The 2015 Blog-tember Challenge: Days 1 and 2

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

First, I want to say thank you to everyone who looked at--and even commented on--yesterday's post!  I really love these house tours because I really love looking into people's homes and observing how they've worked to make it a home.  I know that may sound weird but it's so fascinating to me and I'm so appreciative that people have allowed me to come into their homes!  Check back the first Tuesday in October because I already have the next home lined up and I am so excited to blog about it.

I'm so excited to be participating in this year's Blog-tember Challenge!  I kept up with it last year (I didn't have a blog last September--just read them!) and had forgotten all about it until I read my friend Victoria's blog yesterday.  So here's Days 1 and 2.  I'll try to do as many as I can, but....grad school :(

Day 1: Introduce Yourself!

Hey, y'all!  My name is Sarah and I'm from a small town in Alabama.  I've lived here my whole life except for the four years I moved away to college, and I still stayed within the state--Roll Tide!

I used to be really overweight (think size 16 getting tight) until I started Weight Watchers and lost the first 35 lbs.  I then used what WW had taught me to lose the rest--which was a total of over 50 lbs!!  That moved me to a size 10 (and sometimes 8).  
This is a before and after of me right after I reached my goal weight.
 I've actually gained 10 lbs back (see why below) but I'm still in a size 10.  I'm working on losing the weight in a healthy way and still loving my body.

I got married a year ago to the best guy I know, and we just celebrated our one year on July 26th!  He's the most patient and fun-loving guy I know!

And he's the best dancer!

We just finished building our first house and moved in last month.  We have loved learning how to be homeowners and I've learned that I'll be filling this house up little by little.

I'm a seventh grade English teacher and my husband works in carbon fiber.  I enjoy baking and cooking--mostly baking--and reading, decorating for holidays, reality TV, and being with friends.  I also am a small group leader in the Abide Women's Ministry at my church, and I have been rejoicing at the work the Lord has done the past year in the hearts of the women at my church!  I strive to glorify God each day in all that I do and think.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

Day 2: Describe your ideal day.  Where would you go and what would you do?

My answer for this may be a little biased since I just halfway finished a grad school assignment, but as of right now, my ideal day would be doing nothing!  Teaching full time and being a full time graduate student has really influenced this answer! haha!

I would wake up whenever I wanted and have the day free to do as I please--that means if I wanted to watch The Today Show all morning I could.  Or if I wanted to go to the mall, then I could.  Oh, and my ideal day would also include supper out so I didn't have to be home at a certain time to get supper started.  

Is there anyone else feeling like that right now??


  1. Sarah, you look GORGEOUS in those wedding photos! Absolutely glowing:)

    I think there's something about being a teacher, and starting the 3rd week of school makes you want to stay home and watch the Today Show all day....I understand :)

  2. Oh I completely understand the "do nothing" idea being a teacher myself!!
    By the way, your house looks lovely!

  3. YAY!!!! SO glad you're doing this! :) I need more blog posts from your in my life haha!

  4. You are on gorgeous bride! :)
    Learning to take care of your body the right way and loving the skin you're in isn't always the easiest but the journey is so rewarding and worth it. Good luck girl!
    I'm so glad I found you through the link up!

  5. I love this introduction! My ideal day would be similar. I love mornings where I can wake up and take my time getting ready and drinking coffee.

    xo, Carly - soak and simmer

  6. I'm so glad I found your through the blogtember challenge! My husband's and my anniversary is July 20th so pretty close! We have been married almost 2 1/2 years. Isn't marriage fun?! Congrats on the new house, so exciting!! Also, go you for that amazing weight loss story!!! -katie

  7. Congratulations on the weight loss! Marriage will cause those few pounds to creep back for sure weight :-)
    what a gorgeous new house! I am going to have to follow along to see what you do with the place, especially now that the holidays are approaching how fun!
    I am also full time work/full time grad school, so I feel your pain, girl. The sooner it's done, the sooner we can enjoy life, though!

  8. You are a beautiful bride! Also, I love days that just have NOTHING on the agenda :)

  9. Beautiful house! Congrats on the weight loss. I am struggling with that now. Happy Blog-tember!

  10. You look beautiful in your wedding photos! I love your dress.

    Going to school on top of working full-time is insane! I applaud you for doing it. What are you getting your grad degree in?

  11. Your ideal day sounds just fine to me! Seriously. I'm an introvert, so days at home doing not a lot are exactly what I need sometimes!


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