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    life: [noun] the period between birth and death of a person. that's what's going on over here. the everything in between. the breaths that are exclusively mine, the experiences only i can carry out, and the moments that were specifically created for me. this is my story.

Category Archives: LIFESONGS

El-Kan | God creates

This part of my world [writing] has been kept more to the pages of my journal lately.  I haven’t wanted to openly/publicly express anything mainly because by talking about it … it

au revoir twenty sixteen … bonjour twenty seventeen.

Memories squeezed in small pictures.  Moments captured on film.  Time captured in our head space to reminisce.  There’s something so wonderful about embarking on a new year with fresh vision

a little morning muse.

I almost didn’t know what to do with myself.  Israel went down for a nap, and the older two got (extremely) bundled up to go out in the frigid temperatures.  The house got quiet.  It was that

happy 1st birthday.

Israel Rhodes … how did we get here so fast?  With your brothers, I felt like the first year flew by.  And now with you, it seems that time never stopped its momentum.  From the moment you were

handiwork.

“…Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands…” – 1 Thes.4:11 The work we can do with our hands, in one single day,

control.

Because of thunderstorms/showers, the light was so low yesterday afternoon and for the first time, it felt super cozy and homey in this new house.  We’ve still got a LOT of personalizing to do

home.

Anybody that has moved before, I’m sure has uttered these very same words, “I am never moving again!”.  As I speak those words, I truly hope that is the case for us.  The property

look for the light.

“You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.” – Psalm 36:9 It was during our swine flue battle(!) the other month that we were on a serious Netflix

overheard / 5

For a while, I was able to keep up with writing down every cute little thing the boys were saying.  I got to posting a few conversations but that didn’t really go places (hence the no.5 for

five months.

Seriously, how can my wee babe already be FIVE MONTHS??  I get all choked up, thinking how quickly his first year is already going and at times, all I want to do is document it all – take video

what is perfect.

We’ve been getting our house ready to sell this week(!) as there is a possibility of purchasing a property out of town.  Even as I typed that last sentence, I was totally pinching myself!

hello … it’s me.

Let me just start by saying, I love this song.  And seriously, hello and how are you?? Since the start of this year, it’s been a bit of struggle to get into our new groove, but that

today.

It’s five years today, babe.  Five years of being the woman by your side.  Five years that I’ve been protected, unconditionally loved, helped, encouraged, supported, spoiled, spurred on

me time with the boys.

“Listen–are you breathing just a little and calling it life?” – Mary Oliver Maybe this sounds funny, but it’s not every that I get to spend ALL day with my boys.  Sure,

my job.

This morning was a frustrating one getting out the door.  We had a battle of the wills, diapers/back/clothes/bumbo, the foreboding task of finding matching clean socks … to name a few.

being mama.

If I were to get a glimpse into the person I am today, only 4 years ago, I don’t think I would believe it.  Had I had the chance to feel the love that I feel today, four years ago, I would

this tuesday / 09

It’s really quite humorous how silly days can get away on you.  If I had a deadline to meet today, it just wouldn’t have happened.  It took us til nearly 11:3o this morning to get

little things like red nails.

Like I mentioned back here, I’ve been holding onto the reins of “girly” things that I do even tighter now that our house is full of men/men in training.  Once Friday night hits, I

one month …

Like the other two boys, I *tried* to do a month-by-month update with how they were doing/progressing/learning/growing.  Try as I may, some months, I missed, others I didn’t document as much as

a dash.

Fifteen minutes. Can I write something, in fifteen minutes?  I ask myself before sitting down to write this.  Any alone time these days has to be utilized for showering/bathing and using the

israel rhodes.

He is here.  He is finally here!  Our sweet baby boy, Israel Rhodes, joined us on this side October 12, 2015 at 2:37am – healthy, happy and ready to take on the world.  His calm countenance and

interrupting this silence …

Hello, friends! It’s been quiet over here for a this past bit, and no (sad face) that does not mean I’ve had the baby yet!  We are 38 weeks along – literally, nearing the end and

sleep schedule.

I remember at this stage of the pregnancy with Hunter, I was in need of some type of bed-time routine.  I’d take a 10-20 min. shower – in the complete dark.  And then, I’d lay on

asking to receive.

Just over a month ago, in peony season here, I was gushing over my neighbour’s peony bushes every time I was outside, driving up to the house, thinking about peonies – you catch my drift.

just a quick thought.

it’s a rare thing for hunter to fall asleep on me … it made this day all the more perfect. You’re a good, good father It’s who you are, it’s who you are, it’s who

what will it be …

More than EVER … I can’t wait to know what the gender of this little one is!  Being pregnant with the boys, I could imagine how things would go if we ended up having a boy or a girl.

judah’s 3rd birthday weekend.

How can my baby boy I mean, big boy be 3 already?!  Saturday was his actual birthdate and we pretty much took the weekend to celebrate him.  The poor guy woke up with a fever (on his birthday) and

a night-time post.

It’s just me and the baby up right now.  Everyone else is sleeping and I feel like this little one knows that and takes the opportunity to have some one on one mama-time.  Smile.  We had

be still.

Yesterday marked four weeks since I’ve gotten sick within this pregnancy … Woohoo!!  I am beyond excited that 1. it’s ended much earlier than the other 2 pregnancies and 2.

refreshed.

It’s been cool lately to realize how much in my life that is under  r e f r e s h m e n t .  We often can get ourselves in to “rut” thinking … feeling no way out of where we

hello, pleasant week.

I know it’s Tuesday, but I still wanted to add a “hello week” for this week.  Like I’ve mentioned before, actually thinking methodically about my weeks and sharing them here

growing, gaining.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it again … this life is about learning. Learning balance.  Learning to love.  Learning to grow.  Learning to change … As much

thoughts. things.

Goodness. Since I started blogging, I don’t think I have ever had a quiet spell this long between posts.  Lately it’s been a learning/growing/patience building spell(!) and quite

over here.

Happy week, friends!  It’s been a bit of a crazy few weeks over here – for more ways than one.  Not only is my role within our business busy lately…  we are expecting another

today.

Today marks the day of our wedding anniversary.  Today is a day that we began our husband-wife adventures on.  Today … a day I could not be more grateful for. He provides for me and our little

07/52

Hunter Elias: there is a new snuggly side about you lately … we just can’t get enough of your hugs and kisses that you so freely share. Judah West: even though there are some days i