Thanksgiving Recap

Happy Friday! I don’t know what your work schedule has been like this week, but being off of school and spending time with family has done my heart so much good!

When you have multiple functions to attend during the holidays, sometimes it can be overwhelming. I’m going to break down how we handled Thanksgiving this year.

Saturday, November 21

My mom’s side of the family always does Thanksgiving and Christmas the Saturday before the holiday, and this year was no exception. Even in the midst of COVID, it was decided that we’d still get together.

Isaac had a blast! He basically ran around for the whole time and thoroughly enjoyed playing with his cousins. The only thing he ate were rolls (He kept swiping them from the food table.) and dessert. I know, I know, you’re thinking that is not a suitable meal for a toddler. However, if you’re the parent of a toddler, you know that sometimes you have to pick your battles!

Thursday, November 26

We always host our immediate families on Thanksgiving day. In 2015, a few weeks after we got married, we decided to have our families over and do all the cooking. We stayed up until midnight the night before prepping everything. Let me just say, after that, we developed a greater appreciation for our parents/grandparents for doing all the cooking for so many years, and now we ask our families to bring food, too!

I’ve learned how important it is to involve Isaac in things, including cooking and preparing for company. I had some brown wrapping paper and cut it into a long strip. Then I drew leaves, pumpkins, etc. and let Isaac color it. It was a fun way to get him involved with Thanksgiving prep.

I was just a little proud of how my apple pie turned out. It’s hard to tell, but part of the crust is braided. The recipe is linked in this post.

As usual, Isaac provided quite the entertainment. Dad said it’s like going to a dinner-theater but for free.

Saturday, November 27

Daniel’s mom loves to cook, so we went to her house for lunch. She had a garden over the summer and sometimes still finds veggies in it. She had a green bell pepper for Isaac, which he ate better than the other food. As previously mentioned, we’ve learned when to pick our battles on making him eat.

Unfortunately, my dad’s side of the family decided not to have a big get-together this year because my grandfather just turned 95! We missed them but are thankful do the family we did get to see.

I hope you’ve enjoyed your Thanksgiving, regardless of what it looked like this year!

Sarah

9 Things I’m Thankful For in 2020

Hey, y’all!

This time of year always makes me very grateful. Though I know I should have those feelings all year, and I do, the thankfulness is more pronounced during the holidays.

Here are a few things I’m especially thankful for this year:

Salvation Through Jesus

The older I get, the more astounding it is that anyone thinks they can “make it” through life without Jesus. Life is hard; 2020 has proved that over and over. There have been so many times where, if I didn’t have my faith, I’m not sure how I would’ve made it.

Jesus gives me hope, strength, and peace, and I pray that if you’ve never asked Him to be your Savior, that you would do so today. We’re not guaranteed tomorrow, so it’s important to have our hearts right now.

Also, if you are a Christian, yet aren’t as close to the Lord as you should be, I encourage you to draw closer to Jesus. I have something in the works that will hopefully help you in that area, so stay tuned!

Opportunities to Serve at Church

You may know this, but Daniel is a full time pastor. For a long time, I felt like I was just a pastor’s wife and didn’t really have an opportunity to serve. A few months ago, I started teaching the women’s Sunday School class and am really enjoying doing that!

As Christians, it’s important to use the spiritual gifts we’ve received to serve Jesus. I feel like I was put on this earth to be a teacher, so it’s exciting to be able to use that gift at church, too.

Moreover, I’m quite a bit younger that my “students” at church, yet these ladies listen to me and encourage me. As a young woman, that is so uplifting to receive that from ladies that are older than me.

Health

COVID-19 has brought a whole new perspective to health. I’m thankful that my family and I aren’t battling sickness! We can get out and do what we want when we want, which I know is not an ability afforded to everyone.

I’m also learning how important it is to take care of my body now, so that it’ll take care of me in the future, and I’ve been working out consistently for quite a while (more about that in this post). I realize that there are so many who can’t do this because they’re bound to a wheelchair, fighting a viscous disease, etc. and I don’t take this for granted.

Daniel

I am so blessed to call Daniel my husband! He is kind, selfless, and hard-working. He is the embodiment of how a Christian should be and constantly makes me laugh. Daniel’s also my biggest cheerleader in this blogging endeavor and constantly encourages me. He’s the best daddy to Isaac, and I’m so thankful to be his wife!

I won’t say that we don’t have rough days, but we’ve learned a lot about marriage over the last five years (check out this post for more about that). We’re committed to each other, and I’m so thankful to have a spouse who will fight for our marriage.

Isaac and His Development

Parenting is one of the hardest yet most rewarding jobs one can ever have! Though Isaac is two, sometimes I still look at him and can’t believe that the Lord chose me to be his mother! He brings so much joy to everyone he meets, and I’m so proud of how much he’s learned.

This is something I’ve never talked about, but Isaac has some delays with his speech and isn’t saying as much as two-year-olds normally do. This is an issue that runs in the family, so it’s not entirely surprising, and his pediatrician is aware of the situation. He understands everything and communicates in his own way, but the language has just been absent.

However, he’s been able to formulate more words lately and is increasing his vocabulary. He’s recently learned how to say his name, and if your child ever struggled with speech, you know how much these accomplishments get celebrated! I’m so proud of him!

Time with Family

It makes me so sad to think about how many people have missed time with their family due to a fear of COVID. While we’re blessed to be healthy, Daniel and I also talked about how much we’d regret getting to the end of our lives and mourning all the time we missed with our family.

During this time, we’ve continued to visit our families, and I’m so thankful that we have! Time is precious, and I never want to take it for granted.

A Creative Outlet Through Blogging

My blog is almost four months old, and I’m so thankful for the community that has arisen through this venture. I hope this comes across in my posts, but I’m having so much fun blogging. This site has become my outlet and de-stresser. I’ve been able to reach more people than I ever thought possible, and I thank each of you for your support.

Graduate School

You may or may not know that I’m working on my Master’s degree in Instructional Leadership through Tennessee State University. While I enjoy being in the classroom now, I also know that’s not where I want to stay for the rest of my career. By having my administrative license (which comes with this degree), I’ll have more opportunities down the road.

I’m in a year-long program and should graduate in May. I’ve said it time and again, but the Lord lead me to start graduate school at exactly the right time, and it’s going really well (though I’m happy to be finished with classes for the semester).

olive cardigan (SARAH15) / tank / leggings

Downtown Allie Collaboration

If you’ve been around for a bit, you know that I collaborate with a local boutique, Downtown Allie, from time to time. Allie, the owner, and I graduated high school together, so we’ve known each other for a long time.

I’ve really enjoyed working with her the last few months and bringing you deals for her store. Not only has it been encouraging to build a friendship with someone who shares in my beliefs, but it’s also been rewarding to support a small business, so if you haven’t checked out her site/store, you definitely should!

The cardigan I’m wearing is from Downtown Allie and is still in stock. You can use SARAH15 to get 15% off of it.

What are you most thankful for today?

Sarah

12 Thanksgiving Outfits

Hey, y’all! I hope you’ve had a good week so far.

With Thanksgiving next week, you may be wondering what to wear. No worries! I’ve rounded up a few looks that would work really well for whatever your family gathering will look like this year.

Additionally, several of these looks are from Downtown Allie and you can use SARAH15 to get 15% off the specified items.

poncho sweater / shift dress (SARAH15) / boots

sweater (SARAH15) / jeans (similar) / scarf / fedora (similar) / booties

flannel jeans / booties

waffle cardigan (SARAH15) / leopard tank / jeans / booties

 tank / cardigan / scarf / flats (Time and Tru – check local Walmart)

sweater dress / booties

olive cardigan (SARAH15) / jeans / booties

trumpet sleeve sweater (SARAH15) / jeans (similar) / leopard loafers

striped sweater / jeans (similar) / booties / fedora (similar)

striped top (similar) / vest (SARAH15) / jeans / booties

joggers / denim jacket (similar) / sneakers (linked in this post)

chenille color block sweater (similar) / jeans (similar) / flats (Time and Tru – check local Walmart)

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Are you having a traditional family gathering, or are you keeping it more low-key this year?

Sarah