Archive | June, 2009

The Climb (for the Georgia Peach)

29 Jun
I have NO idea where the weekend went!! Bruce and I had “date night” on Friday night. While we were on our honeymoon, we decided to institute a once a week date night. We didn’t put any restrictions on where, when or how, but we did say that once a week (and once school starts back it needs to be for at least a couple of hours – now it’s sort of one night a week) we will do something for the two of us. We decided Friday would be good last week because it was the end of our first week back at work and we knew would need a night out!! We went to Chili’s and then came home to watch he’s just not that into you. It was phenomenal!! I wish it had been out when I first started college – I think I may have made some different decisions – though I hate to think of experiences as mistakes (more on that later).
We really wanted to sleep in on Saturday morning, but I needed to go the DMV to get my name changed on my license. Not only was it a name change, but I was transfering my Connecticut license to Georgia. I didn’t anticipate it being a process. Ohhhh, how naive I can be.
First of all, I wasn’t paying attention when I was mapping the closest location. Because I thought there was a DMV location at North Dekalb Mall. Turns out (after going there and wandering around the mall aimlessly for 20 minutes) the location is at South Dekalb Mall. But we didn’t go straight there. Bruce took us to the location he knew from when we registered the Jeep in Georgia last year – but when we got there we realized that it was a tag office, not a DDS (where you can get a license). So THEN we went to the location at South Dekalb Mall. We waited in line for 20-25 minutes, got to the front of the line and the woman told me that I would need my birth certificate. Now – my birth certificate is safely tucked away in my parent’s safe deposit box in Connecticut (I know, great place for it, right?). I was floored by this discovery, because I was SO CAREFUL to read the instructions online. I just couldn’t believe that I had missed the part that told me I HAD to have my birth certificate. So the woman told me I was out of luck, and sent me on my way with the paper that said what I needed. So we’re walking towards the car, reading the sheet where I read that I need “one item from column A.” Which meant I needed either an original and/or certified copy of my birth certificate or my passport. I had my passport with me. (I KNEW I had read somewhere that I could use my passport!!) So – back in line for 25 minutes where Bruce and I ask the woman if my passport would suffice, because it seems like it should. She (condescendingly, if you ask me) asked me if I had my passport, scoffed at the fact that I did and then gave me a number. Let me ask you this – why are people so rude when I walk in prepared and with a smile on my face?!
Needless to say … three locations, two tries at the line and about 3 1/2 hours later – Sarah Weaver is a licensed Georgia driver!!
It’s amazing, though, how much time is wasted at the DMV. We really didn’t get much done after we got home.
On Sunday we were at church for the morning and part of the afternoon – Kim had asked me if I could teach the UCC part of the Inquierers Class that was taking place after church. We had about 12 people interested in joining!! (For our size church, that’s incredible) We got home from the class and only had about an hour before I had an appointment at the Apple Store – there is a backlight problem on my computer screen and it needed to be sent out. We got home and I was just exhausted. Little things accumulated all weekend and – combined with the fact that it was still oppressively hot & humid in Atlanta – I was on the verge of a meltdown. I just felt like I had two days where I didn’t really do much (I still have clean laundry on my floor needing to be put away) and I didn’t get anything done. A waste of time? Maybe. But here’s where today’s wedding story comes in …
I was having a hard time finding a father/daughter dance. Most of the really good ones are also REALLY country – and my father isn’t a fan (to put it nicely) of most country music. So Bruce and I decided to try to pick songs that spoke to the relationship that we have with my father and his mother. I thought back to my freshmen year of college – my parents gave me a journal before I left and they both wrote notes in it. My father wrote – simply – “no experience is ever a waste of time” and has repeatedly told me that in the 6 years since I started at Ursinus. It’s simple, but has really resonated in me. I know my actions and decisions haven’t always reflected the person I want to become – but they are all part of the road that have gotten me here – and will get me where I want to be.
I couldn’t think of a better song to describe my appreciation for what my dad has done for me than Miley Cyrus’ The Climb. It’s all about the fact that the journey is what is important, not the destination. Before each song started, Bruce and I took to the microphone to explain why the song was so important to us. Here is my dad and me dancing …

He was telling me that he didn’t recognize the artist. I told him that it was Miley Cyrus, Billy Rae Cyrus’ daughter. He said “Ohh.” Then I had to admit it to him: His daughter had picked the single off of the Hannah Montanta movie to dance with him to at her wedding …
… a lot of laughter ensued. Followed by my dad saying, “Well, no experience is ever a waste of time!!”
So – even though this weekend was a little frustrating, NO experience is ever a waste of time. It’s about the journey – it’s about the climb!!
Peace & Blessings,
Sarah ūüôā

Kicking off the weekend … Dreaming about the future

26 Jun
Has anyone else been listening to Michael Jackson nonstop today? Everyone in my office is. It’s kind of fun to walk down the hall and hear the different songs playing. We’re trying not to be sad – just grateful he shared his music with the world.

Kellys Korner Blog is hosting “Show Us Where You Live Friday” again today!! Today is Master Bedrooms. I LOVE seeing what people have done with their master bedrooms. They really are – well SHOULD BE – a sanctuary for the person or persons living in the house.


So check it out!! I’m having so much fun looking in from the outside on these tours. Bruce and I have been “apartment living” for almost two years now and we are READY for a house. Let me rephrase that – financially (and where I am in school) we aren’t ready. But in terms of being ready to get a fixer-uper and mold our house into our family’s home we are definitely ready!! I’m ready for paint colors and kitchen remodels, a basement turned media room and television-less living room, a garage for Bruce and a real office (with walls!!) for me.

I think fixing up a house, or taking something old and in need of TLC and bringing it back to life, speaks to the second creation story accounted for in Genesis. God used dirt to mold and then BREATHED LIFE into mankind. How cool is that? I just think using the same care to turn a house into a home is a great way to live out God’s call in life.
I hope everyone’s having a great start to their weekend!!
then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
– Genesis 2:7

Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson

25 Jun
I remember it like it was yesterday. ¬†I was in my parents’ family room in their old house on Charterhouse Road in New Milford. ¬†The family room in that house was huge. ¬†The television and seating area was on one side – the side with the sliding door out to the back deck – and my mom’s desk was on the other side – the side by a big picture window looking out to the driveway. ¬†We had some family friends over to watch the Super Bowl. ¬†Not caring much about football, I was looking out the picture window when I heard one of our friends gasp excitedly at the TV. ¬†Even on the other side of the room, I quickly saw why he was so excited. ¬†Michael Jackson had just appeared through fire on the 50 yard line. ¬†It was Super Bowl ’93. ¬†Jackson thrilled millions that night with brilliant dance moves and revolutionary (for its time) pyrotechnics before bringing 30,000 children onto the field for a rendition of Heal the World that – without a doubt – left many houses in America without a dry eye.
From there on out my sister and I were fixated by Michael Jackson’s music. ¬†He wasn’t just a musician, he was a performer. ¬†And he wasn’t just a performer, he was a musician. ¬†It’s rare to find both. ¬†Michael Jackson had it all. ¬†He was the King of Pop.
I know Michael Jackson lived amidst much controversy, particularly towards the end of his life. ¬†But that doesn’t erase the legacy he left on music, the millions of dollars he donated to charity and the revolutionary stand he took on AIDS in America when Ryan White was battling a misunderstood disease and was considered a social stigma. ¬†For that I will always be eternally grateful.
Rest in Peace, Michael Jackson.  I pray that you can finally take refuge from your troubles, fears and anxieties.
Michael Jackson
1958-2009
Super Bowl XXVIII Halftime Show
January 31, 1993
Pasadena, CA
Photo courtesy of MSNBC

A "Love Connection" on the Today Show

25 Jun
Did anyone else see this on the Today Show this morning? I thought it was one of the sweetest things I’ve seen done in a long time for someone on the plaza. Unexpected, which made it that much more special, I’m sure!! I hope they went to lunch!!

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First Dance, Sales and Summer in Atlanta

25 Jun
So, in response to yesterday’s post about The Hunger Site, my mom forwarded me an e-mail promo they have right now: ¬†Buy $20 worth of merchandise and get a FREE pair of Cultivate Peace Hologram Flip Flops!! ¬†SO tempting. ¬†I haven’t done it yet, but the day isn’t over …¬†
Take a look at our five day forecast in Atlanta …¬†

… that’s right – we’re seeing nothing below 90 with LOTS of humidity!! ¬†After spending the winter finding creative ways to bundle up on the scooter because it was so cold when I got up to speed, I now find myself baking in the sun at red lights. ¬†We’ve tried to keep our thermostat set around 75 and even then the AC runs nonstop to keep it even that cool. ¬†I need to remind myself that – even in the United States – air conditioning is still a luxury. ¬†Not a year goes by where there isn’t a heat-related death that could have been prevented with access to air conditioning or better hydration. ¬†For all of us down south – let’s remember to count our air conditioning as a BLESSING (even when we get the bill from Georgia Power)!!
SO – Back to the wedding!!
I never really liked the idea of the traditional “bride and groom dance to a super slow song, rocking back and forth while everyone stares at them” first dance. ¬†I just didn’t think I could tune everyone out watching and have a really intimate moment and enjoy the dance. ¬†There are tons of videos on youtube of couples who have choreographed their first dance, but – let’s face it – Bruce & I aren’t exactly Fred & Ginger.
Back in January, Bruce and I were watching coverage of the Inaugural Balls where President & Mrs. Obama danced to At Last, sung live by Beyonce. ¬†Bruce looked at me and said: ¬†“Hey, if it’s good enough for the president, I think it’s good enough for us!!”
We knew from the beginning that we wanted to use the original Etta James version.  Classic, yet not necessarily overdone.  Slow and first dance worthy, yet not slow and sappy.  Plus Рcrowd favorite.
Here we are dancing – and having a conversation about why Bruce should or should not spin me. ¬†Yes – I know the first dance is supposed to be about love. ¬†But I wanted Bruce to spin me and he didn’t think he could – so this conversation took up part of the dance. ¬†But we were having fun – that’s what it’s all about, right?
In the end, Bruce did spin me.  I loved it!!  (I think he was holding back Рhe totally knew what he was doing!!)
In the end – you and your new spouse should do what’s comfortable for you. ¬†This worked for us and was pretty much perfect!! ¬†You’ll never get the first dance back, so choose something that will let you savor every minute and walk away brimming with happiness.
Grace & Peace,
Sarah ūüôā

The Hunger Site

24 Jun
How many of you all have ever visited The Hunger Site?  Not only is food donated by the sponsors when ANYONE clicks on the links in the site (feed a child in your pajamas? fabulous!!), but they also have an AMAZING store with unique and beautiful jewelry (among other things).
I was “window” shopping today and fell in love with these …¬†

Spanish Turquoise Chandelier Earrings
on sale for $9.95
Click here for more information

Israeli Rose Sterling & Opal Earrings
$22.95
Click here for more information
Too bad my birthday is 8 months away and I just got back from a honeymoon that cost more money than we normally spend …¬†
But still.  Fun to play.
I put the link to the Hunger Site store on the left sidebar of my blog. ¬†If you haven’t checked it out – you should!!

The Reception

21 Jun
Let’s face it …¬†
… while the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding day, the reception usually is what causes the most stress, headaches, anxiety, etc. etc. etc.
Here’s a fun post about some of the details of our beautiful reception.
Bruce really wanted his friends and family to be able to see the part of Connecticut that I grew up in and love and that he quickly fell in love with when we first started dating. ¬†I agreed, but knew that it would be a challenge. ¬†The northwest “hills” of Connecticut are known for small towns and local businesses – NOT hotels and banquet halls that can¬†accommodate 230 people for a wedding. ¬†Needless to say – we had to be creative. ¬†We had originally planned to rent big tents and have the reception at my parents house, but started to think about the costs of renting two large tents for guests & dancing, one smaller tent for catering, a local industrial kitchen for the caterers, a dance floor, restrooms, and finding ways to transport from the church (because there isn’t enough parking at my parent’s house) we decided to change venues.
We ended up renting out the Community House, a town-owned building that sits on the church’s property adjacent to the church building. ¬†The building actually used to be owned by the church, but at one point I believe¬†(don’t quote me on this) the church donated the building to the town. ¬†It is very multi-purposeful. ¬†Growing up, I remember using it for the silent auction at our annual Harvest Fair, and seeing musicals & plays put on by the Kent Players. ¬†As we were setting up for the reception, different people told me what they remember of it – how it used to be home to the local police department, used for fire department fundraisers, girl scout meetings, yoga classes and more.
The advantage to having the reception at the community house was that guests could literally walk across the lawn from the church to the reception, and they could get to their cars at any time. ¬†The advantage to having the reception at the community house was that all of our vendors (caterers, cake bakers, liquor store owner) know the building well and there is a fully-sized industrial kitchen for the caterers downstairs. ¬†The advantage to having the reception at the community house was that the building already had tables and chairs and we wouldn’t need to rent any of them with our linens.
The biggest disadvantage to having the reception at the community house was the fact that we weren’t in a banquet hall or hotel that does weddings week after week – we had to work out all the details, find individual vendors, rent linens & place settings, set up, decorate and remember guest amenities that normally the bride & groom and their families don’t have to think about. ¬†We were EXTREMELY lucky, though. ¬†Our vendors thought of EVERYTHING and they worked well together to pull everything together. ¬†They were all local, which was what we wanted and they helped us navigate the not-so-local things we needed to get (linens, place settings, etc.). ¬†We were also really lucky that we had a lot of really enthusiastic church members that were willing to help us with all of the set-up.
This is the reception all set up and ready to go the night of the rehearsal!! ¬†Because it’s small town and my mom’s the minister in town, we were able to get in all day the day before the wedding without a problem so we weren’t doing any setting up the actual day of the wedding. ¬†We took these pictures with the overhead lights on, so pictures just the twinkly lights and the candles lit on the table and that’s how it looked the night of the wedding.
We put the head table up on the stage.  It was fun to sit up and look out at everyone Рtoo bad I only really sat down at my table for maybe a total of ten minutes!! (There was always someone to talk to Рwhy would I want to sit down?!)  
The two round tables were appetizer “towers” – apparently they were filled with food. ¬†I actually never saw them, because by the time we finished with pictures, took a breather with our bridal party and made our way to the reception, the towers had been broken down and cleared away. ¬†But I heard they were awesome and the appetizers were great!! (The long rectangular table was for the buffet – the caterers broke that down and then that whole area became a dance floor)
We set up the tables simply, but (hopefully) elegantly.  Black tablecloths, red rose pedals and mirrors with candles for the centerpieces.  It really looked beautiful with all of the glass glistening.
We didn’t have any specific pattern to the centerpieces. ¬†We put the mirrors down and started with the big candles. ¬†The caterers and their staff took on the task of lighting hundreds of candles that night and replacing them to keep them lit throughout the night!!

I had asked my friend Courtney if she would be able to get us a cake knife & server set to cut the cake with and she OUTDID HERSELF. ¬†Not only did she get a beautiful set (which I couldn’t find a picture of but I’ll keep looking), but she also got these matching champagne flutes and got everything engraved!! ¬†They turned out amazing!! ¬†They put our names on them, as well our wedding date and the word “peace” to match our wedding bands.

Our favors!! ¬†These were actually kind of fun. ¬†We bought champagne flutes in bulk at IKEA (two things we love – IKEA and different bar glasses), ordered matchboxes from Ideal Favors and tied on a note that told people we wanted them to continue to toast to the celebrations and blessings in their lives. ¬†What was awesome was that the adults seemed to love them because they’ll be able to use them and the kids loved them because …¬†

… it gave them something to hold all of their candy in!!
This was one of my FAVORITE PARTS of the reception – the candy buffet!! ¬†I saw the idea on The Knot and knew I HAD to have one at our wedding. ¬†It was SO easy. ¬†Bruce and I went and got jars at IKEA (if you, your parents or your friends have jars you can just use them – they don’t need to match, we got all different kinds) and then Bethany and I went to Costco and got about $100-$150 worth of candy. ¬†From then on out it’s just a matter of being creative!!
The kids loved it, the adults loved it, Bruce & I loved it and it was SO simple.
I hope you enjoyed my reception!!