#HusbandYear (Come join in if your husband is your 2014 word!)

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So, huh.

It appears that making my husband my word has inspired some others to do the same.

Which is AWESOME!

So hey, how about a link-up?

If you have made (or want to make) your husband your word of the year, leave a link to the post where you declare it! I might even post some challenges along the way for you…what do you say?

Here’s to the blind leading the blind! Oh wait. Well, it’s kind of true. At least the lead part. Heh.

But it’s okay, we can totally stumble through it! You in?!

Link up! And don’t forget to link back here so others can join in!

Love, Sarah Mae


P.S. Photo Credit: Dana and Mike, Anne and Tim, and me and Jesse

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Why I Don’t Write About Marriage

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You may have noticed that I write very little about marriage.

I do this, or rather, don’t do it, because I feel very inadequate in that arena. I am not a stellar wife, I submit awfully poorly, and I’m not real great in the intimacy department. Basically, I’m not winning any wife-of-the-year awards.

But, but, but.

The reality is that I also don’t write about marriage because I know if I did I would be accountable. I would have to try.

Sometimes it’s easier to push aside the thing you aren’t good at and focus on something else. With regard to many areas in life I would agree; focus on your strengths not your weaknesses. But we’re talking about marriage, and that is a holy thing and one we can’t sluff it off because of our weaknesses or because it’s hard. We all have a weakness in marriage because marriage puts two sinners together and says, “Let man not separate.” Basically, you’re stuck together. But that’s not a very helpful or enjoyable thought, is it? I agree. Therefore, we must work at marriage, which also means working towards being less selfish (at least in my case). It also means recognizing that I can’t actually work on myself because that’s the domain of the Holy Spirit; He molds, I make myself available for the molding. And there it is: I make myself available. I submit to the work. I agree with God that marriage is holy and worthy of nurturing.

Oh man. I’m going to start writing about marriage now, aren’t I?

Well yes. Because that worthy thing is not going to be sluffed off anymore. I’m available for change. I’m open to the work. I’m even making my husband my word. I’m ready and willing to not just get through my marriage, but to enjoy it. Which I mostly already do. But I’d like some wife-of-the-year awards. You know, from my husband at least. ;)

So, is there anything you’re afraid to write about/work on/be open to?

Love, Sarah Mae

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My Word, My Priority for 2014: Jesse

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You see that man in that picture?

That’s my husband, Jesse. He is strong and faithful and fun and creative and he works so hard for our family. He’s a good one.

He has been my cheerleader, my supporter, my biggest encourager; he frees me in so many ways. And so I’ve decided this year, while words are rolling around the Internet for the new year, I am giving my word to him.

My word of the year: Jesse

He will be my priority this year, my focus.

I will seek to support, encourage, cheer, and be his loving wife. He comes first. I want him to know how much he matters to me; I want him to know, to feel, to see practically my love for him. In good times and in bad.

Oh yea, I’ll mess it up. I’ll get PMS-y, and crazy sometimes, and I’ll make him want to run away. He’ll make me so angry sometimes I’ll want to throw in the towel. It happens in a marriage, you know? But I won’t give up. I’ll ask for his forgiveness, and I’ll keep on.

Marriage is hard, and it takes time to stretch into it. But it’s worth it.

He’s worth it, because he’s mine.

And I am his.

‘Till death do us part.

Love, Sarah Mae

P.S. Is your husband your word of the year? Come and link-up HERE!

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Lamplighter Theatre Dramas are only $10!!! Two days only!

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Oh my goodness.

We love, love, love Lamplighter Theatre Dramas, but I always have to wait awhile and save up before I can afford them, as they are around $35 each. You can imagine my delight when I got an email letting me know that ALL the audio downloads of Lamplighter Theatre Dramas are only $10 for the next two days.

Ya’ll.

I cannot recommend these dramas enough. They are fantastic stories full of character building lessons. We use them in the car, while my kiddos are coloring, and at night as they fall asleep. My children love them.

Our favorites are Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince and The Hedge of Thorns.

Today I purchased Teddy’s Button.

Lamplighter Theatre helps to fulfill the mission of Lamplighter by bringing redemptive hope to the world through dramatic audio…With the talent of world-renowned actors, writers, directors, music composers, and sound engineers, Lamplighter Theatre creatively brings redemptive hope to broken lives, and compels its listeners to live life skillfully and sacrificially for the benefit of others.”

Check out the dramas HERE! Enjoy!

Love, Sarah Mae

P.S. DaySpring is having their after Christmas sale – 75% off. You can check that out HERE.

DaySrping affiliate links are used in this post.

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A Book Update, Christmas Gift Ideas, and a Giveaway!

Update: The winner of the Christmas Bundle is Jessica Arber! 

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

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Merry Christmas, friends!

Well, my book is almost done.

ALMOST DONE!!!! I turn it in January 15th, and then I’ll begin edits shortly after that. I am so so so excited about this book and I can’t wait to share about it with you all.

But not yet. ;)

I’m letting you know where I’m at with it because even though I said I wasn’t going  to write until the 15th, and then I proceeded to keep writing, I’m really, really not going to write anymore here until the book is el dente. For real.

Really. Maybe.

But since it’s Christmas time and all, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite things you could get someone for Christmas. Yes, these are last minute gifts, but I know there are those of you out there just like me who still haven’t got anyone a gift. There are, right? Tell me I’m not alone!

Okay, let’s get this party started! Christmas gift ideas…

Songs for Saplings

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We LOVE Songs for Saplings! We’ve been listening to these fantastic CD’s for years and I cannot recommend them enough. “Songs for Saplings makes music for kids. We want them to understand who God is and what He has done, as well as what He wants your children to do and to be. Our music is adapted from scripture and from classic works meant to teach our kids the deep and wonderful things taught in the Bible.”

The music ranges from fun and upbeat to tender and beautiful. I know you will love them!

BUY HERE

Life-Coaching with Carey Bailey

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Carey is amazing. She literally changed the direction of my life by helping me to recognize some truths I had neglected to see. I am now on a different, much better trajectory because of her gentle but straight-forward help.

Go HERE to learn more about what Carey offers and to book a FREE introductory life-coaching session with her. I can almost guarantee you will adore her (and thank me for introducing you to her)!

Joel Clarkson’s new Midwinter Carols album

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We’ve been listening to Joel Clarkson’s relaxing Midwinter Carols album this month on repeat. It actually sounds like winter. I can’t explain it, but I really think you will enjoy listening to it not only during the holiday season, but through the chilly winter months. It’s perfect with hot cocoa and candles!

Get it at CD Baby HERE or iTunes HERE

My Beautiful Truth products (benefits children’s cancer research)

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My sweet friend Shelley Ballestero makes Beautiful Truth products, all-natural products with a message of hope and encouragement. But her products are about so much more. Shelley’s oldest son was diagnosed with “Osteogenetic Sarcoma (in layman’s terms, bone cancer) complicated with an extremely rare bone marrow failure syndrome–Diamond Blackfan Anemia.” Since then she and her family have been on a journey of natural healing (after chemo, her son’s tumor grew and he had to have his leg amputated above the knee). Part of that journey has been to create products with 100 percent natural and organic ingredients.

“When you buy products or donate money to The Beautiful Truth you are supporting us  through the next couple of years of a more natural approach of  medical treatments in our son’s future.” To learn more about Shelley and her family, click here.

To purchase her products, including essential oils, foot scrubs, body butters, and more, GO HERE.

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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

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I am just sure you know a mom out there who could use some encouragement during the little years! If so, Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe written by myself and Sally Clarkson is sure to uplift! And, great news, the Kindle version is only $2.99 this month!

To get a copy, HEAD HERE!

GIVEAWAY!

Today I’m giving away a Christmas bundle to one of you! The bundle includes:

To enter, just fill out the form below! (Email readers, click here to enter.) This giveaway ends Wednesday night (December 18th) at midnight, EST and is open to continental U.S. only.

Good “luck”!

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Love, Sarah Mae

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