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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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I remember being 6 years old in my dance class. My mom walked out of the parent waiting area and offered me a sip of her Sprite. Two sips in I heard the teacher say from the front of the room, "That's enough. She doesn't need any more sweets. She's big enough." Some of the other girls snickered. After we finished our winter show later that month, I never went back to dance lessons again. 

I remember being 8 years old and my parents had friends over for dinner. The youngest was my age so upstairs we went to play. I sat on the edge of my bed while she ransacked my room. I told her she was being too rough with my stuff. She turned around, poked me in the stomach, and out of nowhere said,"Well at least I'm not chubby." I had no words for her statement but I spent the rest of the evening avoiding her by pretending to help in the kitchen. 

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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…

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…