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22 Jan

“Life Uncommon” -Jewel

don’t worry mother, it’ll be alright
and don’t worry sister, say your prayers and sleep tight
it’ll be fine lover of mine
it’ll be just fine
lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and you shall lead a life uncommon
i’ve heard your anguish,
i’ve heard your hearts cry out
we are tired, we are weary, but we aren’t worn out
set down your chains, until only faith remains
set down your chains
and lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and we shall lead a life uncommon

there are plenty of people who pray for peace
but if praying were enough it would have come to be
let your words enslave no one and the heavens will hush themselves
to hear our voices ring out clear
with sounds of freedom
sounds of freedom

come on you unbelievers, move out of the way
there is a new army coming and we are armed with faith
to live, we must give
to live

and lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and we shall lead…

lend our voices only to sounds of freedom
no longer lend our strength to that which we wish to be free from
fill your lives with love and bravery
and we shall lead a life uncommon


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Christmas

29 Dec

Deck the halls!

23 Dec

I’ve been listening to Christmas music 24/7 for a couple weeks now and am so excited to head back to South Bend tomorrow to celebrate Christmas with my family.

🙂

We are pretty big Christmas Eve people in my fam. We typically go to Mass and then head home for a huge dinner that includes everything you can imagine. For a number of years it was my mom, sisters and me, which was perfect in its own way, but soon boyfriends/husbands/kids/in-laws came into the picture and we happily expanded. Christmas Eve is when we exchange inter-family gifts, but this year we agreed that we’re only getting the kids gifts, which I’m still super excited about giving them. The big kids are getting Roald Dahl books and the little boys are getting toys.

Christmas Day has always been spent opening gifts, making “Christmas Morning Breakfast” and spending the day in pjs watching Christmas movies. Last year my mom and I didn’t move from the bed where we watched Food Network Christmas specials all day and played with her new computer in our pjs.  Trish, Jonathon, Joey and Grace (Thomas wasn’t born yet) stopped by later in the day and when I answered the door I was greeted with smiles, hugs, and a loud “MERRY CHRISTMAS, AUNT SARAH!!” from the kiddos. Love.

Erin stopped by a little later and I must have been drunk with Christmas cheer because on my way to the door I completely wiped out. I fell and stayed there for a few seconds before getting up and hobbling to the door. Poor Erin didn’t get quite the lively greeting that the earlier crowd did! But we all enjoyed the warmth of the bed and talked about how amazing the beef stew was that I had made for lunch. (It was the first and last time I made it that I could say with full confidence that it was good)

This year I’ll be at Bob’s (Erin’s father-in-law) house Christmas Eve and will be enjoying their traditions. Then I’ll head over and spend time with T&J plus kids.

I still have so much to do before tomorrow! Wrapping, cleaning, packing, boyfriend time, etc. I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Merry Christmas!!

happy birthday, dad!

1 Dec

happy happy happy birthday dad!!

This morning I sent him a text saying happy birthday and he replied with “Thank you muchly… see you tonight” I love when he says stuff like that… “muchly”. I also told him a few weeks ago that I’d write a post on his birthday and he said something about how the picture should be one from my graduation because “that was a really cool day” 🙂

I’m so happy I get to celebrate with you on your birthday. I love you, Dad!

forgotten (phone) pictures: part 1

22 Nov

We’ve all been there. You take pictures on your phone and they just sit there… and sit there… and sit there some more. Not anymore! I realized the other day that I have 763 pictures saved to my phone. Seven hundred and sixty-three. Really, Sarah? Really??

I’m definitely NOT going to post all 763, but I am going to show you some of my favorites…

I woke up one morning to this picture message from Sarah... this picture sums up our relationship. It's SarahLove (+H)

This kid beats me at Chinese checkers fair and square almost every time.

I got my mom this card for her birthday last year... aaaand got glitter all over her bed. She loved it though 🙂

Ew. Ewewewewwwwwwwwww. It's pretty, but I'm not in any hurry for it.

This was the first beer I drank (almost) entirely on my own.

We were definitely asked if we were twins more than once the day we accidentally wore inverted outfits.

Deck them halls and ho ho ho!

I sent this to 3 friends to see what they thought of it... I got two very blunt NOs and one YES. One friend said it looked like I was wearing awful old wall paper. Needless to say, I didn't buy it.

"I just need to do a little remodeling and fixin' up"

I don't know what I love more: her curls or smile 🙂

Welcome, Izaak!

20 Nov

2 weeks (and 1 day) ago Erin, Derek and Paul welcomed the newest

addition to their family!

Izaak Robert was born November 5, 2011 and is so very loved.

Big brother Paul absolutely loves little Izaak! As I was walking into their house Paul said he had a surprise for me and that it was “really little and a human!” haha!

All the cousins 🙂

Welcome to the world, Izaak! I’m so happy you’re here! Love, Aunt Sarah

Sweet Home Chicago

3 Sep

Two years ago I started a relationship that has made me feel incredibly happy, comforted, inspired, loved, and frustrated at times. Throughout the past two years I have lost the most important person in my life, met great people and made incredible friends, experienced new and exciting things, loved, grieved, graduated from college, and learned more about myself…

I moved to Chicago 2 years ago today knowing only Erin, Derek and Paul and now I have my very own Chicago family (that has thankfully blended with my family). I love each and every person that I spend my time with and am so grateful that this amazing city brought us together.

Happy two years, Chicago!

Thank you for two great years and a billion memories…

here’s to a many, many more!

I love this city and everything that it has brought me.

P.S. Today is the first ND football game of the season… GO IRISH!