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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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A + A Friday!

  • When you're bored enough at work that you an a coworker start playing with tiny paper airplanes. . . 
  • Exercising with a sister and friend and talking about food nearly the entire time.
  • AHAHAHA!!! This.

  • Getting a snack at Starbucks and asking the worker what the rewards consisted of.  But before she can give a good reply, the lady behind you ends up listing all of the benefits and freebies if you sign up--free refills on select beverages, bday specials, etc.  The employee never really said anything.  You thank the other lady with a smile and walk away feeling both awkward by the lengthy conversation and interested in the rewards program. . . 
  • Holding hands with your beau, and you touch a slimy spot on his finger--ew! doggie slobber!! Thanks, Nova. xD  Needless to say, LOTS of laughter at that.  (Oh, and by the way, did I mention I have a suitor??)
  • Accidentally and unintentionally cutting someone off at Walmart. Heheh, you apologize, avoid eye contact, and hurry on your way. (Anyone else ever done this?)
  • Haha! This is PERFECT:

  • When a coworker friend and your boss inquires about your grandfather.  (His treatments ended today and he is scheduled for surgery July 7th.)
  • DOLLYWOOD with the family tomorrow!!
  • This AMAZING sibling duet of songs from Disney's Frozen!
  • Anytime that something comes in the mail with your name on it:
Instagram -- @sarahpenmaiden
  • Summer storms.  Watching the massive thunderheads roll slowly in, loosing their lightning in brilliant glory and low rumbles.
  • The majesty of the night skies.
  • "Suffice it to say that [C.S.] Lewis has captured a little of how God's Kingdom operates by introducing the concept of a first and older 'rule' at its very center.  And what is this rule, this Deeper 'Magic'?  Love.  Not affection, not friendship, not sexual attraction, but agape: the compassionate, selfless love God has for us when we're at our most unlovable.  Lewis called it 'charity' in his book The Four Loves (the original meaning of that word has changed over the years, unfortunately).  It's the highest and holiest kind of love, straight from God's heart." (Sarah Arthur, Walking Through the Wardrobe)

Many thanks for stopping by, dear friends! 
How was your week?  Do comment!  I love hearing from you!

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    Ahem. Sorry. I just kind of sat here squeaking in happiness for you when I read that.

    That modesty picture is sooo accurate. XD

    Oh my goodness, I DO kind of imagine that with the lololol thing. :O HILARIOUS.

    Oh wow, that quote was powerful. Thank you for sharing!

    LOVE these posts. I'm still keeping your grandfather in my prayers. *hugs* Hope you have a lovely weekend! ^_^

  2. I've had a pretty great week thanks for asking haha :D That lolololo gif O.o That's exactly what I picture! I pray that God would reveal his plans for you and your suitor and guide you both in this new relationship :)

  3. You have a suitor? Oh my goodness! That's awesome =D I can't wait to hear more about this! lol

  4. Christine: Haha! Yes! ^_^ Thank you, dearie! I LOVE reading your comments, they'll never cease to bring a smile (and laughter)! And thank you for your prayers! You may never know how much they mean to me. :]

    Eliza Noel: That's wonderful! So glad to hear. And YES. I love the dad's face--too funny! Thank you, m'dear. God is good and your prayers are muchly appreciated. :]

    Brittney: Yep! Heehee :D I may do a post or two regarding our journey together and more details...

    Thank you for commenting, ladies! I hope you have a delightful weekend!!

  5. *gasps* WHAT'S HIS NAME!?

    This post is awesome, as per usual!

  6. Sarah, I have been following your blog for a little while, and my family knows your suitor and his family. I just saw your instagram post on your uncle. I just want you to know that we are praying for you and your family.


  7. Thank you, Grace! You don't know how much your words mean to me right now. We so need your prayers. Thank you. <3


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