Showing You My Singles: Sarah

Friday, January 22, 2016

This Friday, I am linking up with Kelly's Korner blog for show us your life: singles. 


On the right is my pal Sarah. She loves Jesus and has been all over the world doing missions. Sarah will get up and go with a moment's notice even if it's not missions related. She is up for all kinds of adventures, including a planned sky dive on her next birthday! 


I met Sarah through a mutual friend who was in my small group in North Carolina. Sarah invited me to her church, hung out with me, and introduced me to many of her friends. She is the reason I know anyone in Georgia! 


Sarah loves on her friends' babies. These are not her own. 



She has done triathlons and enjoys working out at boot camp, running, climbing, and hiking. 


Sarah works full time and is also pursuing her Master's degree in social work. She works at a university and formerly worked all over the state of Georgia, helping migrant students access education. 


Sarah also has an awesome tattoo. 

I am so thankful to have Sarah as a friend! 

To get in touch with her, send me an email at handmedownstyle@gmail.com 

LuLaRoe

Thursday, January 7, 2016

I first heard of LuLaRoe last fall, when my pal Kelly's sister in law started selling it. I got hooked on the clothes and found myself wearing them almost every day, especially when I traveled back and forth to Georgia. They are the BEST for traveling! 

This fall, I decided to jump in myself and start selling LuLaRoe. I love how comfortable and versatile these clothes are--perfect for moving around all day with children at work and nice enough for church or a date. 

You can look at my LuLaRoe instagram here, facebook page here, and join my private shopping group here


HMD necklace // LuLaRoe Cassie skirt


HMD sweater // LuLaRoe Amelia dress // Sam Edelman loafers


LuLaRoe Sarah cardigan // HMD necklace // LuLaRoe Cassie skirt // Sam Edelman booties

six months

Sunday, December 27, 2015




We are six months into marriage today! I love being Zack's partner. Many people have asked me how I've adjusted to changes over the last six months, and I often say, ask me in a year. We are still in it. Someone asked recently, what does a Christian marriage look like, and I said, a lot of forgiving. Months ago, my mother in law sent me this quote: 
“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers” – Ruth Bell Graham
So far, I'd agree. We are both sinners, so living together peacefully takes a lot of forgiveness. Romans 5:8 says, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 
When I think about all that God has forgiven me for, how could I not forgive my husband? 


game ranch

Monday, October 19, 2015


Zack had heard about Lazy 5 Ranch but had never made it there, and I enjoyed visiting the ranch a few years ago with friends. He was excited to find a similar place near us. We visited the Yellow River Game Ranch on a recent weekend. There are all different kinds of snacks there that you can buy to feed the animals; we chose an apple and peanuts. 


My backpack is this one from Tradlands, made by Archival Clothing. I carry it just about every day, whether it's holding only my wallet, phone, and keys, or my camera, or clothes for barre. 


Maybe one day we can have our own goats!  






Check out this deer's tongue. 







The donkeys gave us a good show when begging for food. 











The foxes and coyote were some of my favorites to see, though the hardest to photograph. 

It was neat to see so many different animals in one place. It's not quite as up close and personal as riding on a wagon inside the fence with the animals (like at Lazy 5), but we could take our time and give the animals different types of food. I would recommend visiting Yellow River Game Ranch, especially with young children. 

moving

Saturday, September 19, 2015


I wish that moving was my excuse for the lack of blogging, but it's been about two months since this happened! 
I can tell you a bit about our experience, though. 

For advice on moving across the country, I found this post helpful. 


Zack and I were packing up our rooms at our parents' houses, a storage unit, lots of stuff from our parents' garage and basement, and WEDDING GIFTS. We each came at this from different angles and with different attitudes (lessons on marriage. . .). It totally stressed me out to pack from five different places and try to get everything to one place. I think we're about 85% there now. Truthfully, now that I have a well equipped kitchen all to myself to share with Zack, and my clothes live here, I'm pretty content with the move.    


Unfortunately, Dan didn't go with us that time. He stayed with my parents until a few weeks later, when we returned, rented a UHaul trailer, and made another trip. Actually, both of our pets came with us that time, but that's another story. 


This guy was my passenger on the 7+ hour drive. I am so thankful that Zack drove the truck! We rented a 26 foot Penske truck, which was the size recommended for 5-7 rooms, and it was the right size for us. We packed most of the furniture we would need for a four bedroom house in that size truck. We've purchased a few things since we moved in, but as you can see, there was some extra room, had we had all of our furniture. 


Zack did an awesome job piling things up to make sure we had room. He and his dad loaded the furniture. They worked so hard!!! We hired movers on the back end of the move, thank goodness. 


Homeowners! Newlyweds! Are we crazy?! 


One of the first things I unpacked were my "snake boots" -- absolute essentials for taking the dog out or for living in a new place with unfamiliar fauna. 


Speaking of which, this is the snake Zack found in our neighborhood. I was at home wondering what was taking him so long when he FaceTimed me to show me THIS. 


I joke that our house is a mix of antiques, college boys apartment, and sorority house. That 32" TV seemed huge in my college apartment bedroom . . . not so much in our living room. 


Dan finally got here, but we had to wait a while to get our fence completed. We went back to the days of the "umbilical cord" as I tied him around my waist to do things around the house and yard. 


After two months in our house, we are still getting settled. Right after our move, people asked me often, "are you all moved in?" or "are you all settled?" and I would usually laugh. It made me feel better when most of them commented "we've been in our house two years and still have boxes," etc. 

Earlier today I was reading the Bible and meditating, and suddenly, I felt thankful for the process. There are some bare spots, and I don't like many of the plants in our yard, but I'm looking forward to gardening. Many of our things are still in boxes, but we get to decide where we want to put them. There will always be things we need, things to get rid of, things to clean, and things to organize. Living with someone else and making decisions together is a challenge--one that is growing us, as we merge our lives. It's easy to complain that I want things done, but maybe I'm forgetting that the process itself is rewarding. I will have to pray that I remember to enjoy it! 

Though I'm not rushing, I look forward to having pictures on our walls and a room without boxes, and I do plan to share more of our hand me down style home then. 

hand me down honeymoon part four

Monday, August 17, 2015


Here are a few more random snaps from our trip . . . 


Tropical island necessities: machete and coconut. 


Zack enjoyed the fried plantains, while I ate fish and the Bahamian signature dish, beans and rice, for nearly every meal. 


Each evening, sea turtles visited the cove where we stayed. 


We explored by bicycle and by boat. 


Then, we tried to identify everywhere we'd been from the air on our way out. 



We came home with some pretty coins to add to our foreign currency collection. 


No one wants to wake up before light, but sunrise views from the air can't be beat. 
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