Buying Our First Home

This August, Rik and I will have been married for 12 years. In all that time we have never bought a home. We did a lease to own option a few years ago, but the Lord had other plans for us and we ended up moving after almost 2 years there.

Rik is in an area of ministry that in our experience is very fluid. We have been on staff at 5 different churches, and have moved around 14 times. I have loved every minute of it.

Almost 2 years ago, we accepted a pastoral position at Keypoint Church here in Bentonville AR. This was a fulfillment of a word Rik felt like he received from the lord that he was supposed to go to the next level in creativity and tech. That it was not just a job, but truly a ministry. He wanted to lead staff and volunteers and help them grow spiritually as well as technically and creatively.

I have watched him flourish and grow in this position. Some really cool things have happened! This brings me to the point of my writing, which is to tell you that we will finally be buying a home.

We have really been feeling like this is our home lately. The Lord has blessed us with some amazing relationships. Piper has been doing amazing in school. Charlie is growing and becoming such an awesome kid. we have been feeling a strong pull to put down some roots.

So we started looking. We were so timid at first. Scared that we would be laughed out of the bank, but through some pretty cool relationships we were connected to a lender that wanted to work with us. He told us with our history and debt to income ratio being so low, ( thank you Dave Ramsey) he was completely willing to lend to us!

The same friend that gave us the name of the lender gave us the name of our real estate agent, and we ran with it! She is awesome!! She walked us through everything, and was so helpful, since we have never done this before.

About a year ago, we looked into building a house in a really cool neighborhood, but were turned down for the loan. I was devastated, and just really discouraged. I loved that neighborhood, and really wanted this specific floor plan. Our realtor suggested we look into it again. we did and found the exact floor plan we fell in love with, already being built and called our agent and told her we wanted to make and offer.

She worked so hard all day yesterday and got us an amazing deal. We made an offer and within an hour and a half we heard back from them and they accepted. Within 4 hours from that we were signing the contract. We officially close on June 26th!

The house is not quite finished yet, but it is gorgeous!  We didn’t get to make any of the choices, but the people who did made all the ones I would have made. I am so excited and can’t wait to share pictures of the progress! The Lord is so good and everything went so fast yesterday. We prayed that the Lord would open all the doors and make a way for us and He did. It felt like He was running before us kicking the doors in!


Stitch Fix Review: My second box!


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As some will remember, a couple of months ago I signed up for Stitch Fix. I loved my first box, and have been anxiously awaiting box #2!! photo 1 As a reminder, here’s how it works: “Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You tell us your style, size, and budget preferences, and we send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. Each Fix is unique and hand-picked just for you.” – from the FAQ page on the Stitch Fix website There is a $20 styling fee for each fix, and it goes towards the purchase of one of the items in the box. Once you sign up you have to fill out a short style survey. Basically telling them your sizes, preferences, and budget. I chose the cheapest option, cause I don’t have a lot in my clothing budget right now. After the last box, I went in and tweaked my style Profile a little bit. I changed a couple of sizes and it helped this box a lot. I like that you can change you preferences as often as you like. So far, it looks like they pay attention to it. I was extremely happy with the style of this box. I loved 4 out of the 5 pieces. Sadly the prices went way up this time. I kept one shirt, and actually wore it to church! It’s so cute! Ok! Now for the clothes! photo-2 Piece #1 SUZIE STRIPE & DOT KNIT SHIRT photo This shirt is super cute! There are little navy polka dots on the white stripes. It is very soft and feels almost like a piko. I got a lot of compliments on it last night. This was definitely a keeper!! Price: $38.00 Status: Kept   Piece #2 HELGA ABSTRACT PRINT POCKET-FRONT TANK photo 3 This tank was kinda blah for me. If I had kept the other 4 items, I would have kept this so I could get the % off all 5 pieces. It just kinda hung there. I don’t love the pattern. It’s just not cute to me. It doesn’t look bad on, but it just doesn’t do anything for me, so I sent it back. It was also WAY to pricey for a tank. Price: $68.00 Status: Returned   Piece #3 TRISH ABSTRACT CHEVRON BUTTON-UP TANK photo 4 I LOVED this tank. It was so cute and fit everywhere but the chest. It just gaped open. I hated to send this one back. Sadly I think I may need to adjust my Style Profile to no button ups. I just can’t wear them. :( Price: $48.00 Status: Returned   Piece #4 MIRANDA STRIPED MAXI DRESS photo 5 This dress was adorable. I absolutely loved it! Sadly it was WAY too expensive. I loved the pop of color with the stripes. Wish it cost less. Price: $78.00 (Yea. SEVENTY-EIGHT DOLLARS!!!) Status: Returned   Piece #5 BENIAN EASY TOTE WITH CHAIN DETAIL photo 1-2photo 3-2photo 2I LOVE THIS BAG!!! I wish I could have justified keeping it. I just bought my MK bag, so I just couldn’t do it. :( This bag was exactly my style. It was very roomy and had a removable clutch inside. Price: $68.00 Status: Returned If the prices had been a little lower and The chevron tank had fit better, I might have kept the whole box. I was very pleased with the entire box!! Good job Stitch Fix!! I can’t wait to get next months box!! Leave me a comment and let me know what you think! If you are interested in signing up, use this link: Sign up for stitch fix!!   Thanks!! Sarah   This is not a sponsored post. I purchased Stitch Fix on my own. This post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next box. All opinions are my own.    

Stitch Fix Review: My First Box.


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About a month ago I signed up for Stitch Fix. I had seen several blogs about it, and I thought it would be really fun to try it out. Heres how it works:

“Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You tell us your style, size, and budget preferences, and we send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. Each Fix is unique and hand-picked just for you.” – from the FAQ page on the Stitch Fix website

There is a $20 styling fee for each fix, and it goes towards the purchase of one of the items in the box. Once you sign up you have to fill out a short style survey. Basically telling them your sizes, preferences, and budget. I chose the cheapest option, cause I don’t have a lot in my clothing budget right now.  I was pretty impressed with the prices of the items they sent me. I had heard that everything was really pricey, but this was all in my normal price range.

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Now! For the fun part! The clothes!!! Everything was packaged so nicely. The best part to me is the Styling cards. Each one tells you How to wear that particular piece with items already in your closet. I am so bad at putting outfits together. Like, text my best friend a billion diff choices, bad. :)






Piece #1

The first top I tried on was the Luci Airy Knit Scoop Neck Sweater by Mak 

IMG_7389I LOVED THIS SWEATER!!!! It just gets too hot here in the south for me to wear it in the Spring. It was already 80* here today. The arms were a little snug in the underarm area as well. This would have been great for early fall. It’s a little too sheer for my taste, and SUPER delicate. Charlie would tear this up in a second.

Price: $48.00

Status: Sent back

Piece #2

I’m also wearing the Lydia Faceted Stones Long Necklace by Pomelo

I liked the look of this in the box, but once I got it out and started looking at it, it just looked cheap. the jewels look plastic and cloudy and glue was showing. I wasn’t impressed.


Price: $36.00

Status: Sent back

Piece #3

Next up was  the Jaclynn 3/4Sleeve Button-Up Cardigan by Mak


I wasn’t really excited about this one when I saw it. It looked TINY and I already have a sweater almost identical to it. Then I put it on. It was marked a size L, but fit like an XS. The buttons all gaped open and it was way to short. I hate even posting a picture.

Price: $38.00

Status: Sent back (with enthusiasm)

Piece #4

The next top was the Colleen Geo Print Tie-Neck Blouse by Sweet Rain

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Y’all, I loved this fabric. I tried to love the shirt, but it was a little snug in the bust, and just not flattering. The ruffles on the sleeves were my least favorite part. The fabric was beautiful. I was really sad that this one didn’t work.

Price: $48.00

Status: Sent back

Now for the last item! This one was my absolute fave!

Piece #5

The Gabe Striped Maxi Skirt by Renee C


The note from my Stylist said I could also wear this skirt as a dress with a belt. I thought it was super cute that way as well!


I LOVE this skirt! Super comfy and very cute! I loved the tip about pulling it up and belting it to make a cute dress. I put a jean jacket over it and it was adorable! This skirt was perfect and exactly what I wanted! I usually don’t wear stripes, but these looked good!

Price: $48.00 but with my styling fee applied it is only $28.00!

Status: Kept!!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Overall, I liked my experience. I will definitely do it again next month. I adjusted a few things on my style profile, so we’ll see how my next box goes! If you are interested in signing up use this link and I will get a credit towards my next box!

Sarah’s Referral Code 


This is not a sponsored post. I purchased Stitch Fix on my own. This post does contain referral links for new sign-ups that gives me a small credit towards my next box. All opinions are my own.


Thanks for reading!!


Halloween 2013


I am aware that a lot of friends disagree with celebrating Halloween. That is fine. We however think it is fine to celebrate in our home. It is not a celebration of evil, or just a day to get candy for us. It is about family and tradition for us. Rik grew up celebrating Halloween. I didn’t. He has so many wonderful memories, and wanted to have those same memories with his children. For my kids it is a way to use their imaginations and get to be anything they want for a night. Piper wanted to be a pop star, she loves to sing and dance and thought it would be fun to pretend for a night! Charlie loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates. You should have seen his face light up when we found the costume. He begged to wear it everyday for a week! We put it on and he acted like a pirate all night. I was adorable! We also used last night as an opportunity to meet our neighbors, which we have wanted to do since we moved in. 

If you disagree with us, Im sorry. We just love any excuse to dress up and use our imaginations; to make memories with our family; to share life with our neighbors. We don’t even bring up the scary or the evil. We focus on the fun. we teach our children to be in the world and be a light to those who are in the darkness. Thats what Jesus did. He was out with the lost and needy! 

All that said, here are some pics from our night! The kids had a blast! Memories where made! 







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Handprint Spiders: Day 18 of 31 Days


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Today we made spiders out of the kids handprints! This was a quick and easy craft!

Trace the kids hands on black construction paper, and cut them out. Piper cut hers out, but I had to do it for Charlie. He’s not quite ready for scissors.


20131018-172938.jpgAfter they were cut out, I cut off the thumb, and handed the kids the glue stick. They each glued on the hands.

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20131018-173109.jpgWe then attached some googly eyes and drew on a web. The kids colored the faces on and we were done! Super quick and easy craft, and the kids loved  it!!









Barbies for Piper: Day 17 of 31 Days


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I am so sad that I missed 2 days of posting. We have been so busy during the day that we haven’t had time to really do anything creative with the kids. I was doing so good with posting every day too. I also havent been able to find my craft box since we moved, so today I finally ran to walmart and picked up a couple of things. I think tomorrow we will be making hand print spiders!

Today after Piper got home from school, I brought some of my old Barbies and my Barbie Townhouse. She was so excited!




This was my favorite Barbie house. I had several, including the Barbie Dream House. I have a HUGE box in the garage full of all my old Barbie stuff in it! This was the easiest to do today.


We went through the bag of some of my old Barbies, and she picked out a few that she wanted to play with. SHe kept asking me how old I was when I got them, and who bought them for me. It was so cute!


She decided there were too many Ken dolls, so she renamed this one Mitt. I died laughing! She’s a good little republican!


Here is wedding Barbie and Ken! SHe has already had 3 weddings for them.  I ” played ” with hter for about 30 minutes and had to do something else. She has been her room for over an hour playing now. She is loving it! I loved playing with Barbie as a kid, and would play for hours. It’s fun to see her use her imagination. She cracks me up! I’m glad my mom saved them all for me!





Picking out Pumpkins: Day 14 of 31 days








We took the kids to pick out Pumpkins today. There is a pumpkin stand down the road from our house. It was cute and the kids had a BLAST running around and picking pumpkins!  Charlie found the wagon and just started piling the mini pumpkins in it! He was cute!




Look at these Tiny babies posing!






Charlie was scared to death of this Cat. The head moved back and forth randomly. I tried to show him it wasn’t real and this was the result! Haha!






Posing at home with out “punkins”!


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20131014-201333.jpgWe had a great day as a family today, and Piper heads back to school in the morning. Haven’t decided what we are going to do tomorrow.



Flea Markets: Day 13 of 31 days


Today after church we took a family on Riks team to lunch and then on our way home we stopped at a flea market! I love flea markets, and so does Piper. Rik and Charlie are learning to like them.  We walked around for  little while and then ran home to change, and I decided we should go to a couple more. So we got back out and went to 2 others.

The last one we went to was HUGE! It was an old nursing home, and was a big U shape. We walked around for about an hour and a half and Rik found an electric train. We got a really good deal on it, and Charlie is going to love it!  After that we grabbed some dinner and headed back to church for the new members class. 

It was a pretty busy day and the kids had fun looking at all the old stuff. So that was our creative thing today! Sadly I didn’t get any pics. 

I think tomorrow we are going to go to the pumpkin patch! Should have LOTS of cute pics tomorrow!


Bonfire and fireworks: Day 12 of 31 days


We had a pretty packed day today! We went to lunch at a yummy catfish place. We went clothes shopping for Piper and then came home to watch the end of the LSU game. Then we headed out to some friends new land to have a bonfire and shoot some fireworks! It was a fun, but long day and I’m ready to go to bed, so I’ll just leave you with some pictures!










Sticker faces and Blocks: Day 11 of 31 days


Today we did 2 things since I was sick yesterday.

Piper got this really cool Melissa and Doug Make-a-Face sticker pad from my mom for christmas last year.  She hasn’t ever made any with it, so today I brought it out, and she was thrilled!



It has some pretty cool stickers, and my fashionista daughter had so much fun making faces! She had a little trouble with some of the stickers tearing, but she still liked it! I seriously LOVE Melissa and Doug toys. They are so creative!














After Piper made her faces, I brought out the block for Charlie to build with. He makes such a mess with these things, that they are in his closet most of the time. So it’s a fun treat when he gets to play with them! He and Piper are still playing and building a city right now! they play pretty well together.



20131011-113926.jpgSo there you go! That is what we did today!






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