Dads and Daughters

I’ve been thinking about dads a lot lately. Seeing as our baby is due in less than a month, Nick is about to step into the unknown, scary, magical and beautiful role of being a dad. And then living with my parents where I see my own dad most everyday (unless he’s traveling for work) has been really nice. The role of a dad is powerful.

My sweet poppy walking me down the aisle this summer at our wedding

My sweet poppy walking me down the aisle this summer at our wedding


Days with my dad are special to me.

We’ve always been close. I would say we’re very similar and can talk about anything and everything. We love iced tea and sushi (not that I remember what sushi is, it’s been so long!), playing board/card games, and always having music on. He seems to always have an answer to my questions and isn’t afraid to challenge me into becoming a better version of myself.

My dad is sweet, strong, generous, loving, sensitive, a good listener, and super smart. He’s got four kids and I think he does a good job at making each of us feel special, heard, and valued.


There’s just something special between a dad and daughter and a mama and her son.


My brothers are so sweet, thoughtful, and kind to my mama. They are patient and loving. My sister and I are independent and strong. It’s been fun as my siblings and I have grown up to see our characteristics and which parent they come from etc. We definitely come from both of them! I feel extremely lucky for the relationships I have with both of my parents. Not everyone has that and not everyone even likes being around their parents! Since Nick and I have moved back to Gig Harbor at the beginning of July it has been really nice to be welcomed and comfortable as we stay with my parents. My dad travels for work off and on, more lately than normal, but I love it when all four of us are home and share a meal or just hangout together.You just never know how much time you have, so might as well be grateful through it all (the good and the bad) and cherish moments with the people you love. 

It’s been especially fun to see my dad and Nick connect and enjoy spending time together. I am learning how similar they can be sometimes and I don’t think that’s a coincidence :-) My dad’s opinion on the man I married has always mattered. I mean it was always going to be Nick, but it was a journey getting to that solidified place. Nick is confident, strong, responsible, and outgoing. A lot of similar qualities to my poppy. I do hope for a similar relationship for my daughter and Nick like the one I have with my dad.

All this to say so far, I think highly of both my parents, but I don’t put my parents on a pedestal. They’re not perfect, and Nick and I won’t be the perfect mom and dad either. We’re human and all make mistakes over and over again. We have to dish out grace upon grace.


I LOVE this picture of Nick and I. Our first ultrasound. Man, did that day make everything feel sooo real. We’re going to be parents!!! Over the past eight months we’ve had so many conversations anticipating, planning, and dreaming about our baby and what we want life to be like. Nick is so excited for all the fun we’ll experience as a family. I remember probably 4-5 years ago we went to the Puyallup State Fair and were walking through the kid’s rides section and Nick made a comment on how fun it will be someday to bring our kids and go on the rides with them - ah, my heart! How special that next fall we’ll be able to bring our little girl to the fair for the first time :)

I am so excited to see Nick step into the role of being a daddy and all that it means to have a daughter. There are so many fears and unknowns involved with parenting in general, but good thing we’ll never achieve perfection and have our whole lives to learn as we go.


I know Nick will be amazing. He’s shared with me early on how he always wanted to be a dad. He will be caring and protective. He’ll be silly and sensitive. He’ll make her laugh all the time and spoil her with love and affection. He’ll question himself at times (just as I will too I’m sure), ask a thousand questions, and lean on our people for support.

Like I said, dads are special and I can’t wait to see the special bond Nicky will develop with our girl over the years. I’m ready for her to COME OUT so we can experience her together! It’s different for Nick right now because he doesn’t feel her all the time like I do. I’ve already been building this little connection with her since we spend all day everyday together ;) I’m grateful we’re finally at end of this countdown to meeting her and it will be within the next month!

Our little girl is so lucky for who her daddy is and ALL the people who already love her so much. I’m grateful to confidently know she will be loved and cared for by both Nick and I. I believe babies are precious and bring BIG blessings. She already has and I just know this little girl is going to rock both Nick and I’s world and we’re ready for the adventure to begin!

Let the countdown continue: 22 days until her due date!

Scary Honesty

Happy weekend friends! What are the plans? Nick and I are heading to Sandpoint ID this weekend to relax and hopefully pick some huge bags of blueberries! 

There are so many things bopping around in my head I am forcing myself to word vomit it all out right now. I brought our Mac desktop into the living room to write because the natural light flooding in was too good to miss. One thing I am really excited to share is some ongoing website reconstruction. I love seeing the site progress. Even in a little less than a year a lot has changed, and also a lot has not happened that I wish had... but good things take time! So if you haven't already, take a look around, there's new aesthetic overall and content. 

Making this little logo with one of my best friends and talking with my trainer has gotten me thinking about what I really want this website and blog's purpose to be. I decided on the ocean picture for the logo background because it's my safe place. I don't get to go nearly enough, but every time I am sitting on the edge of a beach or bulkhead, starting at the endlessness of ocean waters, my heart and soul are completely filled with peace. My cup overflows and tears are usually brought to my eyes because I just praise God for His beautiful works. It amazes me! The ocean is one of my simple joys, so it seemed fitting. A while ago I wrote a post about my love for the ocean and some Hawaii reflections >>here<<. 

I launched my site last November without really having a solid idea for what I wanted it to be. One thing I do know for sure is that I wanted to share life and be authentically honest, and (hopefully) relatable. I think on my blog I can tend to be really positive, which is great! But I also want to be real. I'm not always super happy and peppy. I don't even consider myself a peppy person. I'd say I'm snarcastic- sassy and sarcastic in one. More often than not you can find me on an emotional roller coaster haha. It feels like there's always some sort of stress or anxiety happening in the back burner of my mind and heart, which I've realized is one reason for creating this site.

This website is not just for sharing pretty art or pictures, it's a place to document my own journey and hopefully help and encourage others on a similar one. A journey dealing with anxiety, finding peace + confidence in myself, creating a holistic lifestyle, and feeling balanced overall. That's why I added my >>essential oils<< section because it has been a HUGE contributor to my emotional well being and finding inner peace. Check it out if you haven't already!

I know there is a big part of me that is really scared to be completely honest here. For one, I just don't have to be. I literally don't have to post or share anything with any of you who read my blog. But I want to! I crave community and building relationships and I believe this blog is one way to do that. So thank you for reading, I love you and appreciate it so much :)

So yes, it's scary as hell to be honest here because it also means I'm being really honest with myself (and sometimes that can be even harder). It's hard to face certain things, but I believe from struggles and hardships beautiful growth blossoms. I definitely don't want to be a person who settles or remains stagnant through life. 

Something hard for me to share is over the past few years I  have cut myself off socially due to insecurities + anxieties. I am so sick of feeling that way- missing out on life and missing friends. That's how I knew I needed to find a way out of that dark place. Anyone else ever felt that way? I'm on a positive path now. Learning to love myself and love the process of discovering that good place. I've got a personal trainer and am also (terrifyingly) training for a half marathon! More than just the physical changes that will inevitably come, this is truly about the mental process. I don't think I'm alone in feeling low self-esteem or self-love. This past year of teaching I preached to my kids (especially my girls) to love themselves, be proud of who they are now, and not worry about what other people think. But I wasn't even practicing what I preached! That will be different this next year. 

All this to say, I'm in a good place within the process, and am happy to share honesty and bits and pieces from this journey. Don't ever be scared to reach out to me if you want to talk or ever have questions. I want to be open and be here for my readers. Thanks for stopping by as always. 

xoxo Sarah | SJBS