I could tell you that I’m a Jesus-loving, homeschooling, writing, reading, clutter-collecting, photographer wannabe, wife for almost 18 years, mama of three darling girls, and you would know a little about me. Probably enough to form an opinion or pigeonhole me into a category, which is about all that’s possible from reading a short Internet bio. But what if I invited you to join me on a journey through our days as we homeschool, as we worship and pray, as we love and learn and make new discoveries together as a family? That’s what I want my blog to be — an invitation to be inspired, encouraged, and hopefully even entertained while delving deeper into what motivates all of us as wives, moms, homeschoolers, and keepers of the faith.
By reading my blog, you’ll learn that I married my high school sweetheart, Dave, when I was 20. We struggled with infertility for years and have two babies waiting for us in heaven, but we’ve been blessed here on earth with our miracle daughters in 2001, 2007, and 2009. I love to write about the funny things they say and do. You’ll also learn that I’m a classic movie fan (1940s black and whites are my fave!), I cry every single time I watch Old Yeller even though I know how it’s going to end, and that I’ve read Anne of Green Gables 4.2 billion times and still love it. Kindred spirits, anyone? Just like Anne with an “e,” I’m Sara without an “h” and I’ve spent my whole life correcting misspellings of my name! I actually have 2 birth certificates because the registrar misspelled it the first time and my parents insisted that they re-do it without the h. Little did they know they were preparing me to be a non-conformist from birth!
I decided I was going to homeschool my future children when I was only 12. It was just one of those things that God led me to, like my passion for writing. Our homeschool methods include unit studies, living books, lapbooks, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, delight-directed, and more unschooling than I ever thought we’d do. I guess that all adds up to “eclectic.” We love to read, read, read, which is why I wrote a blog series about classic books for girls.
Jesus has been my BFF since I was a little girl, but I spent almost a decade ignoring His calls and imposing on our friendship. That all changed when I was 24 and Dave and I were baptized together and professed our willingness to truly follow the Lord’s lead. Life has not been the same since and I will be forever grateful that the Lord is ever faithful, ever loving, ever patient with us even though we don’t deserve it.
We all have our defining moments as we’re refined by fire. My particular challenges include thyroid disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, PCOS, chronic pain, migraines, and the aforementioned infertility. Our middle daughter is autistic and we learn a little more each day just exactly what that means in practical terms.
My blog is called Embracing Destiny, because I firmly believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each of us. Although I don’t always understand His ways, I trust in the eternal destiny He has promised us and I’m trying to embrace each day of that journey.