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Life Update | This Beautiful Whirlwind

I very recently realized that I owe you all a huge life update post- chances are you have figured out a few things via my personal Facebook or through the grapevine, but I think big updates like these should probably be confirmed and explained by the source- so here I am:)

It’s been a whirlwind past couple of months- but the most beautiful whirlwind that I could ever imagine. If two months ago you had told me that I would be where I am today, I would have laughed out loud, and said “in my dreams!”… but, I wouldn’t have been giving God the credit He deserves. The biggest and most valuable lesson I’ve learned from these whirlwind months is that we serve an incredibly POWERFUL God who is worthy of our FULL trust. In Ephesians 3:20 Paul writes, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Oh how true God has proven this to be true in my own life- even when I didn’t believe it with my whole heart.

So I will begin with the events of November 30th. Joey and I had just celebrated our one year anniversary of dating, and we were off to the Kennedy Center for a rooftop dinner and tickets for “The Nutcracker” in celebration. Just a week or so before, Joey had surprised me with the tickets, as well as a complete gorgeous outfit to wear to the date. I cried- his thoughtfulness and generosity are two out of a million traits I love about him. So November 30th rolled around, we suited up- and headed to our fancy celebratory date.

Upon arriving at the Kennedy Center, Joey suggested we explore the rooftop terrace to watch the sunset before our dinner reservation. Albeit a chilly night, I was happy to withstand the cold to take in the gorgeousness of the city. After a few cell phone pictures, Joey ushered me to the side railings of the terrace as he sang me our favorite love song, and told me how much he loved me. Still oblivious to the true purpose of the night, I sang along with him, and told him that I loved him too- but as he reached into his pocket, pulled out a pretty box, and got down on one knee- my jaw dropped and I realized…this was it! Joey asked me to marry him and be with him forever, and I of course said…”OF COURSE!” Best surprise…EVER. But it gets better- while trying to connect my heart with my mind to realize what had just happened, I looked to my left- and there was my absolute favorite photographer, Abby Grace snapping away. Joey had hired Abby to document the whole proposal- an amazing gift. To be able to relive that incredibly special night in pictures is truly magical.
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(How handsome is he?!?)

(How handsome is he?!?)


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It was official- I was engaged to marry my best friend, truly the man that God had made for me. I was ecstatic! And just like every engaged girl in the world, my mind rushed to wedding planning, namely, planning a date for our pending big day. This was the tricky part, because Joey was set to leave for six months abroad in London come the first week of January. I was less than enthused at the thought of being apart from Joey for six months, but I was prepared- as long as we had a date for the wedding- easier said than done. Joey and I decided early on that we did not want to break the bank with an elaborate wedding, but instead wanted to save that for our future. We quickly realized that was no easy task- and I quickly became anxious and defeated. Enter prayer- and lots of it from all different characters. Enter ANSWERED prayer- and lots of it.

Through a series of fortunate events with my photography business, Joey and I started to discuss the possibility of me joining him for a few months in London, provided we were married- but how?! Joey was leaving in 2 1/2 weeks- hardly enough time to plan a wedding, let alone during the holidays. OH us of little faith. All things are possible with God.

Those next few days, we prayed- and began to discuss the idea with our parents. They prayed, we prayed some more- and plane tickets for Joey’s family were purchased. On Christmas Eve we had an official date: NEW YEAR’S DAY! Yup, that’s right- ONE WEEK away. To say that that week was one of the craziest weeks of life would not be an understatement- but it was not as crazy as it could have been, because our amazing family and friends.

My mom and her lovely friends planned the most gorgeous wedding- complete with all the personal details that I had always dreamed of- these ladies worked day and night to pull together a wedding that we will forever be proud of and look back on with the most beautiful of memories. I am SO thankful for the talent and selfLESSness of my mom, dad, and their friends.

So on January 1st, 2014- Joey and I were married in my home church. My dad walked me down the aisle and performed the ceremony, our families and closest friends were present, and we pledged forever in front of God that day. It was the best day ever, a day that God beautifully orchestrated. (Thank you to my gorgeous friend and the wonderfully talented Megan Chase of Megan Chase Photography for capturing our day so beautifully)
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It was then decided with a week to go till Joey’s departure, that I would be joining him on January 21st for three months in London. A series of prayers answered- over and over again.

So here I am, so very happily married- living in London with my HUSBAND. So much adventure awaits us- and I can hardly wait. You can be absolutely certain that I will be continually blogging pictures of our London (and abroad) escapades- we have so much on our things to see and do list- and lots of time to do them. I’ll leave you with a peek into our new happy neighborhood in Central London. God is SO good.

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Home sweet Home

Home sweet Home


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CHEERIO!;)

January 24, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Chelsea Anderson - This is so beautiful, and made me cry a lot. :)

January 24, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Kelly Ewell - Even though I already knew this story, reading it again still made me a little misty eyed! London is one of my very favorite cities, so I’m definitely a little jealous. Enjoy it!!

January 24, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Louise K Brinkman - Wonderful. Can’t wait for more pictures.

January 24, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Mary - Oh, Sarah!!!!! What a testament to your faith and joy in The Lord!! You two are just perfect together and He has made that very clear! Thanks for sharing your sweet story and I can’t WAIT for more photos and stories of Europe!!! Enjoy some English tea for me!! xo

January 24, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Nancy Pursell - Thanks for sharing ! Great pictures and what an exciting adventure

January 24, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Vicki Stuart - First thing I read this morning. What a way to start a day.

January 24, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Kristin Menefee - Couldn’t be happier for you, Sarah! What a beautiful story!

January 24, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Nance McCown - So very thrilled for you, Sarah, and tearing up a little bit as I read about God’s perfect timing and wonderful gift to you. You’ll have to be sure to keep us posted on London, and I look forward to one day possibly catching up in person. Every happiness and blessing to you and Joey!

January 24, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Dorlene Harper - A great photographer and a great writer also. I loved reading the blog and can’t wait for more photos and adventure telling. Have fun you two.

January 24, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Heidi Tucker - Living in London! So exciting and so great to start off your marriage with great bonding adventures!

January 24, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Emilia Jane - So exciting, congratulations :-D <3

January 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Pam McKay Burdette - Just loved reading this! God is so good! Have wonderful adventures! Would you even have imagined this a year ago??

January 24, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Deb - How wonderful! I did follow along via the grapevine and it was amazing to watch God at work. Blessings and joy to you as you begin yet another adventure with God. <3

January 24, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Kay Main - Sarah, just LOVED reading your blog and seeing all the pictures. Some I had seen before, some new! You did such a great job of summing up your whirlwind couple of months ! The engagement, the wedding, and now your adventure in London—a true love story guided by God. Can’t wait to see more pics of your new life in London.

January 25, 2014 - 2:02 am

Jane Mitcham - Thank you so much for sharing! With all the snow we got this week, I wasn’t sure you even got to England. We are so happy for you and Joe. God Bless you both!!!

January 25, 2014 - 3:23 am

Livia Iwamoto - Thank you for sharing !! I hope you and your hubby have the most amasing time in London.and that your union bring you both joy!! Brandon and u wish you both all the best !!

January 25, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Susan Iwamoto - What a beautiful story! You were obviously made for each other and meant to be together. Enjoy your adventures together and make some more great memories in London. Harvey and I wish you the best.

January 25, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Sheila Woofter - LOVED seeing all the pictures and hearing your personal description, even though I had heard ‘through the grapevine’. I had see quite a few of the wedding pictures, but love seeing your new home and the neighborhood. Blessings as you begin the journey!

January 26, 2014 - 1:48 am

Amber - I love this! I’ve always wanted to visit London, like most everyone else :) I’m excited to live it through your pictures!

January 27, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Rimma Dean - Thank you Sarah for sharing such a personal and wonderful adventure and big changes in your life. I am so happy for you and Joe and wish you all the best in your marriage and future life.

January 28, 2014 - 2:48 am

Nancy Bachmann Coit - Sarah — This is fantastic! I must admit when reading your blog and pouring over the pictures my eyes filled with joyful tears! (Making it really hard to see!!) I persisted and must agree that our God is an awesome God who has incredible plans for us! You and Joey are a living testimony to this!! Thanks for sharing your amazing journey :-)

January 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Janice Helmstetter - Thank you for sharing your deep faith in God’s goodness. All best wishes to you both in this new adventure with God’s abundant love.

January 1, 2015 - 1:23 pm

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