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Hi, I’m Sarah, a midwestern girl writing her way through the ups and downs of daily life. I also like to take and post pictures. I love writing and blogging (hey, go figure!), gardening (mostly flowers, but vegetables more and more), my dogs, making lists, my husband, reading books, using parenthesis, watching movies, and fixing up our house. Not necessarily in that order. I’m also a wannabe foodie, a little crunchy (you know, like granola), and a born-again Christian. A little of all those things pop up around here.

Even though I’m an introvert, I have a certain number of words I’ve just got to get out, and this little blog helps with that problem situation. And spares my sweet husband some of the onslaught. I blog primarily to have a record of our day-to-day life, keep up with family and friends, and make new friends.

I already mentioned my husband, Jeff. We met in college, bonded over writing and good grammar (yeah, we’re kinda nerdy), fell in love, graduated from college, got engaged, got married 5 months later, and are now—five years later—expecting a baby boy. (That’s the short version.) I think he’s pretty fabulous.

Then there are the dogs. Yes, we’re dog people. Keiko (KAY-ko) is the older, smaller one and Mochi (MO-chee) is the younger, larger one. Both are lovable rescues and border collie mixes—the border collie part means they are high energy and intelligent. They are our dog-kids and constant source of entertainment. Even though they’re now 5- and 2-years-old, we still call them our puppies and always will.

Why A Light from the Shadows?

The line comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s poem, “All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter” that first appears in The Fellowship of the Ring:

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

I love the imagery and hope in those stanzas. There’s a lot of junk that goes on in this world we live in, and my hope and desire is that my life be a light amidst the shadows.

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