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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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Completely & Perfectly & Incandescently Happy

Instagram - @sarahpenmaiden  "At the site of our future home."
Three hundred and sixty-six days ago, Evan asked if I would be willing to get ice cream with him after work.  I remember receiving his text after having pulled into the parking lot at work, preparing to begin my shift.  Surprised, I read and re-read his text before acquiring my parents' permission and replying with a willing "Yes, I'd love to!"  

And so began our dateship.  What an incredible journey it has been!  Neither of us had any idea where it might lead, and we didn't know where we would be exactly one year from then.  Looking back, we've had so much fun, laughter, tears, trials, and blessing upon blessing.  God is so good!  I can hardly wait to see what else He has in store for us.  

Today, we plan to celebrate this 'anniversary' with a trip to that same ice cream place, the Sno Biz!  Which means I'll have a new photo for Instagram!! :D

I count Evan as one of the greatest blessings I've ever received.  He is my best friend.  My encourager.  My confidant.  And the one my heart loves.  

Thank you, my dearest Evan, for just being you!

And thank you, my lovelies, for keeping up with us on this new adventure.  We still need your prayers!

Happy Wednesday, all.



  1. Ahhhh, I'm so happy for you both :) I'll keep you in my prayers!

  2. This just makes my heart happy. You two are so precious. ^_^


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