Monday, April 25, 2011

Music Mondays.



Such a sweet song. Just discovered it. So, I had to post it. But I had already planned to post this one:





So, you get two today. Happy Monday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Five-Minute Friday's.

Today's Topic: The Hard Love.

GO.

"My sweet girl, what is wrong?" The beautiful tear-streaked face turned up to return her teacher's concerned gaze.

"Nothing, Ms. Layla. Do not worry about me, I am doing fine." Even as she spoke it was easy to see that she was fighting tears again.

It hit her then why the young girl was crying; today was the one year anniversary of the death of her parents and the day that she had first been brought to the small orphanage. It is true that, especially then, the orphanage hadn't been much of anything-- two small bedrooms with three bunk-beds in each, two bathrooms and one commons area with a sink and kitchen used by all. A smile crossed Mrs. Layla's weary face as she remembered those not soon forgotten days. Those were the days she had planned to give up. It didn't matter the call she had felt a year ago, this was harder than she could handle. It was too much to have another heart-breaking story such as Arianna's walk through the door. It was so hard, loving them all so very much. Every single tear that slid from their eyes, she felt. Every time they couldn't seem to find hope, she would help them to gain it back, even when her own was in short supply. But each time she was tempted to call it quits, she remembered what Jesus had done for her. He had done, and kept doing, all of this and so, so much more. As she wrapped her arms around the precious teenager sitting beside her, she felt the arms of Jesus wrap around her heart. It's true that love was hard, but it's also true that it is so very worth it.

STOP.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday April 21, 2011

Hello beautiful. I pinky promise, I have not forgotten you. I have just been super-de-duper-ly crazy busy lately. Life has been one thing after another, and I'll admit it, I'm exhausted. But, the end is officially in sight. Tomorrow is the last day before spring break. Then, the week after spring break brings the AP Calculus exam. The week after that is my junior research presentation. I cannot even form the words to explain to you how exciting the day that all of this will be over will be. I'm talking HUGE DANCE PARTY exciting. I'm so much more than ready for summer! Oh, sweet, sweet summer! But, until then, I'mma be living today like there's no tomorrow(: I promise I'll catch you up soon, there's just so much to say! Love you, my lovelies!

OH! GUESS WHAT?! It's almost EASTER! Do you know what that means? JESUS IS ALIVE! Do you know what else Easter brings? An end to lent season! Which means HELLOOOOOO Sweet Tea and facebook. The soda I'm considering a permanent ban on. It's been good for me, and I haven't really missed it. Stay tuned for the story of my very first lent experience. It's going to be good!

Love,
Sarah

Monday, April 18, 2011

Music Mondays.

This is probably one of the most powerful songs I've ever heard. Please take the time to listen, it is completely worth it.



As we get ready for Easter, this song reminds me of everything this holiday is actually about. It's SO much more than just getting out of school for a week, bunnies, eggs, or wearing a new dress. Easter represents everything Jesus did for you and for me. It's one of those stories that, no matter how many times I hear it, it never gets old. I pray it always stays that way. As we get ready for Easter, lets focus on the actual reason for the season. After all, He is risen! He's ALIVE!

Love,
Sarah

Friday, April 15, 2011

April 15, 2011

Today, in pictures!

I absolutely love spring.

It's probably dangerous to leave me outside the school with a camera (:


How can you not smile when you have this little ray of sunshine smiling back at you?!

Sweet Lexi! I love this girl!

Five-Minute Friday's.

Today's topic: Distance.

GO.

Distance. So much, wrapped up in one little word. When I hear distance, I think of time. The distance of one week, which is all that is left until a much-needed spring break. A distance of a month and a half, all that is left until sweet summer vacation. Then I think of the distance of one year and two months. That's all. One year and two months until I walk across that stage, accept my diploma, and step into an entire new chapter in my life. Am I scared? Absolutely. To death, actually. But it's exciting, too. I love to think of all of the adventures college is to bring. I'm ready to discover who I want to be, and what I want to do one day. I'll meet new people, get to know my way around a new town, and begin a new path towards the rest of my future. It seems so crazy, doesn't it? I mean, I pinky promise I just signed up for kindergarten yesterday. Seriously, there's no way that it has been twelve years since my very first first day of school. I don't even know how that happened. I have so enjoyed my time here though. I've loved living where I do, this small little country town with faces of people I love. I'm thankful for all of the memories, for the popsicle days and star-gazing nights. For the snowball fights and hot chocolate and fireplace evenings. For the home-cooked meals and the breakfasts with my Nana; for so much more. It's hard to imagine spending my 'every day' anywhere but here. I can't wait to get going, but I'm not quite ready to leave yet. All I know is this: This next year and two months? It's time to make them the best I've ever had(:

STOP.

Love,
Sarah

Monday, April 11, 2011

Music Mondays.




It's not my favorite video, but I love this song. I love The Script in general. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Best Friends.

This post is a photographic tribute to one of my closest, dearest, most amazing friends Olivia Kelly, and our absolutely awesome photography day together! Olivia, my dear, I'm so lucky to know you. You make my life so much brighter just by being a part of it. This day was amazing, just like you are. You are one of the sweetest, most caring, and amazing people I know. I have no idea what I'd ever do without you to make me laugh, give me the best advice ever, and dance around like crazy with. I love you SO much more than you'll ever know!
























Friday, April 8, 2011

Five-Minute Friday's.

Today: If You Met Me...

GO.

If you met me, there are some things you would probably notice. You would probably see my stick-straight hair, or the fact that I'm tall, or the scar on my neck. You might notice my Dad's wide smile, or my Mom's bright blue eyes. But then again, there are things you might not notice, too. Things like the way I love dancing with all my heart, or that music is a part of my soul. You might not notice that I'm a trumpet player, or that my favorite color is purple, or that cookiedough ice cream can always make me smile. You may not realize right away that I've been through a lot to stand where I am, or that some days it's still a struggle. If you met me, we'd probably talk about my family, my friends, or my small-town country school that I love. I do hope that you'd notice that I'm thankful, though. I'm thankful for every breath I breathe, every step I take, every moment I'm blessed enough to marinate in. I'm thankful for the grace and mercy that has been extended my way by my Abba, my best friend, my Savior. I hope that the fact that I'm absolutely head over heels for Him would shine through in everything I say and do while we're together. I hope that somewhere in conversation my passion for working and loving on kids, especially oncology patients or my dear kids from the mission trip we go on every year to WV, would come up. I bet you'd notice the joy they put in my eyes, it's unlike anything else. You'd probably notice my southern drawl, and the fact that I use the word 'yall' a lot, but that's okay with me. I love my roots, and I wouldn't have them any other way.

If you met me, I sure hope you'd like me(:

STOP.

Hope you had a fabulous Friday!

Sarah

Monday, April 4, 2011

Music Mondays.




I love her music. With all of my heart. All of it. Go listen to her, she's fabulous(:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Five-Minute Friday's.

So, I follow a few blogs that do this and somewhere the lover-of-words inside of me has been dying to try it. So, here it goes! Don't be too surprised if this becomes a more regular thing. After all, who doesn't love to take five minutes to just write and not worry if it's just right or not!

Rules? Write for only five minutes. Don’t edit. Don’t over think. Don’t stifle your creativity.

Today's Subject?: My Favorite Things.

GO.

The lights are bright, making the sea of faces behind them more of a curtain of black staring right back into my face. I know that in approximately two minutes, I will be standing in front of all of them, open for the judging, but in this very moment it doesn't even matter. I wouldn't want to be anywhere but here. Do you know why? Because, when I'm here, I'm beautiful. I'm me. The feeling comes each and every single time I stand in this place. The way my heartbeat races, and my stomach flutters, and my feet twitch to take that first step... it never gets old. I take a look around me, and I see the faces of the people I love most. It's true, what they say about love... it fills you up. I glance back to the stage to see the tiny little ballerinas hit their final pose. I was there one day, I remember it well. The age where everything is magic. Somehow, ballet managed to let me keep that magic going. That spark never left this part of my life and I'm thankful. As they retreat off the opposite side of the stage, the familiar first chord hits the air above me, and suddenly the rest of the world melts away...

Well, not terrible for the first one? Let me know if you like it, and you should try it too!!

Love,
Sarah