thanksgiving! ;)