Who's Doin' The Yardwork?

You can email me at: ricearoni06@att.net
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My name is Sarah and I'm a stay-at-home-Mom of 4. I love music that tells a great story... movies that tell a great story... jokes that tell a great story... Do you see a pattern yet? I tend to laugh at inopportune moments. Sometimes this gets me in trouble but, mostly... I've learned that laughing saves my sanity when life gets hard. Great music can change my entire attitude. Catchy tunes are fun but, I love great lyrics. I've lived all over the country (Arkansas, Texas, West Virginia, Louisiana, and California) but, our family lives in rural Alabama now and we've never been more happy. We built our house 7 years ago and we dig living in the woods where it's quiet. We love that you can see millions of stars but, you can't see our neighbors!

I've been married for 11 years to my best friend, Dave. My guy works full-time for the state railroad, as a locomotive conductor, and part-time with the Air Force Reserve. He deployed to Iraq in 2007 and boy are we glad to have him home! We've got 13 years of military life under our belts. It's definitely a balancing act when it comes to spending time together! We're not perfect but we sure are content... and there's something to be said for real LIVE contentment!

I seriously love this guy!

I'm the mother of 4 kids (Matthew, Abi, Jack, and Joshua) who I refer to collectively as "The RiceCakes!" They could not be more different from each other! The RiceCakes are all currently between 10 and 5... yes, that means I was pregnant for MOST of the first 7 years of our marriage. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I've learned more in my 10 years of motherhood than I learned in the entire rest of my life. I don't get it all right all of the time but, I try to be honest with my children about how life and faith really mix. My kids are a source of inspiration and joy to me. YES, my house gets loud and chaotic sometimes but, there's nothing more grounding to me than those kids. They remind me about what's true and what is actually important. They are a huge blessing to me.

No bribing was required to take this photo *wink*

I also love Jesus. I'm trying to live my life in a way that is genuine. I've found that finding other people who want to be REAL with each other is really hard! I want you to know, when you encounter me, that "what you see, is what you get." I don't want to pretend to be anything that I'm not. I'm a work in progress. I make mistakes BUT, I want to learn from those mistakes and actually grow. I don't want to glorify the errors, relish them, and set up camp around them. I want to keep moving forward... following God, seeing where He's leading me and how He'll use the mistakes I've made in my life to encourage other people in their walk with Him.

I love to read. I love to write. I've loved it since I was a kid. I LOVE a good story. (You caught that earlier right?) I love to write stories... making them up is fun but, telling true stories is the happiest place for my head and heart to be. I think that God's given me a love for stringing words together the way that some people have a love for playing instruments, pitching no-hitters, or programming computers. However, I also believe that God is the One telling the BIGGEST and BEST story that there is to tell. It's EPIC. We're each just tiny players in it. I want to share honest pieces of my story with you... mixed up with the Big Story that God's been telling since time began... to encourage you to keep your feet on the path God's laid out for you. Maybe, if we keep telling each other the truth, that's one way we'll catch a glimpse of The Creator more often in our every day lives.