House, life, Phoenix

Oh hi August.

You snuck up quickly. It feels like just a month ago we were settling into this house, trying to figure out the best way to make this house feel like our home right away.

We have several projects going on now still, and I love when Josh gets an idea and decides to do it right then and there (even if it means that everything in the house ends up covered by a thin layer of drywall dust without warning) but it’s nothing we can’t clean up afterwards. So first up, Josh cut out a piece of our kitchen wall and put in a built-in shelf! I’m in LOVE with how it looks. He also painted a chalkboard wall just for fun. It makes our kitchen look much different I think.

Once we knew we were going to be able to have our pool renovated this month, we tackled our jungle of a back yard. We have aloe growing out of our ears, guys. We decided to transplant a ton of the offshoots with a little help from farmer internet. We were so proud of ourselves but now the transplants are looking utterly pitiful. We tried, little offshoots. We tried.

But somehow the one that we potted and moved indoors is loving his life. Spunky little aloe vera.

And you read correctly before. Your eyes did not trick you. Our pool is getting a makeover. Naturally there have been complications with it being unused for years, and it being an ancient pool to begin with. We’ve had to have all kinds of whatnots added here and there, lots of drilling, lots of neighbors loving us I’m sure. Hopefully everything will be done this coming week!

I’ve been feeling a tiny bit out of control lately, feeling like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. We had a great dinner together last night and talked about our plans for next year, how I’ll cut back weddings and I’ll have to raise rates (I haven’t done that in almost 2 years), and how we are going to make it both being self-employed, etc. It’s scary but it’s exciting. I ended up overbooking myself this autumn (not double booking, but just overbooking, not allowing myself any time off or time for other projects). I know myself and I know that I have to keep several different projects on the horizon to keep from getting burned out on one thing. Thank the Lord I have Josh, he’s so level headed and encouraging, and such a huge help to me. We make an awesome team. I love him more every day.

Today is the first time in awhile I’ve just taken photos around the house for the fun of it. And it was fun actually.

Today’s been a little discouraging because a publication had promised to send us our usage fees for using photos without permission and had stopped responding to our correspondence. Today was the deadline we had asked for compensation by and it came and went without any acknowledgement. The hot head in me is so angry and ready to hold a grudge, pursue legal action, and let it get under my skin. I prayed about it today and feel a strong conviction to just forgive them. To just let it go without gossiping about them, without contacting them again. I feel peace knowing that whatever happens that I did all I could to make a peaceful agreement, and sometimes people will steal from you and you just can’t force them to make it right. It’s a hard, hard thing to keep yourself from taking offense against someone else but I’m really going to try and move on, and hope their conscience grabs them some day. Forgive us our debts as we try really hard to forgive our debtors. (and if I’m being honest, it doesn’t feel saintly. It feels defeating.)

Well, since it’s August I made a little playlist on spotify of some songs that are inspiring me lately, if anyone cares to listen. 🙂 Click here –  there are several new + old songs on there. I love the idea of making a new playlist for each month, since music is such a nostalgic tool! If anyone else has a playlist to share please do. 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Oh hi August.

  1. You have a gorgeous home. I love your work, you are not only inspiring to me as a photographer, but also as a person, a follower of Jesus.

    Lately I have randomly stumbled across a bunch of really inspiring photographer and blogs, and I am glad I found yours.

  2. I am so sorry, Sarah, that someone would steal your pictures from you and not think twice about compensating you for them. I was consumed with anger about being blamed for that wreck I was in a couple of years ago that was not my fault at all, and also another personal incident that hurt me deeply around the same time. My insurance rates doubled, and even my own insurance agent didn’t believe me (this man goes to my church, too). After about a year (!) of battling anger about these things, I read I Cor. 6:7. I knew I was being spoken to about this, and finally gave it over, something that you did much sooner than I. Good going, Sarah! I’m proud of you.

  3. I love this. The insight into your home, your projects, your goals but especially the last bit. It’s refreshing to hear how His word, truth and love is being worked out in your lives. Very refreshing. Love reading your words and seeing your pictures (on instagram too).

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