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We are Joe and Sarah. We are encouragers, small-business entrepreneurs, Jesus followers, and outdoor lovers. Our desire is to offer hope and inspiration for other married couples through the stories of our own marriage.

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Lessons from Lunch

Recently, my daughter and I took lunch to my husband at his workplace. He's a re-modeler, so his job site is any home where the crew is currently working. This particular family invited me in and asked if we were going to be staying awhile. Normally, I would just say "oh no, thank you" and I'd be on my way, worried about being an inconvenience. Plus I had brought nothing with me to share so I was too embarrassed to take food or time from them without anything in return.

But I made up my mind this past year to enjoy people's presence for its own sake no matter how anxiety-inducing it may seem. There on their front porch, I decided to silence the voices in my mind telling me to leave and I accepted the invitation to stay. And you know what? I'm so glad I did. The wife and I talked about children, and marriage, and how hard the last year had been on both our families. Then we laughed as we shared that we are both introverts and love our quiet spaces. We played wi…

Praying For My Other Half

Something happened in one of our friend's lives recently that made me stop and consider how quickly life can change forever. It also made me realize that sometimes all that stands between our loved ones and a tragedy is our prayers. 
So my heart has been turning over the subject of prayer since then and most specifically prayer for my husband. It seems that I pray for everyone who asks-- close friends, strangers, and missions groups in far away countries. But my husband, the one human whom I share a child, a bed, and a life with, hardly gets any prayer attention. When he does, it's because I'm upset and am asking the Lord to change him. 
I want to change that. I want to become a woman who prays for the most important and probably longest relationship of my life. 
So I went online and found some other women who were also doing the same thing and found some resources to help me stay in prayer for my husband. 
The Better Mom blog has printable cards for 31 days of prayer for my …

Beautiful Things

I grew up with a mom who loves beautiful things. Her room is a treasure trove of drawers lined with velvet boxes of sparkling things to wear, mirrored trays of delicious perfumes to dab on wrists, a bed of feathered pillows to sink into, and a walk-in closet lined neatly with every kind of shoe imaginable. Growing up with her was like growing up with a queen in a castle. 

As I grew into a teenager, a lot of the wonder of my mom's way of life began to lose its appeal. I saw how hard she worked to own all the things she wanted. I saw how much time it took to clean silver, and wool, and delicate hand-painted porcelain. And I started to feel that I wanted to spend my life doing other things with my time. 
My first experience with what I now know is called a minimalist lifestyle, was when I nannied for a toddler whose parents were missionaries. They slept on mattresses on the floor, had only one bowl, one cup, and a set of silverware for each person in the family, and they bought rice a…